West Midlands, 25 April
By Chris James.

Photo By Chris James

Andrew Tonge and Jo Clarke moved their Arabian Training Centre down to Henley in Arden at the end of last year, which is only a few miles down the road from Solihull RC. So it was only fitting that Andrew should take the supreme award with Joanne Davis's 3-year-old colt Krown. Joanne had bought him as a yearling from Sue Richards but this was his first outing, after having been to Andrew for some training.

Joanne's stallion Applauz took the senior male award for the second year running.

Andrew also claimed the senior female title for Gloria Harrigan's MHS Tariqa.

Both Krown and Petron, the reserve supreme are by stallions from Sue Richard's Ty-Draw Arabians in south Wales.

Melanie Waring bought Petron earlier in the year from Lisa Kelly as a future ride for her daughter, Francessca who took two national ridden titles last year when she was only fourteen-years-old. Francessca continued her winning ways when she claimed the top spot in the large ridden anglo and partbreds with their 10-year-old gelding He's A Diamond, and also took the novice title on their first outing with the purebred mare MHS Bint Daleema.

MHS Bint Daleema is straight Egyptian and is the Warings first purebred, they had not planned to buy her but when visiting Pat Westwood in November to buy some chickens, she just happened to be in the stable, and they fell in love with her.

Mark Gamlin's homebred MG Saffire took the junior female title. She is of the Ffatal attraction/Nouvelle pairing that has produced two national champions and Nouvelle is due to foal again later this month.

Karen and Dave Whittard's yearling filly Biba took the reserve spot, on her first outing since taking the title at the British national foal show. They also took the reserve senior male award with their homebred black stallion Mahaala, both are out of their USA imported mare Deserai. The Whittards bred Karen Carr's yearling colt Saudee, who took his second red rosette from two outings.

Andrea Boyle's Malekeiro headed both his in-hand gelding and ridden sections and took the two reserve titles. Andrea's 19-year-old gelding Brimblemere Valiant took both the In Hand and Ridden Veteran classes.

Lisa Breeze's Zinjadi moved up to second in his first Open class. He was junior novice gelding winner at the National show last year. Lisa was not sure if they would be able to compete as she was recovering from an operation to her wrist three weeks earlier.

Roger and Liz Titterington's, stallion Shadow Blue, ridden by Liz Needham took the ridden title.

Jade King took Carole Molyneux's Kelsborrow Creditor to head the under 153 ridden Anglo and partbreds and also claimed the national young rider's qualifying ticket.

Robert Cochram and Wayfaring Last Song claimed the Anglo and partbred female title for Lesley Bishop-Milnes.

The yearling filly had a traumatic start to life as her dam had a difficult foaling and didn't produce any milk, so she was bottle fed until Joanna Vardon found them the Freeman family's pony as a foster mum.

Cynthia and David Trodd's stallion Beckside Topnotch took the corresponding top male award, while Queenie Jones took the Palomino top-spot with Louraise Shanay.

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