IT was a day to remember for Ashley Jenkins and His Highness when winning the TopSpec Medium Gold at the British Dressage National Championships.
The elegant British-bred His Highness was crowned king of the class under the expert guidance Ashley Jenkins with the duo scoring 73.94% to top a competitive class.
Owned by Jamie Reynolds and Cherry Elvin, and bred by Cat Austin, His Highness is no stranger to success at the LeMieux National Championships, having won the Novice Gold title in 2017.
Said Ashley: “He just went in there and focused. The suppleness, frame and balance were really good. He was Novice Champion in 2017 and placed third in the Elementary last year, he’s been really consistent.
“We’ll crack on with the changes now, he loves his work and loves to learn new things. We’ve had him since he was a foal, he was bred by my friend Cat Austin.
“He’s not been easy but we have a really good relationship, he used to be really scared of things but he takes lots of confidence from me now. He can take a long time to get used to different surroundings!
“He’s actually really grumpy but he’s a big character – that’s what makes him special!”
Annabella Pidgley took second with her 2019 European Pony Championships partner Cognax IX and Alex Hardwick placed third on board her mother Sally’s Glasgow MH, another former championships winner.