Anthea finds top form in Lodge show

Anthea Thompson and Hedley
Anthea Thompson and Hedley

The wet and windy conditions over the weekend did not deter competitors from turning up in force to take part in the Derwent Hunt Pony Club’s Arena event at Sherburn Lodge on Sunday.

The junior classes proved to be highly competitive and got underway with wins for Brittany Wheldon and Tally in the 12 years and under class and Olivia Kirkwood and Hugoboss in the novice. Abbie Boden claimed the novice title riding Morgan.

The senior classes saw some stylish performances from Helen Holdsworth, who took the Novice class riding Politically Incorrect, while Anthea Thompson won the Open class with her 16-year-old chestnut gelding, Hedley, whom Anthea has owned for 11 years and recently has enjoyed success in the show ring, but was pleased to have the opportunity to take part in the competition, following a summer of cancelled events.

“I was really pleased with him and he put in a great performance, particularly as due to the weather we have not been to many events this year,” said Anthea.

Riders also had the opportunity to compete in the dressage classes only and these were dominated by veteran rider Jonathan Gill and his ex-racehorse Thorne, who have formed a successful partnership, continuing to excel in the dressage arena and won both the novice and intermediate classes on Sunday.


12 yrs & under

1. Brittany Wheldon & Tally

2. William MCarthy & Smartie

3. Lauren McNicholl & Jack the Lad

4. Lucy Vickerton & Thistle Asbo Boy

5. Jody Burgess & April

6. Lucy Vickerton & Boston Barbarella

Novice (16 yrs & under)

1. Olivia Kirkwood & Hugoboss

2. Zara Teasdale & Charlie Brown

3. Charlotte Welburn & Deerpark Heather

4. Abbie Boden & Morgan

Open (16 yrs & under)

1. Abbie Boden & Morgan

2. Emily Houseman & Renee

3. Alice Wainman & Reevolass

4. Erin Woodhead & Paddy

5. Freddie Fawcett & Gentle Aherlow Dawn

Novice (17 yrs & over)

1. Helen Holdsworth & Politically Incorrect

2. Danielle Bushby & Mr Whinny

Open (17 yrs & over)

1. Anthea Thompson & Hedley

2. Jonathon Gill & Thorne

Novice Dressage

1. Jonathon Gill & Thorne

2. Charlotte Welburn & Deerpark Heather

3. Sam Hayhurst & Graffiti Limbo

4. Helen Camish & Hilton

5. Jenny Panton & Dinah

6. Brenda Cole & Nigel

Intermediate Dressage

1. Jonathon Gill & Thorne

2. Brooke Younger & Nigel

3. Liz Camish & Hilton