Written by Donna Bamonte

In May, we saw the return of the regional agricultural show of the year, notably the 2017 Devon County Show. Despite the unpredictable weather, crowds gathered and people flocked to Westpoint Arena to exhibit, trade, compete or simply come along as a guest choosing to visit the show and sample all the wonderful things that were on offer! For me, the highlight of the event was our Tattersalls ROR Show Series Qualifier, which I was thrilled to see was well supported with good entries and beautifully turned out horses, regardless of the mud and foul weather which certainly took its toll on everyone!

Judges Joe Tizzard (ride) and Lucinda Sims (conformation) gave each horse a thorough ride and assessment to see how each one had transitioned into a show horse since finishing their racing careers. The atmosphere was quite something and every one of the horses coped fabulously with the busy surroundings, a big step up since the class was moved into the main arena last year.

A very well deserved first place went to Adele Follett and Mister Matt, a fourteen year old National Hunt horse by Alflora who relished taking the top honours. The Tom Symonds (latterly Bob Buckler) trained gelding raced a total forty four times under rules and one Point to Point, winning a total of £53,000 and passing the post first seven time overall collectively.

Second place went to Alison Squibb riding her own So Wise So Young, followed by Qulinton and Stephen Worker finishing a well deserved third. Fourth place went to the beautifully produced Judgethemoment with Claire Blackham on board, followed by Nicene Creed and Hannah Chisman and finally Harry Partridge with Victoria Hamlyn-White.

Each and every horse competing was a credit to their connections and as always a pleasure to watch. Our first four placed horses qualify for the ROR Tattersalls Show Series Final at Hickstead in June.

Good Luck to you all!!