MALMESBURY show jumper Emily Irvine booked her spot at this year’s Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead with a classy victory at a qualifying event in North Yorkshire last weekend.

The six hour trip was tiring but well worth the effort, according to Emily’s family, who were rewarded with the long drive by watching their daughter qualify for one of the most prestigious horse shows in the world.

The 10-year-old – who led pony Banbury Conquest to victory – jumped three immaculate rounds before securing the win in a fast jump off against the final four that had gone clear out of 25 starters.

The four rounds were jumped with aggression and class as Emily cantered into the ring aboard Banbury Conquest, taking the tightest of turns into every fence.

Emily’s success capped off a very successful year for the Malmesbury junior after podium placings at Olympia and the Horse of the Year Show, giving her the number one ranking in the country for her height of pony despite being one of the youngest in her class.

The 10-year-old was delighted with her win at the start of a very exciting year personally – she is due to start at Stonar Secondary School in September as well as competing in the aforementioned show jumping events.