Were you to describe Lucinda Farmbrough’s supreme piebald and skewbald ridden championship at the Royal International Horse Show last Tuesday as a “runaway success”, you would probably get a wry smile.
Tambrook My Destiny — Hattie to her friends — is “genuinely a lovely, kind mare”, but she did have a habit of taking off with Farmbrough in gallop.
“We bought Hattie from her breeders, Nick and Britt Snelling, in September 2012. She had been ridden away but Bronwen Evans helped me get her up and running and we home-produced her until June 2015,” says Farmbrough. “She then went to Allister Hood after I experienced a few problems with her taking off in her gallops in her show, and I was finding it hard to give her the work while having a full-time job.
“Team Hood have done an amazing job and got her going and looking the best she ever has, I have a lot to thank them for.”
Now eight years old, Hattie has had quite a career in the show ring. She was shown in-hand by the Snellings, winning at Royal Welsh as a yearling and as a two-year-old, and in her first season under saddle, she stood reserve supreme at the British Skewbald and Piebald Association Winter Championships, qualifying for the RIHS on her first attempt.
“Since then she has been to the RI every year, but was never previously placed,” reveals Farmbrough. “She was Equifest coloured champion in 2014 and this season she has been second at Windsor, champion at South Suffolk, first Royal Norfolk and qualified for Horse of the Year Show at Keysoe.”
All this makes Hattie’s glorious result at Hickstead even more impressive, but Farmbrough reckons she knows an equine star when she sees one.
“When I first read Hattie’s advert on the internet, I knew she would be special to me,” she says firmly.
By the coloured warmblood Roquefort, a grade A show jumper, out of Copybush Catchlight, a 14hh show hunter pony, Hattie has an “amazing jump”, says Lucinda, who hopes she might one day do some working hunter classes.
Until then, there is their outing at HOYS to look forward to and her superb supreme accolade from Hickstead to savour.
“She has given me so many amazing memories because before I got her I had never even ridden at the RIHS,” says Farmbrough. “To win the supreme coloured title at the Royal International is something I never imagined would ever happen.”