IT’S another win for Shropshire’s own Kinvara Garner – the 14-year-old Adcote schoolgirl who is taking the equestrian showing and racing world by storm. 

So far this year Kinvara has appeared starred in the televised Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations, playing the part of the young Princess Elizabeth, won the Mountain and Moorlands Category at the Horse of the Year Show and has been a regular winner of the Shetland Pony Grand National – including most recently at Newmarket. As well as appearing in regular television and radio appearances, she has now also been nominated for Junior Show Handler Personality of the Year 2016.

And this Monday (17 OCT) she won the flat racing at the prestigious, invitation only Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre Shetland Pony Gold Cup at Plumpton Racecourse in Sussex riding Fairy Idaho (Smokey Joe) for the Earl De La Warr, of Buckhurst Park. The event raises money for the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre in Slinfold, West Sussex. 

The hot favourite for the race, Fairy Idaho won by four and a half lengths beating 15 other runners, with Kinvara sporting the Earl’s maroon colours and light grey sash, with hooped cap.

Kinvara’s mum Bridget Garner said: “She’ was absolutely delighted with the result, especially as she was poorly and felt rotten. The Earl is a senior jockey club steward and he was there watching – it was a very special day.

“Kinvara is quietly becoming quite a personality in her own right – her Channel 4 Racing appearance at Newmarket has 64,000 hits and there were press everywhere at Plumpton. She did a lot of interviews. It can be quite hard fitting it all in.”

Next on Kinvara’s busy calendar is an appearance at The Olympia Horse Show on December 13-19. 

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre Shetland Pony Gold Cup