Pasha Saddles Up To Win

Alice Stratton and the 17-year-old Welsh Section B Laithehill Pasha went one better than in 2017 and scored an emphatic victory under saddle in the Senior Showing and Dressage Ltd Grand Final sponsored by Anthony D Evans Insurance Brokers at Olympia, The London International Horse Show.
This was the pair’s third time qualifying for Olympia – they won the in-hand title last time – but the first time under saddle. A delighted Alice, also 17 and an engineering student at Bishop Burton College, described the former jumping pony and showing star as “such a personality – he’s always smiling”.
In second place was Gemma Rees, a farmer’s wife from Pembrokeshire, riding side-saddle on the 18-year-old Banjo ll, a horse bequeathed to her by his breeder, the late Margot Harwich. Banjo is multi-talented, having won as a four-year-old at HOYS, evented and been the master’s horse for the Fitzwilliam Hunt.
Competing at Olympia has been a lifetime ambition for Katie Hughes and she was thrilled to finish third on the oldest horse in the class, the sprightly 25-year-old grey Marble Arch, an Irish Draught-TB cross, who she bought off the hunting field 11 years ago and has competed in eventing and dressage.
The in-hand title went to New Team, a 17-year-old ex-racehorse bought by Claire Langman for her 30th birthday. ‘Claude’ has also competed in team chasing, showing and dressage.