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Hide set to show her good taste; Racing people.

JUDGING M&Ms might sound like the sort of job any of us with a sweet tooth might jump at, but it's not all it seems.

Far from just being a candycoated peanut, the abbreviation also stands for Mountain & Moorland, and refers to the wide range of British breeds of ponies that will come under the discerning expert eye of Susan Hide at the show championship at Olympia on Monday.

"I am over the moon - it's a great thrill and a wonderful honour to be asked to judge at Olympia," says Susan, wife of former perennial cock o' the north and Derby-winning jockey Edward Hide.

"There will be 33 qualifiers in the championship and they will include everything from Shetlands, Exmoors, Dartmoors, Welsh Cobs and several others, all of whom will be in the ring together."

A judge for more than 20 years, Hide, who lives at Huttons Ambo, near Malton, has shown her own home-bred ponies for even longer.

This latest assignment is unlikely to faze Hide. She has judged at many of the major shows throughout Britain, and in 2000 travelled to Australia to be a judge at the Royal Melbourne Horse Show.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2008
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