Duo reach eventing championships at Badminton

TWO riders from the Horsham district are to head for the home of the presitigous Badminton Horse Trials for a grassroots competition.

Jo Dillon, from Loxwood, and 14-year-old Harriet Upton, from Coolham, will compete at the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships next week.

The championships will play host to competitors from all over the country, from differing backgrounds, many of them with different stories about their experiences of qualifying for this event and how they juggle eventing with their day to day lives.

British Eventing have run the Grassroots Championship series since 2005, however the exciting move to Badminton in 2010, in addition to sponsorship from Mitsubishi Motors, has boosted the demand for this series and raised the profile of riders competing at this level.