GB team success for showjumper Lucy

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THE youngest daughter of local developer Mark Guild has earned a place in the British team for the European showjumping championships.

Nineteen-year-old Lucy Guild earned her place after a faultless double clear at Bonheiden, Belgium with her 11-year-old horse Titi D’Oase.

Lucy was selected to ride at Belgium following successful trials held in Wales in April.

After achieving third place at the Horse of the Year Show (Young Rider) in 2010, Lucy put in the best team performance at Belgium and was only one of two to have ridden double clears in the entire competition.

She kept up the pace and came third in the individual grand prix event on Sunday.

Lucy’s mother Sally is thrilled with her daughter’s success. She said: “I am really proud of Lucy’s achievement. Her hard work and dedication has paid off.

“Lucy has been based with John Whitaker for the past nine months as a working pupil where she is working and training vigorously.

“Lucy was raised with horses and was riding at the age of four. She got Titi when he was seven, four years ago, and has trained him from a novice horse to a British Team Champion.”

Sally added: “She also won an area trial this week down in England - beating her boss in the process.

“Now it has been confirmed that she will be in the British team and she will leave for Hagen a week on Monday.”

Lucy’s delighted father Mark said: “She’s been involved with horses since before she was at school and has just built up and built up.

“We bought the horse locally and she has gone on to develop him to a world class standard.

“Lucy and the horse have developed together and they work together as a team - I think that is the most pleasing thing for me.

“She’s taking in all that she has learnt and it is real teamwork.

“I am very proud of her, it is a huge achievement.”

He added: “We would also like to thank Angus Rubber Crumb for sponsoring Lucy.”

After the British team win in Belgium Lucy said: “It was an unbelievable feeling to beat the Americans and the Dutch and to finish third in the individual competition on the Sunday has left me ecstatic.

“To say I’m thrilled is an understatement.”

Now Lucy has hopes for being named in the team for the junior-young rider European championships at Comporta, Portugal from July 4 to 10.