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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Garden ponies win points contest

TWO Shetland ponies who live in a garden in Annan triumphed in the 2020 Sparkle Points competition.

The results were announced this week and there was triple success for owner Kerry Halliday, of Winterhope Road, pictured.

She came top in the In Hand competition, taking overall supreme with her Shetland stallion Delta’s Dark Knight.

Bruce, as he is known at home, accumulated a massive 122 points to land the top title.

He also triumphed in the Mountain & Moorland four-years old and over Championship with 46 points.

Kerry also scooped M&M Youngstock Honours with two-year-old Shetland, Endrick Dale, known as Buddy.

Meanwhile, there was more local interest in the Ridden Veteran and Ridden Hunter sections, both won by regular Dumfries rider Liz Kelly-Hunter.

Her points from both these sections meant that Liz, with her Hunter, Shannondale Soar, became Reserve Supreme Ridden Champion.

The In Hand Second Reserve Champion was Brian Wood showing his Welsh Section B, FairywoodTitania.

Brian and his wife Adele from Newcastleton are keen equestrians and have been consistent throughout the season. Titania got her points from being Reserve Champion in both Best Turned Out and Best Condition.

And Cathy Duff, of Lockerbie, was reserve champion in the TB/Ex Racer/Rare/Foreign.Heavy Horse Breeds Championship with her miniature horse, Caoimhe.

Whilst Sparket Equestrian Events have been holding horse shows in Penrith for quite a long time, an annual points competition is a new thing. Organiser Ellen Jones put it together this year as a response to Covid19, which had prevented the annual Sparkle Championships from taking place.

All qualifications for SPARKLE Championships still remain valid and Ellen hopes to be able to hold SPARKLE in May 2021, covid permitting.

Meanwhile, Sparket Shows restart in February, with full details on www.sparketequestrianevents.co.uk.

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