For as long as I have been reporting on the BSHA Southern Spring Show, Jayne Ross has won the Supreme Championship and on a different horse each year. Last year the 2015 Riding Horse of the Year, Broadshard Simplicity; this year Jayne won on Mrs Diane Stennett’s Time 2 Reflect winner of the RIHS Lightweight Hunter class and Hunter Championship.
However, this year several Amateur riders produced lovely horses to win and give the Professionals a real run for their money. Dr Rachel Lambert riding her own Dreammaker E S is certainly making her mark, in particular in the Total Impact Equestrian Ladies Show Horse series. Dreamaker E S is lovely rhythmic eye catching grey, who was also placed in the Home Produced Riding Horse class, won by Rivage de Negres owned and ridden by Mrs Jennifer McElhinney, who made the long journey up from deepest East Sussex. Another Riding Horse, which caught my eye, was Nadia Edgar’s new purchase, A Late Gamble, who was a good 3rd and top amateur, in the RIHS Riding Horse class, which secured their RIHS qualification as both Hoghton Valentino with Mr Ian Smeeth and Broadshard Simplicity, last year’s Supreme Horse with Jayne Ross had already qualified.
The Forger owned and ridden by Ms Petra Frampton, won a very strong Amateur Cob class beating the likes of Annette Hance’s, I’m a Star, anther prolific winner here today of the Home Produced Championship, to secure the Reserve Supreme rosette. The Amateur and Home Produced classes where well supported as were the majority of the other classes but none got near the numbers forward in the ROR classes, which were almost nose to tail around the large outdoor arena. Here both the Novice and Open classes were won by Jo Bates on, a very exciting find, Sinnbad owned by Ms Serena Leckie. Another to have a good day was former Show Director, Sue Philips, on a number of her and husband Graham’s, Irish purchased, home produced youngsters; she achieved 3 places, 1 win and a Reserve Championship to take home to Hayling Island.
Helen Baker scored a win with Trudy Deja’s Irish bred, Hurlers Diamond, in a strong RIHS Middleweight Hunter class, beating former Hunter of the Year, Oathills Take the Biscuit, to take the Reserve and then go on to win the RIHS Ladies Hunter class with a stylish performance; another one to watch! Clare Langrish, whose family farm on the Romney Marsh, also had a long journey but made it two years in a row when she scored in the Heavyweight Amateur Hunter division going on to take the Amateur Championship too, so good luck at Hickstead Clare and to all the RIHS qualifying horses and riders.