Northern star Lucy rides to glory

Lucy Gilsenan is presented with her rosettes by show director Bill Cowling
Lucy Gilsenan is presented with her rosettes by show director Bill Cowling

Scalby School pupil Lucy Gilsenan, 14, hit top form when competing at Countryside Live, which was held at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Throughout the summer the Glaisdale Pony Club and North Ryedale Riding Club member has been competing in the “Northern Showcross Series”, a series of events in which competitors jumped a round of showjumps before embarking on a cross country course.

Venues included, Helen Bells Thirsk, Epworth EC, Catterick Saddle Club, Cow Myers Farm Ripon, Crosper Farm Spofforth and Foxberry Chasers Richmond. Classes were Junior Novice(80cm), Senior Novice(80cm), Junior Open(90cm), Senior Open(90cm). Points were awarded at venues, and added to a points league.

Lucy, who lives in Staintondale, was presented with the Northern Showcross Junior Novice Championship trophy, having finished top of the league riding Maddy.

The teenager also took the Open Championship with Comanche Blue well ahead of her rivals.

The top 15 riders in each league were then invited to compete in a Championship Show-x, to be held at Countryside Live, with Bishop Burton sponsoring the event, and prize-money of £100 to the winner, and £50 to second place in each class.

Lucy won the Junior Novice Championship with Maddy, and took reserve Champion in the Junior Open with Comanche Blue.

The weekend also brought success for Lucy in the “Search for a Talented Showjumper” competition.For the third year running, Graham and Tina Fletcher organised and judged this X-Factor themed competition.

Throughout Saturday, and Sunday morning, 45 successful applicants were put through their paces in groups of five, with just one being chosen from each group to go through to Sundays Grand Final. Lucy and Maddy were chosen as finalists.

Following a nerve-racking final on Sunday afternoon, Lucy finished in second position overall, and Reserve Champion.

She said “It’s been a great weekend, absolutely brilliant!”