Year 12 Holly wins Leading Pony Rider of the Year at the British Showjumping Awards Ball after winning Silver at the Pony European Championships
Last week saw the annual British Showjumping Awards Ball take place at the St Johns Hotel, Solihull. Almost 400 guests attended the Ball to celebrate an array of nominees and winners from grassroots level all the way up to the members of the Bronze Medal winning European Championship Team. We are proud to announce Year 12 Holly Truelove won the Leading Pony Rider of the Year Award.
This follows a hugely successful summer for Holly riding for Team GB at the Pony European Championships in Strzegom, Poland. Not only did Team GB win Silver, Holly also won the Individual Silver medal in a nail biting jump off against France’s Ilona Mezzadri.
Holly took the Silver medal riding her beloved Rexter d’Or, a 14 year-old grey stallion. Holly and Rexter d’Or entered the Individual Final in equal first after having been one of only four combinations able to deliver three clear rounds across two competitions.
Thirty-one came forward for the Individual Final and the track proved to be tricky with ponies and riders picking up penalties all around the course. Holly and Rexter d’Or had an unfortunate foot in the water in their first round, but they went on to deliver a foot perfect clear in round two.
With the pair having been so strong in their previous rounds, they were assured of a medal, but the colour was to be decided in a jump off for the Individual Silver and Bronze. The Individual Gold was already won by Ireland’s Max Wachman on Cuffesgrange Cavalidam and Holly’s opponent in the jump off was France’s Ilona Mezzadri on Callas Rezidal Z.
Holly was the first to come forward in the jump off and she set the standard when producing a superb clear in just 34.46 seconds. This piled the pressure onto Ilona who went on to have two fences down for 8 penalties.
After the medal ceremony, a clearly thrilled Holly said “It was such an amazing feeling when we jumped clear in the second round as we were unlucky at the water in round one. Coming into the jump off, I knew that I didn’t have much to lose, so I planned to jump as fast as I could whilst being careful over the fences and today, it paid off! Rexter d’Or has been amazing.’’
Clare Whitaker, Chef d’Equipe for the Pony Team and British Showjumping Youth Team Manager said “Holly rode the round of her life to secure the silver medal. She was quite exceptional and her place on the podium couldn’t be more deserved.”
''I am thrilled for Holly. We are all so proud of her success. To ride for Team GB and win a two Silver medals is a huge achievement. I look forward to watching her progress even further.'' Alex Wilson, Headmistress.