Equestrianism: Happy start for Lampard

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Di Lampard won the first show jumping contest of this year's Royal Windsor Horse Show when she rode Jenny Willment's chestnut stallion, Audacity, to victory in yesterday's Land Rover Grade A Jumping.

Lampard acquired the ride as the result of an "out of the blue" telephone call from the owner last year. "The first time I jumped him I loved him," she said of the horse who had been the victor of two other contests with her before winning by the comfortable margin of 4.79sec.

Admittedly, some of Lampard's rivals were out for a quiet school at the start of this five-day meeting. She was, nevertheless, delighted with this proof that the stallion's education was progressing on the right lines when she defeated Geoff Luckett on Clover Chief and Tim Stockdale on Halida.

The brothers Damian and Nick Charles won the later Petplan Family Pair Relay. They had looked in danger of defeat at the hands of Michael Whitaker and his nephew Robert (son of John) until Virtual Village Silver Cinder incurred a four-second penalty with Robert when he had the last fence down.

Results, Digest, page 29