Saintfield’s Rachel Moore (20) has returned home from The Horse of the Year Show, the world’s most famous Horse Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC having achieved second place in the Underwood 153cm Working Hunter Pony of the Year class on “Fortview Toy Boy”.
The nine year old 153cm gelding known at home as “Louie” competed in a massive class against the best of ponies in the United Kingdom as well as taking fourth place in the Most Consistent Pony of the Year section.
This year’s HOYS now brings this dream team to an end with an amazing climax as Rachel is now out of the relevant class, but despite the sadness of parting company these two have a very bright future ahead of them.
Louie has been with Rachel since he was two years old and has qualified for HOYS on four occasions including this year.
Their record of achievements is impressive – here are just a few – he and Rachel have won Royal Dublin Show twice; qualified for the Royal International Show several times achieving fourth place this year; Champion at Royal Balmoral Show; first at the Royal Highland Show; second at Cheshire County Show; third at the Scottish Horse Show; second at Royal Highland Show; third HOYS BSPS; first NPS Area 4; fourth Royal International Show; first Inter County Teams; first 2014 and 2015 Northern Ireland Festival. The partnership also competes in the 110cms showjumping and takes part in eventing.
Rachel said: “He is my one in a million pony, the best boy. He never lets me down.”
Taught by her mother Shirley, an accomplished award winning rider and winner in the showing ring, Rachel was introduced to the saddle as a toddler and first competed when she was five years old.
Her parents Shirley and Tommy are immensely proud of her and give her all their support and encouragement as her hard work and dedication pays off when she achieves great results.
This little lady is definitely one to look out for in the future.