It was a fairytale ending for Belsay organisers the de Wesselow family to see the pony that daughter Xanthe had produced and competed as part of Team GB at the 2019 European Pony Championships in Strzegom return home to win the British Pony Championship sponsored by Project Pony on a final score of 33.2. 

Beautifully ridden by her new jockey Jessica McCaldin, Baramona Lass (known as Suzie) cruised around Adrian Ditcham’s clever and testing cross country track and came out on the final day to hold her lead with a beautiful clear around Lisa Kelly’s fantastic Show Jumping course.  Glencarrig Dolpin now ridden by Elizabeth Jelfs came second on a score of 37 with Midnight Mist III on 42.7. 

We were delighted that the British Pony Championships was once again headlined by Project Pony.  Building on our successful partnership of 2022, we worked with Project Pony to give the country’s top pony riding talent a fantastic experience while competing at the British Pony Championship, the pinnacle of pony eventing in the British equestrian calendar.

British Pony Championships – CCI2*P

The British Pony Championships is run as a true FEI CCI Pony International, over a new cross country course built at the 105cm level.

The British Pony Championships is a key trial for those wishing to be considered for selection to the British Eventing Squad for the Pony Europeans.  


Explaining their involvement with Belsay, Project Pony commented: “Project Pony was born from the love of this thrilling and exhilarating sport and the desire to give a little back by opening the door to young, determined athletes with a realistic ambition of riding at the top level and that would most benefit from the support that Project Pony can offer.”

Belsay International Horse Trials Event Director Laura de Wesselow said: “This is a very exciting year for us as we celebrate our first decade of running British Eventing Horse Trials at Belsay,  We share a vision of supporting and promoting young talent in the sport of eventing, making us the perfect partners to ensure that the British Pony Championship is the success it deserves to be.”



Further information is available on the Pony Trials series via British Eventing



Official 2023 Photographers



If you do not wish to be photographed by our official photographer Athalens during the competition, please let the show secretary know in advance and notify the photographer in the arena as you enter. If you do not wish to be filmed on the XC course by Eventful Life please let the show secretary know in advance.

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