Horseriding prodigy’s success

Jemma Smith, showjumping with her pony River. Photo supplied.
Jemma Smith, showjumping with her pony River. Photo supplied.

A HORSERIDING prodigy’s showjumping prowess has earned her prestigious coverage in an equestrian magazine following successes in competitions in Lincolnshire and the UK.

Year eight student at Alford’s John Spendluffe Technology College Jemma Smith has claimed more than 30 first place rosettes with her 10-year-old pony River.

Jemma said: “I feel happy and thrilled all the time and get excited when I go to shows.”

The talented young showjumper has dedicated many hours of hard work to cultivate an award winning partnership with River, which has now been featured in Equestrian Life magazine.

The rider and pony have such confidence in each other that they can attack the jump-offs and make the tightest of turns to gain high scoring finishes in hugely competitive classes.

Following successes in Lincolnshire competitions including the Blackjack Memorial Trophy Jemma has gone on to win the Most Improved Showjumper of the Year award at the South Wold (North) branch of the Pony Club.

She has also started competing in national showjumping events and is looking forward to an exciting year of opportunities ahead of her.

After completing her education, Jemma would like to use her exceptional horsemanship to work as a mounted police officer.