Moonpenny Delphinus wins 2022 HOYS M&M 122cm working hunter closing

  • Exmoor ponies took each first and second spots within the Thor Atkinson Metal Fabrications Ltd HOYS 122cm M&M working hunter pony closing on the 2022 Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS).

    Popping out on high was Debbie Barker-Runiewicz and her personal 10-year-old gelding Moonpenny Delphinus. Out of Firthesden Poppy, “Finn” is out of Moonpenny Aquarius, who Debbie jumped within the HOYS 133cm M&M working hunter pony of the 12 months closing simply an hour earlier than.

    Finn was backed by Lauren Brill for his breeders, the Bryant Household, who have been current on the NEC to look at him win this 12 months. He then joined Frankie Currell, second within the HOYS 122cm M&M working hunter pony closing with Jacqueline Wharton’s seven-year-old stallion Dunkery Black Grouse, earlier than Debbie purchased him in 2019.

    “His Dad [Moonpenny Aquarius] jumps within the 133cms and Finn jumps within the 122cms,” defined Debbie, who runs a livery yard. “Finn has bought higher and higher with time, and that is the icing on the cake after numerous laborious work.”

    “He in all probability has each typical Exmoor trait you possibly can consider,” Debbie continued. “One in all my mates stated as we speak ‘is that this the horse you needed to reverse off the lorry as a result of he wouldn’t come off forwards’, and it’s!”

    Debbie and Finn certified for HOYS on the North of England Summer season present.

    “This not solely marks my first HOYS win however my first HOYS putting,” stated Debbie, who rode on the NEC for the primary time final 12 months with each Finn and Aquarius.

    “The course rode nicely, however I used to be primarily targeted on retaining him relaxed; he can get fairly tense so my intention was to maintain him mushy and light-weight, and he beloved it.”

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