Redwings Show Blue Chip Supreme Championship 9th May


Inspiring scenes at Redwings Show as Tiger Leaf reigns supreme.

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Kate Campbell and her beautiful mare, Tiger Leaf, took the Blue Chip Supreme Championship at the Redwings Show on 9th May at Easton College.

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Kate has owned the seven-year-old for two years, but astonishingly this stunning mare has only  been back in work for six months after undergoing groundbreaking surgery for kissing spines.

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Kate took the Ring Three Championship after impressing in the Open Working Hunter (Over 15hh) class, and was crowned Supreme Champion at the end of the day, just edging Amber Hewitt and Merlin into the Reserve spot.

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Kate said: “It was fantastic to be Supreme Champion as this was only our second Working Hunter competition of the year. We had a great day and will definitely be back to defend our title next year!”

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For the first time this year, the Redwings Show featured TARRA qualifiers. Joey Ellis and Blue Streak took the TARRA Ridden contest from Kate Campbell and Tiger Leaf, who this time had to be content with second place, while Yvonne Proctor and Nakatani were placed third.

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Meanwhile the In-hand TARRA class was fiercely contested, with Clare Trowsdale and Lordly Leader taking top spot from Lorraine Webster and Fawlty in second, and Penny Michelle with Lily in a very respectable third place.

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TARRA Judge Peter Gunn said: “It was a very well organised show and the standards were excellent throughout. In particular the In-hand winner was a really gorgeous looking animal, exactly what I’m looking for in a retrained Thoroughbred.”

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In Ring One a huge range of horses and ponies were shown through the M&M, Coloured and Cobs classes, with the winners gaining a ticket for Champion of Britain Title Classes at the Royal London Show. The Ring One Championship was taken by Jessica Proctor and International Playboy, who were winners in the Ridden Hunter, but judge Annette Grundy also picked out Daisy Mills and her Dartmoor Redwings Roly for a special mention, winners in the Ridden M&M Small Breeds, a pony she described as “absolute perfection; whatever he was asked to do, he did it.”

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Ring Two was all about In-Hand Showing, and it was fantastic to see so many entrants, particularly in the Young Handler class, which was won by 12-year-old Amber Hewitt and Merlin. The winner of the In-Hand Best Veteran was Catherine Mace-Nelson with her 28-year-old mare Tariba who went on to take the crown in the Spillers Best Condition Championship comprising the four Best Condition and Veteran classes.

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Catherine said: “Tariba was a Polo Pony until she was 18 and then she enjoyed a happy hunting career. We are now enjoying taking part in various In-Hand classes and we had a really fun day here today!”

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Ring Three was the Utility and Working Hunter classes, including Tiger Leaf’s success in the Open Working Hunter. Other winners included Amy Walton with Sweet About Me in Utility Pony (13.2hh-14.3hh), Ryan Carlton with Templewood Khan in the Utility Horse class and Hannah Coggles with Corofin King in the Working Pony (over 13hh-15hh).

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In Ring Four, the focus was very much on welfare, with a variety of Best Condition, Best Veteran and Best Rescue ridden classes. Judge Lynn Fielder described the standards as “excellent across the board.” Best Condition was won convincingly by Sam Hodge and Bay of Duck, Best Rescue was taken by stunning Redwings guardian horse Lady Muck and her guardian Amy Humphrey, while the overall champions of this ring were the delightful Isabel Meadows Gibbs in her first show off the lead rein with her pony Mrs Tiggywinkle.

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Show organiser and Redwings Re-homing Manager Emma Lacey said “The day went so well and I was thrilled with the numbers of competitors attending the show and the standard of the animals coming forward. The supreme champion was a quality mare that, through the care of her owners, had bounced back from serious illness to show her true quality and take the title, a testament to compassionate and responsible horse ownership.”

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To view the show results, CLICK HERE

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