The Cherif Championship idea was started in 1990, when Tina Day
contacted Sue Nash and Lynda Temple to see if they could all work
on a plan for a prestigious event for ridden Anglo and Part-bred
Arabs. Up until that time, there was very little that these horses
and ponies could achieve as a breed, unless they went out under
a different guise.
1990: Autoscan UK. Ltd for ridden Anglo and Part-breds was born,
and the finals were held at Towerlands, after the International.
The change to Cherif Championship occurred in 1991, and up until
1997, Lady Beaverbrook and Mrs Nathalie Meredith very kindly agreed
to sponsor, and name the competition in memory of their Pure bred
stallion, Cherif, who was one of the first horses to participate
in the White Horse Whisky campaign.
1990 Miss S. Turner College Barn's Superstar
Photo Christine Massey
In 1999 Limpet
Anti Slip Saddle Pads sponsored for the year, with the proviso
that the Cherif name remained.
The Cherif Championship is certainly one of the main Championship
shows in the country. It attracts the top Show ponies, Show Hunter
ponies, Show hacks and Riding horses. Many are Horse of the Year
winners, or have qualified for Wembley.
Before the conception of the Cherif Championship, it had been
considered taboo to admit that any of the top show animals carried
a percentage of Arab blood - the Cherif Championship has changed
this attitude, and the name of this Championship is synonymous
with top class quality amongst the show fraternity in Great Britain.
The Cherif Championship is a qualifying competition for registered
ridden Anglo and Part-bred Arab horses and ponies. There are many
County and major shows participating in this event, and all are
nationwide, ranging from Scotland to Cornwall, Wales and Sussex,
with many more shows waiting for qualifying status.
Tina, Lynda and Sue are still the Committee, and will continue
to maintain, if not improve the Cherif Championship.
Anglo Arab: A cross between a registered Pure Arab and
a GSB registered Thoroughbred, and the continuation of these bloodlines
only. Anglo arabs do not have to carry a minimum percentage of
Arab blood in order to be shown.
Part-breds: A Part-bred Arab horse and pony is a cross
between an Arab, Anglo or Part-bred, and any other breed. To enable
being registered with the AHS they have to carry a minimum of
12½% Arab blood,