Traditional breeds take the honours on their home turf at Okehampton Show
Horses both little and large claimed the highest accolades at this year's Okehampton Agricultural Show, which took place on Thursday last week at the Stoney Park showground.
Now in its 106th year and one of the Westcountry's oldest agricultural shows, the surrounding moorland provided an idyllic "chocolate box" backdrop as visitors basked in glorious sunshine and treated to a top-class selection of horses and ponies.
The Dartmoor pony classes were hotly contested and received good entries, with the local breed really excelling on their home turf.
Diane and John Jordan's prolific winning stallion Moortown Countryman, shown by David Jordan, won the in-hand Dartmoor championship and went on to be named best pony in show.
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The 12-year-old by Hisley Craftsman has already had a bumper season, taking the championship at Devon County, Royal Bath & West, Royal Cornwall and Three Counties and numerous other titles.
Judge Elaine Locke could not fault Countryman's performance, saying: "My champion Dartmoor came in as an outright winner. He did everything that was asked of him.
"He looked good, had good limbs and was what a Dartmoor should be."
Much to everyone's delight, there was a fantastic turnout of heavy horses. Morley Roberts' Shire filly Hiraethog Holly gave an impeccable show to impress both the judges and the watching crowds. The two-year-old filly already stands at 17.2hh and is expected to grow taller still.
Unbeaten in her four outings so far, Holly won the heavy horse championship and went on to take reserve supreme champion. Following her win she has now qualified for the West of England Heavy Horse Championships, which take place in Dorset on Sunday, September 29. Morley, from Bradworthy, was absolutely delighted with the filly's performance and he hopes to breed from her in years to come.
The early start was most certainly worth it for Marie Howie, from St Dominic, as her lead rein pony Greendown Curiosity guided his young jockey, five-year-old Laina Jayne Howie, to clinch the children's ridden ponies' championship.
Charles Upham, of the well-known Langaller Stud at Bovey Tracey, took the led hunter championship with his three-year-old grey gelding Langaller Blue Print.
Julie Vivian, from Milton Damerel, enjoyed a successful day out with her dun Connemara mare Tullabrick Primrose. Since being backed at Christmas after having her first foal, this was only the fourth outing for the combination.
Against a strong field, the five-year-old landed a double, winning the ridden mountain and moorland championship and standing reserve in hand champion. Julie was overjoyed with the mares' calm and easygoing attitude to showing. She said: "She's only been in work since Christmas so there's a lot for her to learn. I'm going to keep her as she's my forever pony."
The supreme championship was headed by Cairnside Houdini, who claimed the title for a second consecutive year after taking supreme at the show in 2012. The seven-year-old hunter, ridden by Angela Brown for Amy McGrath, was full of presence and his manners were second to none.
Angela, from Exeter, said: "He's been a good old servant. He's really been up at the top with whatever he's done this year."
The partnership has already had a fabulous season and are a familiar sight in supreme championship line-ups, after taking the title at Honiton Show last Thursday. Their sights are now set on qualifying for Horse of the Year Show for a third time.
Judge Michael Bickell said: "I chose the champion because, from my point of view, it's the one I would like to take home. I'm a hunting man and that is a hunter which seems to be unblemished."
Horse secretary Jane Gillard was delighted with the number of competitors, and pleased to see strong entries in the heavy horse and driving classes. "We were concerned closeness to other shows was going to have an effect but it hasn't," she said.