Her Majesty looked delighted as her ex-racehorse won the overall title in the Tattersalls and Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Ridden Show Horse Championship minutes after winning the national hunt section.
The 14-year-old bay gelding, by Sadlers Hall, has enjoyed success in RoR classes here on a number of occasions in recent years.
Before swapping to a glittering showing career, Barbers Shop was in training with Nicky Henderson. He ran 24 times under Rules and had eight wins.
Katie told H&H that the win today was “the icing on the cake”.
“I was more apprehensive than I have ever been,” she said. “I adore the horse so much – he tries his hardest.”
She added she was not sure how he would cope as he has been here since Monday and has had a few late nights with rehearsals for the birthday celebrations, which they are taking part in.
“He was absolutely superb, as he always is,” she said. “He is just such a lovely gent.”
Change of career
More ex-racehorses were in action later in the afternoon in the RoR and Thoroughbred Breeders Association Retrained Racehorse Challenge Championship.
Combinations are asked to jump a course of eight fences (between 2’6” and 3’6” in height) before performing an individual show.
It is judged 50% on jumping, 20% for style while jumping and performance, and 30% for show, manners and suitability to be retrained.
Winner Jenny Cowen, with her own Mokum, shared some tips on how she prepared her 15-year-old bay gelding for the competition.
“Patience, lots of lesson and schooling religiously,” she said.
“I make sure he hacks twice a week so he stays nice and relaxed, and he has a friend out in the field.
“I have really worked on my flat work to get him going correctly, which then just paid dividends for the jumping.”