GYS - Photograph by Colin Green
The end of July saw another foray north to the Border Union Agricultural Show in Kelso with Twilight winning another 3 year old Hunter class and finishing Reserve Champion of the show.
Sue and Nigel Cowgill's 3 year old part bred CB Hawlmark Classic Twilight has been a consistent winner ever since she started showing. In 2010 the homebred filly won a string of first places and was Champion PBCB at the Great Yorkshire Show and Supreme Hunter Champion and Hunter Youngstock Champion at the Yorkshire Sporthorse Show. In September 2010 she won the 2 year old Hunter Youngstock award from Sporthorse GB at the National Supreme Hunter Championship.
2011 began with a 1st in the 3 yo Hunter class at Newark and Notts quickly followed by a similar win at Otley where she was also declared Champion. Then it was on to Hambleton with another 1st in the 3 yo Hunter class and Youngstock and Supreme Champion. Twilight, who is by the sporthorse stallion Classic out of homebred pure Cleveland Bay Premium mare Highpasture Hawlmark, achieved another 1st at the Yorkshire Sporthorse Show where she was also Youngstock and Supreme Champion Yorkshire Sporthorse.
In June came the 'big time' and a journey north of the border to the Royal Highland Show where Twilight won the 3 year old filly class in the Hunters in hand section. The RHS, with its showground at Ingliston, Edinburgh attracted 183,000 visitors over four days (23rd to 26th June), thus making it one of the foremost shows in the UK. Three weeks later it was back to home ground with the Great Yorkshire and yet more prizes. Sue and Nigel's filly won the 2/3year old PBCB class and also took the PBCB Championship on Tuesday. The following day she won the 3year old Hunter filly class and was Reserve Hunter Youngstock Champion at the show. This is the second year in a row that Twilight has been the PBCB Champion at the GYS following her previous Reserve Championship as a yearling.
A little over a month later at the Bucks County Show on 1st September, Twilight won the 3 year old Hunter class and the Youngstock hunter Championship. This qualified the part bred filly for the Cuddy Supreme In Hand Championship which she also won. The following week on 6th September the Cowgill team went to Addington Manor for the National Hunter Championships where Twilight won the three year old Hunter Youngstock Award. It may also be worth noting that on Bank Holiday Monday, Twilight's full brother, Hawlmark Classic Woodman won the Yearling Hunter class at Moorgreen show in Nottinghamshire. Another one to watch, perhaps!