Royal Windsor is always a week of early mornings and the rain at the start of the show didn’t look promising but what a week it turned into!
Wednesday saw our young horses jump the Foxhunter class with an aim to qualifying for the prestigious Walwyn Novice final – we were delighted to get Billy Pablo (Billy Congo x Kroongraaf), Billy Prescott (Cevin Z x Cruising) and Billy Delight (Billy Mexico x Vechta) into the final with Pablo and William taking 4th place.
The 6 year olds were on super form again the following day with our homebred stars accounting for 7 out fo the 24 horses that shared first place on double clear rounds – that’s 30% of the winners all bred here at The Billy Stud. Our winners were –
Billy Everest (Billy Congo x Cevin Z)
Billy Prescott (Cevin Z x Cruising)
Billy Pearl (Cevin Z x Turtle Island)
Billy Pablo (Billy Congo x Kroonraaf)
Billy Chill (Billy Mexico x Vechta)
Billy Delight (Billy Mexico x Vechta)
Billy Sarafina (Tangelo x Billy Congo)
The older horses also had a good couple of days in the bigger National classes with Billy Kodak (Billy Mexico x Vechta), Billy Alpen (Cardento x Animo) and Billy Nala (Billy Mexico x Billy Congo) placing 4th, 5th and 6th in the 1.35m followed by Billy Kat (Billy JJ x Iroko) coming 4th in the 1.35m Grand Prix.
Friday saw the start of the 5* classes with Billy McCain (Cevin Z x Cruising) getting the show off to a flying start with a super 4th place in the 1.45m class, Saturday saw him go one better for 3rd place in the 1.50m!
Our successful week came to a climax with the incredible 9 year old Billy Diamo (Cevin Z x Andiamo) jumped the most incredible double clear in the 5* Rolex Grand Prix. Going first in the 12 horse jump off, William and Diamo made it look easy. William said after the class –
“It is fantastic, an amazing venue, the crowd was great! It really makes you want to do well. Billy Diamo is another super horse we have bred, we hope he will qualify for the 2020 Olympics and this year we want to make sure he qualifies for the European Championships because he’s that type of horse.”
Great work from our whole team yet again. Now a quick rest and off to La Baule for our first Nations Cup of the year!