National Open Veteran Showing Championships 2015

Veteran Horses Dazzle in the good weather at the Veteran Horse Society National Championships

 

The weekend of 25th-27th September 2015  saw hundreds of competitors flock to Bury Farm Equestrian Village in the great weather for the Veteran Horse Society (VHS) National Championships 2015.

 

The weekend started on the Friday with a fun packed day of Dressage, Fancy Dress-age, Concours D’Elegance and Side Saddle classes as well as the last area and regional finals for the chance to qualify for the Supreme Final 2015.

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The Friday evening also show cased the top placed competitors of the Fancy Dress-age followed by a showing Masterclass with Judge Russell Marks discussing what he look for in a veteran horse ‘Through the Judges eyes’.

 

The Masterclass saw a variety of horses be positively evaluated by Russell, with hints and tips and audience participation.  The display was free to both members and non-members.

 

Saturday saw Veteran horses and ponies compete in a range of Breed classes and ‘for type’ ie veteran riding horse, hunter as well as Working Hunter classes.

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It was open to members and non-members, with an evening performance of Champions from the day. The Saturdays Champion of Champions were Heidi Bull and 20 year old Arlekin Ts as Champion, Reserve Champion went to Beth Proctor and Fleurs flight (23) .

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2nd Reserve went to Gemma Payne and Abergavenny Nobility (18)

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Sunday, with yet another great day of weather, had members competing in area qualifiers for 2016, further classes for in-hand as well as the Young Rider championship.

 

At 1pm on Sunday, the Supreme Final started.

The in-hand finalist were first into the ring with a strong class of 25 horses.  Nicola Timmins and 19 year old Croft Sensation were in-hand champions with Hannah Ludlow and 26 year old Mr Buttons being placed as Reserve Champion.

 

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The Ridden Championship was another strong class of 23 riders and saw Lucy Nazer and 17 year old Rolandro as Champions and 19 year old Aytounhill Midnight Express with Rider Phillipa Dawson-Coates as Reserve Champion.

Champions and Reserves were then brought forward for the Supreme final and saw Lucy Nazer and Rolandro crowned as Grand Supreme and Nicola Timmins and Croft Sensation as Supreme Reserve Champion.

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The atmosphere was electric! A fun filled and friendly weekend with a healthy competitive edge.  The society was inundated with messages of thanks with an overwhelming number of messages about how friendly the Society was.

“Thank you for an amazing weekend, a superb organisation! Really helpful and friendly judges and such a friendly atmosphere amongst competitors” Karen Dance, VHS Member.

 

Huge thanks go to Mr Kevan Baskeyfield and Mrs Lin Herridge for judging the Supreme; As well as Mr Russell Marks and Mr Nigel Vale for stewarding.

 

Thanks also go to all the other judges in attendance over the weekend, competitors, grooms, volunteers and to their main sponsor Allen and Page.