Cambridgeshire’s Jessica Howard is Crowned Pony of the Year Novice Grand Prix Winner

All roads lead to Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Slapton, Buckinghamshire, last weekend where pony riders from the length and breadth of the country gathered for four fun-filled Easter days of the Pony of the Year Show.

This year the show carried a Jungle Book theme with monkeys and gorillas amongst the animals to become part of the wings and fences for a great jungle feel – although the weather didn’t feel able to join in, unless you count rain to complete the Rain Forest ambiance.

13 year-old Jessica Howard from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire was crowned Novice Grand Prix Champion and Leading Rider with Rocky Robin a 9 year-old grey gelding owned by Claire Darwin. The pair produced two clears, bringing home a time of 38.23 seconds in the jump off to secure their win.

“He was too much for the riding school, he’s quite a tough pony with lots of character,” said Jessica, who also has HOYS ambitions this summer.

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