Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kimberley and Diva Add to Silverware Haul; Mare Puts Her Injury Trouble Firmly in Past

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kimberley and Diva Add to Silverware Haul; Mare Puts Her Injury Trouble Firmly in Past

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Byline: Anna Harris

PROLIFIC show ring winner Kimberley Hinds and her skewbald mare Volatis Diva added another top title to their growing list of accolades when they took the Coloured Horse and Pony Championship at this year's Countryside Live.

But two years ago Kimberley, from Durham, feared her fiveyear-old mare might never make it into the show ring following a leg injury.

However, those worrying days are now a distant memory as Volatis Diva added to her silverware collection when judge Pippa Kirby crowned her champion.

The latest title is one of a long list of prizes, which include reserve champion at the Coloured Horse and Pony Championships as a four-year-old, a winner at the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show for the second year running, and a placing at last year's Horse of the Year Show.

Ms Hinds bought Volatis Diva when she was only three and a half months old and she intends to compete with her at next year's HOYS.

Michelle Thomas, from York, took the reserve spot in the Coloured Horse and Pony Championships at the Harrogate showground with her piebald mare Phoebe VII, who is also five years old.

Countryside Live - viewed as the little sister of the Great Yorkshire Show - is now in its 13th year and this year the event boasted one of its highest ever attendance figures, with more than 12,000 people coming to the Harrogate showground last weekend.

Show director Charles Mills said: "Our aim is to inspire people about agriculture and the rural economy, whether it's through seeing the first class animals, the excellent trade stands or the demonstrations and attractions, and I certainly think we have achieved that.

"Now work begins for next year's Countryside Live, but of course before that we have the Great Yorkshire Show in July." In the equine section, the event hosted the finals of the Northern Show Cross Series, which saw record entries from riding clubs, hunts and pony clubs, with fast and furious competition in the main ring.

The champion senior team was Horses4Sale of Darlington, which is based at Middleton Equestrian Centre, whose team comprised Samantha McNicholas and Vayrann, Lorna Riley and Luxor and Polly Douglas and Chester. …

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