Sam is riding high after success on Del Boy

Sitting pretty: from the left are Julia Gibson and Dunamis, Nigel Harvey and Tomolo, Judi Youatt and Sonny, Sam Youatt and Del-boy, Charis Newsome and Brandy, Beth Shackleton and Spot, Eyde Clayton and Milo, Isobel Gibson and Amore and Betty McParland and Copper

Sitting pretty: from the left are Julia Gibson and Dunamis, Nigel Harvey and Tomolo, Judi Youatt and Sonny, Sam Youatt and Del-boy, Charis Newsome and Brandy, Beth Shackleton and Spot, Eyde Clayton and Milo, Isobel Gibson and Amore and Betty McParland and Copper

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All the riders showed great composure and skills in the last Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre show of the year.

Much coveted champions rosettes, sponsored by Mytholmroyd tack shop Moody Mares, were available for the top four in each class, so competition was fierce.

Sam Youatt and Beth Shackleton have been in close contention for top honours in the children’s advanced obstacle course all season.

As in the past, Beth was quicker than anyone else but Sam and Del-Boy formed an unbeatable partnership with a lightning combined time and no faults or penalties.

Charis Newsome looks a dark horse for next year, having been quietly been picking up rosettes and getting faster.

Honourable mentions go to Aubrey Bridger, for his first entry off the lead rope; Eyde Clayton, for excellent progress throughout the year; Libby Baldwin, for vast jumping improvement over the year; and to Lily Helm, for her fearless determination to one day get Spot faultlessly round the 60cm course.

Also, Izzy O’Keefe has won almost every class she has entered this year, including riding Anavah at the Iberian Northwest Showcase in Wigan in September, clinching top spot with a jump off time 10 seconds better than the rest.

RESULTS - Children’s beginners obstacle course: 1, Amelia Dootson on Delboy; 2, Gabriel Bridger on Prancer; 3, Aubrey Bridger on Brandy. Children’s advanced obstacle course: 1, Sam Youatt on Del-boy; 2, Charis Newsome on Brandy; 3, Beth Shackleton on Spot; 4, Eyde Clayton on Milo.

Adults’ Advanced Obstacle Course: 1, Julia Gibson on Dunamis; 2, Nigel Harvey on Tomolo; 3, Judi Youatt on Sonny

40Cm clear round show jumping, double clears: Libby Baldwin and Amore, Judi Youatt and Sonny, Julia Gibson and Dunamis, Edye Clayton and Milo, Charis Newsome on Brandy, Nigel Harvey on Tomolo.

60cm novice show jumping, double clears: Beth Shacketon on Sonny, Sam Youatt on Delboy, Libby Baldwin and Amore, Abbie on Brandy, Kate Mundell and Dunamis.

75cm show jumping: 1, Izzy Okeefe on Anavah; 2, Shona Hill on Dunamis.