When the clock struck midnight on December 31st 2012, Lancashire student Ellie Jolleys could only have imagined what 2013 had in store for her.
While many people were waking up hungover on New Year's Day, the dressage competitor was planning how to take on the country in her discipline. And what a year it has been for the rider from Dressage Ponies UK, New Hall Farm, Barnace, who has racked up a record number of wins in both national and regional competitions.
The Garstang Courier reported that Ellie has dreamed of becoming a professional dressage rider for a number of years and is now becoming a well known name on the competition circuit. Her latest victory at Myerscough College at the end of October saw the teenage qualify for the finals of the Pet Plan dressage contest in March 2014.
It has been a whirlwind year for Ellie and it is not just perfecting her dressage skills where she needs to perform - it is also in her education. She is currently studying for her A-level at Kirkham Grammar School but she still manages to get in the extensive training required to wow judges at show up and down the UK. She is also aiming to become a qualified instructor by passing her British Horse Society exams.
Speaking to the news provider, Ellie was humble in her assessment of her past 12 months: "It’s been a really good year, we’ve just done loads of new competitions..It takes dedication and you’ve obviously got to love the sport.”
The youngster has been sweeping through the competition circuit claiming the A squad rider test at the British Young Riders' Dressage Scheme, North-West regional Championship show in Cheshire in April. She was among the top ten rider at the Hartpury Festival Of Dressage while then going to win both the team and individual title at the Home International.