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20th December - Jess Dimmock crowned U23 British Champion

Young rider Jess Dimmock had the thrill of a lifetime when triumphing in the Dodson & Horrell and The World Class Programme Under 23 British Championships.

This class at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, is probably the most prestigious competition for young riders in the world – previous winners include the current world number one, Scott Brash. “If I can follow in even half of Scott’s footsteps it will be fantastic,” said Jess.

Riding her own Capella ll, Jess was first to go in the five-horse jump-off and produced a steady clear, which proved good enough to win. Scarlett Ward, who was carrying forward one time fault from the previous round, also went clear to finish second on Milena 8. Jessica Mendoza was third on Spirit T with one fence down.

Jess famously funded her riding by baking cakes, first selling them to her grandmother and then to people in her Northamptonshire village. She missed last year’s Olympia because Capella had to have colic surgery.

“He is my horse of a lifetime and he nearly died last year, so for him to come back and win is a fairytale,” said Jess, who is trained by Tim Stockdale. “This means everything to me.”

(Copyright - Trevor Meeks)