Stepping Stones 128cm Championships Final

Emily Irvine put in a fantastic jump off round on board Craig Scott’s gorgeous liver chestnut pony, Bunbury Conquest, to beat 25 riders to the Stepping Stones 128cm Championship title. There were 26 clears out of 71 starters in the penultimate class of the day at the British Showjumping National Championships 2018.

At just nine years old, Emily showed experience beyond her years as she navigated her pony around the course with calculated turns and distances to each fence. Having started her equestrian career in showing aged just three years old, Emily is no stranger to being in the spotlight and learnt the basics of good riding early. Based in Malmesbury in Wiltshire, her whole family travelled to the Championships with her to show their support. When asked by her dad what she enjoyed about the Championship, she simply replied: “Everything!” She continued: “We wanted to focus on riding a quality, flowing jump off with good turns; Questy is very scopey and his stride eats the ground up so we knew we had a good chance.”

“It’s incredible, we’re all just overwhelmed by it all,” laughed Emily’s mum, Alison Irvine. “We’re very indebted to the Scott Family who called us and asked if we wanted to ride Bunbury Conquest (known as Questy). Of course we immediately said yes and he arrived at ours in October last year. We’ve been taking it steady in order to get to know him better but he has been absolutely incredible and we are very privileged to have such a wonderful pony.” Emily has won five Stepping Stones 128cm classes this season proving that the sky is the limit for this exciting new combination.

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