Harby eventer Heidi stars with British junior squad

Heidi Coy in showjumping action at Millstreet EMN-150915-111004002
Heidi Coy in showjumping action at Millstreet EMN-150915-111004002
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Heidi Coy celebrated the best results of her fledgling career after competing for England and Great Britain in back-to-back international events.

The 15-year-old finished as top individual rider at the British Show Pony Society International where she was chosen to represent England.

And after just two hours at their Harby home to pick up up-and-coming horse Forest Foxy Lady (Fudge), Heidi and mum Helen were back on the road to Ireland where she recorded a superb top five finish in an open CIC* international.

Heidi and Riversdale Magic Heart (Meg) were one of just eight pony and rider combinations called up to ride for England at Arena UK, near Grantham.

There they faced the best young riders from all of the home nations as well as South Africa.

Competing in the 14-hands section, they won the dressage before finishing second in the working hunter pony competition the following day.

A third place finish in the show jumping finale gave her the best individual score in her section and helped her England team to finish third overall.

Just three days later, Heidi and Fudge were in the thick of the action at Millstreet, in Ireland, having been invited to compete by British Equestrian as part of a 12-strong under 18s squad.

British Equestrian used the trip as a starting block as they look to build a team for the European Junior Eventing Championships in 2017, also at Millstreet.

Watched by British coaches Sam York, Sharon Hunt and Old Dalby-based Caroline Moore, Heidi opened with a 47.4 dressage score, leaving her 18th of 63 entrants.

Up against experienced senior riders, Fudge performed a superb clear show jumping round before another faultless ride in the cross country finale secured a fabulous fifth place overall.

Mum Helen said: “We went there with no expectations because they are a fairly new partnership and it was a big step-up for Heidi, so we were delighted with that result.

“It was the biggest competition she had jumped, but the horse rose to the occasion. To finish fifth capped a fab week.”

The big stages kept on coming as Heidi then headed for Burghley, having qualified Meg for the Sports Pony Class.

Four faults at the final fence deprived her of another top result and left her to settle for seventh place.

But there was consolation in the Five-Year-Olds class where Royal Fury, a horse Heidi is grooming for the future, came 11th with the best jump score.

The eventing season may be rapidly drawing to a close, but the high profile competitions keep coming for the Stamford School pupil.

The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials are next up this weekend followed by the Horse of the Year Show in October where Meg will complete the set.

“There is nothing that little pony hasn’t done - she has qualified for Badminton, Burghley, the England team and the Horse of the Year Show,” Helen added.