A Cornish equine apprentice is celebrating winning one of the top horse riding events in the country.
Described by the organisers as ‘the World’s Most Famous Horse Show’, the Equestrian Utopia held at Birmingham’s NEC every October is the finale to the showing year, and an event which all owners and riders aspire to be a part of.
Duchy College apprentice Tierney McKinnon, rode Dawn Weston’s grey gelding Kativa Dumbledore, winning the 153cm section, followed by The Binks Family Show Hunter Pony of the Year Championship.
Tierney has ridden Kativa Dumbledore, or Andy as he is more affectionately known, since he arrived at her father Brett McKinnon’s showing yard in Saltash, four years ago.
Tierney said: “Andy performs amazingly every time out, he always tries his hardest. He’s such a gent in the stable too. I’m very grateful to his owner Dawn for all the support and making it happen. Winning at the Horse of the Year Show is something I’ve always wanted to do, and it was the best feeling ever!”
Naomi Holland, Work-Based Equine Team Lead at Duchy College, said: “We are so pleased for Tierney, an incredible amount of hard work goes into competing at the Horse of the Year Show, and to win is an outstanding achievement.
“Tierney has recently started the first year of her Level 3 Horse Management Advanced Apprenticeship with us, so she is able to combine her passion for horses and showing with studying towards a nationally recognised qualification. We wish Tierney continued success for the future”.
For more information on the range of equine courses available at Duchy College please visit www.duchy.ac.uk or call 0845 60 50 455.
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