A self-styled ‘housewife and mother-of-two’ made a return to the ring for the first time in eight years and claimed the inaugural amateur riding horse class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
BSPS ‘star’ judge Amelia Grace stood in for her work-bound sister, Harriet Raley, to head a superb class of 17 with the mannerly chestnut, Kings Gold, who is owned jointly by Harriet and her aunt, Pip Baker Beall.
Jayne Webber dominated the open riding horses, taking the title with a great gallop on possibly last year’s biggest winner, Carol Bardo’s HOYS supreme The Philanderer, who clearly relished the spacious rings and all-weather going here.
He has been only lightly shown so far this term, but was supreme at Ponies (UK) South.
Reserve went to Chris Yates’s consistent small victor, Jackson Fair and Square, who triumphed in a strong class under the eagle eye of HM The Queen, whose Jerram-produced Stardust finished fourth.
Lucy Smith Crallan’s Holtess D Day, the four-year-old son of former RIHS supreme, Broadstone Dee, headed a phenomenal line of 15 novices with Robert Walker.
Echoing in every move the style which gained his dam her Hickstead title, this elegant gelding has already hit the heights, standing supreme at Barton and novice champion at North of England.
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