Wylye mounted games team - guests of honour at new
a year for the Wylye Pony Club Mounted Games team! Two months ago
they were presented to HRH Princess Royal at the Horse of the Year
Show and then made history last weekend by opening the new Robinsons'
Equestrian Superstore at Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, situated
just off junction 23 of the M6.
Wylye team members were: James Stark from Stanton Drew, Chris Clinton
from Chewton Mendip, Hannah Seabourne from Faulkland Bath, Tayah
Barrs from Freshford and Mary Chivers from Stratton on the Fosse.
Maria Gibson trained the team and Jim Morgan is Team Manager. Wylye
won not only the Robinsons' Trophy but also the prestigious Prince
Philip Cup in the national finals of The Pony Club Mounted Games
competition held at the Horse of the Year Show in September. Robinsons,
who have sponsored both of these competitions for the last two years,
are the largest equestrian mail order company in the country and
did have, until September 2002, the biggest equestrian retail store
in the country until it was totally destroyed by fire.
Sunday, the Wylye mounted games team officially opened Robinsons'
new Superstore, which is now not only the largest equestrian retail
store in the country but also the largest in Europe.
Wylye team arrived at the Superstore in great style, emerging from
a "stretch" limousine wearing sunglasses - the compulsory
accessory worn by all star icons - to have endless photographs taken
as they walked down the red carpet. They then cut the ribbon and
declared the new Robinsons' Superstore open for business to the
delight and relief of the anxious shoppers who had literally been
queuing for hours. About 3,000 people actually visited the Superstore
that first day.
Bentham Managing director of Robinsons commented, "These young
people showed skill, character and determination and superb riding
ability to win both Pony Club Mounted Games trophies at The Horse
of the Year Show. It is a pleasure to have them associated with
our new Superstore, an equestrian outlet that is not only the best
in Britain but in Europe."
Maria Gibson said, "It was absolutely wonderful and very exciting.
A real, once- in-a-lifetime experience. The children thoroughly
enjoyed being guests of honour and treated like royalty. We were
delighted to have been invited by Robinsons who have been such generous
sponsors for the Pony Club Mounted Games".
Both the Prince Philip Cup and the Robinsons' Trophy have their
final competitions at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) at the NEC
in Birmingham in September.
250 teams, from across the country, entered the competitions and
the top six teams compete against each other (at HOYS), over a variety
of races over three heats for the Robinsons' Trophy and over seven
heats for the Prince Philip Cup. The scores from each race are accumulated
and the winner is the team with the most points after the sessions
for each competition.
Wylye team won the Robinsons' Trophy last year but missed out on
the Prince Philip Cup by just one point, to arch rivals Oakley from
the Buckingham area.