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Friday Showing - First Year Ridden Section

The Cadwallader family had a sensational morning at Horse of the Year Show, with three children taking out four titles in the space of a few hours. First up was Mia Cadwallader, 9, who rode off with both the First Ridden Pony Rider of the Year and First Ridden Pony of the Year, not over 138cm, with Eastdale Diva. The super consistent Diva, who the family describes as the pony of a lifetime, has won the Show Pony of the Year not exceeding 128cm for five years running and will attempt to make that six years on the trot this afternoon, ridden by sister Brooke. She has also won the Lead Rein title three times and the First Ridden title twice. The family hails from Coatesville, Auckland and are no strangers to success in the show ring, with 21 HOY titles between them before this year’s show. Mum Nannette Cadwallader said Mia had won the Lead Rein rider and pony titles last year on the same pony but it was her first season in the First Ridden section and she had a rough start to the season, breaking her arm. “She worked hard to get here. She’s very determined. The class was of a very high standard,” she said after the Rider title win. Also in the First Ridden section, Te Awamutu’s Zoe Garland and Taurimu Da Vince were winners of the Paced and Mannered title class. Zoe, 8, and Leo, as he is known at home, won the Paced and Mannered title in the Lead Rein section last year. She got the pony at HOY two years ago. “He’s always quiet and calm,” she said of Leo. “I like that you get to show off your pony (in showing).) The combination had a successful day, with Zoe also placing fifth in the Rider title class and the pair third in the First Ridden title class.

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