The Longines Royal International Horse Show, 25th - 29st July 2018

By Stephanie DeWitt plus Pippa DeWitt's report on the Nations Cup

On Friday, riders from six nations jumped-off for the honour of adding their name to the Roll of Honour on the prestigious King George V Gold Trophy.   First to go, Dutchman Kevin Jochems on the 11 year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding Captain Cooper set the standard with a fast clear round in 50.35 seconds which none of the other contestants was able to emulate.

 

Brought up on a farm and having ridden ponies since he was six years old, Kevin, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on the Sunday of the meeting, said, "I had a very, very good feeling about my horse.   The long lines in the jump-off suited him, so I just went as fast as possible."

 

Robert Smith, three-time winner of the trophy, brought a new horse, Ilton, a 10 year-old bay, specifically for the King George class.   After the pair won the Bunn Leisure Trophy on Thursday, Robert said he was a bit concerned that the horse had never jumped open ditches or water, traditional constituents of the course for the top class.   On the day, Ilton proved what an honest horse he was by clearing these obstacles with ease.

 

Earlier in the day Melton Mowbray-based Joe Clayton took the Bunn Leisure International Stakes riding Carolus K DHI.   In the Bunn Leisure British Speed Classic, Ireland's Shane Breen on Can Ya Makan beat William Whitaker and Lammy Beach by a fraction of a second.

 

After a thrilling four-horse jump-off on Saturday, James Whitaker and Glenavadra Brilliant claimed the BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup with a clear round in 50.60 seconds beating Pippa Funnell on Billy Congo, the only other clear round, into second place.   Newly turned twenty-one, James was also awarded the Cindy Mead Memorial Trophy for the best-placed rider under 25.

 

In a thrilling climax to a gripping competition, Aussie Paul Tapner romped round the MS Amlin Eventers Challenge course on Bonza King of Rouges to take the title for the second year running.   NagMag sponsored rider, Indi Limpus, third on the list on Billy Brogue, rode the first clear round and finished in a creditable 12th place.

 

"I enjoyed that!" said a jubilant Paul.   "I've had twelve months to prepare for this, to see if I could go faster than last year by taking strides out!"

 

Welshman Gareth Roberts drove Dark Horse Fred and Barney to victory in the popular Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry Championship ahead of Alison Osborne who took second and third place with Chip'n'Dale and Woody and Buzz respectively.

 

At the culmination of the week's showing classes it was the Riding Horse Supreme Champion, Diamonds Are Forever, who took the BHS Supreme Horse title for the second year running with Oliver Hood taking over the ride on Annabel Jenks' 9 year-old gelding from his father Allister.   Reserve Champion was Robert Walker on Jill Day's Lightweight Hunter, View Point.

 

Tying  on points, two ponies went head-to-head in the de la Hey Family Supreme Pony Championship.   Melanie Stanford's grey Highland stallion, Benbreac of Croila, winner of the BSPS Heritage Mountain & Moorland Championship and with Matthew Cooper on board, executed an excellent gallop to take the title ahead of the Leeman Family BSPS Supreme Show Pony Champion, 8 year-old Moluccas Bengal Beauty ridden by Isabella Whittle.

 

"He's like a Thoroughbred in a Highland's body!" commented Gemma Stanford, daughter of the Supreme Champion's owner and BHS Director of Horse Welfare.

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

2018 Novice Hackney Championship - Sue Barraclough on NODDYVYSE CASSANOVA. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

2018 Supreme Show Hunter Pony - Harriet Dennison on MERRYCORNER MISTER BUI. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Pure Ridden Arabian Championship - Winner Clare Fitch on MIRV. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The Open Hackney Champion - Mr P Vyse and LUDDINGTON MAESTRO. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Ponies UK Young Riders & M&M Champion - Libby Grota on CADLANVALLEY BUZBY. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The Bunn Leisure Vase - Winner - Francois Mathy Jnr BEL on FALCO VAN DE CLEHOEVE. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The Bunn Leisure Trophy - Winner Robert Smith GBR on ILTON. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The Saracen Horse Feeds Supreme Hunter Champion - Robert Walker on VIEW POINT. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

MS Amlin Eventers Challenge - Winner - Paul Tapner on BONZA KING OF ROUGES. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Bunn Leisure Int Stakes - Winner - Joseph Clayton on CAROLUS K DHI. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Supreme Riding Horse Champion - Oliver Hood on DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Supreme Working Hunter Champion - Louise Lyons on M J M LASZLO. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The Longines BHS King George V Cup - Winner Kevin Jochems NED on CAPTAIN COOPER. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The Bunn Leisure Salver - Winner Laura Kraut on NOUVELLE. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The BMHS Supreme Minature Horse Championship - Winner Leonie Wroe and SCOTT CREEK MONARCH RED GRAFFITI. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Supreme Hack Champion - Jayne Ross on FORGELAND HYDE PARK. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Ladies Day Finalists. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup - Winner James Whitaker on GLENAVADRA BRILLIANT. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Small Hunter Championship - Martin Skelton on BANVIEW SCIROCCO. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The British Speed Classic - Winner - Shane Breen on CAN YA MAKAN. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Horse Health Horsemastership Trophy - Winner - Maria-Chiara de Crescendo. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The Horndean Band takes cover in torrential rain to play for the crowd, following two months of heat wave. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

BHS Light Trade & Costers Turnout Champion - Tommy Fountain and BOOKHAM LODGE LOGAN. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Supreme Cob Champion - Victoria Hesford on RANDALSTOWN MUSKETEER. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Supreme Show Pony Champion - Isabelle Whittle on MOLUCCAS BENGAL BEAUTY. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

BHS Supreme Ridden Horse Champion - Oliver Hood on DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Supreme Ridden Pony Champion - Matthew Cooper on BENREAC OF CROILA. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

French Showjumper Dan Delsart proposes to Victoria Wearing in the International Arena. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

James Wells is awarded the Dorian Williams Trophy for services to Hickstead. Photos by Julian Portch

Royal International Horse Show 2018

Royal International Horse Show 2018

The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Great Britain - Winners - Ireland. Photos by Julian Portch