Barbers Shop Reigns Supreme at Windsor
The Royal Windsor Horse Show has long since been the ‘show to go to’ for much of the equine world. With almost 180 classes spread over five days, there is something for everyone.
However, Thursday was the day for the former racehorses. RoR had two classes on the day, the RoR Tattersalls Show Series Qualifier and the Polo Pony class.
The RoR Tattersalls Show Series Qualifier was split into two sections, one for former National Hunt horses and the other for former Flat raced horses. The first two placed competitors from both sections were then brought forward to compete for the prestigious Barker Cup.
The National Hunt section was a hotly contested class, which included the 2016 RoR Tattersalls Show Series Champion, Beware Chalk Pit, ridden by Rebecca Court. Out of the twenty competitors, the judges placed the popular Barbers Shop first, ridden by Katie Jerram and owned by Her Majesty The Queen. Barbers Shop was joined in the final by the second placed horse Morandi, owned by Hazel Noble.
The Flat section was an equally competitive class, with all the horses in such fantastic condition, turned out to exceptional standards. The judges had their work cut out, and Perfect Choice came out on top, ridden by Angela Lance. The second placed horse, Miss Wedge, ridden by Laura Dowse was also taken forward to the championship final.
The top two from each section were then brought back into the Copper Horse Arena in front of an enthusiastic Windsor crowd, which included the keen eyes of Her Majesty The Queen. It was decided that the former Nicky Henderson trained 15-year-old, Barbers Shop, was once again crowned champion. The Reserve Champion was Perfect Choice, also a 15-year-old.
The Barker Cup was presented by Anne Barker to Her Majesty The Queen.
Barbers Shop’s success in the RoR Tattersalls Show Class had earnt him a place in the Royal Windsor Supreme Ridden Championship, sponsored by Dodson & Horrell, which took place on Sunday afternoon in the Castle Arena and offered £750 to the winner. Other classes were well supported in this too, with coloured horses and pony sections entering the ring with quality as well as quantity. None were of higher quality however, than HM The Queen’s Barbers Shop who took the judges eye and came out on top, winning the prestigious title of Royal Windsor Supreme Ridden Champion 2017.
The final RoR class of the day was the Polo Pony Class sponsored by RoR and Guards Polo Club.
Four horses came forward for this historic class, where riders aim to show off their Ponies speed, agility and control. After which the ride judge, Anthony Fanshawe, had his turn to get a feel of each horse. Together with Frances Woodd, a member of the RoR Polo Panel, they chose Maria Medecis as the Champion and Cool Light as Reserve Champion. Maria Medecis is owned by Cowdray based Alan Kent and was ridden by Nick Johnson, they were the winners of the Challenge Trophy presented by Nick Hobday from Guards Polo Club. Cool Light was Reserve Champion, owned and ridden by Roddy Mathews.