Matilda in the ribbons at top national show

Matilda and Knivers Keepsake qualify for the Show
Matilda and Knivers Keepsake qualify for the Show

Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School pupil Matilda Jackson-Clutton is celebrating after competing for the first time at the Horse of the Year Show.

Joining 500 riders and their horses from across the UK, Ireland and Europe at NEC Birmingham, Year one pupil Matilda and her lead rein pony Knivers Keepsake were delighted to come third in class.

In the lead up to HOYS, which took place days before her sixth birthday, Matilda and her ponies competed in a number of horse shows across the country, finally booking their golden ticket at the long running New Forest Show in July. The team also achieved a second in a class of 27 top riders/jockeys aged nine years and under, in a Best Rider Competition at the British Show Pony Society Championship Show in August, along with several other top five results over two days.

“The music and the stands full of people were really exciting as we rode through the curtains and tunnel to compete, but my favourite bit was trotting through the obstacles,” said Matilda.

Mum, Laura Clutton, said: “We are exceptionally proud of the hard work and effort Matilda puts into her riding, staying away for days at a time for some shows. Matilda enjoys drama and singing too, so we try and keep her interests varied attending Stagecoach through the winter months.”

Headmaster, Tim Lewis, said: “It is always gratifying seeing young pupils competing with the best in the country - what a talent!” Matilda is now looking forward to having a few months to relax from events.