STAR rider Kinvara Garner chased off competition at the Horse of the Year Show, finishing top of the Junior Ridden Mountain and Moorland category. 

The 14-year-old Adcote schoolgirl won a gigantic box of Lego at the national equestrian event, held in the Birmingham NEC, beating off around 20 other competitors riding her pony Laithehill Flute. 

“It was amazing,” Kinvara said. “When they told me I’d won I started crying – it was such a complete shock. I had the nicest pony. He did a lovely show.”

Kinvara qualified for Mountain and Moorland at HOYS by competing at shows around the country: “It’s a little like dressage,” she explained, “only it’s more about the confirmation – what the pony looks like.”

Kinvara has been a regular at the HOYS since the age of seven and is well known for her wins in the Shetland Pony Grand National. She was approached to ride Flute by successful amateur show rider and judge Chloe Chubb.

“She said she loved the way I ride,” said Kinvara, who wants to be a show rider and flat racing jockey when she is older. 

Photo credit: The Native Pony Magazine