Trevor Breen unveils another future star

Fresh from his win in the Derby, Trevor Breen was back in pole position today at the Longines Royal International Horse Show.


Partnering the seven-year-old stallion Classic III, Trevor won the final class in the International Arena, the Winter Grades B&C Championship - a prestigious final showcasing up and coming showjumping horses.

Seven riders out of the 25 starters went clear, with Trevor fifth to go in the jump-off. "I knew Nicole Pavitt was in the lead and her mare is very fast, so there was no point in going round half-heartedly - I had to go in it to win," said the Irish rider, who is based in Buckinghamshire.

Classic III is by the stallion Armitage and out of Chin Chin Le Tot De Semilly, and Trevor has had the ride on him since last August. He is owned by Karen Swann, who also owns Adventure De Kannan. "This is the first class I've really gone for it and tried to win with him," said Trevor. "I think he's going to be a superstar. He has power, scope, accuracy - there's no fault to be had in him."

Trevor's Derby partner Adventure De Kannan is being targeted at Saturday's Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and he also has Loughnatousa WB and Oldtown KC to compete in the international classes, which get underway tomorrow.

This morning was all about our pony riders, with a number of finals reaching their conclusion. The Oakley Coachbuilders Winter Grade JC Championship went to Jodie Hall McAteer and The Little Squire, who kept Jack Whitaker and Zodianne Van De Doevenbree in second place. The Winter 128cms was won by Tahnia Jordan Jones on Just Dandy, while Sienna Charles - the daughter of Olympic gold medallist Peter - came second and third. The Winter 138cm Championship went to Georgia Taylor-Jones and Errigal Blaze, while in the horses, the SEIB Winter Novice Championship was won by Julian Mincher and Dolando.

A number of showing championships were held in the International Arena today. The overall Supreme Show Hunter Pony Championship was taken by Lily Pollock riding Farrellys Charlie, while the well supported Ponies (UK) Dalkeith Young Riders M&M Championship was won by Georgia Hanson and Waterside Ben. One of the most popular classes of the day was the Philip Judge International & Family Pure Bred Ridden Arabian championship, which went to Patros HB, ridden by Clare Fitch,

The highlights of tomorrow's action include the Bunn Leisure Vase, a £3,000 speed class in the morning, while the afternoon draws to a close with the £21,500 Bunn Leisure Trophy.

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