A 19-year-old pony who was introduced to only dressage two years ago has beaten 185 other competitors from across Britain to claim the inaugural Gatehouse BE80 Amateur Eventer Dressage Championships at this year’s Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.
“Biscuit”, ridden by 14-year-old Molly Edwards, made the six-hour journey from Grassington, South Yorkshire to compete at Blenheim after qualifying at Northallerton and Dalston Green horse trials. Winning their morning section, the pair went forward to produce a score of 27.9 in the ride-off, which saw the top two competitors from the morning’s five sections ride a second test in the Churchill Arena.
“We are absolutely thrilled. He was bought from a family in Blackpool to hunt, but two years ago we decided to give eventing a go,” said Molly’s mother Katy.
“Molly is now handing him over to her younger brother Freddie, so he has a lot to live up to!”
To qualify for the Gatehouse Amateur Eventer Dressage Championships, competitors had to have achieved a minimum dressage mark of 65% in the dressage phase of a BE80 event on two separate occasions.
“We introduced this competition for the exact reason that riders like Molly are our potential stars of the future,” said Event Director Mandy Hervieu.
“They have all done incredibly well even to qualify for today, and will have had an experience they won’t ever forget.”