October 07, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Elizabeth_Mantel_Caoimhes_Delight.JPGReading rider Elizabeth Mantel was left feeling "pretty ecstatic" after she won the opening showjumping class at the 2015 Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham.

The Berkshire-based competitor delivered a sparkling performance on 11-year-old mare Caoimhes Delight to land the British Showjumping Bronze League Championship.

The class, which has fences at 1.05 metres in height, sees riders from all over the country trying to qualify for one of world showjumping's most prestigious events, and Mantel, who works full-time at Berkshire College of Agriculture, powered to victory.

A jump-off time of 30.77 seconds set too quick a pace for anyone else to match, with Julia Helm and Eros 2000 finishing as runner-up, almost four seconds behind. They were the only two riders to post double clears.

"I am pretty ecstatic. I can't believe this has just happened," said Mantel.

"I am really pleased that this class has been brought in at Horse of the Year Show, because it gives people the chance to try to qualify and compete here.”

"I set off at the start of the year and I was aiming for this class. We are really going to enjoy the rest of the day now, then it is back to work on Thursday."

Audio link to Elizabeth Mantel winner of the British Showjumping Bronze League Championship

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Featuring the most prestigious National Showing and Show Jumping Championships, International Show Jumping classes, Virbac 3D Worming Mounted Games and Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry Racing, HOYS 2015 is packed with excitement. The popular and exciting Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch Activity Ride will headline the displays and Team GB Vaulters will impress the audience  with their awe-inspiring acrobatic routine.  Friday October 9th is the day of choice for dressage fans, with the Stephen Clarke Dressage Masterclass and the Mount St John Dressage Future Elite Championship both timetabled. The 2015 Show will come to spectacular close during the Sunday Evening Gala Performance, which will include entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent sensations The HoneyBuns. Tickets for Horse of the Year Show 2015 are now on sale. For show information, including the timetable, and to book, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 0844 581 8282.

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