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Champion Defends Title

Last year`s World Mounted Games Champion Melanie Scott retained her title at the World Individual Mounted games Championships, held at Newark and Notts Showground.

Riding Tessa, an eye-catching part-bred Arab mare, Melanie got off to a good start scoring a maximum in the first qualifying session. High scores in the remaining two qualifiers gave her the pole position going into the final.

Here scores start from zero giving all eight finalists an equal chance. Three wins and four second places in the dramtic 10-race final was enough to ensure the trophy and title returned to Scotland.

Runner up just two points away was Bryony Sheldon from Cheshire with Kira, and also Melanie`s riding team mate in the Yorkshire team.

``Tessa went fantastic - she tried really hard to win,`` said Melanie, who is supported by and Blue Chip Feed Balancer.

Melanie Scott and Tessa

Winning the open class was Darren Williams from Coventry riding Mayfly. Going into the final race Darren and Mayfly stormed through to win by four points ahead of North Wales rider Paul Williams.

In the under 17 final 13-year-old Hollie Rauch from Cardiff showed a clean pair of heels to win. Hollie is a member of Crickhowel Pony Club which qualified for the Prince Phillip Cup final at HOYS last year, and also finished seventh in the under 15 final.

Lincolnshire rider Katie Hardy, the under 12 Wolrd Champion three years ago, led the under 15 championships. Riding Whooppee, a roan mare, Katie was pushed to the final race by Katie Hopkins from Warwickshire.

In the under 12 championship Holly Humphries finished on a score of 63 to give her the title, with Kelly Davies filling the reserve position.

The seven-day competition saw over 500 ponies and riders from throughout the world compete. More information from

1st Darren Williams 61pts
2nd Paul Williams 57pts
3rd Ben Ebrey 54pts
4th James Knott 49.5pts
5th Arran Tyler 43pts
6th Lauren Hopkins 41.5pts
7th Julie Ebrey 36pts
8th Nicola Leese (Retired Injured)

Seniors (over 23)
1st Melanie Scott 61pts
2nd Bryony Sheldon 59pts
3rd Kirsty Pantling 56pts
4th Jannette Halam 52pts
5th Mellissa Arden 48pts
6th Ceri Roach 30pts
7th Emma Lloyd 27pts
8th Stuart Nugent 26pts

Under 17
1st Hollie Rauch 57pts
2nd Charlene Smith 55.5pts
3rd Hannah Hopkins 51pts
4th Katie Hardy 50.5pts
5th Sophie Richards 42pts
6th Steve Horscroft 40pts
7th Bryn Heywood 32pts
8th Bradley Stamp 29pts

Under 15
1st Katie Hardy 56
2nd Katie Hopkins 54
3rd Morgan Kent 48
4th Janie Surman 47
5th Shayla McNulty 46
6th Jade Taylor 45
7th Hollie Rauch 44
8th Alice Burditt 20

Under 12
1st Holly Humphries 63
2nd Kelly Davies 56
3rd Polly Davis 47 (after a run off)
4th Rebecca Wardell 47
5th Tyler McNulty 47
6th Michael Norwood 35
7th Jishia Cooskley 33
8th Rhodri Hopkins 31


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