Liberty is BSPS Mini Rider of the Year

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Liberty Grota made the seven hour journey from her Pembrokeshire home to Arena UK in Lincolnshire worthwhile when she was crowned the Black Country Saddles BSPS Mini Rider of the Year Champion at the Summer Championships.

Partnering the stunning four-year-old, Cadlanvalley Superted, Liberty (10) won her section before going on to claim the overall championship.

Cadlanvalley Superted or ‘Ted’ as he is known at home is a 12hh Show Hunter Pony of unknown breeding as he was rescued by the Grota family 18 months ago. Despite his poor start in life this young pony has had a remarkable season with Liberty, standing Reserve Supreme of the Show at BSPS Wales on his first outing.

He has since been unbeaten as a First Ridden Show Hunter Pony and has also qualified for HOYS as a Lead Rein of Show Hunter Type with a younger jockey on board.

Liberty’s mother, Hayley, who breeds Welsh Section B ponies at her Cadlanvalley Stud in West Wales said: “This is Liberty’s favourite show and Ted is such a lovely pony.”

The BSPS Summer Championships seem to be a lucky venue for Liberty as she won her age class in the Rider of the Year divisions last year, but went one better this year to claim the Mini Championship. To add to their glory, Liberty and Ted also landed the Blue Division 12hh Show Hunter Pony section. To top it off, the talented jockey picked up the Wow Factor M&M First Ridden Championship with the grey Colne Torpedo.

Liberty won a Black Country Saddles bridle for their win in the Black Country Saddles BSPS Mini Rider of the Year Championship and was absolutely delighted. Her mother, Hayley added: “We are really thrilled and would like to thank Black Country Saddles for their generosity.” Ted went beautifully throughout for Liberty who belied her 10 years to ride with great maturity and elegance to wow the judges and claim the beautiful floral sash.

Liberty has qualified six ponies for HOYS in five different classes and will contest winter shows with some up and coming homebred Welsh Section B ponies.

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