KATE Lutey's ten-year-old Welsh Cob mare Anabia Calamae added the Native Pony of Cornwall (NPA) champion of champions supreme title to her impressive tally when she headed a high quality line-up at the Stithians Showground.
This prestigious final saw a superb showcase of champion Native Ponies going head to head in a battle for the ultimate title under judge Michael Johnston of Dorset who carefully scrutinised the entry before coming to a difficult decision.
Shaun Preece's excellent commentary built the occasion to a crescendo climaxing with the parade of champions drawing a large crowd to the ringside in anticipation of the announcement of the Supreme title.
Kate and her connections were clearly thrilled when Anabia Calamae was called forward for the ultimate honour and this daughter of Pentrefelin Taliesin is proving a popular champion of champions.
Bred by Christine Green of Penzance, Anabia Calamae is by Pentrefelin Taliesin out of the lovely mare Anfil Vidal, by Horeb Euros.
"I've owned Mazey (Anabia Calamae) since she was a foal," said Kate of the Kensa Stud, Truro. "First and foremost she's the stud's foundation mare but she also loves to show off in the ring winning four Welsh Pony Cob Society bronze medals."
Kate is excited about two of her mare's daughters who are waiting in the wings and both sired by Welsh Cob stallions based in Wales.
"We've kept a three year-old Kensa Desert Rose by Derwen Desert Express and a yearling filly Kensa Celtic Princess by Gwenllan Brynmor," explained Kate.
"My partner Paul and I only contest five or six shows a year and this season we concentrated on showing Mazey's two daughters."
The door opened for Anabia Calamae when Kate and Paul were approached by Lilian Skyrme of Penryn, asking if she could take on the Welsh Cob mare as a summer project.
"We jumped at the offer," said Kate. "Due to the current market for horses we decided to cut back on our breeding programme and were thrilled to give Mazey the chance to compete with Lilian."
Their decision was quickly ratified when Anabia Calamae and Lilian claimed the large breed mountain and moorland class en route to the in-hand mountain and moorland championship and the NPA qualifier on their first outing at Penzance Show.
"We were thrilled," said Kate. "She also finished third in the ridden mountain and moorland class, just a month after starting her career under saddle.
"Lilian, with help from her sister Zoe and mum Alison, did an excellent job producing Mazey for the NPA Champion of Champions final.
"The quality of the finalists was very high with some really beautiful native ponies forward and all of them champions at various shows throughout Cornwall."
The built up to the award ceremony is renowned for being filled with tension and this year was no exception as the announcements were made.
"Mark Cosgrove's beautiful Highland, who stood reserve to Mazey at Penzance was called forward for the in-hand reserve champion spot," said Kate. "And then to our surprise and delight Anabia Calamae was called forward as the in-hand champion.
With the pressure building Kate and her connections couldn't hide their delight when the supreme championship was declared.
"We were just so thrilled to stand Supreme Champion at the NPA Champion of Champions, especially with such a high standard of ponies forward," she said. "Lilian told us she was 'overwhelmed by the win'. We feel so lucky that Lilian has shown Mazey for us.
"Not only has she produced her to a high standard but she can also run fast enough to keep up with Mazey in the ring. Mazey is now thoroughly enjoying the ridden job. As a 10 year old, she has taken to it like a duck to water."
Lilian's mother Alison agreed: "Mazey's become a real star with her ridden career and never puts a foot wrong," she said. "She is so willing to please and Lilian and Zoe are enjoying riding her so much that they are going to keep her for a little while longer."
Champion of champions results: Pure-bred in-hand champion: Miss K Lutey's Anabia Calamae (Welsh D); reserve: Mr and Mrs Cosgrove's Whisper of Caenlochan (Highland). Owner bred: Mr Mark Cosgrove's Tythall Minnie Mouse (Welsh B foal); Ridden champion: Mr and Mrs Cosgrove's Boquhan Highland Jubilee (Highland). Reserve: Karen Andrews' Dwylan Meilir (Welsh A); Owner bred: John Cooper's Kenwyns Kensa (Welsh D); Part-bred: Supreme champion: Sara Pascoe's Cosford Chameleon (Welsh part-bred) ridden by Georgia Butler. Reserve and owner bred: Stephen & Gemma Trevenna's Colby Vanity Fayre (Welsh part-bred); Pure bred Supreme champion of champions: Miss Kate Lutey's Anabia Calamae (Welsh Section D); Reserve supreme: Mr and Mrs Cosgrove's Boquhan Highland Jubilee (Highland).
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