A teenage horse rider from Littleport is celebrating after she won her class out of 20 qualified ponies at The Horse of the Year Show 2023.

Scarlett Doswell's "hard work and dedication" paid off when she competed at the Birmingham NEC said the 13-year-old's mum, Carly Doswell.

She added: "This is truly such an achievement for anyone, but to happen to Scarlett it is absolutely amazing.

"She is so dedicated with her ponies. Scarlett rides most days and, from March until September, we are out almost every weekend competing around the country.

"There are two shows that Scarlett strives to qualify for: The Royal International (at Hickstead) and then Horse of the Year Show (at Birmingham NEC), both of which Scarlett has qualified for which is absolutely amazing.

"We have two of Scarlett’s ponies being professionally produced at a local yard in Little Downham by Christina Gillett and Kevin Cousins. 

"They work tirelessly to get Scarlett’s ponies looking amazing, and they are produced to perfection.

"Scarlett has ridden in the showing world since she was just six-years-old and now she is 13, always having a dream of winning at the prestigious shows.

"This year, Scarlett came second at The Royal International with her pony Dibynn Miss Congeniality (also known as her stable name of Gracie-Lou).

"Then, at the weekend, Scarlett rode at The Horse of the Year Show at Birmingham NEC to win her class of 20 qualified beautiful ponies.

"We were all so delighted for Scarlett as this has been a huge dream for her to achieve.

"I really can’t believe that she has achieved this but Scarlett’s hard work and dedication has paid off for her.

"She will still have her pony, Gracie-Lou, next season which starts in March 2024. There, she will compete again next year to achieve amazing results."

Gracie-Lou is owned by Carly's mum, Anne Thornhill, who used to run Thornhill’s Bakery in Littleport with her husband and Carly's dad Glenton Thornhill."