THE Area 13a (Cornwall) of the British Show Pony Society (BSPS) held their open Spring show at Tall Trees arena, Camelford, incorporating Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) qualifiers with major spoils going to the Cornish competitors.
Four-year-old Alexander Mann, from Penzance, stole the show riding his grandmother Liz Stanlieck's exquisite lead rein show pony mare, Trevaylor Miss Dior, to clinch the overall local supreme championship.
The five-year-old home-bred, out of Liz's prolific winning mare, Trevaylor Tiger Lily, started the day off with a win in the lead rein show pony class, qualifying them for RIHS, before taking the section championship.
The pair were led by stable jockey of ten years and 'part of the family' Harriet Searle, 17.
Harriet also tasted success when she partnered Liz's nine-year-old 14hh show hunter pony, Stychlands Chevalier, to stand show hunter pony champions.
Having already qualified in both the open and Pretty Polly (home-produced) sections, the RIHS ticket was passed down to second-placed Abi Dymond and Schumaker, who then stood reserve champions.
Blisland based Abi also took reserve champion on her 14.2 show pony gelding, Abbas Blue Rainbow after winning and taking the RIHS for that class.
The nine-year-old chestnut already collected his Pretty Polly ticket last month.
Keeping it in the family, younger sister Tori won her first ridden show pony class on her new ride, Rowfantina Sweet Memories and mother Fiona won and qualified in the lightweight cob class on Trevor Burley's Garrangrena Dream, before taking the cob championship.
The Maxi Cob qualifying ticket went to 23-year-old mother of two Rebecca Williams, from Ruan Minor, riding her own Skewbald gelding, Smudge.
This was their second RIHS ticket in a week, as they have also qualified in the coloured classes.
The Riding Horse championship went to the striking grey gelding, Applaud, who won the large section. Fourth in this class at HOYS last term, he is owned by Kathryn Pitt and ridden by trainee Physical Education teacher, Lucy Bowden, from Carbis Bay.
The decision to bring him for the qualifier was only made two days before the show.
Lucy also rode Applaud to collect their second ticket in the large Part Bred Arab section and clinched their second championship of the day.
The Pretty Polly lead rein mountain and moorland ticket went to the typey Welsh Section A gelding, Wyedean Sinatra, owned by Paulette Watson of Truro and ridden by her five-year-old daughter, Amelia.
The pair, who already have their open ticket, went on to take the overall reserve supreme and Paulette said: "Frank (Wyedean Sinatra) is a real gentleman and always looks after her. Amelia is in love with her first flower sash and cradled it all the way home."
Ten-year-old Florrie Ball, from Padstow, rode her delightful Dartmoor, Newoak Star Edition, to win the Pretty Polly first ridden mountain and moorland qualifier and collect their first ever RIHS ticket.
The eight-year-old gelding was contesting his first qualifier of the year and also just missed out on the open ticket, where they stood second.
Florrie said: "It is my last year on him and I am very excited to have qualified as I have never been to RIHS. I love him."
May 10: Gwennap RC Kids Cub @ Chiverton RC. Starts 10am.
May 10: Troon Horse Show @Stithians Showground. See website for details.
May 10: Unaffiliated Dressage @ Colraine EC.
May 11: Gwennap RC Hunter Trial @ Scorrier Estate. Starts 9am.
May 11: Unaffiliated Show Jumping @ Colraine EC. 50cms – 1.10m.
May 14: Cornwall Trec Group Evening Show Jumping @ Chyverton Park.
May 18: Threewaters RC Open Show @ Chyverton Park. See websites for details.