Anna Selected for British Eventing Pony Development Squad
Fifth Former on course to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Poland in August.
Talented Fifth Form pupil Anna has been selected for the 2021 British Eventing Pony Development Squad. She is one of just 17 pony and rider combinations chosen to follow a training and competition programme designed to produce a team to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Poland this August. The schedule also supports riders as they work towards the National Pony Championships later in 2021.
Anna, who joined Kimbolton in Reception and is currently studying for GCSES, is a keen all-round sportswoman. She has regularly represented School at NSEA showjumping and arena eventing competitions, as well playing A team Hockey and Netball – most recently leading Bayles to success in Middles House Hockey.
Over the years, she has enjoyed notable success with her two ponies, Black Jacko (Bobby) and Top of the Class (Toppa), finishing in the ribbons at the Horse of the Year Show, Burghley and the Royal International. She names Olympic medallist Chris Burton, one of the fastest cross-country riders in the world, as her biggest inspiration: “His horsemanship is second to none, he has a great bond with all of his horses and he is fantastic to watch.”
She adds: “My personal eventing highlight would be winning the European trial last year on Bobby. It is very exciting to be put on the long list for the squad and I hope I can get to the Europeans as this is my last year on ponies. I am also aiming for the u18 national championships on my young horse and am looking forward to everything getting up and running again post-lockdown.”
The European Championships are due to take place 11-15 August in Strzegom, Poland – good luck, Anna!