Northallerton’s Nicola delighted after ‘exciting’ pair post top ten finishes

Yokshire's Nicola Wilson riding Annie Clover jumps on her way to fifth place in the CCI event at Bramham International Horse Trials ..picture by Nigel Roddis.
Yokshire's Nicola Wilson riding Annie Clover jumps on her way to fifth place in the CCI event at Bramham International Horse Trials ..picture by Nigel Roddis.
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Northallerton rider Nicola Wilson believes her two young horses will grow in confidence after excellent performances at Bramham last week.

Wilson’s Annie Clover finished as the highest mare in the highest CCI three-star field as she finished the three days in fifth overall.

And the strong performances continued with Wilson’s second charge, Beltane Queen who was only three more places adrift in eighth.

Annie Clover had placed 12th in the dressage after a ‘costly mistake’ in the counter counter but she went clear in the cross country before adding only four faults in the showjumping.

Both nine-year-old horses were competing in their first CCI three-star event.

“To have two young horses that are not only capable of performing at this level, but also to be in the top ten is exciting for the future,” said Wilson.

“This event will have given them a great deal of experience and confidence and above all they both enjoyed themselves.

Wilson travels to the Lühmuhlen CCI four-star event in Germany this week with Olympic horse Opposition Buzz.