29th March 2019 — A Hull Collegiate School student has beaten off tough competition to be selected for Team GB at the under-16s Showjumping Nations Cup next month. Holly from Worlaby, near Brigg is one of four showjumpers from across the UK to have been selected by British Showjumping.
The competition, which pits European showjumping teams of five riders against each other, will take place in Opglabbeek in Belgium next month.
The selection process is notoriously competitive with numerous showjumpers competing for a LeMieux Team GB place in the Nations Cup but Holly managed to secure her position after several top ten finishes in multiple competitions over the last year. This includes reaching the finals of the World Cup Pony Show in Belgium last December.
Holly will compete on her stallion Rexter D’or – a Connemara cross Selle Français grey pony – which she has been riding for the last year. Commenting on her selection, Holly said:“I’m ecstatic that my pony and I have been selected. It’s always a real honour to compete for your country; I’m really looking forward to it and hope to do myself proud.”
As well as competing all year round, Holly is currently studying for her GCSEs at Hull Collegiate School where she plans to stay on to study for her A Levels. Alex Wilson, Headmistress of Hull Collegiate School, said:“We are all incredibly proud of Holly and will be thinking of her when she competes next month. She has shown real commitment and determination to get this far and thoroughly deserves the success she has achieved.”