Top two for Team Ross in the Topham Barnes Riding Horse of the Year Championship

Top two for Team Ross in the Topham Barnes Riding Horse of the Year Championship

Team Ross rounded off a fabulous week at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) when her Small and Large Riding Horses both won their classes and took Champion and Reserve Champion in the Topham Barnes Riding Horse of the Year Championship.

Diane Stennett’s Small Riding Horse, Casino III, has been knocking on the door of the Riding Horse Championship for the past four years. Jayne Ross has had three wins with her and two Reserve titles, but today they finally clinched the overall Championship.

The 11-year-old Warmblood was bought by Diane as a novice six years ago and she was very excited to watch her take the honours today.

Diane’s daughter, Lucy Cameron, said: “She [Casino III] is so consistent and reliable; she’s never let us down. She has that ‘sit up and look at me’ attitude.”

The winner of the Large Riding Horse and Reserve Champion was CSF Cummer Paradise (Audrey), owned by Tony Reynolds and Michael Cook.

Ciara Mullen took the ride on Audrey in the Championship. The seven-year-old mare was backed as a three-year-old at Jayne’s and has been placed in this class here at HOYS since 2017, getting better and better each year.

She was also placed second in the British Show Horse Association Ladies Side Saddle Horse of the Year Championship here on Wednesday.

Both horses will now go back to their owners for the winter season.

Reflecting on her week so far, Jayne said: “They [the horses] have all put their best foot forward this week and gone so fantastically.”

Second placed in the Small and Large classes were Ian Darcy’s Westerdale Regal Max, ridden by Callum Potts, and Kim Colosso’s Trenavey Rational Choice, ridden by Rae Colosso.

Julia and David Topham Barnes have had great success over the years, both in top Breeding classes and in ridden Show Hacks and Show Ponies, with wins and places in both sections at HOYS. Having now retired from breeding and showing, they look forward to following a small selection of their youngsters still embarking on their careers in the show ring with their new owners.


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Topham Barnes Riding Horse of the Year Championship 2019, Jayne Ross riding Casino III © 1st Class Images

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