There was another Walker victory at the North of England Spring Show held at the new venue of Warren Farm, Formby, Lancashire, on Saturday (April 16). But this time it was the turn of the youngest member of the dynasty, three-year-old Isabella (Izzy), riding in the ring for the first time.
She partnered Barkway Magic Moments, by Beckside Little Toff out of Starlyte Merry Bee, whom Robert and Sarah Walker loaned for her at the end of last year.
“Izzy was making her debut and she went and won, qualifying for the Royal International, then stood mini reserve,” said Robert Walker. “She was very excited and couldn’t sleep the night before. She loved every minute of it.”
The North of England Spring Show was something of a Walker benefit, with Robert Walker heading the novice heavyweight hunters riding Patrick’s Choice and standing reserve; the lightweight open hunters with Shroughmoor Emperor and reserve; the novice hacks with Comberton Clarence; and the open cobs with Randalstown Rolex.
For good measure, the Walkers produced the 128cm show pony winner Milton Pageboy and the 138cm Charnlee Delightful Dan, who also stood reserve champion.
And, as icing on the cake, Robert’s sister-in-law, Vicky Hesford, headed the large hacks with former Royal International champion Whalton Forgery and claimed the title here.