An amateur rider from Preston has qualified for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show 2014.
Tracy Tomlinson from Newton took first place in the Cob class of the South Essex Insurance Broker’s (SEIB) Search for a Star 2014 qualifier, held at Osbaldeston Riding Centre in Blackburn.
Riding her horse Jarrett Hills Wizard, Tracy fought off stiff competition from other riders in the class to gain qualification for the Horse of The Year Show.
Tracy has owned the nine year old chestnut roan gelding, known as Arizona, since he was four months old when he was given to her.
“Actually he got left in the yard and my husband nicknamed him the fat knacker”, said Tracy who backed and brought on the youngster and then tried to sell him.
“But no-one wanted him and we just got stuck with him – but I wouldn’t sell him for the world now though”, she added.
The pair have done mainly showing as Arizona did not take to jumping.
Last year the pair won the novice championship at Equifest and they will contend more coloured classes this season.
Tracy, who runs a family cattery business, will now compete at Horse of the Year Show from October 8 to 12 at the Birmingham NEC.