Blue Chip Feed and the Irish Draught Horse Society have teamed up once again to offer joint sponsorship of the £2000 Blue Chip Challenge, for which the winner was announced amongst stiff competition on Saturday 3rd September at their Annual Breed Show, held at the Lincolnshire Showground.
Over the course of the year, fifteen qualifying shows held classes across the country for riders, both professionals and amateurs alike to gain the chance to compete for this prestigious title. As well as providing prizes for the Champion and Reserve Champion, Blue Chip founder Clare Blaskey extended the sponsorship to cover a new category for 2016, ‘Highest Placed Amateur Produced and Ridden Horse’ for which the winner received a silver salver and rug for their achievements. The introduction of this category by Clare was to further encourage the amateur rider and give them the confidence to feel that they can enter such competitions; a fact that is close to Blue Chip’s heart as they continuously support riders right from grassroots, across all disciplines of competition through to International Level.
The final judging took place in pouring rain and all fourteen horse and rider combinations taking part braved the weather to perform in the ring for the Judges who had attended the show from all corners of the UK. The quality of the horses competing was second to none, if not varied, as Ridden Cobs, Maxi-Cobs, and Riding Horses were judged against Light, Middle and Heavyweight Hunters which proved to cause great amounts of deliberation when it came to selecting the final seven placing’s.
The class was eventually won by Henrietta Spencer, riding the outstanding Lord John, on whom she has had numerous wins and placing’s this season so the pair were very worthy winners of this prestigious prize after a unanimous decision from the judges. Reserve Champion was taken by Christian Kwek, who was riding Kenlis Carrera, a stunning example of her breed, who all the judges agreed would be one to watch in the future. The Highest Placed Amateur Produced and Ridden Horse category was won by Andrew Johnson and Quinton’s Ernest and they were the first combination to win this prize at the Annual Breed Show.
The full list of winning horse and rider combinations are listed below:
Champion and Highest Placed Pure Bred: Lord John, owned by Henrietta Spencer
Reserve Champion: Kenlis Carrera owned by Christian Kwek
3rd (and highest placed under 15.2hh): The Comedian owned by Lady C Tyrell
4th: Lowmoor Touchstone, owned by Fiona Ludlow
5th: Bowland Lucky Slipper, owned by M & D Cornthwaite
6th: Appledark Magic Touch, owned by Norma Grubb
7th: Golden Inca Cross, owned by Julie Cooper
Highest Placed Amateur (unplaced): Quintons Ernest, owned by Andrew Johnson
Blue Chip hopes in years to come to maintain their support for the Irish Draught Horse Society to help introduce new riders to the organisation through their promotion and sponsorship of classes, so that even more entries are made for the 2017 Annual Breed Show, which is to be held on the 2nd and 3rd September at the Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre, Warwickshire.
For more information on the Irish Draught Horse Society of Great Britain, visit www.idhsgb.com or
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