Molly Hughes Bravo from start to finish in the ponies!

10 November 2018

Out of of the 22 competitors, there were 10 to qualify the jump-off in this pony mini-world.

There is only one French pair among them, the essential Quabar des Monceaux (Nabor x Rosire), now ridden by Romane Orhant. The pair attempted to play for victory but their greater risk-taking unfortunately led to a refusal by the magnificent bay.

Agathe Cros was not far from the jump-off either with Valoa de Chastelaures (Quack x Thunder du Blin) but a one-point timeout penalty kept them away.

First to start, Molly Hughes Bravo of Portugal, who is none other than the daughter of the international rider Miguel Bravo and the Irish riding star Marion Hughes, put maximum pressure on her pursuers with a 33''45 clear round on Carrickaduff Pet (Royale Touch) to such an extent that in the end none of the four Irish and four British riders present could better her.

Shaunie Greig took second place, more than two seconds behind, followed by Seamus Hughes-Kennedy of Ireland on Lisa Nooren's former star, Rock Dee Jay (Arko III).

Molly Hughes Bravo had every reason to be delighted, especially as this was her second consecutive victory on this circuit: "My parents put me on horseback very early and I am very grateful to them. I was a baby the first time I sat on a pony and I am now 16 years old, so this is my last season in this category. I obviously hope to continue in the future, but finding a horse of the quality of my pony will be difficult. I am based in Ireland at my mother's house. The competition here is incredible, it's a huge opportunity to be able to come up here. This circuit is great for us because it is so difficult to come and compete with horses, so this pony tour allows us to gain valuable experience on the main track and with a large audience, especially here in Lyon. It's amazing to see so many people watching the ponies and cheering us on. I've been riding Carrickaduff Pet since she was seven years old. Over the last three years, we have evolved on the circuit. She's so good, so fast... I'm a little surprised to have won when starting first because there were so many good riders, but my mother told me to give it my all... so I did! I think today I've learned that when you really try, you can make it."

Marion Hugues and her daughter