Polo Pony Class Completed Despite Downpour
The Royal Windsor Horse Show Polo Pony Class, sponsored by Guards Polo Club and judged by Lord Patrick Beresford and Anthony Fanshawe was held on Thursday 12 May. Despite there being just one class there were two categories to accommodate more than one winner for the day. Tinx, a 12-year-old bay mare, who also last year’s Champion in this class, owned by Jane Ingleby and ridden by Miguel Ayala not only won the Heavyweight Polo Pony Award, but also took overall Champion. Jane Ingleby proudly said, “We’ve done it twice and won it twice”. Gatita, a 12-year-old dun mare owned and ridden by Samantha Luff took the Lightweight Polo Pony title and Reserve Champion. The Millwheel Saddlery Best Turned Out Award went to Theodore, a six-year-old black gelding owned by Lucy Bolton and ridden by Tomas Llorens.
Tinx was also last year’s Champion in this class, and was entered for the second time this year.
Heavy rain and flooding of the event’s Thames-side lorry park caused the Show to be cancelled on its opening day, Wednesday 11 May. Most of the competitors in the Polo Pony Class had a one-hour wait for their vehicles to be towed in to the lorry park on the Thursday morning, in conditions they described as ‘horrific.’
Photograph: Victorious Miguel Ayala in the ring on Tinx with their red rosette. By Jane Ingleby