Rueben made an early start to the 2010 season with an appearance at the National Stallion Show on 6th March where he won 2nd place in the Any Other Breeds class.
Three months later on 6th June, he was clearly getting into his stride at the Scottish Grass Sickness Show by winning 1st place in the In-hand Horse class and claiming another 2nd place in the In-hand Hunters class.
Lyndsey Dow from Perthshire is one very proud Cleveland Bay owner. Her four year old gelding, Stainmore Rueben, bred in Cumbria by Barbara Martindale, is making an extraordinary impression north of the border. We first heard of Rueben in 2009 and you can read about his early successes on our Magazine Page 15. Since his second outing as a two year old in 2008 he has never been unplaced. With his growing maturity he is going from strength to strength.
A fortnight later on 19th June, Rueben was really on a roll, sweeping all before him at the Alyth and District Agricultural Show where he was:
1st in the Hunters In-hand 4 years old and over
CHAMPION In-hand Hunter
SUPREME CHAMPION Horse / Pony
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS of the whole ALYTH SHOW.
Not only was this out of 400 horses - he had to compete against the Supreme Champions of the Cattle and Sheep sections too! As the Show's leader, Rueben also won the Forfar Mart Shield. The final decision had been made by the Umpire George Fleming (a cattle man) after judges had awarded similar points to the individual Champions. The horse judge, Cameron Ormiston, said Lyndsey had Rueben "Just right - he has a good shoulder and wither, is strong on the bone with a good length of rein". Another judge summed up Rueben in one word "Magnificent".
The Cleveland Bay presence at Alyth Show was further strengthened by Scottish breeders John and Eva Bennett. They took two horses, 3 yr old colt Tranmire Knave of Diamonds (by Mr Tobias out of Tranmire Diamond) and their young filly (by Southbrook Warlord out of A Kind of Magic). Both were placed in their respective classes.
Alyth Show. Just before winning the Supreme Champion Horse/Pony.
Photo by Douglas Dow.
After being declared the Champion of Champions.
Photo by Ian Gallacher.
The above feature article first appeared in our News pages in 2010