Chris Dalton – Western


Chris is 18. He lives just outside Alnwick, in Northumberland ( the location of Harry Potter’s castle). He started riding when he was about 3 years old and went through the usual Pony Club thing. From about 5 yrs he started English showing, first on the lead rein then progressing to first ridden and working hunter classes. He actually managed a 2nd place at Ponies UK in cradle stakes!

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By the time he was about 14 he was at a bit of a crossroads with the riding. He had a good 15hh working hunter pony and was doing small one day events etc. Then his mum & dad bought him an American Paint Horse for Xmas. After  that came two or three more and he attended his first Western Show in Glasgow. From there he has gone from strength to strength. He has finally got the horses he wants to compete on – after a lot of trial and error! He currently has 5 horses on the yard – all were imported from the USA.

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1) Hesa Classy Shadow, a 16.2hh black Quarter Horse and the mainstay for competition. 

 

2) Zips Tardy Impressive, a 15.2hh Appaloosa. 

 

3) Call Me Amigo, a 14hh American Paint Horse who started out his career as a cutting horse. 

 

4) Glowing With Kisses, a blue roan Quarter Horse. Only 2 at the moment, but shortly to be backed by Chris. We hope he will make about 16.2hh 

 

5) Wimpeys Smart Chex, a palomino Quarter Horse filly who is 3/4 sister to the world’s all time greatest reining horse, Wimpeys Little Chick. She was bred by ourselves out in Texas and arrived here last November. Only a yearling at the moment but we have very high hopes for her.

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Chris  has been UK Paint Horse Youth Champion for the past three years.  In 2007 he was European Youth Appaloosa Champion on Zips Tardy Impressive after a visit to Aachen, Germany. He was also selected to represent Europe at the World Appaloosa Youth Show in Oklahoma City. He competed his own reining horse in the youth reining at the World Paint Show at Fort Worth Texas and gained a 10th place (very, very big classes!).  In 2008 he was Appaloosa Horse Club UK National Open Champion & Western Equestrian Society National Champion. At the Western Equestrian Society Championship Show he was youth and overall champion. He was Open Trail Champion for American Quarter Horse Association UK and won the youth all round trophy at all but one of their shows he attended.

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Chris and Hesa Classy Shadow competed at the AQHA Championship Show last month winning the senior trail and 4 out of 5 of the youth championship classes.

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His Appaloosa, Zips Tardee Impressive has won the year end International (outside the USA) Hi Points buckle for senior trail and in doing so qualified for the Appaloosa World Show in Jackson, Mississippi.  Likewise, Hesa Classy Shadow has qualified for the Senior Trail at the AQHA World Show at Oklahoma City as the top senior trail horse in the UK.

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Chris left for the USA in October to get three months training in Texas. He is starting off at a top cutting yard and is hopeful of having the chance to compete there. He will then be going to a reining yard to get some tips for starting his baby reiner off back here before returning early in the new year.  He will then be preparing for the Youth World Cup to be held in Oklahoma City next year. The team hasn’t been officially picked yet but it is a virtual certainty he will be going.

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Chris’ Successes:

AQHA Youth Euro Cup

Chris was the highest placed overall British rider winning Gold for the UK in Horsemanship.

Garden of England International

Chris won the Senior Western Trail – the highest trail score we have heard of in the UK.

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Blue Chip Chat – Chris Dalton (large file – 12MB) 

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