A Fraserburgh girl is celebrating following success at the Young Rider European Championship held in Comporta Portugal in last month.
Lucy Guild (19), wowed the selectors with a double clear when she was part of the British team at the Showjumping Nations Cup in Bonheiden, Belgium in May.
Following her success in Belgium, Lucy was selected to ride for the British team at the Hagen Nations Cup held in Germany in June and again gave an impressive performance, being one of only two double clears.
Her performance at both of these prestigious events ensured that Lucy was the best British rider, impressing the selectors so much that she secured a place on the Young Rider European Team,
Speaking to the Herald Lucy said: “It’s like a dream come true. The trials started in April and I did not think that I would have a chance of getting through to the Championship.
“However as each event progressed everything slotted into place and all the hard work and dedication paid off.
“It is made more special as I have trained Titi for the last four years, bringing him on from jumping novice tracks to world class championship courses.
“We have built up a great partnership and know each other inside out, there is an incredible bond between us and I feel blessed to have developed this at such an early stage in both of our careers.”
Travelling to Portugal took Lucy and Titi a gruelling three days, travelling throughout the night when it was cooler.
The event lasted one week, with riders jumping alternate days to allow the horses to rest. The team who consisted of Lucy, Jason Smith (Kilmarnock), George Whitaker (Yorkshire), Joe Clayton (Yorkshire), and Dan Neilson (Yorkshire) all performed brilliantly securing a bronze medal.
Lucy continued: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the team that attended Portugal had ended up with two substitute riders, so winning bronze was a fantastic achievement.
“It was mind-blowing when we were called up to the podium to receive our medals, the crowds were on their feet cheering us on, they were fantastic. It is an experience I will never forget.”
With Belgium being the first Nations Cup that Lucy had been selected to enter and the first European Championship that she had competed in, she pulled off a hat-trick when she again gave the best British performance in the individual championship.
Commenting Lucy said: “Titi and I came in fourth in the individual championship and I am absolutely delighted with this achievement.
“However, I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed as the bronze medal winner was only one-and-a-half points in front of me but all the same for being a first timer I still can’t believe it.
“I would like to thank my sponsor, Angus Rubber Crumb for supporting me over the past year and my parents for all the encouragement they have given me and their unfaltering belief in my abilities.”
Returning home to Fraserburgh, Lucy is now relaxing and enjoying a couple of weeks break filling up her time providing show jumping lessons to budding riders, before going to work with her father in his business in Forfar.