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Teams Announced for The Omega Equine Pony Club Home International

Organisers of the Virtual Windsor Autumn Series today announced the teams who will represent England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the Omega Equine Pony Club Dressage Home International. Participants achieved their places through an open qualifying round system and have submitted their filmed dressage tests to be shown during the Virtual Windsor Autumn Series Livestream, from 1pm on Sunday 27 September 2020.

The online show was the obvious place to host a version of Royal Windsor Horse Show’s Pony Club Home International after the competition sadly couldn’t take place earlier this year. The Pony Club and Virtual Windsor teams collaborated in organising the competition, and it was a great example of how to leverage talents with a real ‘adapt and overcome’ spirit.

The Pony Club appointed Dressage Judges Clare Deithrick, John Robinson and Linda Pearce who bring their great experience to the competition. Each country’s team is composed of one Novice, one Intermediate and two Open riders. Places on the teams are awarded to the highest placed riders of each nation in the qualifying rounds. Their scores are then added together to give the final team scores. The innovative qualifying method has thrown the competition open this year, with the criteria for entry only being that the competitor must be a current member of The Pony Club and must have two verifiable scores of 67% or over at the level they wish to compete at (or its British Dressage equivalent) in the 2018 – 2020 season.

The teams are a real demonstration of the breadth and depth of talent which The Pony Club nurtures, and the competition has given a chance for riders from every corner of the countries to try out for places. For Laura King and Bellissima MKM, who ride the Open test for Northern Ireland, the Home International probably marks the last test they will ever ride for The Pony Club, having been a Member of the Iveagh since the age of eight. At the other end of the scale, Reece Cunningham and Inside Out II are just starting out on their Pony Club careers, having impressed the judges to take the Intermediate spot for Scotland. The Republic of Ireland are very much representing a talented new generation of riders, fielding a very young team which includes 10-year-old Charlotte Goor and Barkway State Affair, who ride their Novice test. The riders also show off am amazing array of horses and ponies from the British Isles and beyond, from fell pony Lownthwaite Savin (Rhona Forbes) who will compete for Scotland, to more traditional dressage types like Callum Robertson’s Irish Sportshorse, Ferro Curry.

The final teams are as follows:

ENGLAND:

Ellie Jones                        Winnie De Fontenel         Cheshire Hunt South       Novice
Callum Robertson            Ferro Curry                         Hursley Hunt                      Intermediate
Rosie Boulton                   Dino 391                               Pytchley Hunt                    Open
Florence Human              Fulgencio                             Polden Hills                         Open

SCOTLAND:

Alexa Ekin                           Kilcorban Blue Brigade   Edinburgh                           Novice
Reece Cunningham         Inside Out II                        Edinburgh                           Intermediate
Persia Bhatia                      Aughnacliffe Gem            Peebles Tweedale           Open
Rhona Forbes                    Lownthwaite Savin          Dalkeith & District            Open

NORTHERN IRELAND:

Hannah Thompson         Jemeela Charm                 Mid Antrim                         Novice
Fergal McKinney              Western Star Boy             Seskinore Harriers           Intermediate
Laura King                           Bellissima MKM                 Iveagh                                  Open
Jazmin Vollands               Mo Chara Nua                   North Down                       Open

WALES:

Anaya Stewart                  Rolo                                       Tredegar Farmers Hunt  Novice
Evie Vaughan-Jones       Pentyla Eyelight                 Glamorgan Hunt               Intermediate
Tirion Budd                        Wing Man                           Curre Hunt                          Open
Emily Jones                        Dexter                                   Swansea & District           Open

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:

Charlotte Goor                  Barkway State Affair      Wicklow Hunt                    Novice
Grace Sandys                    
Whitetree Ribera              Bray Hunt                            Intermediate
Jessica Grogan                 
Little Miss Sunshine        Carbery Hunt                     Open
Jessica Grogan                 
Stepping Spartacus         Carbery Hunt                     Open