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Show classes shine on a sunny RWHS

Essex-based producer Justine Armstrong celebrated after Jane O’Keeffe’s mannered gelding, Rosemore Midnight Rendezvous, gave her a championship victory at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday, May 4, 2024. Winning the Small Riding Horse sponsored by Mr and Mrs Phil Swallow in In the morning the combination later became champion.

Apart from Working Hunters, the last time I won a championship here was in 2002 on a Haflinger pony.” Armstrong-Small recalled with a laugh. “But Rendezvous has been champion on each of its three previous appearances this season, so we were quietly hopeful.”

Danielle Heath, riding Guy Mears’ Times Square III, came in second. Brambletown Boy, ridden by Amy Tough and owned by Lisa Jones, finished in third place. The healthiest body condition was awarded to Alicia Thomas, riding on her own Legoland.

Later in the afternoon, while Justine Armstrong and Rosemore Midnight Rendezvous were awarded the Riding Horse Championship title, it was Lancashire-based Wayne Thorneycroft who claimed the reserve with his own First Man.

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Amateur riding horse

The Amateur Riding Horse, sponsored by Mr and Mrs Phil Swallow, went to Katie Dashwood with her reigning Horse of the Year Show Open Champion, former racehorse Minella Rebellion, who is produced by yesterday’s Hack Champion, Jo Bates.

Mountain and heathland worker

The Mountain and Moorland Ridden Worker classes were packed at the Frogmore Arena, where Lisa Kelly laid out a series of deceptive test tracks that required careful driving. After more than six hours of exciting competition, first place went to Ross Keys, with Anna Chaplin’s prolific 17-year-old Welsh Section D stallion, Dycott King – also a former winner at the Horse of the Year Show – leading the Mountain and Moorland. Working Hunter Pony, class larger than 143 cm. Here he beat last year’s RWHS winners Amy Smith and her much-thrown Connemara gelding Laburnum Richard.

BSPS mountain and heathland ridden

The New Horizon Plastics sponsored BSPS Mountain and Moorland Ridden classes were also full, with their championships not decided until early in the evening. For the second year in a row, the choice fell on the young producer Lucy Glover from Nottinghamshire with the beautiful Connemara stallion of Amanda Sharman. Castle Kestrel is yet another successful offspring of the prolific stallion Glencarrig Knight, who has been responsible for many champions over the years.

Another new generation of the famous Whitaker Show Jumping dynasty impressed when five-year-old Gracie-May Whitaker – competing in only her second ever show – won the BSPS Mountain and Moorland Mini Championship aboard Thistledown, the Lead Rein winner of her grandfather Martin Wood. Silver bullet. Gracie-May is the daughter of show jumper George Whitaker and his wife Michaela, who was herself a prolific winner in the show ring, including at the Horse of the Year Show and the Royal International.

Royal Windsor Martin Collins Enterprises Cob Championship

Reigning Royal International Supreme Champion rider Will Morton started the season well at local shows with Rosamund Lane’s beautiful gray Maxi Cob, Monarch In The Mist, but here at the Castle Arena the big galloping gray gave him a phenomenal ride around the Royal Windsor to win the Martin Collins Enterprises Cob Championship. It was a great result as the partnership brought last year’s winners Janay Leeman and her reigning Horse of the Year Show champion Red Rock, who are also Ridden Colored Reserve champions, to the venue.

Horse & Hound Mountain and Moorland Supreme in hand

The coveted Horse & Hound Mountain and Moorland Supreme In Hand title delivered another shock result as the brand new collaboration between handler Tom Clark and owner Melanie Peters’ beautiful Welsh section. A stallion, Hoekhorst Preview, took home the top prize, ahead of seasoned campaigners Jamie Frost with Cathy Wood’s multi-winning Connemara stallion, Clover Hill Magic. “It’s the first time I’ve ever shown it,” said a clearly shocked Tom.

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