A FOUR YEAR old girl from Cheshunt has won a major prize despite being the youngest competitor at the Horse of the Year Show 2017.
Beatrice Taverner-Jordan and her pony ‘Small-Land Toy Story’ won the Lead Rein show pony class at the show held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on October 7.
After competing at county shows all year, she qualified for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in July, at Cheshire and Lincoln’s County Show, with her pony whose stable name is Jessie.
Jessie was bought for Beatrice when she was two years old by her uncle and head of team, John Harvey. ‘Team Harvey’ is located at Cheshunt Park farm, and is a prominent producer in the showing world with over 15 wins at HOYS in the past ten years. John is renowned in the Showing World, and has found this win even more heart-warming, being Beatrice’s uncle.
The team alongside others includes Beatrice’s aunties Brogan and Ellis, who likewise compete at this high level and were competitors at this years HOYS.
On winning the show, Greer Taverner, Beatrice’s mum, of Park Lane Paradise in Cheshunt said ‘This is truly a remarkable achievement, something not attained before by someone so young and something we are all extremely proud of.
‘Charlotte Dujardin started in this sphere, and also was bought up in this borough, we are hoping that this is a promising start for Beatrice to follow in her footsteps.’
Beatrice was also the youngest competitor at HOYS in 2016, beginning her riding as soon as she could sit up, and starting to compete at the age of 3.
Her school, Woodside in Goff’s Oak, has been very supportive of her successes.
Greer said ‘Beatrice was excited to go into School this morning to share her achievements with her friends and teachers’.
Although Beatrice will have the opportunity to move on to different ponies as she gets older, Greer said that Jessie will stay with them forever. ‘She is a very special pony who has built a beautiful relationship with both Beatrice and John, it’s so delightful to see them together.’
The exciting showing season begins again next March, when the training and competing to qualify begins again.