A policewoman has swapped pounding the beat for galloping ahead in the equestrian world.
Danielle Baron started horse riding just six years ago but has already been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Haflinger Show in Austria in 2015.
Danielle, 26, a former pupil of Balshaws C of E High School in Leyland, earned one of seven places on the team after impressing at trials last week.
She said: “I bought Ella in 2010 and I soon realised that my ability didn’t match the horse’s ability.
“Ella is a talented horse and so I had to step up and take extra lessons in Shropshire.”
Danielle is currently on a career break from the police but will return to the force following the competition. Busy Danielle is also a foster parent and praised her partner Paul Green and mother Dee for supporting her.
She said: “My parents told me I could get a horse when I got a job, so one of the first things I did when joined the police was buy one and the rest is history. Paul said he will look after the children when I’m competing, the kids help me muck out the horses and they are all really proud. My mum helps behind the scenes during competitions and I wouldn’t be off to Austria without her help.”
The horse show runs every five years and it will take place in the country the Haflinger breed originates from, Austria, at the Fohlenhof Ebbs stud farm, Ebbs from June, 4 to June 7, 2015.
Ella is stabled in Longton and Danielle - who grew up in Leyland but now lives in Scarisbrick, Ormskirk - and the rest of her team mates need financial support to fulfil their dream.
She said: “The society is recognised as a charity so we can’t get any funding.
“Every member of the display team has to find the funds for training, transport to Austria, attire and accommodation. We need to get the horses over to Austria and the best way is in an air conditioned horsebox - so they don’t react to the change in climate. It is a dangerous route to Austria through windy roads and mountains so our priority is to get the horses over safely. “
If you want to back Danielle and Ella’s march to the world stage visit: http://gogetfunding.com/project/gb-world-haflinger-show-2015#/project_details