A SIXTEEN year old schoolgirl is flying high with her horses this season and will head to Badminton next year after a spectacular win at Aswanley Horse Trials.
Caitlin Padfield, from Daviot won the regional final with her horse, nine-year-old, 15.1hh Connermara Cross, Mr RM, aka Jasper.
Jasper was purchased as a five-year-old. Caitlin said he is “reliability personified” and added: “He has been a little star from day one and the perfect transition from ponies into horses.”The pair started eventing just last year gaining a first place at Scone, a 2nd at Burgie and finishing 8th at Aswanley.
Speaking after the event, Caitlin said: “I am delighted with my win and I am very excited about going to Badminton next year, and so are all my friends and family. I am very grateful for the network of support that has been building up around me.”On the day I was very nervous about the dressage but I had been getting up at 5am so I could school Jasper before school. Initially I did a small ten minute warm up to gauge how he was feeling and then took a short break before another slightly longer warm up and then, I went straight into the test. He felt relaxed and supple and I managed to stay calm and relaxed and even held my nerve when we clipped and flicked one of the boards in our right canter transitions. He was on form and did one of his best tests.
“He sailed round the show jumping so I was onto the cross country course before I knew it. I was very worried about my timing because I nearly finsihed 2nd at the Scottish Championships at Hendersyde at the start of summer but blew my chances by going too fast cross country.
“Jasper shot enthusiastically out of the starting box and didn’t look at a single fence. We were home before I knew it and we could not have done a better round. Then I found out I had won!