Amelia qualifies twice for world famous horse show

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Bures’ nine-year-old 
Amelia Lee has qualified for two classes in the upcoming 2014 Longines Royal 
International Horse Show.

The Earls Colne Primary School pupil will be competing in the first ridden and junior ridden classes at the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in West Sussex this summer.

Lee returns to ride at the oldest horse show in the world after winning two qualifying events last month.

After qualifying for the junior class on her first attempt before confirming her place in the first ridden event in a qualifying competition in Ipswich at the weekend,

Proud mother Hayley Lee said: “It’s a massive achievement, especially at her age.

“It was her fourth attempt trying to qualify for the first ridden class, after finishing in second place in her first three attempts.”

Only one rider qualifies from each qualifying event, with 32 events held across the UK for the First Ridden class, while there are 20 qualifiers for the Junior Ridden class.

“We didn’t expect Amelia to qualify for the junior class,” said Lee. “There are riders aged up to 14, which makes it even more impressive.”

The talented Bures youngster first rose to fame four years ago when she competed in the Horse of the Year Show at just five years old.

But a spell of bad luck led to her nearly giving up, which Lee’s mother explains was her toughest time since she started riding ponies.

“Amelia’s been really unlucky,” said Hayley Lee. “She’s had a bad run of luck with different ponies but that’s all changed since she started riding Waxwing Painter.

“They’ve really bonded together and have gone on a winning run. There’s so much hard work put in, we were up at three o’clock in the morning last weekend to go to Hastings.

“The results like the one in Ipswich make it all worthwhile and we’re hoping Amelia can get a good result at Hickfield in the summer.”