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Flash Back to Defend Light Horse Title

This year's Northumberland County Show will be a different day for Sara Burdess as last year she was sitting in Durham hospital waiting to have her twins. Very nervous, not for the pending birth but for how her 15.2hh horse Glancerdin Fflach, known as Flash, was doing at the show - with constant updates from her Mum as to how things were going at Corbridge.

Light Horse Champion
Glancerdin Fflach

Light Horse Champion

When Flash, ridden by Will Murray, won the M&M Championship and was awarded a Cup and Sash Sara made them stay for the A C Silver Light Horse Championship hoping she would have a Sash and Cup for each baby. After Flash’ success they were taken straight to the hospital for Sara to share in the celebration.

Sara said “I was more nervous for Will and Flash than having the babies. It was made extra special as we have had Flash since he was a foal when we picked him out at the sales ring at the welsh cob sales.”

Seven year old Glancerdin Fflach will be back to defend his title at the final show at Tynedale Park, Corbridge on Monday 4th June 2012. He will compete in the Open Ridden M & M section C and D class judged by Mrs S A Clark and Mrs F M Cameron, and Large Heritage M & M Working Hunter and if he wins his classes he will then go forward to the AC Silver Light Horse Champion against the Champions from all other equine sections.

Sara has been showing at Northumberland County Show since she was a small child. “I had a lovely 12hh show hunter pony who could either be fantastic at the show or a terror. One of my memories is being galloped off with out of the ring under the rugby posts on my 12hh pony! But one of my best memories of Northumberland County Show was when another of my horses Lord of the Shivers won the Hunter Championship in 2007”

After winning at Northumberland County Show in 2011 Flash went on to win M & M Champion at North Yorkshire County Show, he also won his class and took Reserve Champion at both the Cumberland County Show and Lanchester Show.

Sara already has her entries in for the show as all entries close on 1st May and she didn’t want to leave it until the last minute – she and her team will also be bringing a successful event horse to enter in the Large Working Hunter classes in the Main Arena

The show on 4th June will be the last show at Tynedale Park, Corbridge and Sara is keen to be at such a memorial event.

Sara said “We enjoy showing at Northumberland County Show because it is one of the top shows in the area and a great chance to catch up with old friends, see some beautiful horses and hopefully go home with lovely sashes!”

“I love arriving really early and getting the horses out for a leg stretch before everyone arrives and this year I am looking forward to taking the twins and hope Flash and Will can do the same again for them to see!”

“The day before is like a trip to the beauty salon for Glancerdin Fflach as Will takes great pride in making him look his best. It’s like a military operation with the twins in tow to get everything ready. We will also be preparing 3 horses to go to Bramham horse trials that week so it will be all go.”

In 2012, Sara and Will will be juggling the showing season with their other eventing commitments and are going to aim Flash at HOYS Working Hunter and flat Mountain and Moorland classes.

“ I am looking forward to entering the  Northumberland County Show at the new site at Bywell near Stocksfield in May 2013, with 14 acres for the equine section. Mountain and Moorland classes are now getting so popular at the show it will be a great opportunity to give them lots of ring space to show off to their best. It’s a fantastically beautiful estate so I am sure it will be a great setting.”

Entries for the Equine Section at the Show on Monday 4th June 2012 close on 1st May so everyone is reminded to get their entries in now. Schedules can be downloaded from the show website

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