Queen wins two classes on first day of Royal Windsor Horse Show

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Katie Jerram-Hunnable and Daydream III won the Flat Ridden Sport Horse class for the Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Katie Jerram-Hunnable and Daydream III won the Flat Ridden Sport Horse class for the Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. © RWHS

Queen Elizabeth II has started the 2022 Royal Windsor Horse Show in style with two wins in the showing classes.

In the Coloured, Non-Native In Hand Horse section, her five-year-old skewbald gelding Sunbeam, led by Chris Hunnable, won his class but then had to settle for reserve in the Coloured In Hand Championship. The top spot went to Isle of Wight-based police officer, Megan Champney, with her piebald mare — also five — Penrock Perfect Puzzle.

The Queen’s second victory came in the Flat Ridden Sport Horse, with Daydream III winning under the guidance of Katie Jerram-Hunnable.

The Queen has more than 40 horses and ponies entered in the showing and driving classes at the show, from May 12 to May 15, on the private grounds of Windsor Castle.

As well as the showing competitions, the opening day of the show on Thursday also featured national show jumping classes and impressive international displays from The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The Royal Cavalry of Oman.

The Puissance provided a fittingly spectacular finale to the opening day, with five combinations making it through to the fifth and final round to face the 2.15m wall. As second to go in the final round, Derek Morton jumped the imposing wall clear aboard KBS High Quality to put the pressure on those following, who were now fighting for a share of the winner’s prize fund. Guy Williams, a joint winner of the class in 2021, cleared the wall itself but knocked the triple bar to finish on four faults.

Trevor Breen and Chankar Mail cleared 2.15m to share victory in the puissance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Trevor Breen and Chankar Mail cleared 2.15m to share victory in the puissance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. © RWHS

It was the last combination to go, Trevor Breen riding Chankar Mail, who had shown signs of greenness in the first round but grown with confidence throughout, who was able to match Morton’s feat, demonstrating all the power and agility required to conquer the daunting wall and share the spoils, each taking home £2500.

Derek Morton and KBS High Quality were joint winners of the puissance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show after clearing 2.15m.
Derek Morton and KBS High Quality were joint winners of the puissance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show after clearing 2.15m. © RWHS

Earlier in the day, Sally Goding made an inspiring return from injury to capture the Land Rover National 1.40m Open Jumping Competition, a single-phase class where the second half of the track was against the clock. Coming forward towards the end of the 47-starter competition, Goding knew what was required to take the victory from Oliver Fletcher, who finished in eventual second having led from the midway point. Goding, riding the eight-year-old Spring Willow, produced a foot-perfect performance, shaving 0.04 seconds from Fletcher’s time, with Sophie Fawcett finishing in third.  

Sally Goding and Spring Willow won the Land Rover National 1.40m Open Jumping Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Sally Goding and Spring Willow won the Land Rover National 1.40m Open Jumping Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. © RWHS

The 12 highest placed six-year-old horses from the Senior Foxhunter Jumping Competition went through to the Walwyn Novice Jumping Championship, competing for the Challenge Trophy, in memory of the late Lt. Colonel C T Walwyn. Victory went to Emma-Jo Slater riding Kimba Time, who jumped a double clear, posting a jump-off time of 32.77 seconds, almost half-a-second faster than second-placed John Crippen.

Working Hunters occupied centre stage in the Castle Arena and after two classes, the top spot went to Alice Homer — granddaughter of legendary showman David Tatlow, himself a double champion in this section some years ago. Reserve fell to the second-placed Heavyweight combination, Windsor debutantes Eleanor Hirst and Noble Gladiator.

The Amateur Ridden Hunter section was well-supported by competitors and spectators alike, and the top spot went to Cheshire rider Camilla Stowell-Davies with her home-produced Lightweight winner, Glenteeran Dance in the Deep.

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