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2013 SPSS Young Dressage Pony Championship

supported by British Dressage

Saturday 30th November 2013


Bury Farm Equestrian Club, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks LU7 9BT


The fourth SPSS sponsored Young Dressage Pony Championships took place on Saturday 30th November as part of the BD High Profile Show at  Bury Farm Equestrian Club, Bucks.  There were 11 ponies entered - across the 3 age related sections - and 9 ponies competed on the day.  Entry was open to BD registered and un-registered ponies up to and including 148cms (149 cms with shoes) in height and riders/owners did not have to be BD members and could be any age. 

The Overall Champion was the top 4 year old pony, the British-bred and SPSS passported gelding Cruz (pictured on left wearing his SPSS Thermatex Rug prize), ridden by Jayne Turney, owned by Charlotte Dujardin and bred by Rachel Silk. 


Reserve Champion was the second placed 4 year old pony, the German bred Dumbledore D ridden by his owner, Julia Walker.


Third placed overall was the top 6 year old pony, the German bred SPSS graded stallion Classic's Charmeur, ridden by Megan Pomphret and owned by Jacke Mathieson.


Click here to read more about these and other prize winners.

The SPSS is very grateful for the support of British Dressage who kindly donated vouchers to the highest scoring pony in each age group, Wish Bands who kindly donated vouchers for money off their beaded browbands to  competitors and Bury Farm who hosted the event.


We were delighted to have as chief judge, Jenny Ward who is a British Dressage List One Judge and recently retired British Dressage Pony Team Selector.  Jenny is pictured on the right congratulating the Reserve Champion, Dumbledore D and his rider Julia Walker.  On the right is Jacke Mathieson of Wish Bands.


Overall, the SPSS were thrilled that once again the Champion is a SPSS passported pony and that overall the standard was still high with a good number of British bred ponies despite the reduced number of entries.  Commenting after, Jenny Ward said that the well trained ponies were able to perform with confidence and show their natural talent to advantage.  She also said that it was nice to see the younger riders wanting to present their young ponies themselves.

Top 6 year old, SPSS graded stallion, Classic's Charmeur

Full results including breeding information etc are available below - click on heading to jump to that section:


Prize Winners


4 Year Old Ponies


5 Year Old Ponies


6 Year Old Ponies


Or download the full results here


There are pictures of all the ponies at the bottom of the page - click here to jump there.


Unless otherwise credited, all photographs are by kind permission of and more photos can been seen on their website

Young Dressage Pony Champion and Top 4 Year Old Pony


Overall Champion and winner of the 4 Year old Class was Cruz (Caesar 171 x Don Larino), ridden by Jayne Turney.  Cruz was bred by Rachel Silk and, having been bought by Olympic Gold medal winning dressage rider, Charlotte Dujardin last November, went to her friend Jayne Turney for backing just before Christmas 2012.  Jayne has brought Cruz on slowly this year and this was only his third competition and first time indoors. 


Cruz's sire, SPSS Elite graded Caesar 171, also sired the 2012 Reserve Champion, LE Chiffre who has since competed internationally for GB at the age of 6.  Caesar is himself a former international dressage pony, ridden by Victoria Molloy, he was a member of the GB Dressage Pony Teams that won Silver at the European Championships 2000 and Bronze in 2002.


Reserve Champion 


Reserve Champion was the second placed 4 year old, the German-bred Dumbledore D (Don Davidoff x Voyage) ridden by Julia Walker.  Julia bought Dumbledore in Germany, where he'd licensed as a stallion.  Now gelded, Julia's plan is to sell Dumbledore to a pony rider and then look for another young pony to back and bring on for a dressage career.  Dumbledore D and Julia are pictured on the left in the lap of honour (above) and in the test.





Other 4 year old ponies


Sorrelcourt Masquarade (Glynwyn Yab-a-dab-a-doo x Cippyn Red Flyer), a striking WPCS Sec C, owned and ridden by Sarah Mitchell-Smith was the first competitor in the class and their score of  7.1 put them in 4th place over the whole class. Masquarade was bred in Yorkshire and his bloodlines include some of the names that also occur in the pedigrees of top sports ponies like Manitu N (winner of multiple dressage team medals) and Machno Carwyn (double European Jumping Champion).


The final 4 year old competitor, Wescoe Don't Worry (FS Don't Worry x Trelawn Riverdance) was home-bred by his owner/rider Sarah Bosomworth and, although this was not just "Hugo's" first show but his first ever outing, he coped well with the flowers etc and grew in confidence during the test to finish 5th overall.  Hugo's dam is a Britsh Rding pony who competed up to Elementary level before having Hugo and his older sister, both of whom Sarah is bringing on as potential FEI dressage ponies.


Top 5 Year Old Pony


The top 5 Year Old Pony and winner of a voucher for 50% off British Dressage Horse Registration (kindly supplied by British Dressage) was the pure bred British Connemara mare, Kirtle Bluebell (Castle Gizmo x Tiercel Woodman).  Bluebell (pictured right) was bred in Scotland by Mr & Mrs W Hodge at their small stud and her rider/owner, Sophie Palmer - who used to exercise racehorses - selected Bluebell for her size and versatility.  


Just a fraction behind was the British-bred coloured stallion, Sherlock's Seren Dreamer (Griffos Seren x Rocket), who was ridden by his breeder & owner Rebecca Lock.  With a WPCS Sec C sire and native blood on his dam's side, he was bred to show and was 9th at HOYS this year.  However, this versatile pony will be doing more dressage and also be jumping over the winter.

