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Birthday boy Ruben the star at Carousel

PUBLISHED: 09:45 13 June 2013

Supreme Show winner Clare Heseltine from Suffolk Photography by Chris Doyle

Supreme Show winner Clare Heseltine from Suffolk Photography by Chris Doyle

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Carousel Riding Club held its first ever Equine Festival at Blackwater Farm on Sunday.

Event organiser Annie Bush described it as ‘marvelous’. Stewards had a busy early morning start and didn’t finish until the evening, but they were rewarded with a buzzing and thriving show, full of enthusiastic young riders hoping to win.

The main event, the showing, held very good entries with more than 200 horses, riders and handlers attending.

Four-year-old Ruben Cartwight, from Colkirk, stole the show on his glamorous dark bay Shetland pony Pamela. With help from mum, Vicky, they won the My First Pony class, the Thelwell class and then went onto be Reserve Champion of Ring three.

Ruben, who is learning to ride before he can write, was ‘very happy’ says Vicky and added: “it was also my birthday so it made the day even more special.”

Mrs Kay Cole, Mrs Jane Salmon and Janet Smithers all had the difficult job of choosing the Supreme of the Show at the end of the day.

The eventual show winner went to Clare Heseltine from Suffolk, with her beautiful grey horse Eden Rock. Rock who is an Ex-racehorse, was Champion of the Ridden Hunter class and beat the field to £50 sponsored by North Walsham Saddlery.

They also won a rug sponsored by Alexander Horseboxes. Sister Lucy came runner up to Clare in the Ridden Hunter on Ballyrue.

Just behind Clare, the Novice Working Hunter, No Money and rider Katherine Hawkins won Reserve Show Supreme. They were also proud winners of a rug by Alexander Horseboxes and £25 to spend in Get Smart Boutique.

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