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After giving a wonderful final performance, Amy Underwood and Broadstone Dolce Vita brought the curtain down on the 2009 British Show Horse Association National Championships, as they were called forward to stand Motorail supreme champions at Addington Manor.

Judge Dinah Nicholson had no hesitation in giving the nod to the Demonstrator eight-year-old and her delighted rider. “They never put a foot wrong,” she said.

Amy is just four weeks into her partnership with the quality mare, and they only managed to fit in two outings before coming to the national championships.

“She (Broadstone Dolce Vita) gives the most amazing ride, and her manners are impeccable,” said Amy.

Earlier in the evening, Amy and her recent acquisition were the choice of Pat Monaghan and Ian Smeeth to take the Classic supreme riding horse title.

Rebecca Helliwell claimed the reserve supreme award with her five-year-old novice hack champion Tremarl Mister Mole, and Danielle Heath stood first reserve with Catherine Luscombe’s maxi cob winner Satellite.

At the end of the first evening’s championship performance, Jayne Webber clinched the Saunters Pant Hire supreme championship riding Carol Bardo’s champion riding horse, The Philanderer. The Kilvington Scoundrel eight-year-old grey gelding has enjoyed another successful season, and Jayne was delighted with his performance. “He gave the most divine ride,” she said.

Rising Stars champions Joseph Thurston and Mathemadam High Spirit filled the reserve slot, and Sadie Facchino stood first reserve with the amateur owner/rider, riding horse winner Bowood Diamond.

Don’t miss H&H’s full report from the British Show Horse Association National Championships in 1 October magazine