…. featuring the Osborne Refrigerators BDS National Championships
“Thank you all so much for the most wonderful day out at Addington yesterday. It was our first time there and we were so nervous, a kind welcome and huge encouragement and sound advice from both judges and drivers soon eased the nerves and we thoroughly enjoyed our day. You should all be so proud of yourselves, the turnouts were breathtaking, the show so beautifully run and the confidence you’ve given me has made a magical day, one I’ll never forget…. Thank you again from myself and a very happy little pony x “ Just one of the many lovely comments received!
The day started in the two outdoor arenas with the Northern Riding Centre`s Non Hackney type class won by Mandy Burdick`s grand Horsemans Momentum and the Bob Alexander Mountain & Moorland class won by Thimbleby Candyman driven by owner Tania Mizzi.
The Ride and Drive class kindly sponsored by Diana Mellows was the winning start of a very good day for the Friesian Sybolt H owned by Luke Beech and Jemma Cooper, who then went on to take the Osborne Refrigerators Four Wheel exercise vehicle class before eventually taking the National Exercise Vehicles Championship in the evening from the Two Wheel class winner Wildcourt Spotlight owned and driven by Tony Pearce.
NFU Mutual Pleasure Driving saw Melanie Wilton`s smart bay pony pair take the red rosette back to Cornwall , a long journey made well worthwhile.
Interestingly the KBIS World and Rare Breeds winning turnout also came from Cornwall , a good going pair of Friesians driven by Matthew Green and owned by the Hon. E.D.H. Boscawen. This turnout also won the Lady & Gentleman whip class.
QTR Transport`s support of the Welsh Sec D class won by Bertie Independence Warrior driven & owned by Steve Tubb was much appreciated , as was the same sponsor`s support of the Welsh A, B & C class with Judi Ralls` Sec A Oakhaze McClintock in first place from Julie Elliott`s Sec B Pennway Sovereign.
Charlie Bailey drove John Bailey`s KWPN Tom to top a strong class of Osborne Refrigerators Non Hackneys over 13.2hh from Horsemens Momentum. The equivalent Hackney Type over 13.2hh class winner was Joe Rowe`s Brookeborough Stepping Star. Josie Randall with Heartland Starlighter were winners of the open Hackney Type single class.
Meanwhile in the indoor International Arena , the Osborne Refrigerators classes started with the Mountain & Moorland and another long distance traveller won here , this time a Shetland from Scotland, Balgay Way No Way owned by Aileen McDonald and driven by Kendal Young.
Welsh A, B & C were topped by Jean Clayden`s smart Sec A Cosford Izi Wotnot driven by Jessie Dudley Appicella , whilst the Sec D class winner was Mike Clark`s Newydd Beau driven by Nicola Salter. Both these animals are novice drivers and a credit to their connections by winning their Osborne Refrigerators classes.
More strong Osborne Refrigerators classes followed , with Mark Fuller`s Uwan put to a smart Ralli Car taking the Country Turnout Championship from Gail Mills and the evergreen pair Toobie and Dice.
Non Hackneys 13.2hh & under was a repetition of 2014 with the Highland pony Staffin Peggi of Castlegreen owned by Mr & Mrs P Bassett pulled in first , driven by Christine Bassett.
The outside arenas were still in operation with the Osborne Refrigerators Young Drivers class winners being Amy Stone, Rhian Ralph, Leah Marshall and also Alice Fulford. Huge congratulations to them all for such accomplished performances.
The Osborne Refrigerators Young Driver Champion was Rhian Ralph with Alice Fulford taking the Reserve Championship.
Sarah Owlett again kindly sponsored the Donkey & Mule class which was won by MixandMatch driven and owned by Jill Oliver.
The 2015 Brian Sims Junior Scholarship Awards were presented during the Evening Gala performance to Ruth Rowlands and Emily Curnock. Robbyn McClements won the Barbara Stoddart trophy for overall best driver and also the senior Townsend trophy for Best Portfolio with Ruth Rowlands winning the equivalent for the junior age group and very well done to them all.
Bob Alexander had a busy day, displaying a trandem of grey Gelderlanders to win the KBIS British Equestrian Insurance Multiples class, then with another pair took the Cribb & Sons Coloured Horse class as well as having other successful appearances.
Welsh in Wagons were sponsored by Brightside Welsh Cobs with Terry Allen`s Sec C Dabernom Oscar winning the Welsh A,B & C class and Jay Archer with his Montel Dark Destroyer taking the Welsh Sec D class. However the Welsh Driving Championship in the evening went to Franky Allen driving Wayne Hawkins` great going Brightside Sahara Dune with Dabernom Oscar in Reserve.
Hackney classes were generously sponsored by Sandra and Martin Wood with class winners being Billy Ward and Wentworth Inspiration, John Randall with Heartland Sundance , and Hayley McNiece and Baldwins A Class Act who also took the Championship class from Billy Ward with Luddington My Way.
Four Wheel Light Trade Osborne Refrigerators winning turnout was the T. Cribb & Sons London Delivery Van driven by Lee Cross and Terry Burgess took the Osborne Refrigerators Costers & Trolley class with Cledlyn Sam.
Osborne Refrigerators Ltd themselves were well presented by Jeff Osborne with The Poacher, taking the Two Wheel Light Trade class then the National Light Trade Championship during the Evening Gala performance.
Always popular, the Carriagehouse Insurance Concours d`Elegance was won by Waunoris Melody put to a varnished dogcart by Windover and driven by her owner Lucy Smith.
The Osborne Refrigerators Pairs and Tandems winner was Janice Clough with her own and Graham Schofield`s smart tandem of dun Welsh Sec D`s and this lovely turnout also took the Reserve Private Driving Championship at the end of the day.
However after an exciting final competition, congratulations must go to Jessie Dudley-Appicella whose lovely hackney pony Aghaderg Stand & Deliver took the Osborne Refrigerators BDS National Private Driving Championship at the end of another very enjoyable Driving Addington.