Equestrian: France trip ends with Team win for 'amazing' Amy Woodhead
BRITISH team member Amy Woodhead rode Pardon to victory in the Young Riders Team Test at Vidauban.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a successful two-week visit to Southern France, capping off her impressive 68 per cent win with two other notable showings.
Woodhead – on board her 15-year-old German stallion – placed second in the Young Riders Music Freestyle and finished fourth in the Young Rider Individual Test.
The promising rider, who is based at family-owned Weelsby Park Riding School (WPRS), was part of a 16-strong British team that travelled to the prestigious Domain Equestre de Grands Pins, near St. Tropez.
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With many of the world's most promising dressage stars gathering for the two-week event, Woodhead's success is even more impressive, and she was naturally delighted.
She said: "It was a fantastic couple of weeks for me in France. I'm really pleased with Pardon and his progress – he has been an absolute star.
"It was a great event for me, but I couldn't have done it without my family and support team. It was amazing to have that success with Pardon – it has set me up for the year."
Following in her mother (Tracey) and father's (Ian) footsteps, Woodhead is hoping to eventually compete at Grand Prix level – whether that is on Pardon or one of her other horses.
In the short term, though, the Weelsby rider is targeting next month's Addington CDI in Buckinghamshire.
Woodhead is also expected to compete in the NAF Five Star Winter Freestyle Championships at Hartpury Arena, on Gloucestershire (April 10-14).
In reaction to Woodhead's winning performance in France, WPRS yard manager Michael Hudson added: "Amy has been amazing, it was really important for her to make the team and do so well.
"Pardon has been brilliant but Amy has also got lots of younger horses coming through.
"She is hoping to train at least one of them to Grand Prix, just like her mum and dad have.
"Amy has got a really busy schedule. In the next few weeks she will be training hard with Pardon, and is planning to compete at Addington and Hartpury.
WPRS – a riding school and livery yard – is now run by Woodhead on a day-by-day basis. Owned by her grandmother Gladys, the family have been based at Weelsby for over 60 years.
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