Worth the wait for Holly Cole and Caramel III in the Pony British Novice Championship Final

Holly Cook and Caramel III. Credit: 1st Class Images

The second class of the day in Championship Arena 1 had an incredible 90 starters and lasted over three and a half hours seeing rider after rider enter the arena to contest the coveted title here at the British Showjumping National & Academy Championships 2021. As the class continued into the afternoon, the well-deserved winner was finally crowned, 14-year-old Holly Cole riding 9-year-old Caramel III, known at home as Caramel.

The pair have travelled to the Championships all the way from Tavistock with Holly’s dad, who mentioned Holly has been riding Caramel for the last 2 years and continued to say, “they [Holly and Caramel] just believed in each other.” The family rescued Caramel after her family discovered her in need of a home and, since then, Caramel has stolen the family’s heart.

An emotional Holly said: “I put my trust in her! I knew she had the speed there; she’s given me confidence.” The combination started their British Showjumping career back in September 2020, but Holly explained that this would be her last ride with Caramel, although she was quick to mention she would love to squeeze in a few smaller competitions over coming months.

Tom Bucknall and Fanta C finished in second place, with Isabella Oakes and Coldmoore Just William taking third.

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