Event rider Emily Proud landed the Senior Showing and Dressage Ltd senior ridden championship at the London International Horse Show at Olympia on Thursday with Alphaville of Oak. At 26, “Alfie” was the oldest in this 15-strong section, but he looks like a horse half his age.
Proud, 20, has a showing background and admitted: “I missed showing so much this poor old boy was brought out of retirement. He didn’t much like doing nothing anyway and he is thoroughly enjoying his work. Our aim is to have as much fun as possible as well as qualifying for the SSADL Olympia final.”
Second to Proud and Alfie was last year’s champions, Felicity Vaughan with What A Spark, ahead of Amy Cook and Paddington VI.
The in-hand honours went to Christina Brooks and the 16-year-old Fell pony Guards Jester, from Victoria Littlewood with Moss Town Marz (19) and Sofie Carter and Hillowen Queenie (16).
Image: Emily Proud at Alfie, by Kit Houghton, courtesy of the the London International Horse Show at Olympia