Anna’s showjumping triumph

PUBLISHED: 09:34 03 August 2010 | UPDATED: 09:34 03 August 2010



A TALENTED showjumper from Clevedon has won the biggest title of her career so far.

A TALENTED showjumper from Clevedon has won the biggest title of her career so far.

Anna Edwards competed at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in West Sussex over the weekend, winning the Old Lodge Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

The 26-year-old, who is seen as a prospective showjumper for the Great Britain team at the London 2012 Olympics, was riding her own nine-year-old gelding, Unique IX, when she completed the only clear round in a four-horse jump off. The competition began with a total of 23 competitors.

She was the only rider in the competition to secure a double clear round with the second place rider, Tina Fletcher, completing the course in a quicker time but ending with four faults after knocking a fence.

Speaking after the most significant win of her career, Anna, who runs a small stable yard with the help of her parents, said: “I’m absolutely elated, words just can’t described how I feel.

“First to go in the jump off, I just came out of the ring knowing that the time could be beaten and too nervous to watch the others go behind me. When I was told I had won I really couldn’t believe it - in fact, it’s still like a dream come true.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was established in 1949 for women only and has now become a prestigious final, for only the top 20 men and women on the BSJA International Trial List, with a prize fund of £9,000.

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