Supreme ridden palomino champion, Riversides Supreme Eclipse, owned by Debbie West and ridden by Darren Commins
This year’s British Palomino Society National Championships was a huge success attracting competitors from all over the country.
Held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, owners from across the UK travelled to Worcestershire to show and compete their horses and ponies that have the cream dilute gene. Palomino, buckskin, cremello, perlino, smokey black, smokey cream and cream dilutes with any broken coloured/spotted variation, all came forward in a wide variety of classes over the two days providing competitors and spectators with a fantastic opportunity to see all these animals in one place.
Across Saturday and Sunday there were more than 80 classes that included ridden and in-hand showing as well as dressage. Full results can be found on the BPS website but some key winners from the weekend included:
Sameon Sandlewood owned by Sarah Carrington Chappell from Hampshire who was the winner of the Medallion Championship and the prestigious Bayliss Cup (awarded for best colour). On her way to the Best in Show success claiming the Midoak Trophy and the £250 jackpot, Midoak Minted Gold owned by Susan Cousins also claimed the overall horse championship to take home the Harry Hall Trophy, the female championship to claim the BPS Cup and the in-hand palomino supreme champion to receive The President’s Trophy. Overall pony champion and the winner of The De Beaumont Cup was Black Rose Peach, owned by Imogen Duffy. Male champion and receiving the Shelsey Cup was Bathleyhills Monet, owned by Penny Walster. The supreme ridden championship went to Riverside Supreme Eclipse, ridden by Daren Commins and owned by Debbie West. The ridden all colours championship winner was Major Eclipse ridden and owned by Lisa Issacs.
In the cream dilute classes the in-hand championship went to Lottie Rebels Princess with Amanda Durston. The ridden championship went to Havenbeech Silver Wagtail, ridden by Steph Chaplin; the pair also claimed the ridden Cream of the Crop championship. The in-hand Cream of the Crop championship went to Cadlanvalley Aurelia owned by Carolyn Cox.
This year the show was a huge success thanks to the change in the rules which saw animals with correct colour being recognised and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. This allowed the judging in the affiliated classes to just concentrate on the quality of conformation, movement and type.
Lee Mingay, council member from The British Palomino Society said: “Another year done and what a show it was! We had a great number of entries and the weekend had a wonderful community atmosphere. I also want to thank all the sponsors, competitors, judges, volunteers and helpers who helped in making this event run smoothly yet again, and I cannot wait for next year which will be taking place on the 13th & 14th July 2019 at Three Counties Showground!”
For more information and results, please visit: www.thebritishpalominosociety.co.uk