The 2015 National Pony Society Dressage Finals
The National Pony Society 2015 Dressage Finals at Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire on Sunday 12th April, 2015 saw a great tally of Welsh Ponies and Cobs competing at this prestige event, now in its eighth year.
With five of the fifteen animals forward to ride off in the supreme competition to music being registered Welsh, the going was always going to be tough. The winners of the fifteen classes within the competition come forward at the end of the event to perform dressage in a free style to music with a total independent judge.
The Supreme champion this year went to a Connemara followed by a Dales and then a riding pony, but the Welsh were never far behind. Into fourth place overall was the small mountain and moorland Prelim class winner, Glebedale Euros, ridden by Selene Regan , this Section C gained a massive 74.79% to win their class.
In seventh place overall came a Welsh cob- normally known for their inhand successes, Rainhill Rowena, ridden by Beth Mantel and gaining a 66.87% in the Novice final of Welsh Cobs, this combination also gained a fourth place in the Prelim final with 67.92%.
In 9th place overall was another Welsh cob, and yet again from a well- known inhand showing stud, namely Danaway Royal Ransom, owned and ridden by Vicky White. This combination had not only won the Prelim Finals for the Welsh cobs, with 72.8% but had also come a close second to Rainhill Rowena in the novice finals.
Danaway Royal Ransom
In thirteenth place overall came the Welsh Section B, Bleanhills Surtees ridden by Rosie Moore, this combination were the winners of the novice final for the mini riders (12 year and under class) gaining 66.87% in the winning slot.
The Welsh Part bred Hightopps Royal Pendant followed up the rear in the overall supreme ride off having won their novice test finals for the Part breds and also gaining a fourth placing in their Prelim finals.
Hightopps Royal Pendant
The Welsh Pony and Cob Society sponsored teams within this competition, seven prelim teams and six novice teams, gaining places of fifth and seventh in the prelim event out of twenty three teams entered. They also gained a fourth and 10th placing in the novice event which saw twenty teams competing for places.
The event this year saw 217 tests ridden and 74 of them being Welsh! It is so pleasing for the NPS Dressage working group, who has worked alongside British Dressage throughout our eight years to now welcome a new series BD are hoping to run for natives. They like us see the need for such a competition for the performance side of these native ponies.
Secretary, NPS Dressage.
Photographs by Equinational