A YOUNG female rider from Dunamanagh’s Sparkling Stud has scooped a top award at a major international horse and pony show in France.
Olivia Roulston, a native of Drumquin, won the ‘Leading Female Rider’ award at the prestigious CSIP four-day event in Fontainebleau.
Olivia was selected for the Irish team after impressing the Horse Sport Ireland selectors at a number of Show Jumping Ireland spring tour shows. The Tyrone rider won the opening round at Ravendale Lodge, Co Louth and went on to enjoy a hugely successful tour.
In France Olivia certainly justified her selection and got off to an excellent start by claiming runners-up spot in the opening CSIP class on one of her two mounts Sparkling Castlewellan Gold.
But things got even better for the talented teenager when on Ballygawley’s Little Ferro she triumphed in the 1.25m CSIP Table A Speed Grand Prix by finishing 10 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
The pair also claimed sixth in the 1.30 Grand Prix jump-off where Olivia, despite being four seconds quicker than the winner, was undone by knocking over a single pole.
The Drumquin rider rounded off a thrilling few days by riding Castlewellan Gold to fifth place in the final class.
When all the points had been tallied up the Castlederg High School pupil was named the top female competitor having amassed 38 points, 18 more than her nearest rival.
Meanwhile a young male rider from Omagh also impressed at the Fontainebleau show which attracts over 2000 competitors.
Michael Roche marked his debut by claiming two third places and a sixth placed finish,
Riding Shravgh Boy, the young Seskinore Harrier finished third in the Grand Prix and followed that up by riding six-year-old Belle Grove Diva to similar success in a class event.
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