Royal International Horse Show

  • Robert Walker concluded a memorable week at Hickstead by taking the British Horse Society supreme ridden horse championship with Monseratt Sport Horses’ Sliabh Nambon Mist.

    Having already earned two titles here with Broadstone Doulton (riding horse) and Sliabh Nambon Mist (hunter), the Cheshire showman added a third title when Camilla Neame’s coloured heavyweight So Smart took the cob tricolour earlier today.

    This gave Robert a strong hand in the BHS supreme ridden ‘ride off’ in the international arena. Judged on a skating mark system by Jennifer Williams, Sue Bunn and Donald Kear, Sliabh Nambon Mist triumphed on 25 points, just one point ahead of Broadstone Doulton, who was led into the ring initially and then Robert switched from Sliabh Nambon Mist to ride him.

    Equal third were So Smart, ridden by Robert’s wife Sarah, and Leon King riding the champion hack Royal Trooper, who both earned 21 points.

    Charlotte Horne, riding her mother Sarah’s Tidesbrook Roger Rabbit clinched the Dick Saunders supreme ridden pony title with a lovely mannerly display.

    The last pair out of the line trying to impress judges Pam Saunders, Jenny Loriston-Clarke and Dawn Wofford, the pair remained foot perfect earning two tens to post a winning score of 28.

    In their first season together Charlotte, eight, and the Mybella Statesman six-year-old have won three times.

    Taking the next two place in the Dick Saunders Supreme were the champion show pony Poppyfield Pirouette (25 points) and the working hunter pony champion Stambrook Pavarotti (22) who were ridden by Joseph Thurston and Sophie Scott.

    Don’t miss H&H’s full reports from the Royal International in this Thursday’s magazine (2 August, ’07)

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