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Student Aims for National Young Rider Championship Qualification

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A young horse rider has received a £250 scholarship from the University of Worcester to assist her in achieving qualification for the National Young Rider Championships.

Nicola Hill, from Droitwich, is seeking qualification for the event at Weston Park in October.

The 20-year-old said: “One of the most challenging aspects is gaining the qualification to compete. With the recent adverse weather, many events have been abandoned so I have unfortunately not been able to gain this as of yet.

“Another great difficulty with the sport is the risk of horses being injured; I witnessed this first hand last season when my horse got a tendon injury resulting in three months box rest.

“The money will cover most of my entrance fee, without which it would be very unlikely I could have raised the funds to compete,” she said.

The second year Biology and Sports Studies student recently achieved qualification for the Midland Pony Club Show Jumping Event Championships but has decided not to attend as she is concentrating on National Young Rider Championship qualification.

Nicola began competing at a national level when she bought her current horse in 2010 and began to compete in British affiliated events and competitions where she progressed up to national young rider standard.

She was a member of the Worcestershire Pony Club with her previous horse and highlights finishing seventh in the Midlands Area Championship as her best achievement with the club.

Nicola will next compete at the Gatcombe International event on September 14th.

“This is a big event that draws large crowds and has a big atmosphere, so I am very much looking forward to it,” she said.