Berkshire rider Tatiane Mauree launched the final day of this year’s TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show with an immaculate winning performance at M&S Bank Arena.
The 15-year-old, who is based near Newbury, delivered two clear rounds to land the Pony of the Year Show 148cm Championship.
It was a feat none of her 16 challengers could manage as Tatiane and Horseabout Zibu took top honours from Elsi Jacques, riding Trevoulter Ladies Man in a two-way jump-off contest.
Charlotte Bevan and Champs Palace – quickest of the first round four-faulters – finished third, with Ireland’s Max Foley and Valma De Fougnard in fourth.
“It is unusual to have only one double clear,” Tatiane said.
“It is a very high standard of course-building, there were some great riders in the class and it really could have been anyone’s day.
“I was last to go in the jump-off, I knew Elsi had had four faults, so I knew had to go clear, but then you can’t put all your eggs in one basket. You have to think of the time as well.”
Reflecting on her combination with the nine-year-old mare, Tatiane added: “I have had the pony for nearly four years.
“She had only been jumping for six months before I got her, and you could see from her temperament that she was going to be really hard-working with the right attitude.
“We’ve had a great year. We have been lucky enough to compete at a number of big shows, but today would definitely be our biggest win of 2019.”