The third Yeovil Show is set to welcome over 400 horses and ponies for various competitions over the show weekend, including a troupe of Welsh ponies travelling over 1000 miles from the foothills of the Pyrenees in France.
Owners of the Welsh Ponies, Di and Garry Turner moved from the UK to the Pyrenees in the South West France, 20 years ago in search of better weather. Di had a long history of competing horses and ponies and after a 10 year gap from competitions was bitten by the bug again when she found and imported a Welsh D mare “Cynheidre Imagen” who has since won regional and national titles in France on the Welsh pony and cob showing circuit. Together with her husband, Di has grown her private stud “Elevage Tally Ho”, breeding C and D cobs under the prefix “What Ho” to become the top Section C stud and third top welsh stud nationally in France with many champion stallions and mares in our stables.
In 2016 Di suffered a serious spinal injury which threatened her ability to walk, let alone ride. However with year of physiotherapy and much determination she is now back in the saddle and wants her return to the show ring to be back in the UK where the ridden classes are better understood and performed. Commenting, Di said: ‘France has some way to go to achieve the same level as UK performance classes though we are trying to improve the standards by co-organising the Welsh Performance France Challenge Awards, similar to the Welsh Pony and Cob Society Awards in the UK.’
‘Despite the two day journey from home to the showground we can’t wait to re-visit a traditional agricultural show. We’ve heard lots of good things about the Yeovil Show and it will allow us to compete, meet fellow breeders and competitors and swap stories. We are also using the opportunity to have a holiday in the UK and see family. Above all, we can’t wait to sup a pint of English Beer!’
From Yeovil Di will travel to Newquay to attend Camborne Show then on to Wales to compete at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show before the long trip home to rest before the French National Welsh Show at the historic Pompadour Stud in August.