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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Best ever season for Cumbria's Solway Sport team

The season may have been full of disappointments for many riders – largely due to weather-related cancellations and abandoned shows – but for the Cumbrian-based Solway Sport team of Jackie Williamson, Brian Gibson and Julie Dockeray, it’s been one of the best ever.

Back in June they saw Richard Telford ride their pure-bred pink-papered Hanoverian Wallenstein to victory in the Novice Riding Horse class at the Royal Highland Show – the latest in a series of triumphs for the horse who won the Reserve Championship at Penrith and the Supreme Championship at Langholm as a two year old – and the following year, won every class he entered, adding another two Supremes to the list along the way.

A change of career also proved successful for Gordon Wilson’s racehorse Dippers Song. With Jackie as handler, he entered two ROR showing classes, and secured tickets for both the Royal Highland and Hickstead.

At the Moniaive Show their cob stallion The Mane Man won the over-four year old Coloured Class, and the Overall Coloured Horse Championship, both in-hand and ridden. Dippers Song won his riding class then took Reserve Riding Horse. And Top Man, a three year coloured horse the team are producing for owner Dicky Dixon won the In-hand Hunter class for one, two and three year olds, then took Reserve In-Hand Hunter and Best Young Hunter – and came second in the three year old and under coloured horse.

The season continued in similar vein with triumphs galore – and just to round things off before they have a well-deserved holiday, the team went to The Grand Slam at Ingliston where Wallenstein won the in-hand Riding Horse, then went on to be Reserve overall In-hand Champion at the evening performance. Dippers Song was first in the In-hand Sport Horse and third in the Open Riding class. Dipper then went on to win the in-hand race horse class and the ridden racehorse class on the Sunday. The champagne must be permanently flowing at their house!

In Dressage, there were fantastic results for Emma Williams and Ruth Edge at the Espayo National Championships at Stoneleigh. Emma came third in the Shearwater Potential International Dressage Horse four year old final with Ducon – and it was almost history repeating itself as she’d taken third in the same class last year with Conetta. She also took a ninth place with Dayana.

Meanwhile Ruth Edge and Shadowfax came fifth in the Winergy Prix St George Championships.

Following Team GB’s equestrian brilliance in the Olympics this year, there’s a timely reminder that many began their careers with the Pony Club, which has been going strong now for more than fifty years.

Cumbria has several branches, all running packed programmes of activities throughout the year with rallies, camps, competitions and lessons. Anyone interested in finding out more can find more details on the website www.pcuk.org

The CFHS branch of the Pony Club has changed the date of its forthcoming Working Hunter Show at Greenlands. It will now be held on Saturday December 1 and not October 13 as originally scheduled.

A special equine clinic and demonstration’s being held at the Lakeland Heavy Horse Centre at Dearham on Saturday October 6 with Justine Rumney. Justine’s based in Cumbria but trained in America with Kirsty and Bruce Logan and uses a modern method of horsemanship in her work.

The Lakeland Centre is also staging the final of its summer show jumping season on Saturday.

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