Gayton’s Emma Sargeant wins the British Showjumping Silver League Championship

Staffordshire rider Emma Sargeant turned back the clock as she claimed a superb victory on day one of Horse of the Year Show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena.

The Gayton rider was crowned British Showjumping Silver League Champion on Fool’s Business, winning two years after her sister Katie triumphed with the same horse.

A jump-off time of 32.51 seconds meant Emma did enough to beat defending champion Rachel Walker, riding Bo Gi, into second spot, with Vicky Burns and Denzel II third.

“It’s fabulous,” Emma said. “It has been a few years since I jumped here. The last time was when I was on ponies in 2000, so that was quite a while ago! I get far more nervous watching Katie on him, but he has been a fabulous horse for us.

“This class takes a lot of effort to qualify for, so it is very nice when it all pays off – and I am even now with my sister!”