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Pershore youngster triumphs at national showjumping event

Theresa McCaffrey

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A Pershore pupil has put her studies aside for a moment and has become a national showjumping champion.

Laura Whittington, from Pershore High School, beat off competitors in her age group to claim the 1m showjumping title at the National School Equestrian Association Championships. Whittington was among a team from the high school which excelled and the show with Imogen Smith, Roberta Coll and Jessica Thomas all performing well, theEvesham Observer reports.

The girls had gained a spot at the event, held at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre on October 25th, by qualifying through local competitions. It gave them the opportunity to showcase their talents on a national stage and Whittington grabbed the initiative by wowing judges.

The Pershore quartet were up against some of the very best from 24 schools all over the country. However, it did not seem to phase Whittington who smashed through her first round with impressive nous. It came down to a tense jump-off against the top eight riders from throughout the day but the Pershore youngster held her nerve to claim the illustrious title and do her school proud.

Speaking to the news provider about the team's performance, Rachel Kilmister said: "The school is incredibly proud of the students' achievements in the first year that they have ever competed in National Schools Competition. To qualify for the championships was an amazing achievement but to have a winner as well was beyond our expectations."

Students and budding riders alike would have no doubt been inspired by the exploits of Team GB's showjumping talents at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The team of Scott Brash, Peter Charles, Ben Maher and Nick Skelton came home with the gold medal at the event at Greenwich Park. They managed to hold off the challenge from the likes of the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia who collected the silver and bronze medals respectively.