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Wiltshire rider wins equestrian gold in the Netherlands

Theresa McCaffrey

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A Wiltshire-based rider has taken her talents onto the international stage and returned home with a top accolade.

Lizzie Brown, originally from New Zealand, achieved gold in the CCI three-star Boekelo International in the Netherlands. She managed to beat off tough competition from Germany's Peter Thomsen and Horseware's Barney to guide Henton Attorney General to victory.

Ms Brown, who is based at Milton Stud at Milton Lilbourne, near Pewsey, explained that she felt very confident going into the showjumping stage of the event as this is where her horse excels.

She said: "I was pretty confident going into the showjumping because Frank (Henton Attorney General) is a very good showjumper. When we jumped the second to last fence of the last treble everyone cheered because we had two fences in hand but then I freaked out and had the last down!"

The 25-year-old also managed to hold off the challenge of fellow New Zealander Sir Mark Todd, who finished third while Britain's Kitty King, from Lower Stanton St. Quintin finished fifth on Persimmon.

Ms Brown's performance was another milestone in her career as she set a personal best on the course and continued the Kiwi dominance in the world of international horse trials. She added that she even was not focusing on the score until the very end and admitted that the overall total shocked her.

She also paid tribute to her her horse Frank, after an up and down year. The rider explained that it has gone through some tough times but has managed to regain the form that she saw prior to leaving New Zealand, she added that her steed is "such a talented horse" and on its days can prove its "one of the best".

Elsewhere in the competition Alice Naber-Lozeman took the Dutch Championship on Peter Parker while Germany beat off the challenge of Great Britain to win the Nations Cup.