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‘He came alive’: rider ticks title off bucket list with ‘sparkling’ riding horse

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‘He came alive’: rider ticks title off bucket list with ‘sparkling’ riding horse


A producer finally got the centre line moment she’d been working for as she captured the 2024 Royal Windsor riding horse championship.

This was Justine Armstrong-Small in the saddle of Jane and her daughter Sophie O’Keeffe’s nine-year-old small section winner Rosemore Midnight Rendezvous (Dissy). They were in good form as they won the Small Riding Horse of the Year final at the Horse of the Year Show last October.

Dissy competes in intermediates alongside Sophie, and has had a great season. He won two Royal International (RIHS), riding horse championships back to back, and was also able to secure his ticket into the Hickstead Final as an intermediate at his first try. He has also given Sophie the supreme of showsash.

Sophie piloted her horse to victory in the intermediate show-hunter class and post section reserves at a section championship with a stellar cast.

“We were second here in the riding horses last year, so we’ve always strived to win,” said Justine, a multi-Windsor working hunter champion. “I’ve never actually won a flat class here, so this is a big moment for me. It’s such an honour to win here.”

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