Sisterly Love Leads to Title

5 Mar

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Libby Wilson has a lot to thank her big sister for.

Big sis Georgie very kindly let Libby share her pony Greenlee Moloney for HOY, and it paid off big time for the younger girl.

Libby and Minty, as the pony is known by his mates, won the First Year Ridden Rider of the Year crown.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing, when the combination wasn’t called out in the top six.

“They called it out wrong first and then they were like ‘wait a minute’,” says Libby. “I was nearly out of the ring when I got called back.

“Minty belongs to Georgie but my pony was being so naughty mum said to let me ride Minty in the first ridden classes. It is a big thank you to Georgie for letting me.”

She’s been competing at HOY since 2011 when she won the Welsh Lead Rein Pony of the Year title and then in 2014 won Lead Rein Rider of the Year.

Libby is believed to be just the second rider to win the Lead Rein Rider of the Year title and then go on to win the First Year Ridden Rider of the Year title.

This year she also won Purebred Welsh First Year Ridden Pony of the Year aboard Sherwood’s Mark II. Next season she will compete in the open section.

Libby is a year 6 student at Wairakei Primary School, and has a couple more ponies at home – Tim Tam who she competes in show hunter and Piper for saddle hunter.

HOY is a family affair for the Wilsons. Georgie (12) also competed and placed second in the lead up rising star class, fifth in the rising star title class and sixth in the paced and mannered title class. And the youngest of the girls, Vienna (7) was sixth in the Welsh lead rein class aboard Lancewood’s Coppers Delight.

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A true champ . . . Libby Wilson and Greenlee Moloney, the newly-crowned First Year Ridden Rider of the Year.

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