Alick, with his handler and rider Roger Cleverly, made quite an impression at the Welsh American Nationals in Elk Grove, CA. On Friday, September 7, Alick was honored with his third "M&M Pony Grand Champion" title this season -- his fourth in two years. He was a favorite with the spectators, and UK judge Jane Etheridge said of him, "Smashing -- a truly outstanding Dales Pony!"
Alick then picked up the blue ribbon in the Ridden M&M Pony class, with our beautiful Dales Pony mare Bickerdike by Design ("Dessie") ridden by Adrienne Grasso earning a second place. There was certainly daunting competition as Alick and Roger entered the Ridden Championship class, going up against the 2 best Ridden Welsh Ponies (sections A and B) and the 2 best Ridden Welsh Cobs (sections C and D) of the day. Alick didn't disappoint his many fans, however, and was named Ridden Reserve Champion. It was a brilliant end to the day and the 2007 Mountain and Moorland show season!
Davidson Dales looks forward to the 2008 M&M season where we plan on competing our two Section A Dales Pony mares and their foals at foot. We hope to see you there!