Sarum Rembrandt was crowned the Ruckleigh School supreme pony of the year at Horse of the Year Show this evening (11 October), ridden by Shropshire producer Sarah Parker.

“I’m still in shock. I’ve been in the supreme championship before but this is the first time I’ve actually won the title — I can’t believe it,” smiled Sarah, who finished second here with the grey stallion last year.

Hear Sarah’s thoughts on her win — and find out why Sarum Rembrandt is such a cheeky character — in the following video:

Sarah described waiting for the final result in the Andrew Bowens international arena at Birmingham’s NEC as “nerve-wracking”. The supreme judges were Jinks Bryer and Brian Williams.

“Rembrandt loved it though — the more the crowd cheered the more he trotted and showed himself off,” said Sarah.

Sarum Rembrandt is by Heniarth Quinnell out of Cledwyn Red Rose. He was bred by the Franklins and is owned by S and J Joyner.

Sarah has partnered Sarum Rembrandt for three seasons and they qualified for HOYS at Midland Counties Show. Sarah describes the eight-year-old grey stallion, who gleamed under the arena spotlights and headed his Baileys Horse Feeds M&M ridden Welsh section A class on Thursday (8 October), as “quite cheeky”.

“We have to remember he’s still a stallion and keep on top of him. He likes to fool around but generally he’s very good,” added Sarah.

“He’s true to type with lots of limb and moves well,” she continued. “We will be celebrating tonight and probably for ages to come. This is a great achievement for my whole team.”

Sarah is based in Whitchurch, Shropshire, where she has a yard of around 30 horses

Don’t miss the full HOYS report in next week’s issue of Horse & Hound, which is on sale 15 October.