Megan Quinlan made it first time lucky at this year’s Newmarket Festival In-Hand Charity Horse Show on Sunday.
The daughter of Newmarket trainer Noel Quinlan was all smiles after her nine-year-old gelding Benefit Evening took the thoroughbred champion title during the meeting staged at the Animal Health Trust in Kentford in what was her first in-hand event.
It proved to be a day to remember for the pair with them tasting victory in four of the 17 classes.
Finishing as reserve thoroughbred champion was Tamara Ward with Renewed Challenge. Ely-based Ward went one better with her other horse Pearl Orchid who took champion honours in the all other breeds ring.
Owner/trainer Alison Hutchinson claimed the trophy for the horse that had run the most times with recently retired Strike Force, while Pat Appleby, with her 32-year-old Arab Silver Chiquita, won the oldest horse class.
Newmarket farrier Tim Rushton and his partner Sarah notched up three wins between them with their thoroughbreds.
Georgie Shepherd, who works at Newmarket Equine Hospital, was another local rider to taste success in thoroughbred section.
In the all other breeds ring local handlers getting top placings included Ash Tree Vet Poppy Tunstill with her pony Freddie, and Claudia McDougall with High Treason.
“It was good to see many local competitors taking on other horses from further afield,” said co-organiser Colleen Salmon.
“Despite the weather being torrential, all the horses and handlers, plus all the judges, stewards and spectators braved the weather for the whole day.”