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Equestrian by Kathryn Pearn, September 4

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 04, 2013

GEM: Victoria Dymond of Blisland with her mother Fiona and Rowquest Copper Rivers.

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VICTORIA Dymond of Blisland landed another big win with Rowquest Copper Rivers at the Longines Royal International Horse Show following up their victory in the Horse of the Year Show qualifier at the Three Counties Show.

Their success continued at this iconic venue when they captured the British Show Pony Society Leading Rein Show Hunter pony title.

"This is Splash's (Rowquest Copper Rivers) first year of showing at this level as he had previously concentrated on hunting and pony club events," explained Fiona Dymond, who owns the ten-year-old chestnut gelding in partnership with her mother Shirley Lobb of Bodmin.

The family followed their success with a trip to Arena UK, Grantham, where Victoria and her sister Abigail made their mark at the prestigious British Show Pony Society (BSPS) championship show.

Fiona said: "The BSPS champs was amazing and our best so far."

Victoria continued her run of tremendous form with a victory in the Pretty Polly Lead Rein and the Open Lead Rein with Nantcol Lady Charlotte.

Rowquest Copper River and his young rider continued their amazing season winning the Pretty Polly Show Hunter Pony Lead Rein and took the championship in the evening performance.

Fiona said: "We were thrilled, and the icing on the cake really came when our other pony Nantcol Lady Charlotte secured the reserve."

Having qualified both Rowquest Copper River and Nantcol Lady Charlotte for the evening performance, a substitute jockey was needed.

Fiona said: "I asked my friend Alison Evans to show Charlotte for us. Her daughter Hattie took the ride and we were thrilled to watch them stand reserve to Tori and Splash."

Victory and Rowquest Copper River continued their successful run throughout the show winning the open Show Hunter Pony Lead Rein, the First Pony of Hunter Type off the lead and the mini championship.

They franked their form in the Best of the Best competition representing the area.

Fiona said: "This is a new competition. Each area in the country sends the supreme champion from their own show to compete against each other and we were chuffed to finish second.

"Tori came home with 11 sashes which means I'm running out of wall space to display them at home."

Tori's sister Abigail continued to make her mark against elder riders with her 148cms pony Abbas Blue Rainbow recording a string of consistent results.

The combination finished second in the Premier League; third in the part-breds; sixth in the open 148cms and the Blue Riband.

Dunster Show saw Cornwall's young showing contingent at their very best with five tickets falling to four of the county's most promising riders.

Victoria began the run by securing the top ticket to Birmingham in the leading rein show pony qualifier on Nantcol Lady Charlotte.

Jordan Pooley of Alturnum continued the momentum with the 12.2hh show pony ticket on her mother Louise's show pony Milton Pageboy.

This talented youngster then took a chance ride on the 13hh show hunter Missoni Star Turn and secured her second ticket to HOYS.


Fresh from their victory at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, Harriet Searle and Liz Stanleick's 143cms show hunter pony Stychlands Chevalier franked their form by clinching their ticket to Birmingham.

Lucinda Waters of Newquay added to the tally in the 15hh show hunter pony qualifier on her own Stretcholt Kool Kat.

Lucinda said: "It was a great day for the Cornish. There were ten in my class and all were crackers!

"Kit Kat was pulled top and stayed top after a great show and fabulous gallop and went onto stand reserve champion. He's really come into his own recently and is turning into a classy little horse.

"He finished joint eight at the RIHS which has really confirmed his potential! He gives such an amazing ride for a young pony as he's really powerful."

Eleven-year-old Chloe Hawkin of Launceston emerged with a superb victory at the National Pony Society Summer championship show held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, with the Welsh Section A pony Llannor Two Rivers.

This well matched partnership clinched the junior ridden final for small breeds against a strong field of 22 high class combinations for a place in the prestigious evening performance.

Chloe's mother Sharon said: "They've been together since October 2011 when we loaned him from Robert and Andy Jones of Tresparret.

"He was broken by the Rowfantina Stud and they needed a jockey to give him confidence. Since then Chloe and 2R (Llannor Two Rivers) have become best friends.

"Last season he competed as a novice took the area points with the South West Welsh Pony and Cob Society. He won the Best Section A Pony points; the best gelding and novice awards and went onto take the Supreme Pony.


"Then they were asked to be on the performance team for the south west and it was a great honour."

Chloe and Llannor Two Rivers shone out at the Devon County Show winning the Open Section A class and the NPS first ridden.

Sharon said: "Just after Devon County we had a call from the Showing World magazine to tell us that Chloe has been nominated for a junior handler of the year award in October.

"Chloe is extremely excited. They have so much fun together hunting, riding around the village and galloping the fields and R2 even visited Chloe's school (Warbstow County Primary School) to meet his biggest fan club.

"We're grateful to Chloe's trainers Clare and Kate Deithrick who have been incredibly supportive."

Marie and Mark Richards of Sweetshouse made a successful trip to the Equifest Show at the East of England Showground where their daughter Amy won the open first ridden class on her pony Llanarth Sotheby.

"It was the proudest day ever," said Marie.

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