Celebrating it’s 27th year, the American Pleasure Horse Show had a new name for 2014 – the APHS London Counties Show. With a total of 6 showing rings, we do so much more than just “American”, so felt a new name was in order to encapsulate all we do. With over 100 horses it attendance the show is unique in catering for both the British breeds and style of showing and both the America and World Breeds – we mix the tradition of one with the flamboyance of the other and end up with a fun, happy show for all the family. Traditionally our main catchment area is the M25, but we have horsing from as far away as Cumbria, Yorkshire and the Isle of Wight – we even had competitors from France and Denmark in the past!
New for 2014 was the inclusion of the 15+ Horse & Pony London Counties Championships (for Veterans), the ApHC(UK) Southern Regional Show and the Southern Miniatures Surrey Show. We held our regular BSPA Star of London Championship Show and had many qualifiers, from local level (Balanced Horse Feeds) up to championship show qualifiers such as The Showing Register, Royal London, TGCA and Equifest.
The 15+ Horse and Pony London Counties was open to any 15+ member that had come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any of the classes at our show (provided of course the horse/pony in question was 15 years or older) – an in hand and a ridden championship was on offer for them, with some superb rosettes and sashes. In addition, every class was a TSR and 15+ qualifier for their respective Championship Shows.
A slightly overcast morning was welcomed as it stopped temperatures from climbing too high – but the sun was out in force for the afternoon. Twin Photographic were on hand to capture “the moment” for everyone and Greenleas Equestrian was also in attendance for those wishing to do some retail therapy.
“Welshies” dominated the show from the “British” front, with Mark & Emma Johnson’s Welsh Sec C stallion, Rhyd-Duu Mascen taking the English In Hand Championship as well as the Best In Hand in the Supreme Championships and the overall Supreme Championship spot. Winning the English Ridden Championships was Chelsea Szostak’s Section B, Gigman Sea Senior, who went on to stand Second Reserve in the Supreme Championships.
Local Rider sponsored two subscriptions and these were awarded to the English In Hand and the English Ridden Champions. We are pleased to report that both were won by “Local” competitors – Mark Johnson from Hampshire and Chelsea Szostak from Surrey.
Phaedra Towner’s traditional gelding, Perrylands Gorgeous George had a superb day, winning all of his classes as well as the In Hand Coloured Championships. Heather Lingfield’s veteran, Broken Arrow II, stood Reserve Coloured In Hand and Champion Ridden Coloured, as well as winning both the in hand and the ridden veteran classes.
Our Walk / Trot classes were greatly expanded on this year and had their own championships, with a special award made to the “Best Led Entry”, which was sponsored by Karen O’Brien.
In the Foreign Breeds ring, it was the 2 year old Spanish filly Martina EO, owned by Pete Saunders who was taking the judges by storm, winning all her in hand classes as well as the Foreign Breeds In Hand Championship. Yana, a Friesian mare owned by Colin Richardson dominated the ridden classes as went on to take the Foreign Breeds Ridden Championship, as well as the sashes for the two Friesian classes.
Our Grand Supreme Championships was at the end of the day, and had a host of prizes,with our main sponsors being Wahl (UK), Feedmark, Local Rider, Elegant Equine Designs, KC Saddlebreds and Greenleas Equestrian. The champions and reserves from both the Miniature and the Appaloosa rings were also invited to take part – sadly the Appaloosa champion had a ferry to catch (to the Isle of Wight) so was unable to stand. After not too much deliberation by our 4 judges and by a unanimous decision, Mark & Emma Johnson’s Rhyd-Duu Mascen was pulled in as Supreme Champion and they also won the goodie bag for
the “Best In Hand” entry. Reserve Champion was Looking Glass Emiliano Blanko, shown by Image Man. They also won the award and goodie bag for the “Best Miniature” and the “Best Appaloosa/Spotted”. Our Second Reserve Champion was Chelsea Szostak’s Gigman Sea Senior.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and supporters and to say we look forward to see
ing you on 19th July 2015. We now have our own Facebook Group (APHS London Counties Horse Show) – please join us as we will regularly post updates of prizes on offer, news and of course the schedule. If you would like more details on how to become a sponsor for 2015, or details of advertising in our show programme, please get in touch. We are currently looking for anyone that wishes to sponsor one of our 10 championship sashes, prices are just £25 and you receive advertising on both the sash and in the show programme. Currently suggestions are being taken on board for the 2015 show and there is even a draft version up (for 2015) for you to view and comment on. I look forward to hearing from you and of course to seeing you at the 2015 event.
Photos by Twin Photographic.