A YOUNG rider has taken top honours at a national dressage championship, beating off stiff competition from 25 while under the watchful eye of HRH Princess Royal.

Emily Power, a Year 11 student at Stokesley School, achieved first place in the BHS National Riding Schools Championship held at the Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre in Warwickshire.

The event was open to all BHS-approved riding centres but all competitors had to be be none-horse owners and competed on horses and ponies on a riding school licence. Riders must have qualified at previous competitions to take part.

Emily, with Gilly, a ten-year old Irish Draught, has been riding for nine years, with Robinson’s Equi Teach at Tunstall, Middlesbrough, and has competed in shows and local dressage series throughout North Yorkshire for the past four years. She said: “I was delighted to qualify for the nationals again and to win was amazing as the class was bigger this year. It was one of my best scores in a dressage test. I would like to continue competing and eventually buy my own horse."