Amateur rider Lucy May is galloping to success after qualifying for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show.
Lucy, from Burnley, came first in the Riding Club Show Horse class at the SEIB Insurance Broker’s Search for a Star 2015 qualifier, held in Buckinghamshire.
Thank goodness my horses don’t have watches because I ride them at 5am or at midnight sometimesRider Lucy May
Riding her own gelding, Blitz, Lucy fought off stiff competition to fulfil her dream of competing at the NEC In Birmingham in October.
A mother-of two young boys, Lucy bought Blitz, or Douglas as he is known at home, 18 months ago.
“I named him after the gentleman I bought him from, Douglas Harrison,” she explained.
The nine-year-old gelding was previously an eventer but a bad injury meant he was unable to compete.
Lucy said: “He had been put out in the field for a year and has been absolutely fine since. I bought him to show jump but a few people said he would make a show hunter (where a horse is shown primarily on the flat) so we thought we’d give it ago.”
Lucy and Douglas had competed in the Working Hunter class earlier in the morning in Buckinghamshire but had four faults in the jumping.
“We had to borrow some money from the show ground to enter this class, the Riding Club Show Horse class,” explained Lucy, “It was worth it when we won though.”
Lucy, a Clinical Physiologist at Airedale Hospital, said: “I just can’t believe it, I go every year to the Horse of the Year Show but to go in my horsebox this year, not my car, and to have a stable there will be amazing.”
Lucy manages to fit the horses in around work and looking after her two boys. “Thank goodness my horses don’t have watches because I ride them at 5am or at midnight sometimes,” added Lucy.