Leacourt's Honiton show surprise

PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 15 June 2010

John Bevan and Peter Appleford were celebrating an unexpected success at Honiton Show recently when a previously unshown home-bred horse won the three-year-old in hand, best local, local champion, Rouge Croix classes and was Reserve Supreme Champion.

John Bevan and Peter Appleford were celebrating an unexpected success at Honiton Show recently when a previously unshown home-bred horse won the three-year-old in hand, best local, local champion, Rouge Croix classes and was Reserve Supreme Champion. Mr Bevan said: "The horse had been in the field when someone asked why I didn't show it. We didn't think we stood a chance but thought we would have a go. He hadn't even been in the lorry before or to any other event at all so we were amazed he was so calm." The horse, Leacourt Master Doubt is out of an ex-Martin Pipe racer Balnora by It's Without Doubt. He has now gone to Christelle Durrant to be backed and start an event career. John has a full brother called Leacourt Touch of Class and Balnora is in foal to the same stallion again this year. He added: "We tried to get to some other shows subsequently but entries had closed. The yearling we have at home is just as nice so we are looking forward to showing him next year now.

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