PICTURES: Olympian Mary King is a special guest at pony club awards night

Six-time Olympian Mary King presented the prizes at Dulverton West Pony Club's annual prizegiving, h

Six-time Olympian Mary King presented the prizes at Dulverton West Pony Club's annual prizegiving, held at Filleigh village hall - Credit: Archant

Young prize winners inspired by six-time Olympic eventing horse rider

Veteran Olympic eventing horse rider Mary King MBE was the guest of honour for Dulverton West Pony Club’s sold-out awards night.

Mrs King, who has represented Great Britain at a remarkable six Olympic games since 1992, spoke to members of the North Molton club about her experiences in three-day eventing, including what she described as her ‘best’ Olympics, London 2012. At last year’s games, she won a team silver to add to previous Olympic silver and bronze medals.

She also gave advice to the young riders of the pony club on how to achieve their dreams.

“My advice is for you to have aims, and follows your dreams,” she said. “If you have the drive to take those big ups and downs on the way, anything is possible at the end of the day.”


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On top of their special guest, DWPC held a prize draw and collection for Devon Air Ambulance and were able to make a £200 donation to the charity.

District Commissioner of DWPC Janet Cummings said: “It was a great evening and we were honored by Mary’s attendance.

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“Many of our Pony Club members have been inspired by meeting her, and it has to be said that many of their mums and dads were equally star struck!”

AWARD WINNERS:

Seniors (12+)

NatWest Bank Trophy: Martika Gallagher.

The Dulverton West Perpetual Shield: Mary Bradshaw.

The Sparkan Cup: Hayley Northcott with Stella.

The Jumping Cup: Megan Issacs.

The Georgina Bowman Cup: Ella Broggio and Marcus Boundy.

The Moser Challenge Cup: Zac Bryan.

The Maisie Trophy: Daisy Waldron.

Juniors (under 12 years)

The Dulverton West Perpetual Shield: Jessica Cumings.

The Nigel Hawke, Thorne Farm Racing (kindly donated by Mrs Mead): Isobel Davies.

The Ben Cup (kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Glendining): Grace Sinclair.

The Challenge Alarm Service Shield (kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Evetts): Josh Flanagan.

The Broggio Plate (kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Broggio): Lily Cronk.

The Dressage Cup (kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Pepper): Grace Sinclair.

All Members

The Bradshaw Cup: Bethany Cork/Runner Up - Lucy Pepper.

The Waldron Trophy: Tabitha Waldron. Runner Up - Josh Flanagan.

The Prince Phillip Cup: William Turner.

Three medals were awarded for members that joined the pony club this year at 4 years old: Zak Flanagan, Harriet Griffin and Kayley Webster.

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