Local student jumps to national success

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Royal Latin School student Oliver Firth has jumped his way to success at the 70th Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Representing Central England, the local student and Whaddon Chase member was first in the Individual Tetrathlon and third in the team competition behind Scotland and South West England.

The two-day competition, a challenging mix of cross-country running, swimming and pistol shooting, culminated on Sunday afternoon with show jumping in front of a huge crowd at Windsor Castle.

Oliver said: “At the end of Saturday, when I won the run, I had a small lead but everything depended on getting a clear round. I had no idea how my horse would react at such a big event. Thankfully he was brilliant.

“It was a really amazing experience. I am very pleased to have won and enjoyed every minute of it.

“Warming up my horse with show jumping legends, the Household Cavalry riding next to the arena, doing a lap of honour in front of the Queen and Prince Philip are all things I will remember forever.

“I am really grateful to everyone who has helped me make this happen.”