IT was a repeat performance – after a one year gap – for 22-year- old Megan Cookson and Louvaine Rooney when capturing the prestigious TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship at the North of England Summer Pony Show. This talented combination have been in great form this season from limited outings, having qualified for both the Intermediate Show Hunter and Amateur Small Hunter Championships at the Royal International Horse Show. Their championship win, which they also secured in 2015, saw them take home the £1,000 prize to their Cheshire stables after judges Sandra Moncaster and Faye Ludlow were in agreement the 11-year- old, bay gelding and his pharmacy assistant rider had the winning edge.
Said Megan: “This is our fifth season together and he is just a star and is on great form. The judges were very complimentary about him and the North of England Shows are certainly lucky for me.” Just a week earlier Megan and Rooney, as he is known at home, were second in the Royal Angel Amateur Championship at Arena UK at the North of England Summer Horse Show.
The pair qualified for the TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship on the day, when finishing second and reserve champions in the Intermediate Show Hunter category. Rooney is a popular figure on the Intermediate Show Hunter/Small Hunter circuit and looked as good as ever to hold off strong competition to take the prestigious title. Added Megan: “Once again there were a lot of really good combinations and it was tough competition, but he went brilliantly and I’m so thrilled to win. He is such a special horse.”
The TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship is for home-produced ponies and showing is very much a family affair for the Cookson’s with Megan’s father John providing great support.
Picture Caption: Megan Cookson and Louvaine Rooney receiving the TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship Award at the North of England Summer Pony Show.