Wedmore youngster becomes national champion after equestrian success

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 February 2017

Olivia and her mum Julia Banwell with Lucky.

Olivia and her mum Julia Banwell with Lucky.


A girl from Wedmore has gone from ‘strength to strength’ after becoming a national riding champion at the tender age of six.

Olivia Banwell and her Shetland pony Lucky won the top prize of champion supreme at the Shetland Pony Performance Scheme, making the pair national champions in their category.

Parents Julia and Robert never thought Olivia would accomplish so much in such a short time when they bought Lucky four and a half years ago.

Mrs Banwell said: “We had sheep but they ended up in the freezer so we bought her a Shetland pony.

“She started riding and she absolutely loved it.

“She has gone from strength to strength and loves competing.”

Mrs Banwell said Olivia and Lucky gained a lot of attention for their size when competing.

Olivia, who attends Wedmore First School, will be competing in a number of Somerset shows this year on her new pony Teddy, who is slightly bigger.

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