HAT-TRICK FOR AJDARHA AKHAL-TEKES

 

Tedzhen

 

 

Sypayi vK

World Breeds Trophy

Photo Caroline Moorey

Jacqueline Bradbury and Sypayi vK retained the trophy for the leading ridden Akhal-Teke at the Gala Day of the British Palomino Society's annual Malvern show. The bay gelding from Ajdarha Akhal-Tekes won the ridden Akhal-Teke class, collected placings in four other classes and crowned the day by winning the Foreign Breeds Ridden Championship, kindly sponsored by Horse India. Their cumulative points total gave them the Fawkes Akhal-Teke trophy for the third year in succession.

Behind them came Kyzyl Akhal-Tekes' home-bred gelding Tedzhen, with placings in five classes including a 2nd in Novice Dressage. Third was Jill Thomas' palomino gelding Salimrashid.

The Iriska Trophy for the most points gained by an Akhal-Teke in-hand went to Jill Thomas' home-bred mare Zolotaya Mechta, a daughter of Salimrashid, who also won her in-hand Akhal-Teke breed class, shown by Ian Badcock.

There were further wins and places for Salimrashid and Zolotaya Mechta the following day, when the BPS held its Championship Show. Joining them was the Beth Dee's part-bred Akhal-Teke Midoak Magic Icon, a former multiple winner here, who came back from a long-term injury to be placed in his class.

As ever, Team Teke GB are most grateful to the British Palomino Society for its support for the Akhal-Teke. We would also like to thank Chase View Veterinary Clinic of Ross-on-Wye for sponsoring us with Team Teke Special rosettes, presented for Sporthorse and Dressage as well as Akhal-Teke classes on Gala Day.

 

FEI 1* Debut for Firyuza

 

Annette Hansford's Arab x Akhal-Teke Firyuza completed her first FEI 1* Endurance race at Windsor in May, finishing 9th out of 19 starters. The LH picture shows them enjoying a spin on Ascot Racecourse during the race. 

photo: Gilly Wheeler

Annette and Fizzy went on to contest the 80km race at Cirencester Park in July, finishing a very good 6th, despite the slippery conditions underfoot following steady rain on hard ground. Photos to the right.

 

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