Aylsham Show double for Banana Split

Three year old Grace Hensby at the Aylsham Show

Three year old Grace Hensby at the Aylsham Show - Credit: Archant

Ranchwood Banana Split (Mac), now 18 years old, won both the In-Hand and Ridden Veteran classes under local judge Sue Palmer at the Aylsham Show.

Ranchwood Banana Split, ridden by Sue Vincent. Picture by Brian Barr

Ranchwood Banana Split, ridden by Sue Vincent. Picture by Brian Barr - Credit: Archant

He went on to to win, at his first attempt, the Small Riding Horse class with Mrs L Cave from Suffolk judging.

'I was a bit worried as he can get a bit 'bouncy', especially if it looks as if he's heading for a flying change,' said owner and rider Sue Vincent.

'Mac's interpretation of this move can take the rider to a whole new level – usually tree level! I did mention this to the judge. Happily she was not going to be trying any changes other than simple 'trot' ones. This he has mastered keeping all his hooves close to the turf!'

Mac went on to win the ring Championship.

Another happy competitor was Grace Hensby, who has been sitting on her mother's horses ever since she could sit up.

At three-years-old she got her first pony, a lovely 10hh Shetland called Elson Saphire.

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Grace has loved all the local shows she has done, qualifying for bright stars and amateur showing society, but the biggest smile for Grace was winning her class at the Aylsham Show last weekend.

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