Melton reservist helps Army team to show jumping win

Major Judtih pashley in action at the Combined Services Equitation Championships EMN-150406-150148002
Major Judtih pashley in action at the Combined Services Equitation Championships EMN-150406-150148002
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An Army reservist from Melton has ridden to victory in the Combined Services Equitation Championships by winning a team prize for show jumping.

Major Judith Pashley (49) has been a Reservist for 23 years and has completed tours of Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Major Judith Pashley (centre) EMN-150406-150200002

Major Judith Pashley (centre) EMN-150406-150200002

With a lifelong interest in horse riding, she joined the British Army’s Reserve Forces Equitation team in 2008, and last month travelled down to Addington Manor, to Buckinghamshire, aiming for top spot.

Major Pashley, who trains with 222 Medical Squadron, 2 Medical Regiment, in Leicester, got a stunning clear round on the saddle club horse Symphony to help her team win the novice show jumping class.

The competition was open to both regular (full-time) soldiers and reservists from around the country.

Major Pashley, who works as a nurse with Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This was a competition my team-mates and I had been training towards for three months.

“The atmosphere was tense at times as we all wanted to do our best and go home victorious.

“We were all over the moon that our training had paid off. We got a rosette, horse rug and new head collar so my own horses at home are very happy!”