Sidmouth College student Charly rides to championship success
Sidmouth College student Charly Hosking has been enjoying plenty of equestrian success of late.
The 14-year-old travelled to Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in Buckinghamshire with her two ponies Jack and Callie.
Her place at Addington came after she had bagged a first and a second in the opening round, qualifying with both ponies and then, with the top four then qualifying for the Dengie Pony Club Championships, she again impressed, coming first and third to book that coveted berth at Addington.
The family travelled to Buckinghamshire, setting off at 3am to ensure they arrived in good time for the 8.30am start.
Despite the long journey, both ponies jumped clear in the warm-up competition, and clear in the first round, making it through to the jump off.
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After about 80 riders from as far away as Ireland, Scotland and Wales had started the competition, just 20 made it through to the jump-off.
Charly set a fast time on Callie, but an unlucky pole down cost her a placing. However, Jack set a very fast time which proved unbeatable and they were crowned the winners.
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A fantastic achievement for their first ever qualification at this event, which was sponsored by Dengie Horse Feeds.
A week after their success at Addington, the family were again on the road with another long journey with Jack to Bury Farm Equestrian Centre. Their presence at Bury Farm was down to earlier in the year becoming the Devon County Champion at Bicton Arena riding for Sidmouth College in the schools team and individual competition.
The winner and top two teams from all the counties were invited to the NSEA (National Schools Equestrian Association) to compete at the National Championships. Charly and Jack did a perfect first round so went into the second round on a score of 0; the next round proved a lot more challenging with riders trying to finish on a score of 0 and in the fastest time.
Charly and Jack again did a perfect clear round which was enough to secure her second place, with only a fraction of a second between first and second place out of 150 riders from all over the country. This represents a fantastic result for young Charly, who will surely go on to enjoy even greater success in the sport.