‘We are delighted to announce Lily as our Rising Star winner for July to September 2018. Lily and her horse Gordon show strong dedication to the sport despite having limited shows on the Isle of Man and regularly having to travel to the UK to compete. We are looking forward to working with Lily and Gordon in the future’.
Lily is a young ambitious all-rounder who purchased Gordon, a 16 year old Irish Draught gelding two years ago. Gordon had done very little before teaming up with Lily and over the past two years they have both worked hard to achieve outstanding results in both dressage and showing.
‘I ended up purchasing Gordon after he was the only horse for sale on the island… I was looking for a 15.2 sport horse type and ended up with a 17.2 Irish Draught! However this was undoubtedly the best decision I have ever made and together we have achieved more than I ever thought was possible. Last October we made our first trip to the UK for the BD Quest Nationals where we achieved Bronze. This was completely unexpected, but worth the 20 hours of travelling.
During our second trip to the UK we placed 4th in a HOYS qualifier and had the chance to compete at Equifest. My only wish was to ride in the evening performance. Not only did we perform in the evening performance but we also became the Veteran Champion making it a dream come true!
I also own another horse with my mum. Jazz is an 11 year old British Warmblood who is a rescue mare that we have owned for 6 years. Originally she was dangerous and unpredictable, however she has really turned a corner and I am aiming to bring her to the UK to try and qualify for HOYS!’