East Lancs showjumper within reach of Olympic dream

Sarah Lundy with her horse Vegas, who competes under the name Diablo

Sarah Lundy with her horse Vegas, who competes under the name Diablo

First published in News

A SHOWJUMPER is one step away from her Olympic dream coming true after her stallion was selected for the World Class Equine Pathways.

Sarah Lundy, from Rising Bridge, wowed British showjumping judges at a viewing in Birmingham with her six-year-old horse Vegas, riding him over jumps as high as 1.35m.

Now Sarah, 24, who lives, works and trains at her family’s Croft Top Farm – where the Rossendale and Hyndburn Equine Centre is based – will be travelling the length of the country, and beyond, in the hope that she, and her 17-hand high friend, will be spotted by Team GB.

Sarah, who began riding when she was three, said she was delighted to be selected for the Pathways, not least because she trained Vegas, who competes under the name of Diablo, from scratch.

She said: “I’m absolutely made up. I had no idea that we would get through as there was so many other more experienced horses there. He couldn’t even canter a circle when we bought him from Germany two years ago.

“But he’s got quite a famous dad, Berlin, who’s competed in the Olympics and all over the world.

“He's so chilled and laid back, he sleeps all day. But when he comes out to jump he knows it’s his time to do his job.

“It’s my dream to go to the Olympics, and Vegas has got the right brain and the right training, so fingers crossed we can go all the way.”

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