Robinsons' Prince Philip Cup goes to the final game of the final
session to decide the winner.
week at the NEC Birmingham, the top six Pony Club Mounted Games
in the country fought long and hard to win the coveted Robinsons'
Prince Philip Cup.
quality of competition was brilliant and no team should be disappointed
with their performance.
Hunt, the past masters of this competition, this year came with
a young team and their slight lack of experience meant that they
did not manage to get into the final four on the Sunday evening.
Robert Noble the Eglinton trainer commented, "we'll be back
next year with more experience and take the cup back to its rightful
home in Scotland."
Price the Clydach and District trainer, said "luck was not
on our side this week" and if there was a flag to be missed,
or a pile of blocks to fall over, it was often Clydach that it happened
to, despite brilliant riding for the rest of the time. So unfortunately
Clydach also did not make the cut.
was really not going to form, as the two rookie teams Crickhowell
and District and South Trent, both reached the final four and were
not overshadowed. With double points given on the Sunday evening
at one stage they were all so close that there was not one game
between all of them.
though, experience shone through and with only two games to go the
battle really hotted up between Wylye Valley and Oakley West. Wylye
were trailing and rode like demons to take two seconds and a first
place over those last three games. Oakley only had a two-point advantage
just one place. Oakley won the last but one game, putting more pressure
on Wylye. The last game went to Wylye but Oakley came in second
to clinch the Robinsons' Prince Philip Cup by the narrowest of margins
just two points.
Robinsons stand at HOYS, celebrating after their victory in The
Robinsons Prince Philip Cup:
L to r Back row: Lauren Poole and Melissa Dell
Front row: Adam Frost, Charlotte Castle, Maureen Thomas (team trainer)
Holly Howson, Rebecca Moore.
Thomas the Oakley trainer was really in a state of shock after such
a tightly fought competition, but in her usual humble mode commented
"the team have trained since January to get here. We were desperate
to win this year in a new venue at the NEC and with our new sponsors
Bentham the Managing Director of Robinsons' said after the competition
"we chose to sponsor the Prince Philip Cup through The Pony
Club, because they are the future generation of adult riders, but
the professionalism and skill shown by these boys and girls is way
beyond their age and a credit to them, their trainers and Pony Club
Branches. We hopefully look forward to sponsoring them again next
teams were: -
Clydach and District
Keri Hopkins (15) from Clydach, riding Dancer, Victoria Jones (14)
from Clydach, riding Rosie, Natalie Gill (14) from Port Talbot,
riding Perdie, Rob Price (14) from Ystradgynlais, riding Nutkin,
Gemma Walters (11) from Crynant, riding Dancer and Kirsty Williams
from Clydach riding Flicka. The Clydach team trainer Steve Price
is from Ystradgynlais.
Sally Griffiths (15) from Crickhowell (Dorian), sisters Sophie (14)
and Aimee Richards (12) from Abergavenny (Jimmy and Lucky), and
the second pair of sisters Katy (15) and Holly (12) Rauch from Newport
riding Monty and Millie, and Bethan Gold from Crickhowell riding
Jimmy. The Crickhowell trainer is Iain Hopkins from Coed Morgan,
Heather Ridland (13) from Ayr riding Sisco, Emma Keirs (14) from
Mauchline riding Clair, David Ingram (13) from Irvine riding Dolly,
with brother and sister Donald (14) and Neah Evans (12) from Saltcoats
riding Bobby and Bilbo. The trainer is Robert Noble from Stewarton.
Charlotte Castle (14) from Market Rasen riding Vimto, Holly Howson
(14) from Long Buckby (Nipper), Lauren Poole (14) from Wooton (Beds)
(Poppy), Melissa Bell (14) from Nash, (Lucy), Adam Frost (13) from
Wooton (N 'hants) (Mandy) and reserve rider Jessica Cox (9). The
Oakley West trainer is Maureen Thomas from Wooten End.
Alice Burditt (13) from Ibstock, riding Minty, Katie Harding (13)
from Blackfordby, Ashby-de-la Zouch (Romeo), Rosie Wathan (11) from
Mountsorrel, (Jet) Sam Vincent (13) from Ashby-de-la-Zouch (Pepsi)
and Sophie Renou (14) from Oakwood Derby, riding Tarquin. The South
Trent trainer is Peter Renou from Shepshed.
Brother and sister James (13) and Michelle Stark (15) from Stanton
Drew riding their ponies Magic and Rossi, joined 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). The Wylye trainer
is Maria Gibson from East Compton.