A local rider representing a Vale school was victorious at the Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships at Hickstead on August 3.
Grace Gardner (14) from Cowbridge Comprehensive School came out on top in the Junior Individual competition in what was a very close jump-off.
Only 0.6sec separated the top three riders, with Grace finishing less than three hundredths of a second faster than Charlie O’Dwyer from Newbridge College, Kildare in second place, and just ahead of Lingfield College’s Lauren Caroline in third place.
Grace’s win came courtesy of her 16-year-old showjumper Brillview Quelle Surprise, with whom she has qualified for the Pony Club National Championships.
“We rode here last year as a team but came 10th – I never expected to win,” she said.