SHIPSTON’S Tilly Bamford is celebrating after winning the Stepping Stones 128cm Final at the NAF Five Star British Showjumping Championships.
The Stepping Stones 128cm Championship for riders aged 12 and under was as hard fought as ever on Wednesday at Bolesworth in Cheshire.
The competition, which saw 15 combinations jump clear in the first round, drew a very competitive 15-strong jump-off field in which Bamford, aboard her 18-year-old road gelding Ballyknock Master Roan, was the penultimate rider to come forward.
With some fast clears already having been laid down before her, she left nothing to chance as she set off through the start line before twisting her way around the course at a very fast pace.
Stopping the clock in a time of 26.62 seconds, she shot into the lead with more than two seconds in hand to claim the title she had set her sights on for the past year since first watching it at the championships last year, not long after she had started competing.
Ten-year-old Nya Harriman, from Yarm in Stockton on Tees, was runner-up with her 17-year-old gelding Laithehill Paisley as the duo posted a clear in a time of 29.03 seconds.
Just behind them in third place was Lexie Corcoran with Ashurst Quicksilver III – a 17-year-old grey gelding.
A delighted Bamford said: “I saw everyone go before me and watched what they were doing.
“One person took two strides to the double so I thought I’d chance it and go for it as well.
“I also watched some of the turns they were taking and wasn’t sure if I would do them all, but then I thought I’d give it a go and it paid off!
“I didn’t think I had actually won and when I found out that I had I was just so excited. I couldn’t believe it had happened and started crying.
“It’s just been so amazing here and it’s such an amazing show.”
The NAF Five Star British Showjumping Championships run until August 11. For further information and full results, visit https://bit.ly/3fqDsmX.