Twelve-year-old Annabella Pidgley rode a first class test this afternoon to gain victory in the TopSpec Medium Silver at her first ever National Championships. Annabella, who hails from Berkshire, rode her German Riding Pony Farbenfroh (Farewell I x Rakt’s Rocky) to impress the judges for a score of 70.51%, the sole combination to break the 70% barrier.
“It feels amazing, I’m so happy to be here let alone win,” smiled Annabella. “I am so shocked!”
The 14-year-old gelding, who’s owned by Annabella’s mum Sarah, has formed a formidable partnership with his young rider, not finishing out of the top three since mid-January. A highlight in their career so far was when Annabella and ‘Farbi’ aced Hickstead CDI at the end of July scoring a hat-trick in the FEI Pony divisions.
This afternoon, Annabella was wearing smart new boots which were earned by her Hickstead performance, “I told her [Annabella] that if she was placed in the top three at Hickstead I’d buy her new boots, and if she was in the top three here it would be a new hat! This is proving quite expensive,” quipped Sarah.
Farbi first caught the eye of the Pidgley family at the Pony European Championships in Malmo, Sweden in 2015, where he was on the team for Denmark and won Freestyle Bronze. In a twist of fate, the gorgeous Farbi was acquired later by the family, when another pony they wanted had been sold. “We loved everything about him,” said Annabella.
Next stop for the talented pair, who have an exciting Pony career ahead of them, is next month’s Le Mans CDI in France.
Article Source: British Dressage News
Image courtesy Kevin Sparrow Photography
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