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Friday, 22 December 2023
CSI5*-W London International Horse Show 2023

The Fancy Dress Relay at London International Horse Show really has something extra; have you ever seen 68-year-old John Whitaker like above? 

Seven teams with two riders on each team gave their best to not only win the class, but also to charm the audience and the judges. It was not only about being clear and fast, the riders also got scores from the three judges of the class; one of them being Santa Claus himself. 

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Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Matt Sampson was teamed up with Harry Charles as Dick Whittington & The Cat.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ It was also the two of them who won the class, as last to go.

© Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Showjumping John Whitaker gave his all dressed up as one of the Ugly Sisters, together with...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ... his son Robert Whitaker. Robert did his best to bribe the judges, and when that didn't work...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ... he gave himself a score of 10! Despite all the efforts, the Whitaker-team had to settle for the 5th place.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Austin O'Conner was dressed up as Peter Pan, and was teamed up with...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ... Gemma Stevens as Hook. The team ended third.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. No hands for Duarte Seabra over the last fence. As Mother Goose, he had...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. .. his perfect partner in Goose/Shane Breen. In the end they finished 4th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Cinderella (Joe Stockdale) entering the ring together with...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ... Prince Charming (Jodie Hall McAteer).

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ More is more was definitely the red thread in the class.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Laura Collett as Snow White and...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ... Tom McEwen as The Queen took the runner-up position.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Lee Mckenzie, Steven Wilde and Jessica Kürten did their best to have some kind of order in the class. Not the easiest task!

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Matt Sampson in action.

Lily AttwoodLondon International Horse Show2023-12-17© Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Showjumping Lily Attwood as Azerbanana had to settle for the last place together with...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ... Tim Gredley as Aladdin.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Ahead of the last team, which was Dick Whittington & The Cat, the previous competitors decided to storm the ring to put the fences up: Here Cinderella and the Queen sabotaging.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ All the teams in the prize giving.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ The winners: Harry Charles and Matt Sampson.

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