YOUNG riders from Huddersfield are to compete with some of the best in the country at the Horse of the Year Show.
Members of Rockwood Harriers Pony Club have landed a place at the prestigious show in the autumn.
It is the second year running that the Harriers’ mounted games team has qualified for the final.
The team also swept the board at the recent Bramham Horse Trials, coming away with the Howcroft Trophy.
Trained by Alma Brambles, the team members have all competed from a very young age at mounted games, in addition to other Pony Club disciplines such as showjumping, eventing, polocrosse and hunting.
Riders Peter Downs, Becky Morris and Harriet Locke, all aged 14, along with 13-year-olds Lucy Wadsworth and Lucy Lister, with reserve rider Stuart Dyson, 14, not only qualified through their area but went on to the zone finals in Warwickshire to win their place at HOYS.
Sally Locke, mother of Harriet, said: “The Horse of the Year Show is held at the NEC in Birmingham in October.
It is probably every young rider’s dream to ride and compete at one of the world’s biggest horse shows.”
The team had a tremendous season last year, finishing third overall at the show.
They will compete again for the Prince Philip Cup, which was launched in 1956 with the aim of encouraging a higher standard of riding throughout the Pony Club and to stimulate a greater interest in riding.
The 2011 Horse of the Year Show takes place from October 4 – 9 in the LG Arena at Birmingham’s NEC.