The culmination of many qualifiers and a whole summer’s planning and travelling, Birmingham’s Horse of The Year Show, did not disappoint with lights, cameras, action and for many some dreams coming true.

Galloping under the spotlight deafened by music and cheers, sporting a sash and a rug having just been crowned 'Pony Leading Show Jumper of the Year', Shaunie Greig had every right to be grinning from ear to ear.

Mum Julie and gran Anne also enjoyed every second soaking up the atmosphere after a hard and busy year of competition.

Taking on 26 of the country’s top 148cm ponies Shaunie and Casino Royale posted one of eight clears to go against the clock over what was now a substantial track.

Taking hardly a pull and finding brilliant shots back to fences they posted the winning time of 33.22 which was to prove far too fast for those chasing her with the nearest rider over a second adrift.

Taking over the ride on the 14-year-old Casino Royale, a pony they found in Ireland just over a year ago, they qualified for this class when winning at the Scottish Home Pony then more recently had wins at Richmond and Harrogate on their last outings before this final.

With this her biggest win to date, 14-year-old Shaunie finally realised her dream of winning at HOYS but this talented young lady was quick to praise her mentors, Ron Brady and Douglas Duffin, for all their help plus of course her mother and grand-mother.

Fraser Reed was quick on Kicloghan DG Clover in the jump off but didn’t quite manage a zero score to settle for fifth place and some good prize money.

Another young lady to make her dreams come true was Amy Morris who had to sit on the sidelines last year when her pony suffered a slight injury.

There is nothing worse than qualifying for the biggest show of the year then having to sit it out so her patience was rewarded when after jumping one of only two clears in a 22-starter 128cm championship final, Amy steered the wonderful Madonna round clear again to stand five seconds quicker than Sarah Hamilton’s Koda, ridden by Aimee Jones.

Sadly for Amy, Madonna is on the market as she moves onto bigger ponies but what a fitting finale to the most fabulous career together which has seen them attend all the major venues, qualify for every final then round it off with the biggest win of their career.

Chloe Templeton scored a true Scottish result in the pony foxhunter when she steered her own Still Got Me round double clear to stand fourth.

Bred by Morag Crockett by the horse stallion, Follow Me, Still Got Me has been brought on from scratch by Chloe qualifying for both newcomers and foxhunter finals at HOYS.

Only one pole on the floor kept them out of the prizes in the newcomers but growing in confidence as the show progressed they remained foot perfect throughout a strong class to collect their green rosette.

Nicole Lockhead Anderson had a frustrating week with some good rounds for four faults, including a seventh in the foxhunter with Gangnam Style, which just rubbed a pole in the jump-off.

Little Red Cloud and Tiernisks Cruising Clover also hit one each in the first round.

The Morris family, from the Borders, was having a fabulous show topped with Amy’s win but also with their novice RS Capello which showed a lot of promise when just touching one fence in the foxhunter final.

Mya Roxburgh Caira would be delighted with her results in the pony newcomers in which 18 found the track too easy to set off against the clock.

Riding MHS Kansas, a nine-year-old by Verdi, which qualified from the British National Championships, Mya rode a quick but accurate round to remain clear all the way to take fourth.

Nicole stood eighth again with just one pole down on Gangnam Style.

There were no outright winners in the senior classes this year, but David Harland opened the show with a fifth in the Silver League finals on Suzanne Craighead’s reliable Fauber.

Finishing in sixth in the North section of the Silver League they qualified from Bishop Burton.

Stephen Lohoar may have initially been disappointed with his four fault round on Gizmo but as the class progressed, clear rounds were few and far between.

In fact only two came home clear which left Stephen fourth overall.

Holly Miller had just a slightly unlucky show with Felicio with just an uncharacteristic pole here and there down but still managed a creditable eighth in the Talent Seekers class.

Graham Babes has had a phenomenal run of success recently with his horses and had only just returned from another successful trip to Bonheiden a couple of days prior to HOYS with the lovely six-year-old Glencoe.

Just the occasional pole kept them out of the winners line up but again this is one combination to keep an eye out for.

Emma Crawford made her first senior appearance at HOYS and collected a rosette for 11th on the seven-year-old Ustinov-sired Ferragamo.

The Gillespie’s Flinstering is ever improving just missing out in a class.

Just Max had a pole or two down but had three finals to contest which in itself is a fantastic achievement

The big grey Twix De La Roque – (eighth in an earlier Accumulator) – rounded the show off well too with a super performance in the Leading Show Jumper when a pole off in the jump-off saw them sit sixth in a class full of some of the best riders in the country.