A LOCAL amateur rider has won the chance to compete alongside seasoned professionals at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show 2012.
Morgan Farrow from Burnley took third place in the Show and Show Hunter Ponies class at the South Essex Insurance Broker’s (SEIB) Search For A Star 2012 qualifier, held at Vale View at the end of July.
Riding Kathryn Farrow’s, Royal Park Peters Dream, Morgan fought off stiff competition from other riders in the class to gain qualification for the Horse of The Year Show.
Third place went to Royal Park Peters Dream, known as Peter, owned by Kathryn Farrow and ridden by her granddaughter, Morgan Farrow, 13.
Kathryn has owned the six-year-old chestnut gelding for three years, having bought him unbroken.
Last year Morgan and Peter did some novice classes, but Morgan then broke her arm and so they missed much of the season.
They came back this year and went to Osbaldeston for the Search For A Star qualifier but missed out on qualification and shortly after that Morgan broke her other arm.
She had the cast taken off the week before Vale View but luckily the pony is not sharp and lunging had kept him ticking over.
“She had just one week to ride before this show. He went really well, and Morgan knew she had ridden well, she gave us the thumbs up,” said Kathryn.
Morgan will be taking a holiday before the pair go to Equifest and then they will concentrate on preparation for Horse of the Year Show
“He should be fine at Horse of the Year Show, he is not a spooky pony,” said Morgan.
Peter is also sometimes referred to as Peter Pit Pony, as the lady who bred him had old mines under her land.
One day he was found with just his head above ground having fallen into a mine, he had to be rescued by the fire service.
Show Judge Richard Ramsay added: “This competition gives amateurs the chance to compete at HOYS, a dream many riders would love to realise and the standard at Wellington gets better every year.”
The South Essex Insurance Brokers Search For A Star finals will be held at the Horse Of The Year Show, October 3rd-7th, at Birmingham NEC.