Barkway Honey Bee
'Supreme Packard Bell'
By Francesca Smith 2002
Photograph by Pleasure Prints


'Beebee' as she is known at home began her showing career 8 years ago as a leading rein pony. She was purchased from Mrs A. Smalley as a three year old and my sister began showing her when she was four. They shared tremendous success then produced by Katy Carter, with many wins including the 'Disney World Supreme Championship' at the B.S.P.S champs.

When Beebee reached the age of six it was time for me to take over the reins. I was only three years old but she continued with unbelievable success winning many classes and always qualifying for R.I.H.S and the H.O.Y.S We were always sure to have a good championships, winning the Mini Champion Blue Riband and reserve Mini Blue Riband champion in two successive years. By now Beebee had forfilled and gone beyond our dreams and it was time to experiment with first ridden.

Over the winter we began to work Beebee as a first ridden and much to our surprise she took to it like a duck to water. In our first year we continued with our success qualifying for the R.I.H.S gaining a creditable 4th place and we gained many other wins.

This, our last year has been equally successful. We had hoped for a good champs as Beebee was due to retire, but little did we know how successful she would be. At 3.00pm on Saturday the excitement began in the first phase of the Packard Bell, although it was sad to think this could well be her last time in the ring. Everyone was pleased to see that I had got through to the final judging in the Vauxhall arena and when my name was read out as the winner it was as if Beebee was determined not to go out other than in style! Next was our mini championship where once again Beebee put on a star performance to take the championship. I could not believe Beebee was doing it again for us. With only the Supreme Packard Bell left I entered the arena under the spot light feeling extremely nervous but Beebee looked after me with a foot perfect performance. Then the wait for the result came but when I heard 'The winner of the Packard Bell Supreme championship for 2002 goes to Francesca Smith on Barkway Honey Bee' I was ecstatic as Beebee stepped forward. She stood like a rock as I was dressed with sashes and rosettes, Beebee had done it again and gone beyond our wildest dreams. Beebee knew what to do when it came to the lap of honour, loving every minute of it, leaving her stamp in the Vauxhall arena with a very fast canter to Tina Turners' "Simply the Best". You surely left in style Beebee!

A special thank you must go to the Packard Bell for their extremely generous sponsorship, all the judges that helped me achieve as much as I did, my Grandparents, Mum, Dad and Sister for all their hehind the scenes work and encouragement. But most of all I would like to thank Beebee who has given my sister and I more success than we could of ever have wished for and now looks forward to breeding more stars. Happy Retirement Beebee! You are 'Simply the Best'.