FORMER Badminton competitor-turned-showjumper Laura Jackson secured a great win in the Voltaire Design CSIAm-A Platinum final at the Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championships.
Riding talented seven-year-old Gloria VI, Shipston’s Jackson was full of praise for Jo Bamford’s mare.
Based in Warwickshire, she evented as Laura Sheard, competing at top-level until selling her leading rides when she bought two young horses who showed great promise in the world of showjumping.
Jackson said: “This is my first time at Bolesworth. I have been wanting to come and compete for a while so it’s great to be here.
“I work with horses full-time managing a yard and my event horses always did well in the jumping phases, but there was more work to be done on the dressage so it made sense to jump full-time.
“Gloria had six weeks off before the show as I have been busy with Pony Club camp and the summer holidays, so to come here and win is fantastic.
“She is such an easy mare and there is no rush for the future so we are just taking our time as she is so kind and forgiving and we want to keep her that way.
“Naturally fast against the clock, she could event at a high level and can turn her hand to anything. As long as I sit and leave her to jump, she is very special.”
Another rider having a great week and taking runner-up spot was Polly Shaw and Why Not Fado, with Gemma Wright continuing her excellent show with Cool Boy in third place.