Teenage horserider beaten only by royal competitor

A SIXTEEN-year-old has had remarkable success at a veteran horse show, where they were beaten only by the Queen’s horse.

James Knight, an A-Level student at Stokesley Sixth Form College, recently took part in the Veteran Horse Showing Supreme Championships in Olympia.

The teenager, whose horse is also aged 16, were named Reserve Champion after being beaten to first place by the Queen’s horse, St James, by one point. James, from Swainby in North Yorkshire, has been a member of The Scottish Horse Show for a year and qualified for the Veteran Supreme Championships at the Scottish Horse Show in August.

He has owned his horse, Isatis de L’Ecluse, or Issy as she is known at home, for three years.

James’ mother, Libbie Knight said: “James has owned Issy for three years, she is a very sweet natured mare, loves being in the ring and always gives her all.

“James and Issy are hoping to qualify again next year as the experience and atmosphere at Olympia was truly amazing.”

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