Valley Mounted Games Team win the Robinsons Trophy at The Horse
of the Year Show
Valley Pony Club Mounted Games rode superbly in the first mounted
games competition of the week, the Robinsons Trophy. Wylye are competing
at The Horse of the Year Show as one of the six top team mounted
games teams in the country - from the initial 180 teams entered.
Wylye came second in the first round of the Robinsons' competition,
but didn't fair so well in the second round and dropped a place
to third. Wylye are just three points behind the leaders Oakley
West who last year won the main competition the prestigious Prince
Robinsons' Trophy is the preliminary competition to the Prince Philip
Cup, which is the culmination for the Pony Club Mounted Games teams
and runs every day during the week of The Horse of the Year Show.
The Wylye Valley Team is: brother and sister, James (13) and Michelle
Stark (15) from Stanton Drew riding their ponies Magic and Rossi,
their cousin Chris Clinton (13) from Chewton Mendip riding Misty,
Mary Chivers (14) from Stratton on the Fosse (Rosie), Tayah Barrs
(13) from Freshford (Bouncer) and reserve rider Vicky Andrews (15).
Their trainer is Maria Gibson from East Compton.
After the first round last years Prince Philip Cup winners Oakley
Hunt West took the lead. In the second round rookies Crickhowell
and District came from behind but in the last game of the session
Crickhowell had a problem and Oakley won the game and just maintained
the lead by two points.
of the draw the third round on Thursday morning meant that Wylye
Valley and Eglinton Hunt both had a game in hand over both Crickhowell
and Oakley. Wylye rode superbly on Thursday and in their three races
had two seconds and a win. Oakley West did their very best to compensate
for Wylye's game in hand but despite putting in a second and a win
Wylie just beat them by one point.
question is - is this a good omen for Oakley? In last years competition
Oakley also lost the equivalent to the Robinsons Trophy, the HorseIT
Shield, by one point but then went on to win the Prince Philip Cup.
of the Robinson's Trophy.
Wylye Valley 32 points
2nd Oakley Hunt West 31 points
3rd Eglinton Hunt 30 points
4th Clydach and District 26 points
5th Crickhowell and District 25 points
6th South Trent 22 points