Brown to face her biggest challenge

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A WHIRLWIND year for Great Cornard’s Jenny Brown has seen her and Whisper qualify for the pinnacle of their sport – the National Horse Trials Championship.

The event, held in Aston-le-Walls in Northamptonshire in August, is the highlight of the riding calendar for British Riding Club members.

And after securing qualification in only her second attempt since joining the club, Brown, who has also experienced victory at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last month, cannot wait to fulfil her dream on 10-year-old Whisper Sweet Nothing.

She said: “It is the best thing you can qualify for from the British Riding Club.

“It is a proper three-day event, even Burghley and Badminton do not do long formats like tracks and roads. It is very exciting.”

Brown, 25, will line up in the Senior Intermediate section in the South Essex Insurance Brokers-sponsored event, which will also incorporate the European CIC Championships this year.

Following a taste of the famous course during the trials at Aston-le-Walls on Bank Holiday Monday, she said: “The course was absolutely fantastic and I cannot wait to get there in August.

“I really wanted to qualify this year as I was fifth individually last year and I had a few time faults.

“I knew I had a good chance but I did not know how close I was with the time as you are not allowed any stopwatches.”

Despite the rain lashing down during her cross country run, Whisper kept her composure to see them through in the event, which will be run with a dressage on day one, endurance, including steeplechase on day two and culminating with show jumping on the final day.

“Whisper has had an amazing year and she has been a star,” added Brown, who rides for Ingatestone and Blackmore Riding Club as well as the East Essex Pony Club and works in Sudbury.