In February 2014 just after Kate’s ninth birthday she joined the very popular and friendly Kingston Riding Centre Pony Club group, meeting every Sunday afternoon for 90mins riding and stable management tuition. Whenever possible begging to ride a handsome 12 hh chestnut gelding “Spice”.
Kate passed her D+ test on Spice and was given permission by the riding centre owners Lynne and Joe Mastrioianni to take him to her first competition the Wimbledon Pony Club Show and came away winning the Condition and Turnout and best Lead Rein or First ridden pony and thereby qualifying for the Sunshine Tour Championships.
After further success at the Wimbledon Village Show (June 2014), we joined Kingston Riding Centre’s Pony Share Scheme which is a unique opportunity to develop a one to one with the pony and giving Kate more riding and stable time with Spice. Tragically last month Spice suffered a colic one evening and despite immediate veterinary care couldn’t be saved.
Needless to say many tears were shed and after a warm and endearing conversation with Lynne Mastroianni Kate was very much encouraged to continue riding this time on little “Bill” a 12year old, black, 11hh Dartmoor Pony, who is generally used at the Kingston Riding School for Lead Rein classes and Pony Walks.
With patience, dedication, and bonding it was no long before the partnership clicked, and with continued lessons and again with much encouragement from Lynne and the wonderful staff, Kate’s confidence on Bill has grown.
This weekend following a further conversation with Lynne Mastroianni and in full support of Kate’s passion, Kate was encouraged to take Bill to the Great Bookham Show with the hope of qualifying once again for the Sunshine Championship.
Kate with help from her “wonderful” mum (Emma) and Bill’s groom “Chrissy”, washed…, polished… and plaited little Bill till he and his tack gleamed.
So Kate was understandable thrilled to pick up a clutch of rosettes in the
“Turnout”… “Lead Rein Rider”…” Handsomest Gelding”… and “Judges Choice”… and…. ultimately winning the Fun Showing Championship.
Now…Kate and all involved at the Kingston Riding Centre are counting down the days to Saturday 27th Sunshine Tour Championship and Kate’s mum Emma is now frantically searching for a coordinating lead read rein outfit and hat to compliment the handsome pair Kate and Bill.