Double delight for Rosie at Askham Bryan

Rosie Garbutt with her winning Welsh ponies
Rosie Garbutt with her winning Welsh ponies

There was unexpected success for Thornton-le-Dale based Rosie Garbutt at the Yorkshire Horse of the Year Championships at Askham Bryan College at the weekend.

Rosie was at the show with her two Welsh ponies and managed to go home with a handful of rosettes, which was quite an achievement for the young competitor who only began showing ponies this year.

A self-confessed fan of the Welsh breeds, Rosie enjoyed success with her three-year-old Welsh section A, Brynseion Valerian, coming second in the Mountain and Moorland class, fourth in Best Condition and fifth in the youngstock class.

She has only owned the talented grey since April and they have gained valuable experience over the summer showing at local shows, which paid off in the ring last weekend.

“He has learnt a lot over the summer and I plan to break him in the spring and show him under saddle next year if everything goes well and he continues to do me proud in the ring,” said Rosie, who was also surprised to win the Best Yearling class with her Welsh Section C yearling, Tynwydd Lisa’s Charge Bay.

This was an unexpected win for her as she has only owned the pony for two weeks and it was his first time in the show ring, “I only entered him in one class as I didn’t know how he was going to behave, but he didn’t put a foot wrong and I am so pleased with him,” added Rosie, who plans to continue showing the handsome bay in hand over the next few years where she hopes they will build on the weekend’s success.

It was also a highly successful day for local young competition rider Mark Holmes, who works at Friars Hill Stables in Sinnington and trains at Bishop Burton College, with his talented coloured gelding Kingfisher Colours.

The pair won the potential competition horse and came second in both the coloured and senior rider classes.

To top off the day the pair went home with the Yorkshire Region Supreme Champion title, “I was so pleased with his performance as he will be showing at county level as a part bred Apaloosa,” said Mark, who praised the competition which he said had classes for all and proved to be a great day out for everyone.