More success for rising star at prestigious event

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A 14-year-old Belper schoolgirl’s impressive run of equestrian success has continued after she won a national title.

Charlotte Fretwell has won the BSJA Under 16s competition, held at the Scope Showjumping Festival.

The festival is one of the most prestigious to be found on the showjumping calendar in this country and was held at the Staffordshire County Showground, near Stafford.

On the Wednesday of the week-long event, Charlotte came out on top in her section and is now ranked the number one under 16s showjumper in the country.

Charlotte has been a member of South Trent Pony Club for many years but only joined the British Showjumping association in January, so she was seen as a bit of surprise package by some.

Proud mum Andrea said: “She was interviewed outside after her performance and they asked Charlotte ‘where have you come from’ and she said ‘Belper in Derbyshire’.

“They said ‘no we mean where have you come from as we have never heard or seen you around!’

“Charlotte’s passion has always been showjumping but she only moved into it from pony club about six months ago and you could say she’s taken it by storm.

“We were lucky to be given a horse to ride, Party Socks, owned by Joanne Smyth from Snaffles Saddlery in Codnor

“Joanne gives Charlotte lots of support and help. None of this would have been possible without her, and also the help from Charlotte’s instructors, Stephanie Meadow from Broomfield Equestrian Pony Club, instructor Tracey Dillon from Wymeswold in Leicestershire and Kirk Gobder, local instructor.”

Charlotte will be in action on October 26, at the National Schools Equestrian Association finals, at Addington in Oxfordshire, representing Ockbrook School, where she is currently a pupil.