Sisters set to compete in the Horse of the Year Show next month.
TWO Fenland sisters and their ponies will compete on the world stage next month at the Horse of the Year Show. But, unlike hundreds of other finalists, teenager Kerinder Bhogal has home-trained both ponies for the world-famous event. The Leverington girls
TWO Fenland sisters and their ponies will compete on the world stage next month at the Horse of the Year Show.
But, unlike hundreds of other finalists, teenager Kerinder Bhogal has home-trained both ponies for the world-famous event.
The Leverington girls' mum Sue said: "It's a fantastic achievement for both girls, but all the credit has to go to Kerinder because she has done all the hard work.
"Owners usually hire what's known as a producer to train and prepare horses for shows, but both ponies have been 'home-produced' by Kerinder."
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Kerinder, 17, is a finalist in the Mountain and Moorland Pony of the Year class with her pony Estoro Mandate, in the Welsh Section C category (for Welsh ponies under 13.2 hands). The show is set to be the 16-year-old pony's swansong in top-level competition.
Mrs Bhogal said: "Kerinder reached the show in 2007 with the same horse and finished sixth in the same category. They also appeared at the Royal International Horse Show this year and finished fifth."
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Six-year-old Kashia is a finalist in the Brineton Colne Mountain and Moorland Mini Pony of the Year class, in the Colne Leading Rein section. The class is for riders under nine years old.
Kashia's horse, called Springwater Legato, a Dartmoor pony, was bought from the Springwater Stud in Yorkshire last year.
Mrs Bhogal said: "We bought him last year as an unbroken three year old, so Kerinder broke him in ready for shows.
"He qualified at the Bucks County Show a couple of weeks ago. He had only done a handful of shows, but won his section and then the overall class."
The Horse of the Year Show takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from October 7-11.
The family buy their horse supplies from Mill Lane Pet Centre, Leverington Common.