Tinka’s Flash makes a triumphant return to claim the National Pony Society/Snuggy Hoods Working Hunter Pony of the Year Championship. You could hear a pin drop as Friday afternoon’s audience in the Andrews Bowen International Arena waited to hear who would be crowned National Pony Society/Snuggy Hoods Working Hunter Pony of the Year Champion. In the end it was the Intermediate winner, Hannah’s Sloan’s 15-year-old Chestnut gelding, Tinka’s Flash who rose triumphant after a sterling performance throughout the day.
By Croft Tinka’s Lad out of Bellinda, Tinkas Flash is no stranger to HOYS, having won the Intermediate section back in 2013 with Hannah’s brother Stuart. “This is my third season on him,” said Hannah. “It’s a dream come true. He’d never jumped before we got him as a nine-year-old.”
Described as “quirky, but very gentle”, the Chestnut gelding has a very strong track record with numerous Intermediate titles including at the Royal International, in the Desert Orchid and at the Royal Highland Show.
Reserve Champion went to the 133cm section winner, Camilla Lanni’s 12-year-old Welsh Section B Birkinbrook Arabella, by Millcroft Cruga out of Thistledown Miami.
The crowds had been growing throughout the morning in the TopSpec Arena as the four class sections progressed. It was the ponies with the best rounds over the course of rustic fences that went forward to further judging for show and conformation.
Polly Eddis’ 14-year-old Connemara gelding Cashel Bay JJ took the 153cm section fresh from his second place in The British Show Pony Society Mountain & Moorland Exc. 143cm Working Hunter Pony of the Year yesterday, with Lucy Eddis in the saddle.
The 143cm section went to Michelle Burnett’s 14-year-old Chestnut gelding Stambrook Maestro ridden by Ella Dalton.