Barley horse rider qualifies for national championship

Laura Lowcock Horse of the Year barley

Laura Lowcock Horse of the Year barley

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A NOVICE horse rider from Pendle has galloped her way into a national Championship final.

Laura Lowcock (27) of Barley, impressed in local qualifying heats of the South Essex Insurance Broker’s (SEIB) Search for a Star 2012.

The amateur rider, who works at the Pendle Inn near her Barley home, fought off stiff competition with her horse Annagh Spider Monkey to finish second in the Riding Club Horse Show class.

Now Laura will get the chance to compete alongside seasoned professionals at the Horse of the Year Show 2012.

Her horse, which is affectionately known as Monarch, was bought to show and do workers just three years ago.

Laura said: “I was a bit of a novice and it has taken me a long time to be able to do what I wanted with him.

“Now we can do anything and really enjoying jumping.

“Last week he qualified for the RIHS with a friend – I was too nervous – as a small hunter, and I can’t go to RIHS as I am getting married in July.”

Laura has already had some success having done dressage and won a local riding club hunter class.

“I wanted to do a bit of everything. It was our aim to qualify to Horse of the Year Show. The last six months have really made a difference. He has given me lots of confidence.”

Show Judge Richard Ramsay said: “This competition gives amateurs the chance to compete at the Horse of the Year Show – a dream which many riders would love to realise and the standard at Osbaldeston gets better every year.”

The South Essex Insurance Brokers Search For A Star Championship finals will be held at the Horse Of The Year Show in October at the Birmingham NEC.