Attending the first major event of the Royal International Horse Show at the White City Stadium, London, on Tuesday, July 23, the Queen saw Miss E.
Attending the first major event of the Royal International Horse Show at the White City Stadium, London, on Tuesday, July 23, the Queen saw Miss E. Anderson, and Sunslave, win the Queen Elizabeth 11 Cup.
A potential Olympic horse in confirmation and performance, Sunslave was bred by Miss Anderson and this magnificent chestnut carried his owner to a surprise victory over the much-fancied Prince Hal, ridden by Miss Pat Smythe.
The position of the two had been reversed in the preliminary stages of the competition. Competitors took part in two qualifying competitions, the Rambler Stakes, which were won by Miss Pat Smythe, the Rusty Stakes, which were won by Miss Pat Moss.
Competing in the Rambler Stakes, Miss Anderson finished third.
But Prince Hal had obviously been shaken by a heavy fall on the previous day of the show, and, in the final of the competition, refused at the first jump to collect competition-losing faults.
In the keen final, Sunslave headed the six qualifiers and immediately registered a clear round. The early refusal put Prince Hal back in to second place, and three riders tied for third place.
After presenting the prizes to the winning riders who went up to the Royal Box to receive their awards, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh departed, driving round the London stadium to receive the applause of the huge crowd.