A historic trophy won by some of Britain’s greatest horsemen and women is up for grabs.
The RSPCA Horse Show returns to Hopton Horse Centre this weekend with the Moorlands Riding Cup on show.
It was donated to the Society in 1965 by the famous Whitaker family and presented to the winners of the Novice Jumping Class each year from then up until the present day.
And the Whitaker name features on the trophy – the engraving shows the family’s past winners include Steven Whitaker in 1967, John Whitaker in 1968, Michael Whitaker in 1970 and also 1971.
And then William Whitaker added his name to the trophy as winner in 1999.
The Whitaker family have dominated British and world showjumping for decades.
Sue Bray, chairman of the annual horse show, said: “There are, of course, many other riders named on this trophy who have gone on to further success.
“We pride ourselves on being a Horse Show which encourages novice riders in all their different abilities to progress on to bigger shows such as at county level, the Horse of the Year Show and even, like the Whitaker family, representing the UK abroad.”
The horse show was cancelled last year due to the heavy rain in the weeks and days before the event which left the showground in Jackroyd Lane, Mirfield waterlogged.
It returns this year and competitors can enter the many classes on the day, except the dressage with advance entries.
For more details visit www.rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk .