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Simon Reynolds: soldiering on and upholding standards *H&H VIP*

What a wet week! Day one at the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) saw the coloureds have the best of the weather and the going. Great progress was made in these classes, where record numbers were forward yet again. Hickstead reported that they have shaved a whopping two-and-a-half hours off the class times from last year, where they were renowned for over- running.