Tara to compete in international showjumping competition
PUBLISHED: 11:45 14 May 2014 | UPDATED: 11:45 14 May 2014
A TEENAGER from Kewstoke will compete alongside the sons and daughters of Olympic medallists when she rides for Great Britain in a showjumping competition this week.
Tara Byrtt, aged 13, is taking part in the Young Rider Nations Cup in Bondeiden, Belgium until Sunday.
She will be riding on a team which includes Scarlett Charles, the daughter of Olympic gold medallist Peter Charles, and Jack Whitaker, whose family is one of the most successful in showjumping history.
Tara, who attends Priory Community School, has only been riding her horse Valerie B for a month, but has impressed the judges after completing double-clear rounds in grand prix events.
Her mum Lisa said: “It has been a bit of a whirlwind. She has done phenomenally well to be on the team.
“We went to the trials with an open mind. She was going very well and had a lot to do, but she is always very determined.
“We were delighted when we heard she had been selected. It is a very big moment in her life.
“It’s something which will stay with her forever. It’s a fantastic opportunity.”
Tara, who has been riding since she was three, won a silver medal for England in a home nations competition when she was 12 but this is her first international event.
She and Valerie B have been practicing higher jumps, as the tracks are larger in Europe than the Pony Of The Year shows.
Lisa said: “She and Val have just gelled really quickly and gone from there.
“She is a lovely horse and very enthusiastic and we’re all looking forward to the event.”