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APHS London Counties Show 2019

A great day all-round and I met some lovely people and horses. I was proud to be a key sponsor and had the honour of presenting the winner of the Foreign Breeds Youngstock with a prize from HAC Therapies - for horse, human and hound. A worthy winner of their class, Murraybrook Monet, a coloured Partbred Arabs x Warmblood yearling filly is pictured below.

Shared with permission from show organiser extraordinaire, Lynn Jarvis, read below for a wholesome write up of the day.

The 32nd APHS London Counties Show was held on it’s usual date of the third Sunday in July, 21st, at Pachesham EC in Surrey. Easily accessed from the M25 and surrounding A roads the event draws competitors from all over the country, although the vast majority come from Surrey, Kent and the surrounding M25 counties and for this year we saw 113 horses and ponies on the showground.

The day started with in hand classes spread across 5 rings with the ridden classes continuing after lunch in 4 rings – in all there were over 80 classes on offer and 15 championships. We had many Youngstock forward, not only in their Youngstock classes, but also in the open classes. All did exceptionally well and more than held their own against their full grown counterparts.

We had a number of stunning horses forward and the standard was exceptionally high. Nantllesg Elwyn owned and shown by Ro-Fae Hamilton stood Champion in the Coloured Ridden Championship as well taking the Championship spot in in the TGCA Go For Glory Championships. Dooley’s Over Ice a previous APHS Champion as a youngster, was now being shown under saddle by Jane Gregory. He stood Champion in both our own Traditional Championships and the TGCA Quest Championship.

Welland Crystal, a 12 year old Morgan mare, owned by Catherine Greening from Hampshire had a great day – winning classes under many different judges and then taking the Reserve spot in both the Foreign Breeds In Hand Championships and the Foreign Breeds Ridden Championships.

Murraybrook Monet, a coloured Partbred Arabs x Warmblood yearling filly, owned by Pam Steed and shown by Ian Martin stood champion in the Open Youngstock Championships. This was for first and second from all our Youngstock classes, plus winners of any of our Best Youngstock awards presented throughout the morning in open classes.

Roe Ayham, a 2 year old Arab colt, owned by Julie Johns and shown by Elle Wood stood Champion in the Foreign Breed In Hand Championships (open to any age) and then went on to stand Second Reserve Supreme Champion at the end of the day.

In both the Miniature and Scaled Down Horse championships, Scott’s Cash Another Kind of Wiz owned by Harriet Wood took the top billing making the trip down from Northamptonshire worthwhile and Haysden Scaramanga owned by Jen Baldwin-Murphy took Reserve Champion.

Horses bred by the Aquilas Stud had a great day at the show, taking both Champion and Reserve spot in the English Ridden Championships. Aquilas Stud Nigia, a 15 year old sports horse gelding owned & shown by L Ahmet, took the Champion spot and Aquilas Stud magic Merlin taking Reserve. Aquilas Stud Nigia then went on the stand Supreme Reserve Champion at the end of the day.

Star of the show has to go to Robinsmoor Danny Boy, a 4 month old Welsh Section C colt, owned and shown by Emma and Mark Johnson. Long time supporters of the show, the Johnson Family have won many Supreme Champions with us over the years – with Rhydd Du Mascen, the sire of Robinsmoor Danny Boy and Cavyl Truly Scrumptious, his dam – so there was quite some hoofprints to fill for this offspring. During the course of the day, Cavyl Truly Scrumptious took the English In Hand Reserve Championship and Robinsmoor Danny Boy took the Youngstock Reserve Championship.

Youngest member of the family, Jack Johnson, was taking part in our Junior Junction and Youth classes and keeping up with family tradition went on to win the Youth Championship. Whilst waiting for the Supreme Championships, Mark managed to twist his ankle coming off the ramp of the lorry and so was unable to run his colt. Emma soon managed to get someone to help her, and then they were back in the Supreme waiting to find out how they did. It was worth the wait as the youngest horse on the showground, Robinsmoor Danny Boy, went and took the Supreme Championships – he certainly is living up to his breeders hopes.

A big thank you to all the sponsors, helpers, judges, officials and competitors that enable us to run this show. Next years date is already booked: 19th July 2020. There’s one more show to go this year, the APHS Foreign Breed Festival Shows Autumn event, being held on 8th September and with open breed youth, walk/trot and concours classes (open to any breed not just foreign breeds), and then we hope everyone that has taken part in the 3 APHS events will also join in our free hi-point awards too. (Schedules and forms can be found on our website: as well as our 2020 dates).

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