Tawstock rider qualifies for Horse of the Year

Joseph Bulmer

Alison Hutchings of Tawstock has qualified for the Horse of the Year Show, with the chance to compete alongside seasoned professionals.

She earned her ticket in the Cob class at the South Essex Insurance Broker’s Search For A Star 2011 qualifier, held at Badgworth Arena in Somerset.

Riding Peter Madeley’s horse Banwy Charisma, Alison was runner up in the class.

Banwy Charisma had previously belonged to a neighbour, but he had got ‘very cheeky’ and so Ali took him on two years ago.

After a bit of boot camp, he soon learned what was right and now he is goes hunting, show jumping and does local Pony Club shows, said Ali. He won the cob class and championship at Knowstone Show and again took the championship at Bideford Riding Club Show, as well as winning unaffiliated show jumping with Ali’s daughter, Nancy.

Ali does shift work for Devon Doctors On Call, allowing her to do the horses in the day time. The pair will compete at North Devon and Honiton before heading for the Horse of the Year Show.