Packed crowds enjoyed the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Friday, with one of the highlights being the win of the Queen’s ex-racehorse Barber’s Shop in the Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse Championship.
The Queen received a £70 Tesco voucher as the prize for her home-bred horse in the Rehoming of Racehorses Tattersalls class. Prizes also included a Kensington Ri-dry jacket. Tesco vouchers were given for first to fourth places.
It was the second year running that Barber’s Shop and Jerram have landed the championship. The 14-year-old gelding will reappear to contest the Ladies Show Horse on Friday.
Wet weather and poor underfoot conditions forced the cancellation of the show on Wednesday, but the following day spectators enjoyed the sunshine, the top equestrian sport and the displays.
The Leeman Family were compensated for their aborted journey , when their homebred two-year-old filly, Kellythorpes Spot The Difference, made her showring debut to take the In Hand Coloured Championship. It was also co-producer Janay Leeman’s birthday and rider Frazer Atherden’s parents’ wedding anniversary.
The main national show jumping class of the day was the 1.40m Grade A & B two phase competition, which proved challenging, with only four of the 30 starters jumping a double clear round. Tim Stockdale set the early pace, jumping a double clear in a time of 29.85 seconds for third, but it was Philip Miller aboard Unbelievable Lady who claimed the £1200 winners prize. The chestnut mare, by Unbelievable Darco, jumped an immaculate round to secure victory, knocking 1.78 seconds off runner-up Trevor Breen’s time.
Further winners on the day were Katie Meredith and Zoralyn, who took the Land Rover Grades B & C Handicap from Nicola Wilson and Maja Burnell who galloped to victory in the opening International CSI-Am competition of the show riding the nine-year-old Crona Cr.
The other jumping class of the day was the Olympic Star Spotters for six-year-olds, which saw 12 riders jump double clear to share equal first place.
Australia’s Boyd Exell won the dressage leg of the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix, over 27 other four-in-hand teams. Exell’s closest challengers are the three members of the gold medal winning Netherlands team at WEG two years ago – Ijsbrand Chardon, Theo Timmerman and Koos de Ronde. The winner of the last two years, Chester Weber from the USA, had to be content with fifth position as he prepares for the second phase, the cross-country marathon.
Exell, who is driving a team of mixed KWPN horses of varying experience, has a lead of seven penalties; the next four contenders are bunched close together, separated by just two penalties. With Exell and Chardon, both multiple winners here over the years, keen to reclaim the title, Weber on his mettle to retain it and Timmerman and de Ronde looking to take it for the first time, Saturday’s marathon promises outstanding sport.