Swaffham Horse Show a success

An amazing array of prizes were on offer at the inaugural Swaffham Horse Show, sponsored by Busseys Peugeot.

The event took place at Forest Edge EC on Sunday and attracted plenty of entries, despite its late addition to the showing calendar for this year.

Organiser Adrian Soskin commented: 'The show was a great success since we only had a month in which to organise it.'

He went on to highlight perhaps the most original part of the show, which added a great sense of fun and drama to proceedings

'The Championships were judged by four judges 'Strictly Come Dancing' style where each judge held up their score for each horse,' he explained.

Spectators watched as India Vaughan Jones, clinched the Allen & Page Budding Hopeful Championship on borrowed pony Bureside Quake.

She had also borrowed a jacket and boots to compete and showed what can be done if you are prepared to have a go!

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The Tuffa Footwear Best Young Handler/Rider award went to Ella May Cannell with Billy Minstrel, with Isabel Meadows and her much decorated veteran Maisie in reserve. Isabel then went on to take the championship in the Redwings Veteran class.

Olivia Aulton and Ballylean Castor took the NagsEssential Ridden Championship whilst Charlotte Bunting's Call the Shots took the FJ Lucas In Hand Championship.

The 'Strictly' style judging saw only one rider to achieve a full house and that was Kim Johnson and the 16.1hh ex-racehorse Bali Strong.

The duo were the final winners of the EQ Life Working Hunter Championship, receiving the maximum score of five from the judges after completing the tough course, which included a bullfinch jump.

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