Well-known show rider and producer Andrew Done has enhanced his personal showing credentials by becoming the inaugural Mr Staffordshire.
The contest was held at Uttoxeter Racecourse in May, and Andrew fought off competition from other hopeful contestants to win a place in the national Mr England final, which will take place in August. There he will go up against 19 other hopefuls to be crowned Mr England.
The successful contestant will go on to represent England internationally. Andrew, 23, is a previous winner at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and a regular finalist at the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS).
“I enjoy working out and am passionate about personal fitness because it enhances my ability to ride” said Andrew. “I’ve entered a few ‘beach body’ competitions so when I heard about Mr Staffordshire I thought I’d give it a go, but I didn’t expect to win!”
However, to claim the title, Andrew had to do more than display his rippling muscles.
“We are part of a charity called Beauty with a Purpose and there is a significant amount of fund-raising associated with the Mr England role,” said Angie Beasley, director of Miss England.
“Our winner needs to be talented and be able to communicate with people from all walks of life, as well as being a pretty face.”
Andrew took part in a Tough Mudder — which includes an obstacle course through mud — earlier this year to raise money for Help for Heroes as part of his charity fundraising effort.
Andrew aims to become a personal trainer and hopes his victory will inspire other riders to think about their fitness.
Needless to say, Andrew’s conformation is now the subject of much scrutiny although it remains to be seen whether he will be asked to strip himself, or just his horse, in the showring…