Sadie and Fern steal the show at Cleveland County event

Sadie Osbourne on Fern
Sadie Osbourne on Fern

Staintondale’s Sadie Osborne rode to a double success at the Cleveland County Show.

Sadie,28, and her 13-year-old horse Fern claimed first place in both the Intermediate Showjumping Class and the Open Class at the competition which was held at Middlesbrough’s Stewarts Park.

The Intermediate Jumping saw 11 of the 20 horses go clear with seven jumping double clears.

However, it was Sadie and Fern who won in 31.62 seconds from Normanby’s Lauren Thomas on Prince with an impressive victory margin of over six seconds.

In the Open Horse Class, eight of the 16 entries went into the jump off, with Harwood Dale’s Sophie McNiven, 19, and Peebley Splash looking set to claim top spot.

However, Sadie and Fern, last to jump, pipped them by just over second.

A delighted Sadie said: “It was a pretty good day for me allround.

“The Intermediate Jumping went really well, I was very pleased with my time and even though the Open Class was a lot closer I was obviously still very happy to win it.

“Sophie McNiven, who I teach, rode brilliantly as well and it was pleasing to see someone I’ve been coaching doing so well.

“We also had a home-bred horse, Walter Tate, entered in a Showing Class and he ended up as reserve champion which was really pleasing as well.”

Sadie is no stranger to success at the Cleveland County Show, having won a number of titles at the competition in the last four years.

She added: “The Cleveland County Show is a really good event and over the last three or four years Fern and I have won pretty much every single class at one time or another.

“I always enjoy competing there.”