Steph books ticket to Horse of the Year finals

Stephanie Hill, Calver rider
Stephanie Hill, Calver rider

A Peak District teenager has won the chance to compete alongside seasoned professionals at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show 2012.

Stephanie Hill, 17, of Calver Mill, Calver, won the Working Hunter class at the South Essex Insurance Broker’s (SEIB) Search For A Star 2012 qualifier, held at Osbaldeston Riding Centre.

Riding Elaine Hill’s horse Diamond Cavalier Royale, Stephanie, a sixth-former at Lady Manners School, fought off stiff competition from other riders in the class to gain qualification for the Horse of The Year Show. Diamond Cavalier Royale is known as Piggles at home, the Hill’s have owned him since last August. He was bought for show jumping and was nearly grade B level but the pair have done a bit of everything since then and are active members of the High Peak Pony Club.

They were chosen as one of eight partnerships to be part of the Musical Ride team doing a routine to Mama Mia and would have performed at Chatsworth Horse Trials that were cancelled.

They will perform the ride as part of the celebrations when the Olympic Torch arrives at Bakewell, where Stephanie will have a busy day as she will also be playing the flute in a band at the event.

The Search For A Star finals will be held in October.