THE team of four judges, Ian Stark, Tom McEwen, Roly Owers and Liz Hopper, have chosen their winners in the Harry Hall riding story competition and the results are in.
Each winner has won a prize package worth £1,500. With over 300 entries, it took the judges some time to choose the winners in their category. Last week, Harry Hall announced the winners and what the judges had to say.
THE FUNNY STORY
Alison Dunevein-Gordeon – Donkeys and Drunken Dons
Judge Ian Stark said: “It brought back some childhood memories of ‘Paddy’, the donkey where I started riding as a 10-year-old. He was a perfect ride for the small children, but he used to escape out of his paddock by crawling under the fence on his stomach and disappeared down to the town square and was always found eating the beautiful flowers! Our local police always saw the funny side of it.”
THE PINCH ME STORY
Jeremy Bell – Little did I know
Judge Liz Hopper said: “I laughed and cringed all at the same time, but can’t help thinking he’s pinching and kicking himself for not accepting that friends request. Does sound like a great night though.”
THE INSPIRATIONAL STORY
Sally James – Bringing joy to life
Judge Eventer Tom McEwen said: “Sally James with her daughter and the great work they have done along with the RDA. Every story with the RDA is inspiring, especially as we all know the hard work that goes in behind it.”
THE CHALLENGING STORY
Teal Anthoney – Bouncing back
Judge Roly Owers from World Horse Welfare said: “Our association with horses is very much a partnership – whatever form that make take. Hence there are two key players in the form of human and equine – and Teal’s story highlighted the challenges for both.”
To read the shortlist and winning stories, visit https:// harryhall.com/ riding-stories
“We have laughed, cried and gasped at the stories that we received; Harry Hall have been helping horse owners for over 100 years. We’re horse owners and riders, who understand that this is a lifestyle, not a hobby. We enjoyed reading each and every story and thank everyone who entered,” said Managing Director, Liz Hopper.