Equestrian by Kathryn Pearn
HARRY Greaves and Rosie Scambler spearheaded a tremendous performance for the Cornwall Trec Group at the Royal Windsor Horse Show where they joined forces with Alice Mongor of the Mid Devon Riding Club to clinch victory in the Top Score Speed jumping team event.
This Cornish duo soaked up the atmosphere amid celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and were thrilled to receive their awards from British Horse Society president Martin Clunes.
"Meeting Martin Clunes was a brilliant end to a brilliant show," said 16-year-old Harry, of St Eval, who is sponsored by the Bodmin-based company Woof Wear.
Harry also held the distinction of partnering his mare Sweet Jazz to an individual rosette in the Top Score Speed championship. The combination showed a maturity beyond their experience at their first major show together.
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"In the warm up Jazz was a live wire and when Harry rode her into the arena she looked as if she might pop," explained his father Ian.
"They both got down to the job in hand working really well together jumping and turning and trying to rack up as many points as possible in the time allowed.
"They had a great round and best of all Jazz was loving it and really working with Harry. They were up against some amazing little ponies able to turn quicker and Harry felt a top placing wasn't there.
"But when the results were announced he was delighted to finish in eighth place. It was even better that the rosettes were presented by Martin Clunes."
Harry said: "It was Jazz's first time out of the county and I'd like to thank everyone who helped us get there, especially Woof Wear for their continued support.
"I also receive a huge amount of support from my dad who always is willing to take me to various events. I've recently moved out of juniors and we bought Sweet Jazz for my transition to seniors."
Bred by median British Showjumping course designer, Clive Phillips of Par, this talented young mare looks set for an excellent future with her young rider.
Harry said: "I'm now looking forward to registering her with British Showjumping. Royal Windsor was the first big show she'd been to and the weather proved quite a test.
"The mud was pretty bad and it's the first show we've had to be towed in to.
"We competed on the all weather arena but the organisers did an amazing job in keeping the grass arenas in good condition. It was an awesome show to go to and I will defiantly look to go there in the future."
Sixteen-year-old Rosie, who is an A level student at Penwith College agreed. She said: "It was a fantastic experience. We had a really incredible time and it was by far the biggest show I've ever ridden at – it was fabulous."
Rosie was thrilled with her 15.2hh seven-year-old thoroughbred cross Welsh Section D gelding Ashraw High Flyer.
She said: "Mike (Ashraw High Flyer) hadn't been anywhere like that before. He coped extremely well with all the carriages and horses passing for the parades.
"We didn't expect to go and win and there were some very smiley faces all round. We were really well supported by Cornwall Trec and had a great time soaking up the atmosphere."
Cornwall Trec members Jamie-Lee Ball and Ben Freeman also clinched their tickets to these prestigious finals and proudly flew the Cornish flag in the novice and open top score championships with Sam Gilbert of Newquay Riding Club.
Ben partnered his grey mare Elises Diamond who showed her potential under the spotlight with a solid performance while Jamie Lee added miles on the clock for her bay mare Mollie who gained valuable experience competing under the championship pressure.
"I would just like to say just how proud I am of all the Cornwall Trec Group riders for getting this far and doing so well," said Jamie Lee who combined competing with her duties as team manager for the group.
"Getting placed is a tremendous result but to come back to Cornwall with a win is more than we could have hoped for. I only took over as team manager in September and it's all been so new to me.
"I couldn't have been able to do my job without the help of Jane Fisher and the Cornwall Trec Committee. I'd like to thank everyone for their support and help and our team riders for doing Cornwall Trec Group proud."
The Native Pony Association Annual Breed Show takes place on July l at the Royal Cornwall Showground where an extensive schedule includes a wide range of qualifiers for the South West Pony Association, the Blue Chip NPA champion of champions.
There are a host of in-hand and ridden classes for all breeds of mountain and moorland ponies including NPS ridden and part-bred classes with WPCS in-hand medals on offer.
Entries for the in-hand classes close on June 1 with schedules available for downloading from www.nativeponyassociationcornw all.co.uk
Call Martyn Hendra 01209 212735; Di Cosgrove 01736 362906 or Sue Payne 01736 851243.
Equestrian diary dates, see Digest, Page 106.