Local Exmoor pony stallion, Hawkwell Versuvius, known as Bear at home, has consolidated his position as International Horse Agility Club World Champion by winning a gold and silver medal in the Horse Agility Club's Summer of Sport Challenge Championship Final. Bear and his owner Dawn Westcott won the gold medal and stood world champions at liberty level, and won the Silver Medal and stood European champions at advanced level. They competed against horses and ponies from all breeds from across the world, including the US, Canada and Australia. The competition courses have to be filmed without editing. Another Exmoor-based competitor, Cathy Powell from Exmoor Falconry, won the silver medal in the first level competition with her horse Papoose.
Cuddy ticket on the cards?
Caroline Burrington and Tony Wareham's smart dark bay gelding, It's a Family Affair, netted his fourth championship of the season in four outings. The three-year-old by Leander has stood champion of hunter breeding at Devon County, Bath & West, Kent and now the New Forest show last week. "He's been knocking on the door for a HOYS Cuddy ticket too," said Caroline who noted that he has taken the reserve slot twice. "We're now fingers crossed for a ticket at Bucks County [August 27]," added Caroline. "It's then on to the National Hunter Supreme Show – he's a star and just loves his job."