Exciting young rider Heidi Coy made a superb start to 2015 last weekend by retaining a national title and picking up a special award.
Heidi was in sensational form at the national finals of British Eventing’s Jumping and Style series at Hartpury, in Gloucestershire.
The 15-year-old from Harby tasted success in the BE90 JAS class for the second year running, this year aboard pony Riversdale Magic Heart, or Meggie. The pair finished a full three penalties clear of their nearest rivals.
Heidi, a member of the Belvoir Hunt Pony Club, also finished third with her horse Forrests Foxy Lady in the JAS Novice class, and repeated the trick in the biggest class of the day, the JAS Open.
The achievements were enough to earn her the Kenneth Clawson Memorial Trophy awarded by the judges for dedication and improvement shown through the qualifiers and championships.
Heidi said: “Meg jumped so confidently. We had a sticky moment, but she managed to sort her legs out herself. I knew the time was tight so I kept pushing forwards.
“Meg is a really sweet little horse at home. She likes to be perfect all the time and always tries her best; a true girl!”
The performance came on the back of a successful 2014 for the former Belvoir High School pupil at top ranking events.
Heidi finished second at the Horse of the Year Show after an emotional final ride with her previous pony CJ’s Tonto in the 13-hand Working Hunter Pony class.
She also came second at last September’s Burghley Horse Trials in the Sports Pony Club class.
She then came within a whisker of steering Riversdale to a stunning solo win at the BE100 Under 18s Championships just days later.
Representing the Midlands, Heidi and Meggie led after the dressage discipline and then went clear in the show jumping arena to maintain her advantage.
The pair also produced a clear round in the cross country, but a slip by the pony unseated Heidi after the penultimate fence, costing them eight time penalties and the overall win.
Heidi has worked with Meggie for just two years, but the pair have also qualified for equine sport’s blue riband event, Badminton, in May.
She added: “Aim wise, we have qualified for the BE90 Grassroots Championships at Badminton so I can’t wait for that; it will be my first time.”