Dales stands Supreme at HOYS 2022
There was a historic moment for the Dales pony this year when 5-year-old Dales Stallion Griseburn Major owned and ridden by Joseph Watson, bred by Helen and Andrew Horn, took the Overall Supreme M&M at the NPS/Baileys M&M Final at Horse of The Year Show. This charming young stallion in his first Open season won a seventeen strong Dales final on the Wednesday morning before sparkling his way to victory in the main arena under the spotlights in the Overall Championship on Thursday 6th October judged by Mrs M C Nimmo and Mrs J Jack. Joseph and his partner Rob McIvor purchased Major directly from his breeders as a 3-year-old; he is by Wolsey Viking out of Tarbarl Kate Boss.
Second in the Dales final was the Pennell family and their homebred 7-year-old stallion Nipna Midnight Rambler – by Nipna Invictus out of Nipna Damask Rose this was Rambler’s second visit to the final ridden by Sarah Parker. They also finished second in 2021.
Third was another first-time visitor bred by the Griseburn stud – this time Gillian Simpsons’ 6-year-old Griseburn Lester (Wolsey Viking x Westwick Ginny) ridden by Aimee Devane. Fourth was Nipna Mighty Oak (Lowhouses Black Magic x Tarbarl Peggy Macdonald) owned by Amanda Jones and ridden by her daughter Leah May. Fifth was Mighty Oaks’ full sister Nipna Lavender Lady owned by Paul Davis and ridden by Imogen Davis. Both bred by the Pennell family. Sixth belonged to regular finalist the 10-year-old Tarbarl Luke at Me (Carrock Billy Boy x Tarbarl Polly) bred by Mr Michael Stonehouse and owned by Ella Morris. Seventh was the fourth pony from the Nipna Stud – this time Nipna Kitty O’Day (Lowhouses Black Magic x Tarbarl Peggy Macdonald) owned still by the stud ridden by Tayla Lewis and eighth was Thornville Pearl, here on her second visit to the final. Pearl is a 10-year-old bred by Mr T Sharp by Rosebarr Monarch out of Thornville Gem and is owned and ridden by Kate Paskins. Finally taking the ninth placing of the seventeen forward was Langrigg Thomas owned by Sarah Weston and ridden by Cassie Regan. Thomas is bred by DPS Vice-Chair Mr E Coulthard and is again by Wolsey Viking and out of Waterside June.
Congratulations to all seventeen Dales pones that qualified for the final, it is the most ever qualified in one year and shows the strength of the breed taking many of the mixed qualifiers as well as the Dales only ones.
There were four ponies bred by Lowhouses Black Magic in the final and this earnt him the HOYS accolade of Dales Pony Sire of the Year and there were also five ponies bred by the Pennell family (Nipna Stud) They were presented with the Dales Pony Breeder of the Year title at a lovely awards ceremony on the Thursday evening at the show kindly sponsored by the Leeman family.
Friday saw the UK Horse and Pony M&M Junior final; a mixed class of some twenty-five entered there were six Dales ponies forward. One of the most competitive sections to qualify for around the country congratulations must go to the young jockeys and their ponies – all are under 18-year-old and did an excellent job for the breed. The highest placed Dales was Sarah Westons’ Langrigg Thomas ridden by 15-year-old Izzie Kinvig in third and hot on her heels in fourth was Nipna Kitty O Day and Charlotte Caulfield. Seventh place in the final was taken by Tarbarl Luke at Me owned by Ella Morris and ridden by Libby Grota. The other finalists must get a mention; Byersgreen Alfie ridden by Amy Forsdyke, Nipna Lavender Lady and Imogen Davis and Tarbarl Major Tom and Phoebe Prater.
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Below is the video from Major’s Lap of Honour