Tuesday 12th of October 2021

Success at the NAF Pony Five Star Finals

The NAF Pony Five Star Finals took place during the National Inter Academy Team Show at Weston Lawns Equitation Centre in Bulkington, Warwickshire on Tuesday 16th August and they once again proved to be a great showcase for the successes achieved via the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme.

Left – Jessica Penn, Middle – Polly Smith, Right – India Piper-Dadswell © Spidge Photography

Left – Jessica Penn, Middle – Polly Smith, Right – India Piper-Dadswell
© Spidge Photography

The competition was divided into three sections; 1*, 2* and 3* and was marked on the capability of the rider and their influence on the performance of the pony. The rider’s effectiveness, position, balance, feeling, timing, rhythm and impulsion to empower the pony to move and jump to the best of its ability was also judged and it was down to UKCC Level 3 Coaches Andrew Millin & Claire Read to make the tough decision on who the eventual victors would be. Riders were not competing for the winners title, but also for NAF rugs and goodie bags on offer.


Each section was made up of a predesigned course which required a demonstration of flatwork movements as well as jumping a range of fences depending on the star level the rider has achieved on the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme. Competitors with their 1* jumped a 0.70m track, 2* competitors jumped over 0.80m whilst 3* riders competed over 0.90m.

Following an afternoon of stiff competition, the section winners were announced as follows:

Twelve Year-old India Piper-Dadswell from Hailsham, East Sussex was awarded the victory in the NAF 1* Pony Five Star Final on Sally Keenleyside’s 19 year-old iron grey mare, Millersford Grace and Favour.

The NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final was won by 13 year-old Jessica Penn from Chessington, Surrey on Gentle Lady, a 13 year-old  dark bay mare own by Bryony Penn.

Polly Smith, aged 15 from Coleford, Gloucestershire scooped the NAF 3* Pony Five Star Final on Gerald Smith’s 11 year-old black gelding JB Lewis. 

The NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme has been designed to provide a series of progressive standards to assist pony riders with a focus for their training and improved performance in the ring alongside developing stable management skills. For more information on the programme, please contact Stephanie Toogood on 02476 698828 or Stephanie.Toogood@ britishshowjumping.co.uk.


NAF 1* Pony Five Star Final

1st – India Piper-Dadswell & Millersford Grace and Favour
2nd – Persia Bhatia & Molly XIII
3rd – Charlie Pincus & Golden Olive
4th – Ellie Wood & Lottie V
5th – Imogen Milner-Moore & Taboo III
6th – Phoebe Shuttleworth & Bento

NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final

1st – Jessica Penn & Gentle Lady
2nd – Bronny Wilson & Chapel Mill Choir Boy
3rd – Yasmin Cutts & Special Delivery
4th – Bethany Cole & Fronerthig Bendigeidfran
5th – Tegan Nisbett & Triple Z
6th – Harriet Keenleyside & Firene Constance

NAF 3* Pony Five Star Final

1st – Polly Smith & JB Lewis
2nd – Georgina Mitchell & Giselle Stormstar
3rd – Issie Porter & Lydycan Lad
4th – Issie Porter & Ballyfine Jazz

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