A six-year-old novice came out at Midland Counties Show last Saturday (June 4) at Arena UK and headed a strong HOYS middleweight hunter class, then took the championship, doing some giant-killing en route.
Ann Drabble’s Lowmoor Windsor, ridden by Jo Bates, left in his wake the 2015 Cuddy supreme in-hand victor Romanno Royale, partnered by Simon Charlesworth. He also conquered Robert Walker’s lightweight Pride of Place and heavyweight Patrick’s Choice.
“This was only his fourth ridden show and it was a really strong middleweight class,” said Bates. “He was perfectly behaved and I’m super-proud of him.”
Windsor, who is by Makanaky out of the State Diplomacy mare Two Toes, was champion novice at the British Show Horse Association Home Counties show and won at Herts County the week before Midland Counties, qualifying for the Royal International.
He won all three of his first outings and stood champion twice, after a successful in-hand career that included victories at Newark and Notts, Lincolnshire County, East of England and North of England.
“I bought him as a foal and it was clear he was going to make a big horse,” said Drabble. “He was turned away, because I will not rush my youngsters, then broken at four. I had him back and hacked him about, then sent him to Jo in February. I always knew he was special because his ride is a dream.”
This season’s campaign had a minor hiccup when a trip to Royal Windsor had to be aborted on the Wednesday of the show due to flooding, but otherwise all is on track.
“We don’t want to over-show him, as he is still technically a novice and has a fantastic attitude to his work,” said Bates. “He is improving all the time and there is still more to come, which is very exciting.”
Bates paid tribute to her sponsors, saying: “We show him in a Black Country saddle, fed on Saracen horse feeds, to make him shine we use Absorbine products, and to keep him clean and even more shiny we use Snuggy Hoods!”