Queen’s horse pipped at the post on final day of Windsor

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Vicky Smith and Times Square pipped Queen Elizabeth II's Fools Paradise in the Novice Riding Horse class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Danielle Heath and Times Square III won the Riding Horse Championship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. © NixonPhoto/RWHS

Queen Elizabeth II only narrowly missed a win in the show ring on the final day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show at the weekend.

The Queen’s home-bred five-year-old Fools Paradise — rated “a star in the making” by rider/producer Katie Jerram-Hunnable — was second in the Novice Riding Horse class on Sunday morning. They were pipped in the class by Jayne Ross riding King of Clubs.

Fools Paradise is out of Stardust, whom Jerram-Hunnable rode to win the Ladies Show Horse class twice at Windsor in previous years.

The overall Riding Horse Championship title went to Danielle Heath riding Times Square III, owned by the Mears family. Times Square III had earlier won the Small Riding Horse class, where another of the Queen’s entries, Donation, was fifth with Jerram-Hunnable in the saddle. Reserve champion in the section was Vicky Smith and Assagart Vision, owned by Miranda Wallace.

Earlier in the show, the Queen’s harness horses filled five of the top six places in the pairs/tandem Private Driving section, with Runnymede and Friary Girl taking out the Private Driving reserve championship on Friday with Jay Oakley, in behind Neil Wray’s single, Plains Royalty.

The Champagne Laurent Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society was also on Sunday, and provided a fantastic spectacle. Those taking part included the Queen’s family members, daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor.

Chief Showing steward Sebastian Garner was in celebration mode when his daughter Kinvara topped the Intermediate Show Hunters, riding the 10-year-old Irish-bred gelding Despicable Me for her employers, Steve Pitt and Vicky Smith.

Senior Castle Arena Showing Steward and long-time Royal Windsor supporter Philip Judge was also beside himself with joy when his oldest son, Harry, seven, won the Lead Rein Show Hunter Pony class with his charming grey pony, Thistledown Snowfall. Judge, who owns an international haulage company, has stewarded at the show for many years, and also competed there as a child.

At the other end of the equine size scale, Forgelands Hyde Park — Friday’s Hack Champion with producer Danielle Heath — returned to the Show to land the Intermediate Championship with his owner’s daughter, Issy Mears.

In the final of the Shetland Pony Grand National on Sunday, Zara Nicholls rode Briar Smokey Joe to success ahead for Eleanora Ljungman and Crandford Fantastic, with Lucas Murphy third on Merkisayre Sea Duble. On Saturday, both Nicholls and Murphy had competed with the St Hugh’s Oxfordshire team in the Inter Schools Show Jumping Competition, finishing seventh overall.

The final of the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games was won by Wales, with Scotland second and England third. The overall accumulated score reversed the placings of the second and third finishers, with Wales first (126), England second (121) and Scotland third (110).

Gregory Wathelet and the 14-year-old stallion Nevados S took out the 5* Rolex showjumping Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Gregory Wathelet and the 14-year-old stallion Nevados S took out the 5* Rolex showjumping Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. © NixonPhoto/RWHS

The 5* Rolex showjumping Grand Prix provided a fitting finale to the four-day Show, and Bernardo Costa Cabral’s up-to-height 1.60m course proved challenging, with only three riders making it through to the jump-off.

First to go in the jump-off, Belgian Gregory Wathelet, laid down the gauntlet with the time to beat of 34.79 seconds aboard Nevados S. Max Kühner was next to take up the challenge, and he set out meaning business with Elektric Blue P, but was not able to match Wathelet’s time.

Well done: Daniel Bluman and Elektric Blue P finished third in the 5* Rolex showjumping Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, winning €75,000.
Well done: Daniel Bluman and Elektric Blue P finished third in the 5* Rolex showjumping Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, winning €75,000. © NixonPhoto/RWHS

Daniel Bluman and Elektric Blue P were able to get closer to Wathelet’s time, but in doing so accrued four faults at the very last fence, leaving them third. Wathelet takes home the first prize of €125,000.

The Protexin Equine Under-25 Jumping Competition featuring Great Britain’s top up-and-coming young riders. Of the seven combinations who went through to the second round, it was Sienna Charles riding Chinta Van Geluut Z who set the pace as second to go, jumping an immaculate round in a time of 34.93 seconds.

Those who followed were unable to match Charles’ standard, with Joe Fernyhough (Calcourt Particle) coming closest with a clear in a time of 35.42 to finish second, ahead of Oliver Fletcher (Hello William) in third.

Sienna Charles and Chinta Van Geluut Z took out the Under-25 Jumping Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Sienna Charles and Chinta Van Geluut Z took out the Under-25 Jumping Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. © NixonPhoto/RWHS

The Manama Rose Show Stakes was a speed class with riders jumping one round of 12 fences against the clock.
Shane Breen and Haya stepped up the pace once again, galloping flat out to the last to set what looked to be an unbeatable target. But ultimately it was Harry Charles who showed his class, taking over the lead with just four to go with a slick performance aboard Billabong du Roumois. The 22-year-old shaved off over two seconds from Breen’s time to take the victory, with Gregory Wathelet third on Ace of Hearts.

Harry Charles and Billabong du Roumois took out the Manama Rose Show Stakes at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Harry Charles and Billabong du Roumois took out the Manama Rose Show Stakes at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. © NixonPhoto/RWHS

Georgina Beeby-Wynn and Affricks Eclipse took out the 1.10m Pony Club Showjumping Competition in a speedy 41.54, from Tatiane Mauree and Lola Minka P (46.04), with Duncan Morgan and Ballyvogue Olympic View (46.29). Louise McDonald was the fastest of the four-faulters on 39.39 to take fourth on Fanta-astic, with Harriet Beeby Wynn fifth on Affricks Charmer (43.13).

Boyd Exell and his team took out the CAIO4* Land Rover Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Boyd Exell and his team took out the CAIO4* Land Rover Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. © NixonPhoto/RWHS

At the end of a thrilling three days of international action, Australian Boyd Exell stormed home the winner of the CAIO4* Land Rover Grand Prix nearly 16 penalties clear of his closest rival, Glenn Geerts (BEL). Having led from the start with an untouchable Dressage score, Boyd held on to his lead through the Marathon phase despite mounting pressure from Geerts and eventual third place Michael Brauchle (GER). However Exell’s early advantage was too much for his competitors to match, and even a handful of penalties in today’s Cones kept him well clear of his rivals.

The Team title went to Belgium, whose line-up of Dries Degrieck, Glenn Geerts and Tom Stokmans clinched the competition by just 0.51 of a point over Germany’s Michael Brauchle, Mareike Harm and Rene Poensgen.

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