Louise rides Penny Princess to Championship success

Louise harrison

Louise harrison

First published in Sport

AMATEUR horse rider Louise Harrison from Clock Face can justifiably celebrate becoming the 2014 75cm and the 85cm Showjumping Champion and the Working Hunter 2ft and 2ft6 Champion.

The 17-year-old show jumper also took the overall Working Hunter Champion title at the Nettex Trailblazers Championships at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

The Nettex Trailblazers Championships is a 10-day equestrian extravaganza which was held at the end of July running to early August. The championships are the culmination of the hard work put in by amateur riders who have to go through two rounds of qualification competitions at over 65 venues throughout the UK.

Penny Princess, the horse belonging to Louise and her mother Sheila, took home three championship titles.

Sheila and Louise have owned the 10-year-old dark bay mare since she was four years old. A friend initially brought her over from Ireland and had intended to use her in a riding school.

However, she was not suitable for novices to ride and the Harrisons took her on as a project.

And now they are reaping their reward with the championship successes.

“She went to a show jumping yard for some education, and then went on to do workers and local riding club shows,” explained Louise. They have competed at Brookhead Riding Club and Leigh and District Riding Club and have won numerous championships, including winning the Trailblazers combined training and showjumping competition in 2011. In 2012 the mare was sold as Louise had other horses to work on, but after a fall from another pony, Louise lost her confidence. “I spotted Penny Princess for sale again on the internet last year. “We went to see her and we got on really well. “I realised I trusted her, so she came back home last summer – and we have not been beaten since!” explained Louise.

“We went to the Trailblazers first round at Bold Heath and qualified in the second round at Barton before coming to the championships.

“I also have two other horses to compete; a thoroughbred intermediate show riding type and a native coloured,” she said. Louise plans to do more working hunter classes and aim for the winter championship showjumping shows with Penny Princess. The pair also enjoy going for a hack and are well known at the local McDonalds drive-through. “She loves going to Maccies and puts her head through the window.

“They give her free fruit bags,” laughed Louise, who is studying Business Studies at Cronton College.

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