Pair take first place at Hunt

Mollie Howarth and Buzz
Mollie Howarth and Buzz

FOUR young local horse riders took part in the popular Holderness Hunt Supporters Club annual Cross Country event at Rise Hall near Hull.

The event attracts riders from all over the area and is very well supported.

Hollie Erskine, 13, took her young pony called Pino to take part in the Nanny and Novice event, which is a pairs event combining a young pony with an older, more experienced pony.

She paired up with 11-year-old Mollie Howarth riding her Pony called Buzz.

This was Erskine’s first taste of cross country competition and despite the obvious nerves she coped fantastically well with the challenging course following the lead of Howarth and Buzz.

They both completed the course with no faults whatsoever and it turned out that they were the only pair to do so out of the dozens taking part.

This faultless performance secured them overall first place in the event, much to the delight of the two young riders.

Following her success in the Nanny and Novice event Howarth and Buzz went on to take part in the Individual Novice Pony event.

They were once again in excellent form going clear for a second time and her performance secured her an impressive fifth place out of the 40 riders taking part.

Lauren Milner and Henry Howarth were the next to take part and they both went in the Novice Horse event, one of the most popular categories with over 50 riders taking part.

It was not to be 14-year-old Howarth’s day as his horse called Bow, which helped him to third place in the same event last year, was declared unfit just prior to the start of the race.

He was however very fortunate to be offered the loan of another horse called Bruce.

They both coped admirably with the demanding course but were just not quite quick enough through the timed section of the course to challenge for the top prizes.

It was however a very different story for 14-year-old Lauren Milner who had an exceptional run with her young horse called Harley.

They cleared the course without any faults and were also very quick through the timed section. This impressive performance helped her to secure overall sixth place.

All in all, it was a very successful day for the riders.