One of the smallest competitors took out the biggest prize at the recent 2014 Royal Melbourne Horse Show in Australia.
Shetland pony Otway View Eloise, exhibited by Sally and Monique Centrone, was awarded the prestigious Best of Show Championship title at the show, which attracted 4483 entries this year to be the largest horse breed show in the country.
It was the first time that Otway View Eloise had competed at the Royal Melbourne Horse Show. First runner-up was awarded to Ascot Noosa Fox exhibited by Dean Matthews, second runner-up was Beauparc Enchantment exhibited by Elizabeth Greshner, third runner-up was Waylon J Justice exhibited by Adam Wellington, while Newell (NZL) exhibited by Katie Ramsay was awarded fourth runner up.
Sections that experienced significant growth this year included Morgans (250 per cent), Australian National Saddle Horse Association (78 per cent), Australian Ponies (75 per cent), Australian Saddle Ponies (38 per cent) and Saddle Horse Championships (30 per cent).
A 40 per cent increase was recorded in Racing Victoria’s Thoroughbred section, which was also selected as
the first ever feature breed for the event.
Other highlights included the Saddle Horse Championships, a qualifier for the 2014 Royal Melbourne Show and Show Horse Council of Australasia’s Grand National Championships 2015; and new sections for the Arabian Bridle Hack, Australian Pony Stud Book Society Derivative Stallions and Colts and the Best Novice Thoroughbreds.
Judging of the 2014 Royal Melbourne Horse Show was conducted by nationally and internationally acclaimed
experts, including Robert Parker Jones and Beverley Moore, both from the UK.
The show was held over four days of the Australia Day long weekend at the Werribee Park Equestrian Centre.