A talented schoolgirl has sailed over a huge hurdle in her bid to become a national show jumping champion.
Now Lily and her veteran 22-year-old pony Crackerjack will go forward to the National Schools’ Equestrian Association (NSEA) Championship finals on October 21 and 22.
The victory was all the more impressive as it was Lily’s first outing since dislocating her elbow and missing out on an earlier qualifier.
Lily benefits from sponsorship backing from Delamere Academy, and headteacher Steve Docking is delighted with her progress.
He said: “We work incredibly hard to help our pupils reach their potential and we’re delighted to see Lily doing so well.
“She has come back from a nasty injury to deliver an outstanding performance and we all wish her good luck later this month.”
NSEA is the recognised body for equestrianism in schools throughout the UK. It provides intra and inter-schools competitions for team and individual riders.
More than 500 riders representing schools from across the country will travel to Addington, in Buckinghamshire, to compete for national titles in dressage, show jumping and arena eventing.