A HUDDERSFIELD youngster entered her first national horse riding contest - and came away with a clutch of accolades.
Vicky Leigh, 11, a pupil at Newsome High School, travelled to Hatbury College in Gloucestershire last weekend to enter the Riding for the Disabled National Finals.
It was her first national dressage contest and she was one of the youngest there.
But age and experience were no barrier for Vicky, who has been riding since 1997.
She won first place in the junior section of the footwork test and beat senior riders to come third overall in the class.
She was the youngest in the class.
She also won second place in the junior section of the Championship class and was placed seventh in the Championship class overall.
She was awarded a distinction rosette for scoring 94% in a Pony Care and Knowledge Competition at the event.
Vicky was also in the Yorkshire and Cleveland Dressage Team, which were placed fifth in their category at the competition.
She rode with them at the Great Yorkshire Show this year.
Vicky's proud parents, Jane and Michael Leigh, were amazed by Vicky's debut.
Jane said: "We are really proud of her. I even cried a bit when she won."
Vicky was more modest about her achievements, saying she had done "all right". But she hopes to go on to greater things.
"Dressage is Vicky's favourite. Her aim is to win an Olympic gold medal, " Jane said.
Vicky is a member of the Middleton Park Equestrian Centre Riding for the Disabled.
She also rides at Longley Riding School in Huddersfield and trains at South Buckinghamshire with a trainer from the World Class Start and Potential scheme.
She hopes to qualify to enter the scheme and will try out in January.
Jane said they are looking for sponsorship for their daughter, who currently does not have her own horse, to help fund the expenses of her budding equestrian career.