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EQUESTRIAN: Second for Jessica at Horse of the Year Show
3:50pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
TOCKENHAM teenager Jessica Mendoza claimed an excellent second place in the Young Riders Showjumping Championship at the Horse of the Year Show at the Birmingham NEC.
The 17 year old finished a close second to rival and friend Chloe Aston as six of the nine riders in the final went double clear.
Aston, aboard Quiet Easy 4 finished fastest – in a time of 33.43 seconds – just 1.19 seconds faster than Mendoza riding Spirit T.
“I had an early draw so I needed a quick time but couldn’t take too many risks. Spirit jumped an amazing clear but I took an extra pull on the way down to the last which cost me the class,” said Mendoza.
Aston and Mendoza are one and two in the Young Rider rankings in the country, both making their mark in the Team GBR rankings with Aston at 15 and Mendoza in 21st.
Mendoza is not able to ride in three-star Grand Prixs until she turns 18 next April.
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