Three years of hard work and perseverance has paid off in style for a teenager from Snailwell after taking her biggest win in the saddle.
Seventeen-year-old Amy Stone was all smiles at the end of last month after gaining victory aboard the former Flat racehorse Libel Law in the training section class of the Milton Keynes Equestrian Centre unaffiliated three-day event.
Although the win was well received by Stone, who is studying her A-levels at County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds, she has admitted that did come as a bit of a surprise.
“I didn’t go there with any expectations of coming away with a win at the event,” she said.
“I just wanted to get from A to B OK. While to go on and win with a horse I have helped produce myself was pleasing it also was a bit of a shock.”
While now able to bask in glory, victory for the pair, who also finished third in the Retraining of Racehorses section, looked a long way off after the dressage contest which started the event.
“After the dressage we were down in 12th,” said Stone.
“We climbed back up the standings on the Saturday after the steeplechase, roads and tracks and cross country event due to us picking up hardly any time faults.
“Going into the show jumping event on the Sunday we were sitting in second in the class and I knew if we were going to win we had to put in a clear, which we did.
“That put pressure on the leader who had to jump a clear round to win, but they ended up having quite a few time faults which gave us the win.”
Success in the competition not only gifted Stone a memory to reflect back on for years to come, but it also marked a complete transition for the eight-year-old gelding, who Stone acquired from the Darley Thoroughbred Rehoming and Retraining Centre in Badlingham, near Chippenham.
“He has been a handful and has not been the easiest of horses to train,” said Stone.
“In the three-month trial period we had him for there were so many times we could have sent him back as all he wanted to do was try buck you off.
“Once he was worked properly and realised he was not racing he started enjoying his job. It has taken a lot of time and perseverance with him but it is now finally start to pay off.”
n On Sunday Chantal Wootten and Purple Moon will take part in the final of this year’s South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse of the Year final at the Horse Of The Year Show at the NEC in Birmingham.
Earlier this year Wootten, who works at Fittocks Stud in Upend where Purple Moon resides, clinched victory with the former Ebor winner at this year’s Hickstead Derby meeting in the Flat section of the Retraining of Racehorses Tattersalls Show Series.