Hailsham rider Cheryl Hillman has won her age section of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society’s prestigious Young Judges competition at the National Welsh Show in Malvern on August 9.
During her year of trying to win this competition, Cheryl visited some of the finest Welsh pony studs in the South East and also attended WPCS, and National Pony Society judges’ conferences.
She was also presented with the WPCS Bronze Medal, a certificate and a copy of the History of the Welsh Pony by Tom Best.
Earlier in the year the 22-year-old received the National Pony Society’s President’s Award at the Society’s AGM at the British Racing School at Newmarket.
The award is given annually to a young person under the age of 25 who has been nominated by their National Pony Society Area, in this case NPS Area 20, for outstanding contributions to the area in any sphere such as welfare, helping out at shows, representing the area or other achievements.
Cheryl is the grand daughter of the late Ronald Hillman, of the old Hailsham firm, Knights Nurseries. She has home-produced her pony, Llanarth Grenade. The family loaned him first and then bought him in 2006.
In Cheryl’s case, the award was given for her long standing commitment. In 2012, she was invited to join Megan Lewis for a day on her four year LongHorse Ride from Beijing Olympics to London Olympics.
Afterwards, Cheryl raised £125 for the charity ChallengeAid. She was also a runner up in the Welsh Pony and Cob Society Young Achiever of the Year Award 2013. Cheryl, who is at university, also gained success in the Hailsham Equestrian Club Perfomance Awards last year. Cheryl’s mother Christine Hillman said, “My daughter does not come from a horsey background, so in order to achieve this, my daughter, husband and myself had to work as a close team.”