The Oakley Hunt West Pony Club has won the Prince Philip Cup after dominating the competition over five nail-biting days at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).
The team, consisting of Charlie Yates (14), Charlotte Sabatier (14), Jaimsye Bailey
(14), Sophie Grimshaw (14), Jaime Medcalf (14) and reserve Luke Grimshaw (12) won
every session they took part in to clinch victory with 124 points; a massive 24 points
ahead of joint runners-up West Hants and Eglinton Hunt.
Three other teams, including Romney Marsh who finished fourth, Banwen and District
and first timers North Herefordshire also qualified to compete at HOYS after battling
it out at the Area competitions.
The final at HOYS captivated the crowds, with the teams giving it
their all to thrill spectators with some very close finishes. Classic games such as the
Bending Race race tested the Members’ control and athleticism, but the loudest
cheers were for the novelty games which included the 3D Worms game which saw a
team member dressed as a worm!
The Pony Club Mounted Games is a competition requiring courage, determination
and all round riding ability. The concept of the competition was first introduced by
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who suggested that Cavalry competitions could
be adapted for young riders on ponies in an entertaining and visually engaging
format. The first competitions were held in 1957 and the winner received the
coveted Prince Philip Challenge Trophy.