Horsham teenger in French horse riding competition

Harriet Upton
Harriet Upton

A HORSHAM teenager has come 17th out of 130 in a French horse riding competition.

Harriet Upton, aged 15, was chosen by the Under 18 national selectors of British Eventing to represent Great Britain.

She was ranked higher than six of the world’s best riders, making her the top junior rider from the South East.

“It was such an honour to compete on behalf of my country and a dream that I have had for such a long time,” said Harriet.

“It was an amazing experience and has made me realise how much I want to do this. My goal is to get to the Olympics. I’d like that to be 2016 but I may still be too young, not that I am going to let that stop me. I am very focused and am going to continue to train and work hard.”

Harriet added: “I especially would really like to thank Jill Chator for letting me ride her wonderful mare Estella, without her I would never have got this opportunity. Jill is such a support and comes along to nearly all my competitions”.

Harriet wants to pursue a career in eventing after leaving Farlington School, Guilford Road, Horsham.

She is currently looking for a horse at intermediate level with the hope to be considered for the 2012 Europeans. For more information follow Harriet’s online blog www.harrietupton.blogspot.com