Rider fulfils her competition dream


An amateur horse rider fulfilled her dream by competing in the prestigious Horse of the Year show.

Yasmin Studholme, 17, from Lancaster, with her horse Irish Lola Rose, was one of 10 competitors who qualified in the Search for a Star competition, which gives amateur riders the opportunity to qualify to compete at the show.

Yasmin said: “The class consisted of jumping and showing, and was judged by Katie Jerram and Claire Oliver who was the riding judge.

“I was really pleased to be placed fifth as it was a very strong class of 10 fantastic horses and riders.

“For the first time ever competing at that level, I was happy with the result.”

Yasmin started riding lessons at the age of six and loaned ponies until she was 15.

Lola was the first horse she owned.

Yasmin said: “It’s every horse riders dream to compete at HOYS and actually being there felt quite unreal.

“Being a competitor I had access to all areas and being amongst the famous international riders made me feel really special.

“I felt really privileged. On the night I was competing I was really nervous, but luckily I had my family and friends with me.”

Yasmin has competed at local riding shows and as a student at Myerscough College has attended training clinics there too.

She said: “I think my family and friends were really proud of me. It is very expensive to enter and to stay there so luckily my parents support me. I have always dreamed of one day competing there, so it really was a dream come true.”