It's not all about the professional producers — two managers and a student are among the championship title winners at the Longines Royal International (25-30 July) this week.
Here are the eight amateur champions who have been crowned so far — come back to horseandhound.co.uk over the weekend to see the rest.
Amateur coloured champion: Constellation II
William Pittendrigh steered his 10-year-old skewbald to take the Team Colosso Merrigan Memorial skewbald and piebald championship title. William, 18, recently completed a level three extended diploma in horse management at Kirkley Hall and is in the process of doing his BHS stages so that he can produce show horses professionally in the future.
“This means so much,” said William, whose mount was on box rest this time last year after tearing a collateral ligament. “I was told he might never be ridden again, so this win is beyond emotional.”
The amateur cobs and hack champions will be crowned on Sunday afternoon and will be added to this gallery as soon as possible.
Don’t miss the full RIHS report in next week’s issue, on sale Thursday 3 August.
Credit: Peter Nixon