Two-year-old filly wins the Royal Windsor’s in-hand coloured championship at her first show

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Rider qualifies for Royal International Horse Show on her wedding present horse
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Lisha Leeman’s home-bred Kellythorpes Spot the Difference landed the in-hand coloured championship at Royal Windsor yesterday (Thursday, May 12), despite it being the two-year-old’s very first show. Known as Pickle, the filly is out of Lillykai by renowned sire Stormhill Mink.

“Proud doesn’t even come close,” said Leeman, who, like many other exhibitors had a wasted journey to Windsor, having to drive straight back to her Chelmsford base on the first day, which was cancelled due to flooding. “This has been the best day ever.”

There was more to come: the first coloured Leeman bred, Kellythorpes Master Key, was third in a 22-strong class ridden by Frazer Atherden, who is engaged to Leeman’s daughter, Janay. Then team rider Joseph Thurston partnered the traditional coloured, Heartbreaker, to stand second. As icing on the cake Janus, Leeman’s first show cob, won his ridden coloured class with Frazer.

“Janus hasn’t competed for three years but he loved every second of it today,” said Leeman. “Seeing Jay today enjoy himself so much put the biggest smile on my face and I’m still smiling.”

And no wonder. It was Janay’s birthday and Frazer’s parents, Andy and Sue, were celebrating their wedding anniversary. What a day for Team Leeman!

Image: rosettes by Amanda Slater via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

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