A GREAT Cornard rider has the National Horse Trials in her sights after jumping her way to a winner’s rosette at the world-renowned Royal Windsor Horse Show.
After having made her one and only appearance at Windsor seven years previously, Jenny Brown, 25, might have thought a first-place on her return may have been too big an ask.
But on 10-year-old Whisper Sweet Nothing, who she has been riding for the past six years, she put in a performance which blew away the opposition, at an event where the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles were seen mingling with the crowds.
Brown, who topped the charts in the Senior Novice Topscope Championship after qualifying in regional heats in January, said: “You never know if the atmosphere will get to the horses as it is really busy but I hoped it was a realistic target to get in the top six (final round of two) and to win it was the icing on the cake.”
The Royal Windsor Horse Show is the largest outdoor equestrian show in the UK, with over 3,000 horses and ponies taking part in more than 250 jumping, showing, and carriage driving classes.
The event has been running for over 65 years and takes place in Her Majesty The Queen’s private grounds at Windsor Castle.
Brown, who works as a sales assistant for a leather and upholstery firm in Sudbury and also turns out for Sudbury Hockey Club’s second string, said: “I now want to qualify for the National Horse Trials in August.
“I have an area competition in a couple of weeks and after I have done so well at Windsor there is a bit more pressure on me now.”
Brown rides for Ingatestone and Blackmore Riding Club as well as the East Essex pony club, the latter of which sees her take part in rides around Halstead, Sudbury and Braintree.
She began riding at the age of just four and has received clothing and equine insurance vouchers as well as a modelling day for her first place at Windsor.