Virbac 3D Worming Show Pony Personality of the Year Award

Virbac 3D Worming Show Pony Personality of the Year Award

The six finalists have been selected and voting is now open for the Virbac 3D Worming Show Pony Personality of the Year!

Virbac Ltd is delighted to be sponsors of the Virbac 3D Worming Show Pony Personality of the Year for the sixth consecutive year. This hugely popular category is an integral part of the Showing Council/Showing World Show Pony Personality of the Year Awards.

The Virbac 3D Worming Show Pony Personality of the Year is open to all ponies that compete in ridden classes, including lead rein and first ridden, working pony, flat riddens and in-hand, covering all types of animals. This year the finalists are:

  • Rotherwood Rainmaker – Show Pony - owned by Katy Carter and ridden by Poppy Carter – Prolific winner including double RIHS Supreme
  • Balmoral Erica – Highland mare – owned by HM The Queen, produced by Lizzie Briant – success under saddle  include M&M Champion at RIHS and In hand Cuddy Finals at the Horse of the Year Show
  • Moonpenny Aquarius – Exmoor gelding – owned and ridden by Elizabeth Etchalls – qualified HOYS and Olympia, stood Supreme at Dunster Horse Show, the first Exmoor to take that title in 167 years.
  • Thistledown Las Vegas - Show Hunter Pony - owned by Julie Shakespeare ridden by Reise Shakespeare and produced by Julie Templeton. Reserve Champion at HOYS RIHS and Royal Windsor in 2014, unbeaten in his class in five outings in 2015.
  • Treowen Ranger – Senior Show Hunter Pony - won at Royal Windsor and Cheshire County in 2014, culminating in taking the reserve slot in the SSADL finals at Olympia.
  • Kellythorpe Strike a Pose – 3 yr old In-hand Riding Pony – owned by the Kellythorpe Stud – Lisha and Janay Leeman. Strike A Pose has been shown lightly but has qualified for the Cuddy final at HOYS as a yearling and 2 yr old, standing second in 2014.

The Show Personality of the Year Awards has, over the last  five years, grown in stature to become a leading industry award, often described as the ‘Oscars’ of the showing world.

The Awards culminate in a sparkling Gala Presentation Dinner hosted at the East of England Showground on 24th October 2015. The evening has proved a ‘to be seen at’, sell out event that welcomes over 400 showing enthusiasts including category finalists, showing organisations, show producers, competitors and representatives from some of the industry’s leading companies.

‘We are delighted to be supporting the Show Personality of the Year Awards for a sixth year’ said Dr Rick Manlove, Director of Large Animal Business Virbac UK. ‘The Awards have become a leading industry standard award, and the calibre of finalists each year reflects the high regard in which these awards are now held.  We are looking forward to meeting our finalists again this year at the Gala Presentation Dinner in October’ 

The current holder of the Virbac 3D Worming Show Pony Personality of the Year is the Section C mare Synod Lady Lillian, who swept to victory in the Cuddy In-hand finals at the 2013 Horse of the Year Show. The runner up was Lead Rein Section A pony Nynwood Fantasia, also a HOYS champion, having been crowned Supreme Pony Champion.  

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