From riding school pony to Royal Welsh Champion!
A little over 3 years ago I bought a pony for my two sons from Sue Adams’ Riding School as she was sadly selling up. Tinker is 13.1hh bay gelding with possibly some NF in him. Tinks runs on either Beetle Juice or Rocket Fuel which the boys found too much so it was down to me to ride him. Having competed as a child I wanted to do the same with Tinker, however we are limited as to what we can do with his height and my age!
I found a showing class called “Pony Trekking” which we could enter and compete in. We had several successes including the winning title of International Champion WTRA at Usk in 2011. The Royal Welsh Show seemed the next obvious challenge! Not really expecting too much (as he is not a Welsh pony) I entered him for this year’s 13.2 and under category.
There were 13 in our class and after the judge had watched each pony work through their paces a tack and equipment inspection was carried out. After some discussions with her stewards we were pull in first much to my delight.
Myself and 2nd place then waited for the next class of “Pony Trekkers” 13.2 and over to be judged as the first two would go through to the Championships with my classes winners. The four of us again were inspected for tack, equipment and suitability of the pony/horse.
Much to my sheer amazement we were again pulled in first and deemed Pony Trekking, Llewellyn Thomas Perpetual Memorial Trophy Champion 2013.
Our day was not yet over, as a winner we had to join in the Grand Parade which takes place every afternoon. It’s an opportunity to showcase all the winners of the day; this takes place in the main ring in front of thousands of onlookers. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be part of such an auspicious occasion, this has far exceeded my expectations with Tinker and a day I doubt I will ever forget.
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