The King struck gold twice yesterday (2 May) at Royal Windsor Horse Show, thanks to the glorious First Receiver.

Katie Jerram-Hunnable and the ex-racehorse were winners of the Tattersalls RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse Championship, and with Chris Hunnable the gelding also took the RoR (Retraining of Racehorses) Tattersalls Thoroughbred In-Hand Show Series Championship.

Essex-based Katie has shown horses for the Royal Family for many years, and one of her major success stories came with Her Late Majesty The Queen’s ex-racehorse Barbers Shop, who took every title on the show circuit in his second career and even stood overall Supreme of Show here at Royal Windsor.

First Receiver, a seven-year-old bay, joined Katie three-years-ago, after Her Late Majesty The Queen was considering a replacement for Barbers Shop.

“Her Majesty asked me to go to Sandringham and give her an opinion on this one,” she said. “He was still entire then but I thought he had enormous potential as a future riding horse — three weeks later he came to my yard and he hasn’t left since!

“It’s always very special to win at Windsor, but to do so with a horse belonging to the reigning monarch is a moment to treasure and I was amazed to take the Ridden Championship against some very strong competition.”

As a five-year-old, First Receiver won the Novice RoR title at the Royal International Horse Show, and the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Final at Horse of the Year Show.

“We put him away after Windsor last year as we felt he would benefit from some time out,” added Katie, who intends to show him in Novice Riding Horse ranks.

Lead image of Katie Jerram-Hunnable and First Receiver, winners of the Tattersalls RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse Championship supported by Royal Windsor Racecourse. Credit: Royal Windsor Horse Show/Peter Nixon

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