EQUESTRIANISM: Rosie rides to top spot at Royal show

Riding high: Rosie Manning was top of her class at the Royal International Horse Show.
Riding high: Rosie Manning was top of her class at the Royal International Horse Show.

SPALDING High School teenager Rosie Manning took top honours in her category at the Royal International Horse Show.

The 17-year-old was first in the 153cm Working Hunter Pony section on her 15 hand bay Irish sports horse ‘Kilkenny Kid’ at Hickstead.

Up against 30 qualifiers from all over UK in her class, Manning finished ahead of the Scottish champion and last year’s winner of the Horse of the Year Show.

The event was contested over four clear rounds on a big, technical course, with marks also given for style, performance and conformation.

Manning competes all over Lincolnshire and also won the Burghley Event Pony competition when she was just 14. She has won twice at the Royal Norfolk Show too.

She also rides for the Fitzwilliam Pony Club and has competed for them in the national championships.