National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
It was an early start to the morning of the competition as between 5am and 6am we could take Spoonie, my horse, into the main arena at HOYS to familiarise him with the surroundings. There were 14 riders who had qualified to compete in the Bronze League final and I was 13th to go. The class was the first of the day starting at 7.15am. It was a technical course 1.15m high, and Spoonie did a beautiful round but just caught the pole on the first jump.
Overall, we came 7th, which was fantastic. I was the youngest there, probably by 15 years, so plenty of time for me to go back and win! We had the most amazing time and I wish it hadn’t been over so soon!
Oliva Davies (pupil in the Hundred)