October 07, 2015 at 4:14 PM

N63_6239.JPGStafford's Katie Shaw stayed cool under intense pressure to win the British Showjumping Silver League Championship at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham.

Riding, her sister Emma Sargeant's, 14-year-old gelding Fools Business, Shaw claimed one of British showjumping's top amateur titles in emphatic fashion.

Last to go in the jump-off, the combination flew around a testing 1.20-metre course in 29.91 seconds, leaving closest rival Gillian Anderson, riding Congeniality B, almost four seconds behind, while Paul Bevan and Deangelo II finished third.

"It was absolutely brilliant," Shaw said. "It has made all the effort of qualifying absolutely worthwhile.

"Last year, I was really unlucky on the same horse in the same class. We had the last fence down in the jump-off with the fastest time, but still finished third.

"It is quite daunting competing in an arena like the one here. No matter how many times you do it, you still get really nervous.

"Sometimes, I prefer to go early in a jump-off. When you are last to go, there is the pressure of knowing what you have to do and sometimes you try too hard, but it paid off today."

Audio link to Katie Shaw winner of the British Showjumping Silver 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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