Ten-year-old Brentwood Preparatory School showjumper Eloise Squibb will compete at "The World’s Most Famous Horse Show" at Birmingham’s NEC in October.
Eloise outshone 58 children from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, last weekend to take one of just three coveted qualifying places at the 2016 Horse of the Year Show.
She stole the show at the first qualifier of the year, held in Coventry, and will now compete in the 128cm championship at the televised event held at the NEC from Wednesday 5th October - Sunday 9th October.
Eloise’s passion for showjumping started at an early age but she only began competing at such a high standard last October. Proud mum Mrs Sarah Squibb said: “Eloise is competing in the under-12 age category and most of the children at this level are a year or so older than her, so for Eloise to have been successful is quite remarkable.”
She added: “We are so delighted. Eloise is a very dedicated child who gives 100 per cent in what she does. She trains most evenings on her ponies whilst also being committed to school work.”
“My husband Westley and I are immensely proud of Eloise and her hard work and commitment to the sport has clearly paid off. We would also like to thank everyone at the School for being so supportive of her riding commitments.”
Eloise said: "I can't believe it. I am so excited to be competing at such a prestigious event.”
Preparatory School Headmaster, Jason Whiskerd, said: “We are so pleased that Eloise’s effort and commitment have paid off and this marks a notable double with her sister and cousin being part of the Brentwood School Team that recently took first place at the National Schools Equestrian Association competition”.