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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Ponies with ability to get job done go on show

ABOVE: Alannah Burns, pictured here with Uhavta Quick N Quirky winning best presented award, had a top show. Picture: TONI McCLUSKY of EQUINE PROMOTIONS

THERE are many individual pony breed societies but the Australian Saddle Pony Association is one that recognises all types of quality ponies.

When it was established in 1973, there were many ponies of outstanding quality whose breeding was unknown or were ineligible for registration in any of the other breed registries.

A group of concerned pony enthusiasts met during Sydney Royal Easter Show that year and resolved to form an association dedicated to providing a register to record quality, versatile ponies.

While the association was initially formed to provide a register for ponies that were ineligible for other associations, many of the ponies shown are dual registered with other breed societies.

The main formula is pony type and the ability to do a job.

The judges at this year’s Australian Saddle Pony Association championships at Tatura were Jenny Cook and Damien Groom from NSW in the ASPA rings and Hayley Malseed in the open.

ABOVE: Nikki Glover with supreme led senior exhibit Koora-Lyn Celebrations. Picture: EQUINE PROMOTIONS

They selected Australian Pony Stud Book registered pony Storm Haven Chanel Maree as their supreme junior exhibit and ASPA Koora-Lyn Celebrations, also APSB registered, as the senior. Both were shown by Cloverhill Show Stables.

The Koora Lyn stud has a long and distinguished history of breeding classic ponies since 1980 and it’s good to see the type still appreciated.

The supreme ridden pony of the show was also of Koora Lyn breeding, Natalie Akers’ Koora Lyn Lady Light.

ABOVE: Maddy Tracy and Naliga Merry Go Round. Picture: EQUINE PROMOTIONS

In the open ring, the supreme led exhibit was Whitmere Royal Anthem (Jack Riedell/Jenny Diaco).

The open supreme ridden exhibit and champion led mare over 12.2hh was Catherine Bradley’s Naliga Merry Go Round.

The champion coloured pony was Debbie Cheeseman’s Buckskin Keira Park Unforgettable and he was also the best gelding over four years, over 13.2hh ne 14.2hh.

The best newcomer Australian Saddle Pony was Springtime Isabella shown by Tracie Montebello.

The best presented of show award went to Uhavta Quick N Quirky shown by Alannah Burns, who was also judged as the champion handler and champion adult rider.


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