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North Cotswold and Polden Hills take the Dodson & Horrell Pony Club prizes
Friday was Pony Club day in the Bladon Arena, which hosts the Dodson & Horrell Eventer Challenge classes, at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.
The North Cotswold Hunt branch of the Pony Club took the Dodson & Horrell 100cm Pony Club Team Eventer Challenge. The team consisted of Holly Osborne (Little Maestro), Amy Hine (Cottagefield Harry), Poppy Clarke (Dandy) and Saskia Connor (Ballintougher Macoman).
Team manager Selina Hopkins and team coach Jo Clark said: “Our branch won here seven years ago, so it was great to regain the title. Our team jumped early this morning and it went down to the wire. We knew the time was going to be very tight, so the girls’ team instructions were to be mindful of this and they delivered. They are a very competitive team and ll work hard with their riding, and are a talented group with great team spirit.”
Second was the Atherstone Hunt branch, and the Cheshire Hunt South branch was third. Milo Kennedy, of the Wylye Valley Willberries, won the style prize.
The Polden Hills branch took the Dodson & Horrell 90cm title with a team made up of Hannah Doyle (Barney), Ashley Palmer (Blue), Sam Cobb (Milo) and Iona Impey (Mr Smartie Pants III).
Team manager Lynne Palmer said: “I am so proud that our Pony Club branch has won a really close competition against some great teams. The team have ridden fantastically today with all four members going clear – the only team with four clears over the three days of Eventer Challenges!”
Second were the Staff College and Sandhurst, and third the Surrey Union.
Dodson & Horrell CEO Sam Horrell said: “It is great to be able to support these young up-and-coming competitors, all of whom have demonstrated real skill at this high-profile competition, and I hope that every competitor enjoyed their day out at this wonderful location. We are thrilled to be able to sponsor at Blenheim and to encourage Pony Club riders in the sport is hugely rewarding. We look forward to watching them in the future.”