The Longines Royal International Horse Show,
27th - 31st July 2016
A good week for Ireland
By Stephanie DeWitt Photography Julian Portch #hickstead
Ireland's Billy Twomey triumphed with his fourth win of the week when he lifted the magnificent King George V Trophy. Riding his 10 year-old chestnut mare Lizziemary and benefitting from being the last of thirteen horses in the jump-off, Billy posted the fastest clear round in an incredible 39.46 seconds.
The leading rider at the Dublin Horse Show last week, Billy also took the honours in the Bunn Leisure Salver on Diaghilev and both the Bunn Leisure Vase and the British Speed Classic with Thomas, beating Ben Maher and Aristo Z in the latter by a mere one hundredth of a second!
Fellow Irishman David Simpson riding his own Chessy 17 won the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, beating Holly Smith (nee Gillott - she got married after the Derby meeting) and Lammy Beach by 2 seconds.
"I have to keep winning to pay for my wedding in August!" joked David.
Meanwhile, future sister-in-law Nicole Pavitt, having sat with her injured foot in a bucket of ice to reduce the swelling in order to get her boot on, took the honours in the Bunn Leisure International Stakes with the handsome 14 year-old chestnut gelding Victor Blue.
Elizabeth Power, also from Ireland with Doonaveeragh O One, was delighted to be the bride this year instead of the bridesmaid, leaving all the poles up and bettering last year's time by nearly three seconds in the Amlin Plus Eventers Challenge.
Crawley-based Yasmin Pinchen and her mother Nancy's Van de Vivaldi had their first international win at Hickstead, gaining maximum points in the fastest time of 53.61 in the Royal International Accumulator. However, Yasmin announced that she is 13 weeks pregnant so her horses will have a break while she is on maternity leave!
Germany easily won the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, only incurring four faults, and Ludger Beerbaum on Chiara 222, their fourth team member, didn't have to jump at all!
For the second year running the BHS Supreme Ridden Horse Championship went to Jayne Ross and the lightweight hunter Time 2 Reflect, while the Underwood Supreme Ridden Pony Championship was won by Golden Tasset ridden by Olivia Bowen who has been gaining work experience with Jayne this year.
"Olivia's pretty clued up!" said Jayne, who insisted she had no influence whatsoever on Olivia's performance!