A TEENAGE rider is furlongs ahead in a competition which saw her competing against adults.
Michelle Smith (14) of Larpool Lane, Whitby has just won the national title of Junior Performance Champion and was sixth overall in the adult section of the Arab Horse Society.
She was riding 11 year-old Rosie, who competes under the name of Rose Alba, and belongs to Michelle’s mother Lisa who along with husband Arthur has owned Purebred Arab horses for 22 years.
She now hopes to carry on competing this year with Rose Alba and her own horse Shahir Neesaan a chestnut yearling gelding.
Michelle was the first person to sit on the horse and he is now being left to mature.
Last year was the first time she rode competitively with Arab horses and also the first time she tasted success with ridden showing, taking the class at Egton Show.
The Eskdale pupil also joined the Goathland Hunt branch of the pony club last year and was instrumental in a show jumping team making its first competitive appearance for 20 years finishing second out of 18 teams.
Mum Lisa said: “I have had horses since I was 17 and I am in my 40s. We have had pure Arabs for 22 years. They move slightly different to other horses and in the distance I can spot an Arab horse straight away.
“She has done really well. Last year was the first year of competing and to get that result in her first year was amazing. We are really proud of her.”