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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

It's EA's Horse Of The Year time for South Australia

ABOVE: Harry Manning and Splash Dance. Picture: TY MANNING

WHEN you cover horse shows for many years, you tend to get favourites.

Their names keep popping up at different events winning under different judges and, in the case of Andrea Merry’s charming pony Splash Dance, with several different little riders beaming in photos as he’s carried them to wins in big events like grand nationals and royal shows.

There he was again at the South Australian Horse of the Year show, piloted by Harrison Manning winning the small show hunter pony class, and will no doubt be heading off again later this year to represent his state.

He finished his show by taking Reegan Merry to win the rider five and under nine class.

There was quality right through the show, with the three judges faced with multiple royal show winners out to qualify for the big, end-of-season Horse of the Year show in Sydney.

Other winners in the show hunter pony classes were Nyah Clark’s Anjara Park Euphoria, Margot Haynes’ Rosegate Serenade and Armanii Park Robin Hood, ridden by Sienna Mallen in the leading rein class, and all were good types.

Sienna scored another sash riding Dunelm Kiss and Tell to a win in the show pony leading rein class.

The small show pony winner was Earlsley Park Bo Peep, shown by Maison Hunt, and Margot Haynes showed both the medium show pony, Tuscany Park Petite Serenade and the large champion, Royalwood Enchanting.

ABOVE: Margot Haynes and Lily's Soveriegn. Picture: TY MANNING

In the galloway show hunter classes, Lesley Burrows’ Sanlirra Obligation was the small winner, and Margot Haynes was back in the winner’s circle with Lilys Sovereign as the winner of the big section.

Kate Halliday’s Araluen Motown was the small hunter hack class winner and Melissa Harding’s favorite big Warmblood Danson Dakota added the sash to his collection that includes royal show and grand national wins.

The winning show galloways were Kate Halliday and Rosegate Lullaby and Sally Bond with Toleia Park Mercury.

In the show hacks, Margot Haynes rode Royalwood West End to win the small hack class and Kalimna Quick Hit is a model of consistency and added the South Australian title to his Adelaide royal sash for the season for Kate Halliday.


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1. Nyah Clark and Anjara Park Euphoria picking up the double, winning Child’s Medium Hunter Pony and the Open Medium Hunter Pony.

2. Reegan Merry riding Splash Dance to win the rider five to nine class.

3. Haynes, Quayle and Reid’s Lily’s Sovereign with Margot Haynes.

4. Lesley Burrows riding the Viceban family’s Sanlirra Obligation who went on to win champion small hunter galloway.

ABOVE: The judges. Picture: TY MANNING

All images TY MANNING

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