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On Sunday (17 June) Bolesworth’s very own superheroes took some time out of their busy schedules fighting crime to team up with some of the country’s top young showjumpers for a thrill-a-minute relay race.

This class is always a highlight of the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show and this year’s contenders certainly didn’t disappoint. Superheroes, epic costumes and high-speed jumping — what’s not to love?

All our favourite characters were in action this year — Bananaman, Superman, Batman, all keen to display their superpowers in the saddle. And who could forget the tremendous flying chicken — AKA Jay Halim? We’re still wondering what his superpower might be.

But it was the Wonderwoman-Supergirl duo of Laura Renwick and Scarlett Lomax-Cox who were the stars of the show in the Archo Developments-sponsored competition.

Thirteen-year-old Scarlett and the gorgeous palomino Lillibet got the team off to a flying start with a corner-cutting round before she handed over the baton to Laura. The ever-speedy Essex rider brought one of her fastest rides, the 13-year-old mare VDL Groep Alitta, and soared round in the style of a true superhero. The winning time proved unbeatable.

Local rider Scarlett has more experienced jumping ponies to choose from, but she elected to ride “Lilly” who combines eventing, working hunter and dressage.

“I thought this would suit Lilly and Laura gave me a few tips,” she said.

1. Laura Renwick and Scarlett Lomax-Cox take the red ribbons, clear in 52.66sec

Laura Renwick and Scarlett Lomax-Cox, winners of the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Laura Renwick and Scarlett Lomax-Cox, winners of the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Laura Renwick and Scarlett Lomax-Cox, winners of the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

2. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s just Chloe Aston and Noora Von Bulow making a heroic bid to win, just 0.03sec behind the leaders

Noora Von Bulow and Chloe Aston during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

3. Michael Pender and Madeleine Kerrigan storm home with big smiles, third in 53.15sec

Madeleine Kerrigan and Michael Pender during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Madeleine Kerrigan and Michael Pender during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

4. Bananaman as you’ve never seen him before — Matthew Sampson teams up with Sula Von Bulow to finish a very creditable fourth before heading back to 29 Acacia Road

Matthew Sampson and Sula Von Bulow during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

5. Jess Dimmock and Isabelle Harris are the perfect crime-fighting and showjumping duo

Jessica Dimmock  and Isabelle Harris during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Jessica Dimmock  and Isabelle Harris during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

6. Straight out of the Bat Cave and into Bolesworth — Trevor Breen and Jack Hewitt in action

Trevor Breen and Jack Hewitt during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Trevor Breen and Jack Hewitt during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

7. Batman and his awesome sidekick Amelia Tredinnick

Graham Gillespie and Amelia Tedinnick during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Graham Gillespie and Amelia Tedinnick during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

8. Our very own super-villain Will Edwards and Ted Holt show that The Joker and Captain America make the perfect team

Will Edwards and Ted Holt during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Will Edwards and Ted Holt during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

9. Reece Oliver and Abigail Wicks — first class effort!

Reece Oliver and Abigail Wicks during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Reece Oliver and Abigail Wicks during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

10. Lance Whitehouse and Isobella Saunders Cook in flying form

Lance Whitehouse and Isobella Saunders Cook during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Lance Whitehouse and Isobella Saunders Cook during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

11. Louise Saywell and Eleanor Archibald prove to be perfect protagonists – just not quite fast enough to win

Louise Saywell and Eleanor Archibald during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Louise Saywell and Eleanor Archibald during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

12. Jay Halim and Ryan De Sousa — nice try and top marks for costumes lads!

Jay Halim and Tyan De Sousa during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

Jay Halim and Tyan De Sousa during the invitational Mini Major Relay during the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  at Bolesworth Castle near Chester in Cheshire in the UK on 17th June 2018

>>Don’t miss all the action from the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show in this week’s Horse & Hound, out Thursday 21 June.