The eleven year old mare has long been a favourite of owner Sue Cutts at Folds Farm in Hampshire. Ridden by Sue's daughter Cecilia Delville-Lindsay, Veronica has surpassed expectations this year. She did particularly well at the New Forest Show where she came 3rd in the Ridden Hoys Qualifier class and 2nd in the Hunter Mare In Hand class. Ronnie was also declared Rare Breeds Overall Champion. Throughout the year the 17.1 mare by Penrhyn Aristocrat out of Penrhyn Brocade, has been winning or placed in many classes and shows. This culminated in winning the Cleveland Bay Performance Scheme's Ditchley Trophy. This is awarded annually for the best pure bred Cleveland mare over four years old.
2009 A GOOD YEAR FOR FOLDS VERONICA
In the CBHSNA 2009 PERFORMANCE AWARDS SCHEME, Veronica swept to more success. She was Champion in both the In Hand and the Hunter/Jumper categories and Reserve in the Dressage (2nd level Amateur) category. This led to the Apple of My Eye Award (for high points mare). There were two other horses of interest in the results. Cholderton Ida, bred by Henry Edmunds and owned by Cecilia Delville-Lindsay, was Reserve in the In Hand class and also won the Epiphany Bay Farm Purebred young Horse Award (for purebreds 3 years and younger). Stainmore Wolfhound (by Stainmore Warlord out of Stainmore Scotch Rose) bred by Barbara Martindale and now owned by Ridgemor Farm in Rockford, Tennesee was 5th in the Hunter/Jumper category and won the High point Stallion Award. Finally, Folds Veronica was placed Champion in the Thomas Webster Memorial Award (for High point purebred) with Cholderton Ida as Reserve.
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The photograph shows Folds Veronica being ridden by Sue Cutts' daughter, Cecilia Delville-Lindsay