THE Horse of the Year Show held at the LG Arena, Birmingham had a strong field from the North-East contesting the wide range of classes and accolades in the showing world.

Abbie Farmer took the overall supreme pony championship and the Timberwolf Trophy, presented by Lynsey Kelbie, and £1,000, judged by former Thirsk show jumper Graham Fletcher.

Abbie was riding Karen Fuge’s five year old Charn Secrete Legend by Lechlade Quince bred by Pam De Pree and led by Peter Emmerson from Kirkby.

Legend won the lead rein show hunter and took the first qualifier at the BSPC Winter Championship and was also a winner at Summer Championships held at Ponies UK.

Peter and his wife Clare with daughter Sarah had a fourth and seventh in the Charlotte Morgan Riding Pony 128cm section with Hayley Dennison riding F Parr’s Sandbank Early Bird and Holly Aitken riding Wayne Merryweather’s homebred Rosamal Dark Prince.

The stable had a seventh and ninth in lead rein show pony for Anna Tuer and Ella Prendergast riding Barkway Tiara and Chaseford Aloof, while other good placings in first ridden and show pony were achieved by Phoebe Rocks and Charlotte Blythman riding Cosford Melitza and Westerby Firelight.

Simon Charlesworth based at Jerome Harforth’s Stanley Grange Stud was absolutely delighted when he clinched the Cuddy Supremer In Hand Championship having won the horse section and beat his father Alan in the championship who was showing John Thomas’s two year old Scallywag II.

Simon was showing Paul and John Parkin’s nine year old mare Catwalk by the well-known Java Tiger which qualified at Bucks County and competed in the same final as a three-year-old before starting a ridden career with Ellie Parkin.

Simon had a busy show by having a fourth in the riding horse with Tonya Teasdale’s Military Crisis and also had a sixth in large hack riding the late Sheila Fenwick’s Baydale Venus.

Jerome also produced the reserve champion in the Charlotte Morgan Show Pony Championship with Taryn Rudd riding former Cuddy finalist Moluccas Perfect Peppercorn which took the 138cm section. He also produced Danielle Purvis riding Holtress Wise and Wonderful, which was third in the large hack and a double champion at Ponies UK Summer Championship with Simon Charlesworth aboard.

Lucinda Elliot, from Staindrop, had a fourth in the CHAPS Native Pony Championship riding Lindsay Birtwell’s five-yearold stallion Login Lucky Lad which had great success at North of England and champion at Great Yorkshire. Lucinda also had a good seventh in the 138cm show pony riding Wayne Merryweather’s Rosamel Golden Promise.

Freddy Welford, from Thirsk, had two excellent thirds in the show hunter pony section with his prolific winner Littlebriars April Louise, while Vicky Smart had a third and sixth in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship showing Rogers Revenge (Oliver Hood in saddle) and Chivola.

Paul Langrick from Northallerton had a fourth and eighth in the coloured championship riding Liz Stevenson’s Shadow Dancer and S Nicholson’s Spirit of Darkness.