A Spalding teenager has achieved her ultimate ambition – performing at the Horse of the Year Show.
Thirteen-year-old Freya Cade, who attends Spalding High School, and her show pony Sandbank Earlybird have already had a fantastic season finishing sixth at the Royal International Horse Show and winning four Horse of the Year Show qualifying rounds, including Lincolnshire County.
A week before the prestigious final held at the NEC in Birmingham they heard they had won the Tagg La Liga which is awarded to the most consistent partnership in each category over the qualifying rounds.
The Horse of the Year Show was to be their last show after a three-year partnership as Freya will be too old to compete ‘Kevin’ next season.
The pair pulled off a foot perfect performance in the tense atmosphere and waited with baited breath for the results to be announced.
From 24 finalists nine were called forward in reverse order to receive their prizes and Freya was elated when she was announced as the winner.
The pair stepped forward to receive their rosettes from the judges and this gave them the honour of competing in the International Arena that evening in front of a sell-out crowd to contest the Child’s Riding Pony Championship.
Freya and Kevin rose to the occasion and were chosen as reserve champions.
Freya’s mum Lorna, said: “I can’t put into words how proud I am of the pair of them.
“This is Freya’s dream come true and thanks must go to the Emmerson Show Team who train them and Karen Smith who bred Kevin.
“He is one in a million and we love him to bits.”
Freya was overcome with emotion and said: “Kevin is my pony of a lifetime and I will never have another one like him.”