Super Samantha sets sights on Midlands title defence
LOUTH horse racer Samantha Klug is determined to retain the coveted Midlands Area point-to-point title next season.
The 23-year-old won her first MAPPA Perpetual Trophy in 2011/2012 after a consistent campaign brought her three individual victories.
Hanson Prophet – a male trained by Klug at Ruckland Stables – triumphed on two occasions for the former Whitgift School pupil.
And despite taking up the sport just three years ago, she may even target national honours once the racing season restarts in November – but only after a summer of rest.
Klug said: "It is the first time I have won this competition.
"You have to gather points all season, and my horses have ridden really well every single time they have raced.
"I would really like to retain my title next season.
"Providing I can use a couple more horses, it would be nice to compete nationally even if that might be a stretch too far.
"The new season starts in November – I will be resting for a few weeks now.
"But there might be some time for me to do some showjumping.
"Winning the competition has been a terrific achievement for me, especially because I have only been racing for a few years."
Klug was presented with the Perpetual Trophy at the annual Midlands Area awards lunch held at Shearsby Bath Hotel, near Leicester.
The racer claimed 21 points during her point-to-point campaign, finishing well clear of rivals Sarah Phizacklea, on 15, and Lucy Saunders, on 14, in second and third respectively.
Klug had reason for a double celebration – she also scooped the Novice Lady prize ahead of Sam Davies-Thomas and Saunders.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Klug added: "The adrenalin boost you get from point-to-point horse racing is fantastic.
"That is why I probably prefer it to the other disciplines."