The Philanderer and Jayne Webber were the winners of the British Horse Society supreme ridden horse championship at the Royal International Horse Show.
The pair were winners in 2008, and they gave an exemplary display of movement, manners and presence to score 26 points from judges Sue Kenny, Frank Kane and member of Great Britain’s winning nations cup team here at Hickstead, Tina Fletcher.
Carol Bardo’s Kilvington Scoundrel eight-year-old is also the reigning supreme horse of the year, and he again rose to the occasion here.
Standing reserve were the cob champions, Charles Le Moignan riding Janet Platt’s winning lightweight Tommy Tucker.
After competing at a Pony Club area one-day event yesterday, Abi Boulton and Pebbly Pipe Dream returned to Hickstead to claim the Dick Saunders supreme ridden pony championship.
This is the first time a working hunter pony has won the supreme award, and he did it in style, the stunning dun pony giving a great gallop to earn 25 points from Cindy Sims, Tony Asplin and Guy Landau.
Taking the reserve were the mini show pony champions Zara Clark-Jones riding her lead rein winner Amesbury Mandalay. The five-year-old bay mare is enjoying a successful debut season, and she never turned a hair, or flicked an ear in the international arena.
Jess Nevin, who clinched the Dick Saunders supreme here two years ago (Chinook Morning Light) clinched the show pony title riding Mike and Sylvia Wrightons Kilvington Scoundrel five-year-old Moorgate High Hopes, who is produced by John and Cathy Hughes-Jones.
Don’t miss next week’s Horse & Hound (out 5 August) for a special RIHS report, including comment and analysis of all the action