Charlotte’s showpiece

Charlotte Siddall and Burrswood Kismet, who have qualified for the Horse of the Year Show

Charlotte Siddall and Burrswood Kismet, who have qualified for the Horse of the Year Show

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A POULTON rider has conquered adversity to win through to the Horse of the Year Show, helped by her very own Mr Darcy.

Charlotte Siddall has qualified to compete in the premier national championships with her pony Burrswood Kismet, affectionately known as Darcy.

Twenty-year-old Charlotte will contest the South Essex Insurance Brokers Search For A Star Championship finals in the world-renowned Horse of the Year Show at the Birmingham NEC in October.

Charlotte and Darcy won through as runners-up in the show and show hunter pony class in the qualifier at Osbaldeston Riding Centre in Blackburn.

The success was a huge boost to Charlotte, who has only recently resumed riding after a car accident. She missed most of last season after having her appendix removed.

Burrswood Kismet is a six-year-old bay gelding owned by Charlotte’s mother, Yvonne Siddall.

Charlotte, who won the novice intermediate title at the Ponies UK show last year with Darcy, has achieved a personal ambition by qualifying for the Horse of the Year Show.

“He was sent away to be broken as he is a bit of a character,” Charlotte said of Darcy, who was bred at Carhouse Stud in Pilling and sold to her mother as a three-year-old.

Yvonne is a big help to Charlotte, adding: “We do it together. My parents are 85 and are really supportive and will be delighted.”

Charlotte, who is training at the University of Cumbria to become a primary school teacher, plans to compete at more top events with Darcy, including the The Great Yorkshire Show and the Derbyshire festival.

At Osbaldeston, Burrswood Kismet finished second to Ddeunant Mischief Maker, owned by Alison Jane Ball from Keighley.