CERYS Howell (16) from Donaghadee recently competed at the prestigious British Show Pony Society Summer Championship Show held at Arena UK in Grantham, England from August 21 to 25.
Cerys and her eight-year-old pony ‘Lulu’, who are members of the Irish Pony Society, represented Ireland at the show, which featured the cream of United Kingdom working hunter ponies and riders. The pair competed in the Champion of Champions 153 competition, which is the most widely competitive event at the show, featuring all the top ponies from across the UK and one of the most arduous jumping tracks, built by the renowned course builder known as the “Grave Digger” because of his exceptionally difficult courses!
Cerys and ‘Lulu’ jumped a fabulous round to take first place and become the Champion of Champions, receiving many accolades from judges and competitors alike for her stylish performance.
The duo then went on to claim first prize in the 153 Challenge Working Hunter class against a fiercely competitive field.
To end the week at Grantham, Cerys and ‘Lulu’ competed in the Desert Orchid 1.20m competition, which is well-known as one of the most technical and hazardous jumping tracks throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland and built by the “Grave Digger”. Cerys and ‘Lulu’ were one of only two clear rounds jumped out of a solid 18 top riders and ponies from around the UK and Ireland, taking a well deserved second place in this highly competitive class.
Cerys arrived home ecstatic with her pony ‘Lulu’ and her own performance, having held their own against the best of UK and Irish ponies.
Very well done Cerys – keep up the good work!