Michaela Wood landed the prestigious supreme skewbald and piebald ridden championship at the Longines Royal International Horse Show on Tuesday with her 10-year-old Login Lucky Lad.
During the “coloured day” at Hickstead — the first day of the show, which runs until Sunday, August 2 — she and Lucky did a bit of giant killing on their way to the top, leaving such big winners as Jayne Ross and Aidensfield Rupert and Hayley Patterson with Shybont Bean Dance in their wake. They pipped last year’s HOYS coloured champion, Kim Colosso’s Shear Impulse, ridden by Leon King, into reserve at Hickstead.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Wood, 24. “I’m over the moon. This is my fifth season with him — he’s won at Royal Windsor for the past three years and at HOYS the last two. He’s a great, great pony. He gives such an amazing ride and always makes you smile, so to win on him means so much.
“I’m so proud of all my team, both at home and at the show, and would love to thank my mum and dad and Nigel [Hollings, producer] for all their help and hard work.”
There was also cause for celebration in the Colosso camp, when Rae Colosso landed the junior title with Wulfstan Bubblicious.