Whitby showjumper Cara Shardlow made the most of a late call-up to land an eighth-place finish at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show.
Shardlow received a last minute call-up to compete at in the Future Elite Dressage Horse Championships for the top nine and 10-year-old horses in the country, pitting herself against Olympic gold medalists Charlotte Dujardin and Michael Eilberge.
Whitby rider Shardlow wasn’t fazed by her illustrious opposition and grabbed an eighth-place finish on her horse Detonator with a score of 69.37% from the judges.
A delighted Shardlow said: “What a mad 24 hours it was, an amazing experience finding out I had a spot in the Horse of the Year Show Elite Dressage Championship.
“I knew we would be out-classed but my boy did me proud, he behaved so well.
“I owe him so much, I’m living the dream. It was a bonus to come home with a rosette.”
Shardlow heads to Le Mans, France on Tuesday to represent Great Britain, she added: “Thank you to everyone who has supported me to help me make this event.”