After an extensive nationwide search and with a phenomenal amount of entries to choose from the winner of the TopSpec £5,000 sponsorship is young event rider Georgina Herrling.
Based in Oxfordshire, 15-year-old Georgina keeps her pony SF Detroit known as Troy at Attington Stud near Oxford which is run by Olympic rider Austin O’Connor.
Having started riding at just four-years-old, Georgina spent many summers riding on her family farm in Ireland which soon led to her joining the Pony Club and then on to competing. Georgina first tried show jumping and continued this until the age of 10.
She first started to event a year later and this quickly turned into a much loved passion and last year her enthusiasm led to her start taking part in Eventing Pony Trials.
Georgina is kept busy with Troy, a nine-year-old chestnut stallion who she has owned for three years.
Said Georgina: “He has taken me up the levels and is definitely a once in a life time pony who tries his heart out for me.”
Last year the duo were selected to compete for Team GB at the Pony Europeans and returned home as an individual Gold Medallist and with a Team Silver.
With such great results Georgina and Troy were over the moon with what has been the highlight of their year and their proudest achievement in their eventing career to date.
Georgina hopes to defend her European title this year at the European Pony Championships which are being held at Bishop Burton in East Yorkshire.
Said Georgina: “It means so much to me that my favourite feed company and a brand I trust has chosen me as the latest rider to support. I feel like I have become part of a great team of riders including a few of my all-time favourite eventers such as Nicola Wilson, Andrew Nicholson and Kitty King.
“The sponsorship support will go so far and I am beyond excited to see what this year brings, it will be much helped by TopSpec keeping my pony in top condition and helping me in the eventing world.”
Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “Thank you very much to everyone who took the time to enter, choosing a winner was really hard, the number of entries this year was phenomenal and we had many outstanding entries.
“Georgina is full of enthusiasm and has some great plans for the coming year; we look forward to following her journey.”