Flintham Show 2010
With eight entries declared the Ridden Cleveland Bay class (sponsored by Club member Chris Graham) looked to be set fair for the 91st Flintham Ploughing Match & Agricultural Show at Hawksworth in Nottinghamshire on 23rd September. Sadly, three of the horses were not forward on the day but the remaining five made a most creditable showing in front of judges Mrs H and Mr C T LeMoignan to the delight of an enthusiastic audience. The reduced field still managed to have a mixture of the familiar, the new, old and even a side-saddle entrant! Results for the Class 101, Ridden Pure or Part Bred Cleveland Bay Horse (mare or gelding 4 years old and over) were as follows:
1st TRUDI THORNTON (113) (Amy Bosworth), winning the Harrington Grenella Trophy and an extra prize of £100 kindly donated by Mr Ray Streets plus the Sash and prize for Best Turned Out donated by Shaw & Co Solicitors, Specialist Equine Lawyers.
2nd TED (125) (Julie Tomlinson), also winning the Brilliant and Dark Silver Salver kindly presented by Chris Graham.
3rd BARBARIAN BUCCANEER (77) (Pamela Shipley)
4th LINDON JOINT HONOURS (100) (University of Lincoln, Emily Williams)
5th GREENHILL NOVA (126) (Tricia Large)
Amy Bosworth's TRUDI THORNTON went on to be declared Champion in the Ridden Horse classes, winning the K L Beeby & R M Donger Trophy.
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With the unknown TRUDI THORNTON making such a spectacular first showing at Flintham, we were interested to learn more of her origin. Trudi was bought unbroken by Roz Bozworth and daughter Amy in June 2009 from her breeders Dr K N and Mrs Grundy of Horncastle. She is by TB stallion “Cotation” out of the part bred Cleveland “Church Street Lady May” (who was by Storth House Temptation, out of a dam by Hermes). In this first season being shown Trudi was placed 2nd at Newark & Notts County as a small Riding Horse. She qualified for the Royal International Horse Show as intermediate show riding type, but Roz and Amy felt it was too early in her education to take on such a major show. Amy competed her at the British Show Pony Society Summer Championship Show, where she won two out of her three classes, going on to be champion and reserve champion intermediate show hunter. Trudi also went to the British Show Hack, Cob and Riding Horse Association championship show at Addington, gaining a creditable 2nd in an evening indoor performance as a small riding horse. It is the intention to compete her over the winter in the British Show Pony Society Winter series as an intermediate show hunter, with the longer term prospect of next year's Royal International and Horse of the Year Show.
Another Cleveland to excite particular interest was Tricia Large's part bred mare Greenhill Nova. Nottinghamshire based Nova, by Littlebeck Masterpiece was born in May 1984 and has been with Tricia since the age of four. Nova has had a varied and active career including Long Distance riding and Side-saddle, winning the Concours d'Elegance at the Newark & Notts County Show. The happiest five years were spent hunting with the South Notts. Nova has always had 'attitude', never sick nor sorry and still hacks out regularly. The veteran first appeared at Flintham 21 years ago! Posted 2.10.10.
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Photographs by John M Green