Rider qualifies for the Royal International Horse Show on ‘wedding-present’ hack

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Rider qualifies for Royal International Horse Show on her wedding present horse
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Angharad Ellis Owen will ride at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead this summer for the first time for seven years, after qualifying at Brook Farm with Lingswood Lad and taking the hack championship.

The large hack was a wedding present from her husband, Simon Charlesworth — best known for his partnership with double HOYS and Hickstead supreme Pearly King — when they tied the knot at the Jockey Club in December 2015.

“I’m still on cloud nine,” said Ellis Owen, 36, after her victory on Sunday, April 3. “I can’t wait to ride at the Royal International Horse Show again — it’s been seven years, so I’m a little bit excited!”

Lingswood Lad (Woody) was bred by the late John Thomas, who also bred former Cuddy supreme in-hand horse Golden Gunner. By Dolphin Superstar out of Bronze Bubble, Woody was a big winner in-hand with Charlesworth’s father, Alan. He was lightly shown last year, when he stood novice hack champion at the British Show Horse Association National Championships.

“I had him on loan last year and then Simon bought him as my wedding present before Christmas,” said Ellis Owen. “Last time I rode at the Royal International Horse Show was in 2010 on a small hack. I’ve had novices since and then got pregnant with Jac. Now Jac, who will be three years old in July, helps me groom him and rides him on a lead-rein round the yard.”

Image: horse show rosette by Calsidyrose via Flickr , CC BY 2.0

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