Chloe Winchester is set to represent Great Britain next week after making a winning debut in the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup on board Avoca Valkyrie.
Winchester, from Gislingham, near Eye, beat off stiff competition from a field of 26 riders to win the prestigious final and £12,000 Queen’s Cup windfall at the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead.
Six riders made it through to the jump-off, with Tina Fletcher and Hello Sailor setting the standard with a clear round in 53.32 seconds.
Kerry Brennan finished just 100th of a second in arrears, while regular Hickstead winners Trevor Breen and Timothy Davies both lowered a pole each to keep them out of contention. But it was 21-year-old Winchester who set an unreachable new target of 49.57 seconds, a time so quick that even Phillip Miller, 2013 Hickstead Derby winner and Caritiar Z could not eclipse it, as she secured the biggest win of her career.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Winchester. “The plan was to just keep going forward because I knew Phillip (Miller) was coming after me.
“I obviously did more kicking and flapping than Phillip. We jumped here at Hickstead at the All England Jumping Championships last year, but it was nothing like this.”
As a result of her sprkling display Winchester has been selected for the squad representing Great Britain at the forthcoming FEI Young Rider European Jumping Championships, which will be held from August 10-16 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.