Amelia and Elvis are a real class act

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AMELIA Lee is hoping to make Elvis a crowd pleaser once again.

The seven-year-old budding equestrian star from Bures has stolen a match on the expert producers to qualify her humble pony Amesbury Via Las Vegas – stable name Elvis – for the esteemed Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) at Hickstead.

And if that was not enough, she also swept all before her at the South Suffolk Show earlier this month to qualify a royal pony for July’s extravaganza.

She won three titles on a prominent princess’ pony, named Khyber Iliad, to qualify it for Hickstead for the princess’ daughter to ride at the renowned competition.

The Bures youngster is now hoping to get the crowd at one of the oldest horse shows in the world, of which Her Majesty the Queen is patron, all shook up as she looks to make a big impression with Elvis.

Amelia, who shot to prominence after qualifying for the Horse of the Year show as a five-year-old, making her one of the youngest ever to feature, was in dreamland again after winning the lead rein, first ridden and champion classes at Ampton in the South Suffolk Show.

Mother Hayley Lee said: “It was just amazing, I don’t think we will have another day like that.”

She added: “We have travelled all over the country to qualify (for RIHS) and had to come in the top three to qualify.”

Their success finally came on May 6 at the BSPS Area 7 event, which covers Buckinghamshire, at Slapton and came after Lee was crowned Reserve Supreme Champion (runner-up) of BSPS 16, which covers Suffolk and Norfolk, at a grand ceremony in Tattersalls, Newmarket in January. She had won the title after finishing as the area’s points champion show pony, including all classes and members.

“We sold the other pony (Okewood Delightful) and brought Elvis, who is four years old now.

“He was not able to cope with the atmosphere before, but this year we thought we would try and get him qualified and we know that if he is consistent we will have no problem.”

Elvis, kept in Bumler, and Lee will line up in the lead rein class alongside 24 other hopefuls on July 22 for a shot at glory, with Lee having come sixth at Hickstead in 2010.

Her riding instructor, Charlie Letham, previously told the Free Press she had noticed right from the start that Lee was a natural in the saddle.

“From her first riding lesson it was obvious she had a talent,” she said. “She learned how to rise to the trot straight away, which takes most children two or three lessons – she rides beautifully for her age.”