Top 6 Year Old Pony & Youngest Rider


Top 6 Year Old Pony and third overall was the SPSS graded stallion, Classic's Charmeur (Classic Dancer x Domingo), owned by Jackie Mathieson.  As well as "Charm" winning prize money and a voucher for 50% off British Dressage Horse Registration (kindly supplied by British Dressage), his 12 year old rider, Megan Pomphret, was presented with a SPSS Teddy as she was the youngest rider in the class.  Megan has only been riding Charm for a short while and but a promising partnership is already developing and they are working towards competing in the FEI Pony Tests.


The 2nd placed 6 year old pony, Maxentius (breeding unknown) was ridden by the only other junior rider, his owner 15 year old Charlotte Grainger.  Maxentius was an unwanted foal after his TB type dam was bought at the sales and then found to be in foal (the "Buy One Get One Free" BOGOF scenario!) and so he was acquired by the Grainger family.  Charlotte backed and produced Maxentius herself and they have had good results at Novice Open this year.  Charlotte will be training hard over the winter with the intention of competing at FEI Pony level in her last year on ponies.

The third placed 6 year old was another strikingly marked pony, Amilas Picasso (Sunwillow Jubilee x SHR Rode to Fame), who was ridden by Louise Davies for his breeder & owner, Salima Kaswani.  Picasso's sire is the smallest active SPSS graded stallion, the WPCS Sec A Sunwillow Jubilee, and Picasso was the smallest pony in the class at just 131 cm. Picasso 's dam is a part bred Arab, Shybont Pop Idol, by SHR Rode to Fame (Saddlebred/Arab) and her dam, Daisy, was a 12hh welsh type coloured pony.  Picasso is another all round pony as he also jumps and does Pony Club with borrowed riders.

Section A - 4 Year Old Ponies. Test: BD Basic Test 4 Year old (YHB4 2003).


SPSS registered ponies are shown in bold


Result Pony

Details (ie studbook, colour, sex, DOB, breeding, owner & breeder)

1st & Overall Champion Cruz ridden by Jayne Turney SPSS; Chestnut Gelding. Sire: Caesar 171; Dam: Chaniera; Damsire: Don Larino. Country of birth: UK. Breeder: Rachel Silk. 8.0
2nd & Overall Reserve Champion Dumbledore D ridden by Julia Walker DRP; Bay Gelding. Sire: Don Davidoff; Dam: Moonlight Magic; Damsire: Voyage. Country of birth: Germany. Breeder: Not supplied. 7.9
3rd Sorrelcourt Masquarade ridden by Sarah Mitchell-Smith WPCS C; Chestnut Gelding. Sire: Glynwyn Yab-a-dab-a-doo; Dam: Erbach Lili Goch; Damsire: Cippyn Red Flyer. Country of birth: UK. Breeder: Mrs M Sharp. 7.1
4th Wescoe Don't Worry ridden by Sarah Bosomworth NPS; Chestnut Gelding. Sire: FS Don't Worry; Dam: Wescoe Folk Dance; Damsire: Trelawn Riverdance. Country of birth: UK. Breeder: Sarah Bosomworth. 7.06
  Aberaeron Rhodri ridden by Johanna Shaw No information supplied -

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Section B - 5 Year Old Ponies. Test: BD Novice Young Horse Test YHN5 (2004).


SPSS registered ponies are shown in bold




Details (ie studbook, colour, sex, breeding, owner & breeder)

1st Kirtle Bluebell ridden by Sophie Palmer BCPS; Bay Mare. Sire: Castle Gizmo; Dam: Sydserff Lady of the Woods; Damsire: Tiercel Woodman. Country of birth: UK. Breeder: Mr & Mrs W Hodge. 6.92
2nd Sherlock's Seren Dreamer ridden by Rebecca Lock WPCS PB; Black Tobiano Stallion. Sire: Griffos Seren; Dam: Cassey's Dream; Damsire: Rocket. Country of birth: . Breeder: Miss R Lock. 6.9

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Section C - 6 Year Old Ponies. Test: BD Elementary Young Horse Test YHE6 (2004).


SPSS registered ponies are shown in bold


Result Pony Details (ie studbook, colour, sex, breeding, owner & breeder) Score
1st Classic's Charmeur ridden by Megan Pomphret DRP; Chestnut Stallion. Sire: Classic Dancer; Dam: Donata; Damsire: Domingo. Country of birth: Germany. Breeder: Volker Mollenkamp. 7.18
2nd Maxentius ridden by Charlotte Granger HPA; Dark Bay Gelding. Sire: Unknown; Dam: Unknown; Damsire: Unknown. Country of birth: UK. Breeder: Unknown. 6.9
3rd Amilas Picasso ridden by Louise Davies WPCS PB; Grey Tobiano Gelding. Sire: Sunwillow Jubilee; Dam: Shybont Pop Idol; Damsire: SHR Rode to Fame. Country of birth: UK. Breeder: Salima Keswani. 66.8
W/D DHI Smart Move ridden by India Sheridan No information supplied -

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Additional Pictures

Pedigree information for the ponies is given in the results lists above


All photographs by kind permission of and must not be copied

4 Year Old Ponies

Overall Champion & Top 4 Year Old

Cruz & Jayne Turney

Overall Reserve Champion

Dumbledore D & Julia Walker

Sorrelcourt Masquarade & Sarah Mitchell-Smith

Wescoe Don't Worry & Sarah Bosomworth

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5 Year Old Ponies

Top 5 Year Old

Kirtle Bluebell

Sherlock's Seren Dreamer & Rebecca Lock

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6 Year Old Ponies

Maxentius & Charlotte Granger






All photographs are by kind permission of and more photos can been seen on their website.

Top 6 Year Old

Classic's Charmeur & Megan Pomphret

Amilas Picasso & Louise Davies


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