A YOUNG woman from Omagh has enhanced her rapidly-growing reputation as one of the most exciting showjumpers in the country after a hugely successful week at the Dublin Horse Show.
Last week Jenny Rankin won the prestigious 1-35-1.40m Young Rider class as well as winning the Young Rider Bursary Final. The 21-year-old also rode ‘Sea Topblue’ to third place in the Six Year Old Cruising National Championship and in competing against some of the best international riders in the world jumped double clear to finish a remarkable fifth in the 1.50m JLT Dublin Stake.
It was a week to remember for the unassuming Jenny, who rides for the Galway based Bourns Sports Horses..
“Yeah it was a great week for us,” she said.
“Everything went pretty much to plan. There were five or six competitors in the jump-off in the Young Riders class and I went clear to take the win.
“Taking fifth (on Benny’s Legacy) in the Dublin Stake was another tremendous highlight. Getting the opportunity to compete against some of the best in the world is what it’s all about.”
Following her stunning successes in Dublin, Jenny is planning to spend the weekend back in her native Omagh, before heading off to the European Championships in Gothenburg.
Due to her sparkling performances at the RDS, Jenny was one of two young riders to be selected to compete in the under-25 championship in Sweden.
“I’ve never competed in Gothenburg before, so I’m looking forward to that immensely,” she added.
“Beyond that we will probably compete in a number of international events in Europe but as of yet there is nothing set in stone. We’ll see how things go in Sweden first.
“Dublin was certainly a great week and in general things are going really well for me. Of course, none of the success would be possible without the right backing.
The support of Bourns Sports Horses has a huge part to play it it. It simply wouldn’t be possible without it.”
Posted: 4:47 pm August 17, 2017
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