70 horses and ponies enjoy sunshine at Lime Kiln Farm
Sunday saw a day of sunshine at Lime Kiln Farm, with 38 classes on offer and 70 horses and ponies in all a variety of shapes and sizes in attendance.
The in-hand classes took place indoors, and were judged by Jill Latchford from Cambridgeshire. Best Turned Out was the first class of the day and was won by Shannon Payne and Lady Valentine. As usual the coloured class was popular, with Michaela Balard and Indiana topping the line-up ahead of Kay Brown and Birthday Girl. Kay had a successful morning, also winning in-hand sports horse and in-hand hunter; going on to take in-hand reserve champion behind Louise Bishell and her beautiful Section A mare Llyndu Pendefiges, who were winners of the in-hand youngstock not exceeding 148cm and in-hand M&M.
The working hunters took place in one of the large outdoor grass arenas. Designed to encourage competitors, the cradle stakes started at 40cm and was won by Rosie Ringer and Nutflake, ahead of brother Tommy riding Jack. Rosie went on to top the line-up in the Nursery Stakes and then the Novice class, followed by Reserve Working Hunter Champion, behind Champion Sophie Pearce and her coloured mare Latin Dance.
The fun classes also proved extremely popular; Bronwyn Wagg and Bramble were Angels on Horseback winners. Emma Graves' Tinkers Harlequin Lad was crowned Most Handsome Gelding, with the title of Prettiest Mare going to Lady Valentine and Emma Dodd. Most Handsome Gelding went to Jack ridden by Tommy Ringer and Banjo ridden by Holly Burroughes was the Pony The Judge Would Most Like To Take Home.
Peter Wilson judged the ridden classes and had good numbers throughout the day.