The Cherif Championship

The history of the Cherif Championship

The idea of a ridden qualifying competition for registered Anglo and Part-bred Arabs was born in 1989. Until this time there was nothing for this breed to aspire to. It was a phone call from Tina to Sue late one night after she had judged our Part-bred stallion to discuss the abysmal way our Anglo and Part-breds were perceived in the outside showing world. Not many exhibitors would admit that their horses carried Arab blood outside the confines of the AHS. As breeders and exhibitors, we were continually frustrated when selling our animals that we had to hide the fact that they carried a percentage of Arab blood.

Before the conception of the Cherif Championship, it had been considered taboo to admit that many of the top show animals carried Arab blood. The Cherif Championship has categorically changed this attitude, and the name of this championship is synonymous with top class quality horses and ponies.

The seed having been planted, the three of us decided to go ahead with the idea to hold the first competition in 1990. We split the country into regions and with the help of Jan Carter who also had similar thoughts, we all hit the phones to the major shows to inquire if they would consider holding qualifying classes. To our surprise most accepted. Other than finding a sponsor, our major concern was finding a venue for the final. Very kindly Ursula Roberts offered us a ring and use of the indoor school for the supreme at Towerlands.

The basic format for the Cherif has hardly changed over the years. We started off using the marks system, and having two judges, and this remains to this day. At the first show, we had two classes split at 15h.h., and had 58 entries which delighted us. The following two years we were at Stoneleigh, and then found Addington, which had two indoor schools and fabulous facilities.

To date we now have five final classes, dressage classes and Concours D’Elegance classes. We were thrilled to be asked to put together a Cherif Part-bred Arab team for the NPS/Fodder Solutions International Dressage finals. We had a great team of ten going forward to the finals in April 2012

2010 was the 21st show, and we thought that the time was right to include a complete section for in-hand exhibits. This proved to be exceedingly popular, with over seventy exhibits. This has become a wonderful shop window. We were honoured that Ursula Roberts was able to attend our 21st Birthday celebrations, the first time that she had seen the show since 1990.

The show has continued to grow in popularity and standard, and the three of us will continue to run it for as long as it is wanted.

2012 has been another successful year for Part-bred Arabs at HOYS

Kilvington Scoundrel, owned by Mrs Joanna McInnes and bred by Mrs Yvonne Broadwith was presented with the HOYS Leading Sire of the Year Award, and was present at the closing ceremony. This superb stallion has produced many Championship winners both ridden and In-hand and was fully deserving of this special award. Just a few of his winning progeny are listed below:

Pride of place must go to Scoundrel’s son, Pearly King, owned by Miss Sarah Carey and ridden to perfection by Simon Charlesworth. This lovely stamp of a true hack took the Large Hack Class, the Championship and then to top it all was judged as the Supreme Ridden Horse of the Year – what an achievement for such a young horse.

A Scoundrel daughter took the Reserve Champion Hack, Whalton Razzamatazz who came from the Small Hack class, owned by Claire Cooper and ridden by Jo Bates.

Whitakers Prince also by Scoundrel, owned by Paul Mortimer and ridden by Danielle Heath took the Riding Horse Championship.

Dance All Night the winning 148cms Show Pony is another by Scoundrel. She is owned by Mary Harforth and David Nixon and was ridden by Lucinda Elliott.

Show Pony Winners, all PBA’s


1st & Reserve Champion Rotherwood Rainmaker, owned by M.R. Cartlidge and ridden by Poppy Carter
2nd Roseberry Spiderman, owned by Mrs H. Martin and ridden by Anna Martin


1st & Champion Broadgrove Only You, owned by Ann Fowler and ridden by Alexia Trodd-Bohin
2nd Rhos Emperor, owned by Kirstin Williams and ridden by Ellie Williams


1st Dance All Night, Owned by Mary Harforth and David Dixon and ridden by Lucinda Elliott.

Intermediate Show Riding Type

1st & Champion Daldorn Racing Bow, owned by Mr A. Winbourne and ridden by Yasmin Cuddy
1st & Reserve Champion Valantinos Royal Touch, owned by Mrs L. Edwards and ridden by Becky Edwards.

Search For a Star

Champion Show Pony/Show Hunter Pony
Courtland (JP) Charmer, owned by Mrs M. Nicholls and ridden by Vicky Nicholls

Previous Supreme Show Ponies

2005: Broadgrove Chatterbox (Cuddy winner in 2003)
2007 : Roseberry Highland Fling
2008 : Rhos Emblem
2009 : Diptford Amazing Grace
2010 : Broadgrove Springtime
2011 : Broadgrove Showman

Previous HOYS Championship winners include:

Kavanaghs Dream : Jackets Maybe : Coveham Sensation : Jackets Maydream : Roseberry Highland Fling : Rhos Emblem : Chiddock Spot On : Chiddock Over the Limit : Broadgrove Showman : Crafton Touch of Gold : Harver Relativity.

Paschal High Flyer : Wilderness Carmen : Longnewton Nutcraker : Original Scin : Agar Heir Apparent : Mystic Minstrel : Comberton Clancy : Valantinos Royal Touch : Mettlewood Mr Fahrenheit.

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