Ellan Vannin Native Pony Association

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Our 2017 Prize Winners. 

🌟Pony of the Year 2017🌟

1. Dryknowl Colkirk ‘Colin’, Beatrice Walker 
2. Nigel, Isabel Morgan

3. The English Rose, Nick Barham
4. Chocolate Carousel, Toni Kewley
5. Llanai Poetry, Gracie Kewley
6. Bawdsey Diascia, Alisha Blower


🌟Horse of the Year 2017🌟

1. Glen Gold, Charley Devey
2. Ballaloobey Clover, Joanne Brown
3. Tinker Taylor, Olivia Watson
4. Avanti Gutsy Gordon, Lily Warburton
4. Casanova Can’t Wait, Charlotte Hampton - Geoghegan
5. Fiola’s Legacy, Becka Scott
6. Perfectly Presented, Jennie Swann


🌟Speical Awards🌟

Committes Choice - Breeshey Fromm
Stewards Choice - Isabel Morgan
Working Hunter Horse - Charlotte Hampton-Geoghegan
Working Hunter Pony - Nick Barham



Successful Summer Show

Sunday, 23rd July, was a fine day sandwiched between two wet ones, which produced excellent conditions for the Ellan Vannin Native Pony Association second summer show held at Ballacaley, Sulby, where the club again welcomed three UK panel judges: Mrs Karen Hartenfeld, Mrs Sarah Bowling and Mrs Sarah Wilkinson. The ground had enough moisture for excellent footing for the horses and ponies without ‘cutting up’ and a slight breeze kept the flies at bay for the day. There were good entries in most classes as many competitors treat this club show as a dress rehearsal for the Southern and Royal Manx Agricultural shows. Judges and stewards were kept busy all day in three rings with ridden, inhand and working hunter classes. The club would like to thank Tracey Scott, Amy Rothwell and Gillian Newey who stewarded the three rings and kept classes running smoothly. For this show the club were grateful to Conister Bank for sponsorship towards the cost of judges, Bradley Beardmore for sponsoring the Show Champion and Reserve sashes and to Gary Harrison for providing cash prizes to the Show Champion and Reserve Champion. Special mention must be made to our trainee announcer, Oliver Moore, who did an excellent job in keeping competitors informed of progress in each of the rings. Thanks as always to Phil Plant for the use of his land and it’s preparation before the show, to Food2Go for catering and to the St John ambulance for their attendance. The next event will be on September 17th, format to be announced on the club website, www.evnpa.co.uk.

The committee of the Ellan Vannin Native Pony Association were extremely grateful to the competitors, UK judges, Bradley Beardmore, Johnathon Davies and Erina Rodgers, and their stewards Lottie Barham, Amy Rothwell, Victoria Garner and Tracey Scott who stood out in the sun for up to 8 hours to judge the club’s Spring Show. An extra thanks to Phil and Elaine Plant for the use to the show fields on 18th June 2017

Ellan Vannin Native Pony Association held their first event of the 2017 season on Sunday 14th May - a beautiful sunny day bracketed by rain before and after!  Although not quite as busy as some previous shows, judge, Paula Kelly, ably stewarded by her daughter, Emily, was kept busy all day with some good size classes and a varied programme. This event is regularly used by club members as an introduction to showing for young and/or inexperienced horses and ponies and new riding partnerships and Paula chose her in-hand champion for one of these groups - the 2 year old bay pony, Moelgarnedd Odette, shown by Vicki Hargreaves, coming forward to the in-hand championship from the youngstock class. At the other extreme veteran horse, Clover on Ice, shown by Jo Karran claimed the reserve in this section. 


In the ridden section there was again contrast with the champion being the horse Ballaloobey Clover, ridden by Jo Brown, and reserve Dryknowl Colkirk - a Shetland pony, ridden by Beatrice Walker, led by her aunt, Emma Kinrade.  This was Beatrice's first show on this pony so special congratulations to her.


While the showing classes were going on several members took the opportunity to practice over the working hunter jumps - again a good training ground for younger horses and a reminder for older ones.  It was good to see club chairman, Wendy Barham, and husband, Nick, making use of this facility.  Steward, Tracey Scott, oversaw this ring for the day, resplendent in her new club jacket.


Many thanks to Paula and Emily for judging, and to Tracey, Phoebe Cleator (ring steward for the morning), Sally Jagger and Ian Moore on the gate - without such help the committee would be unable to run the show.  Also to Ian for the mounting block he provided - it proved very useful to several competitors. If anyone would like to be involved in helping at EVNPA shows in the future (dates available on the equine calendar) please do not hesitate to contact one of the committee, or just turn up on the day. Special thanks as always to Phil and Elaine Plant for allowing the club to use their land for our shows - we would be very hard pressed to find a replacement for such an excellent location if they did not make us so welcome. (So just one gentle reminder: please everyone take your litter home and don't muck out your trailer/lorry on the field).


The next event is the Early Summer Show on June 18th when we will be welcoming 3 English judges, all who have experience of judging at county level and above, so plenty of support please to make their visit worthwhile.