Her Majesty the Queen had a good start to the weekend when her own Stardust won the Sidesaddle class, ridden by the ever-elegant Katie Jerram. “We all know Katie is the most elegant and beautiful rider,” said Nigel Hollings, “But that’s also a beautiful and quality blood horse.”
In second place was Michelle Feeney’s Ballyhoulihan Rags to Riches, ridden by Emma Dewhurst. The placing will be a great result for owner Michelle who took to social media to express her delight when the combination made the finals, saying, “Thank you so much for giving Raegan, Emma and myself the opportunity to virtually exhibit. Raegan was rescued from Ireland and she’s previously had her jaw broken in her first years. I bought her unseen but she has become my soulmate. I’m in tears – I said to Emma I wasn’t even going to look as we didn’t stand a chance! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity – I wouldn’t be doing it at all without Emma, unfortunately the arthritis has put a stop to it, so I’m absolutely indebted to her.”
In third place, Renelles Royal Decree and Chantelle Joslin drew admiration from the judge; “I love how the horse looks so comfortable carrying the sidesaddle.”
A special mention was made of young rider Jana Carney and Trixies Silver Spirit, who won a prize for Best Costume Entry.
The prize for this class was a hugely generous £250 voucher from supporters Welligogs.
Top image: 1st Place, Stardust – Katie Jerram-Hunnable, Owned by Her Majesty the Queen
Ballyhoulihan Rags to Riches
Miss E Dewhurst
Owned by Michelle Feeney
Renelles Royal Decree
Best Costume Entry
Trixies Silver Spirit