Winning at one of the UK’s most prestigious equestrian shows is a fantastic achievement. So there’s little wonder the Woolley family of the Appleby based Littletree Dressage are flying high this week. Their horses took both championship and reserve in the Shearwater Potential International Dressage Horse four-year-old class. The top accolade went to stallion Eldorado with the Wooley’s own home-bred Don Flucher (now owned by Jan Bennett) in second place. The horses had secured their qualifying tickets at Bishop Burton where they also came first and second in their class. Emma Woolley rode both horses on the Saturday at Stoneleigh, achieving top place with Eldorado and third with Don Fulcher. That ensured their places in the final but was no guarantee of success since the three judges effectively started on the Sunday with a clean sheet.Emma couldn’t ride both horses in the final so Don Fulcher’s reins were handed to her trainer Hannah Esberger who had made the trip from Yorkshire, just in case!
Earlier this year Emma’s mother Jane was badly injured in a freak accident at home and had to be taken to hospital by Air Ambulance for emergency surgery. So this high-level double success was all the sweeter for the family. Shetland breeder Sue Nicholson’s prize winning season continued at Eggleston show with seconds for her stallion Millhouse Exel, mares Allengrove Ally and Allengroce Bliss, and yearling colt Allengrove Royal Britannia and a third for minature mare Straduff Honesty. Honesty then took Reserve Miniature Champion and Royal Britannia the Reserve Junior Champion.
Pony Club news, and Cumberland Farmers Hunt North hosted the hotly-fought Cumbria Shield Team Show Jumping. Seventy teams from all over Cumbria and South West Scotland took part. CFHS won the first class of the day, and then Caldew Riding Club threw down the gauntlet by winning the next two classes. It turned out to be the host club’s day however when they took both the top trophies. CFHN retained the Junior Cumbria Shield in Class 4 with four very good rounds from Alex Phillips on Roman Red, Rebecca Connor on Nellie, Jessica Wilson on Indie and Shona Little on Ruby. Then CFHN won back the Senior Cumbria Shield for the first time since 2007 with great team worked from Hannah McGarr on Taboo, Danielle Hamilton on Sid, Rebecca Connor on Stormaker II and Alice Atkinson on checkmate.
CFHS took first and second places in the 80cms – then the CFHN ‘veteran’ team of Lyndsey Ferguson on Winston, Debbie Otterburn on Star, Laura Clough on Shalamar Dundeal and Katie Merrill on Lizzie showed the youngsters how to do it by winning the 1m class. The Egremont Crab Fair included a brilliant selection of classes over two days to suit just about everyone with a horse or a pony, with everything from small and mighty, won by Charlie Crayston and Catherine Park, to fancy Dress, won by Ellie Naylor as Little Red Riding Hood, along with her Mum as Grandma and her dog as the Big Bad Wolf! The overall Championship went to Abby Tyson and the Reserve to Ellie Napier. In ponies show jumping section Amelia Charlton and Jane Beck first and second Amellia Charlton and Jane Beck took first and second in the 50cm class riding A Touch of Magic and Murphy, then swapped places in the 60cm. Lauren McFarland and the might Jethro proved unbeatable in the higher classes, winning both the 1m and the 1.05 classes.