Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Highlighting young talent in it's second showing competition
By Karen Stewart
Last weekend at DPEC marked the second Showing type show of its kind in two years. It was very well received, with over 70 entries in 8 classes as follows;
Top Groom, Best Turned Out, Best Young Rider/Handler, Working Hunter, Pairs, Horse or Pony of show type, Ridden Arabian/Part Bred Arabian and Family Pony.
The spread of classes allowed for a balance of both discipline and fun.
Karen Stewart, a recognized showing rider herself and the brainchild behind the show has long nurtured the desire to get the showing concept promoted in the UAE. The support for these initial shows has been very positive and hopefully they will lay the groundwork for more to come. It was surprising, though, that there was a marked absence of Arabian entries. The other classes, however, were fully supported and it was wonderful to see a full spectrum of riders turn up. Entries were predominantly children and juniors with only a handful of adult entrants.
The Top Groom class was won by Hari Krishnan, with an absolutely immaculate Victorioso. It must be said though that all grooms did a fabulous job and put a huge effort into ensuring that the judge, Anne Boulet found it tough to call. Ellen Kruijning and Al Barsha veterinary Clinic generously sponsored this class.
Harry Krishnan & Amanda Brewers stunning Victorioso
The Best Turned Out class was also a very difficult class to judge, but the very eye catching and correctly turned out Lead Rein Pony won the day, with his rider, Cerise Joy. It is not hard to imagine seeing more of this pair at future events.
Cerise Joy with her pony TameValley Oberon
Sufficient entries were received for the Young Rider/Handler class to enable split by age. Lisande Eayrs, the judge for this category was hard pressed to identify the winner. Sofia Prieto took the younger class, riding DPEC's riding school pony, Tequila and Karmelia Greasley, riding her own Don Phillipo, took the older section.
The Pairs class proved to be very entertaining for both spectators and riders. Hopefully, even more entries will be encouraged in this class in the future. The possibility of doing a class for Quadrilles to music with four riders will also be considered for inclusion in the next show.
The Working Hunter was another well-supported class; jumps were lowered and raised as needed allowing everyone to jump within their confidence and ability level. This class produced the Reserve Overall Champion of the show, the remarkably honest and well put together Silver Merlin, ridden by his young owner, Heidi Hallatt. The lovely, flowing course was designed and built by Clare Bos.
Karmelia Greasley & Don Philipo Heidi Hallatt & Silver Merlin
The Horse of Show type class was not easy to judge as there was a wide range of types entered, from a beautiful Fell Pony shown correctly with his mane down to some lovely warmbloods presented as Riding Horse/ Hunter types it also included a show pony and an Andalusian. The result relied heavily on manners, conformation, and way of going. Again, in the future with more entries it would be possible to split this class into categories. The winner produced our Overall Champion, the elegant Don Phillipo, ridden by Karmelia Greasley, was beautifully turned out and well deserved.
Family Pony proved to be an extremely popular class. The competitors had to complete a small obstacle course ranging from bending and trotting poles to a stranger approaching them with a flag. The winning pony was the super honest Monera, ridden by Holly Parkinson. There is the potential to split this class in future, to provide a more challenging course for the more experienced riders. This class was ably judged by Debbie Armaly and Sophie Dyball, who very kindly stepped in at the very last minute to assist.
The show was a success. Riders and supporters alike expressed their support for future events at DPEC, so hopefully this is the start of a new trend. Let's not forget that even Charlotte Dujardin started her riding career in the show ring!
Photos can be viewed on the web with her riding at Horse of the Year show in England as a young jockey!
Karen Stewart would welcome any contact from past showing judges from any countries as well as any questions or requests. She can be contacted on 0554457212
The organizers wish to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported this show and hope to encourage others to ensure that future shows at DPEC continue to offer opportunities to compete and showcase talent.