Huge equestrian success for Year 10 pupil Holly.
Holly started riding at the age of 3 on her pony, Joey. Even at a tender age it was very apparent that she wanted to be independent and do things on her own so she joined the local pony club.
From there she went on to join British Show Jumping and started to ride competitively on her 12.2 hands pony until she was 12. Holly represented England several times at Home Pony Internationals winning two golds and a bronze. At this level the team is made up of 4 riders from England competing against Wales, Scotland and Ireland so at a young age Holly was cutting her teeth in a competitive world. Holly qualified for all major National finals including Horse of the Year Show and Olympia which has stood her in good stead when pressure situations arrive.
In 2017, Holly went to Spain and rode on the Sunshine Tour. She was the youngest under 16 on her brother’s horse, Golly Girl. This competition included professional adult riders. Holly was nervous but by the end of the 3 weeks she believed she could win every class she entered. She secured several great placings and finished second in the Grand Prix, narrowly beaten by the last rider. The success that followed was incredible. She was selected for Great Britain to jump in two different Nations Cups; the first was in Belgium where Holly was the best performing team member and helped the team win bronze. In the second Nations Cup, Holly won an individual bronze medal in the Grand Prix and out of seventy-two she was one of the best children riding horses in Europe.
Holly's brother, Henry, who is an accomplished horseman and attended Hull Collegiate School, rode in the Longines Global Champions Tour in Paris under the Eiffel Tower, the highest standard in the world for show jumping. Holly’s parents decided to try and enter Holly for this competition and unbelievably she was accepted and was the only rider under 16. Holly wasn't fazed by the occasion or the huge media and crowd coverage. She rode brilliantly and was placed third in one of her three classes.
After Paris, Holly was selected for team GB for the European Championships in Slovakia. Only four people are selected to ride for GB in England, Scotland and Wales. Unfortunately, the day they were due to travel Holly's horse fell unwell and the vet said she was unfit to travel; Holly was devastated. However, the team did go on to win gold and beat all of Europe.
Holly has recently qualified on Rexter D'or for the Charles Britton JA classic which qualifies her for the British Masters where only thirty people qualify for the final in Great Britain. Holly will be based in Belgium over the Easter holidays where she will enter three international shows. This will prepare her for the European selection process for the Pony European Championship Team, held at Bishop Burton College.
Holly said "I love the lifetyle this gives me, going abroad as well as spending as much time as I can with my horses at home. I really want this to be my career."
Headmistress Alex Wilson said "This is a truly remarkable achievement and we are all very proud of Holly. Good luck in Belgium and we look forward to hearing of further successes in the future."