Roger Campbell drove an amazing final round in the cones to win the pony fours at Royal Windsor ending a 19-year-old drought for the British team at the prestigious show.
Campbell was placed in 4th overnight after the dressage and marathon but his magnificent performance in the cones with his team of Welsh Section A’s and a B meant he rose to the top of the leader board after he delivered the only double clear, leaving him 0.83 of a penalty ahead of Jan De Boer. The dutchman uncharacteristically scored 18.57 penalties which allowed Campbell to edge in front.
It was only the third time the 30-year-old based in Minden, Germany had competed at Royal Windsor. Campbell was elated with the win but equally surprised, “I wasn’t expecting to be in this position this morning, not with 17 points to make up. It was a good flowing course but you had to drive forwards or you wouldn’t make the time but I feel that I’ve been lucky with the cones in the past and I’m pretty reliable.”
Campbell was ecstatic with his pony fours team as it was their first competition since ta dramatic tip-up on the marathon at the national championships in September last year. Roger said, “its never easy at Royal Windsor but they were strong in the first obstacle yesterday with it being their first show back. I was the one who made the mistakes, the ponies were good but we didn’t lose much time.”
It was brilliant start to the season for Campbell and the Brits who will be hoping to continue their good form until the pony World Championships in Hungary later this year.