What does it take to have a winner at Royal Windsor Horse Show? Here is a selection of this year’s showing champions for you to review.

1. Carnsdale Vanity Fair

Sophie Lawes riding Carnsdale Vanity Fair, Champion in The Working Hunter Pony Championship during Wednesday of the Royal Windsor Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 15th May 2016

This mare belied her 18 years when making easy work of a tricky jumping course en route to taking the working hunter pony title. Owned by Jen Skillman, Vanity Fair is produced and ridden by 15-year-old Sophie Lawes.

2. Broughton Morwenna

Lesley Evans riding Broughton Morwena, Champion  in the Land Rover M & M Supreme In Hand Championship during Thursday of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 12th May 2016

This Welsh section D mare is owned by Lesley Evans and stood champion in-hand M&M over The Queen’s Murthwaite Dawn Chorus.

3. Lingswood Lad

Angharad Ellis Owen riding Lingswood Lad, Count Robert Orssich Hack Championship during Friday of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 13th May 2016

This elegant six-year-old took the hack title for Angharad Charlesworth.

4. Kellythorpes Spot The Difference

WINDSOR 2016 GALLERY Kellythorpe Spot The Difference

This two-year-old filly by Stormhill Mink, owned and produced by Janay Leeman and Frazer Atherden, was one of three champions for Kellythorpe Stud. Spot The Difference topped her youngstock class before landing the overall coloured section title.

5. Laburnum Richard

Amy Smith riding Laburnum Richard, Champion in the M&M Working Hunter Pony Championship during Saturday of the Royal Windsor Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 14th May 2016

Amy Smith piloted this Connemara to victory in the M&M working hunter pony championship.

6. Barbers Shop

Katie Jerram riding Barber's Shop during the RoR Tattersalls Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse Championship, where they were Champions during Thursday of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 11th May 2016

For the second year running Barbers Shop took the Tattersalls/RoR show horse title for The Queen, ridden by Katie Jerram.

7. Lindeth Talisman

WINDSOR 2016 GALLERY Lindeth Talisman

This pony provided 13-year-old Holly Hobson with a fairytale Windsor debut by standing show hunter pony champion. Lindeth Talisman is produced by Chloe Ravenscroft, Karl Morris and Liam Glynn.

8. Mokum

WINDSOR 2016 GALLERY Mokum

Just 12 weeks after giving birth, Jenny Cowen was back in the saddle to pilot former chaser Mokum to victory in the RoR retrained racehorse challenge final.

9. Broadshard Simplicity

Jayne Ross riding Broadshard Simplicity, Ladies Show Horse Championship during Friday of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 13th May 2016

Despite having never worn a side-saddle before he went into the ring at Windsor, Rosettes Direct’s reigning Horse of the Year Show supreme Broadshard Simplicity won a strong ladies’ show horse class for Jayne Ross.

10. Randalstown Musketeer

Victoria Hesford riding Randalstown Musketeer, Champion Cob Championship during Friday of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 13th May 2016

Randalstown Musketeer, owned by Clare Twiston-Davies and ridden by Vicky Hesford, claims the cob championship.

11. Rathnaleen Gothic

Lizzie Smith riding Rathnaleen Gothic, Champion in The Intermediate Championship during Wednesday of the Royal Windsor Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 15th May 2016

Rathnaleen Gothic, ridden by university student Lizzie Smith and produced by Adam Winbourne, took the intermediate title.

12. Rhos Elodie

Charlotte Tuck riding RhoscElodie, Champion in the Novice Show Pony Championship during Saturday of the Royal Windsor Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 14th May 2016

This four-year-old owned by Mandy Godden secured the novice show pony title, ridden by Charlotte Tuck.

13. Runnon Ruby Tuesday

WINDSOR 2016 GALLERY Runnon Ruby Tuesday

This home-produced five-year-old mare headed the amateur hacks for Swansea-based Abbie Dark, a business management student at the University of Wales.

14. Slieve Bloom Jill

Hannah Horton riding Slieve Bloom Jill, Champion Native BSPS Heritage Ridden Championship during Saturday of the Royal Windsor Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 14th May 2016

This lovely Connemara owned by Lady Huntingdon is bound for Olympia after winning the BSPS Heritage championship, ridden by Hannah Horton.

15. Vulcanite

Rory  ?? riding Vulcanite, Champion Working Hunter during Thursday of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 12th May 2016

This daughter of prolific eventing stallion Jumbo scored a first Windsor working hunter title for rider Rory Gilsenan. This was only the fourth time that Rory had sat on the Katy Green-owned six-year-old mare.

16. Wilderness Early Bird

Georgina Holmes riding Wilderness Early Bird, Champion Show Pony Championship during Saturday of the Royal Windsor Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 14th May 2016

The Holmes family enjoyed two championship wins — 12-year-old Georgina took the show pony title on the 148cm victor Wilderness Early Bird…

17. Hollybush Enchantment

Matilda Holmes riding Hollybush Enchantment, Champion in the Mini Show Pony Championship during Saturday of the Royal Windsor Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK  on 14th May 2016

…While Georgina’s younger sister Matilda, five, claimed the mini title riding Hollybush Enchantment.
Wilderness Early Bird is produced by Kirsty Pickles, while Sharn Linney produces Hollybush Enchantment.

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18. Aidensfield Rupert

Jayne Ross riding Aidensfield Rupert, Champion in the Coloured Ridden Championship during Thursday of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in the county of Berkshire, UK on 12th May 2016

Carol Bardo’s eye-catching coloured took the overall ridden coloured title for the second year running, ridden by Jayne Ross.

Don’t miss the full Royal Windsor Horse Show report in this week’s issue of Horse & Hound, on sale 19 May.