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St Swithun's pupil Jessica Gale wins 1st place for Great Britain

Published Wednesday 14th of March 2012 09:58:52 AM

St Swithun's pupil Jessica Gale, age 16 from Hambledon, has just returned from two weeks at Vidauban on the C�te D'Azur, France, where she has been representing Great Britain for the first time at an international dressage competition.

Jessica rides two competition horses, Umbro S and Rebellski. Umbro S was taken to compete in the junior competition and the younger horse Rebellski was taken for the experience of the journey and large competitions.

Jessica and Umbro S went from strength to strength. An initial score of 67.99% in the junior preliminary test gained them 5th place and the following day in the junior team test a score of 66.71% gave the pair 3rd place.

In the second week Jessica's experience and her having watched the skills of older and more mature riders at the competition paid off as a score of 68.64% secured them a 1st place win and a personal best in the junior team test. Jessica was understandably thrilled and said 'Umbro S stood still for the British national anthem and cantered round for his lap of honour calmly. I was really pleased with how he behaved and very proud during the anthem and of representing my country'.

Jessica also recently became a 'Lloyds TSB Local Hero'. Lloyds TSB are sponsoring a number of young promising athletes, of different sporting disciplines, in their ambition to achieve success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and beyond.

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