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Surrey Life readers and their horses - Phoebe Leake from Walton-on-Thames

PUBLISHED: 13:11 09 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:25 09 February 2015

Phoebe and Kevin have had an incredible few months

Phoebe and Kevin have had an incredible few months

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In the latest in the series, we hear from the talented, up-and-coming young rider Phoebe Leake who lives in Walton-on-Thames

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2015

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Hi, my name is Phoebe, I am 14 years old and I go to Claremont Fan Court School in Esher. When I was two, I first sat on a pony at a county fair. I then loaned ponies until I was eight, when I got my own called Guss. I started showing him at local shows and this was when I found my love for the sport. Then, seven months ago, I got my pony called Sauvey Golden Condor (Kevin), who I now show at national level.

Kevin is a chestnut Welsh Section C gelding and is very handsome! He has four white socks and a white blaze. He is a real character – he can undo locks and escapes from his stable, he adores cuddles and attention and loves being in the show ring; he’s a real show-off! But he really looks after me in the ring and is a total superstar.

Showing is generally separated into classes by breed of pony. All competitors go into a ring together where they walk, trot and canter on each rein (both directions). They then have to perform a short routine of walk, trot, canter and gallop so that the judge can get a really good look at them. This is a very technical part of the riding as your routine has to be foot perfect. Next, they take the ponies’ saddles off and trot them up in hand so that another judge can look at their confirmation. Competitors are given marks out of 50 for their ride and 50 for the ponies’ confirmation.

I have only had Kevin for a short time and this was my first season on him, but he has already taken me on to the next level and we have had some amazing results. So far, these have included:

 

• Young Riders M&M Large Breeds class at Area 11: placed 1st (this was only our second show!)

• NPS Open qualifier: placed 1st

• Ponies UK Open qualifier: placed 1st

• Ponies UK Junior Rider qualifier: placed 1st

• Crockstead Show: we were made Champion of the show

 

We have already qualified for the Royal International Horse Show this year and my goals are to qualify for the Horse of the Year Show and Olympia too. I really love Kevin and I can’t wait for what the next season will bring!

 

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