Thirteen-year-old dressage rider scoops valuable Chance of a Lifetime prize

Blue Chip’s Chance of a Lifetime competition has been won by 13-year-old Charlotte Fill. Charlotte, from Market Drayton, won her section and went on to take the final at Solihull Riding Club, judged by Lee Pearson, David Austin, Robert Walker and interviewed by Tricia Johnson.

Blue Chip decided to organise the Chance of a Lifetime competition in the absence of shows due to the FMD epidemic. Riders were invited to submit a brief biography and explain why they would like to win. Twenty-four finalists were invited to the finals.

Charlotte and her 14.2hh British Bred Westphalian/Holstein, Maelor Midora, won the dressage section and then went forward into the grand final against the other category winners: Jessica Lewis (showing), Philippa McKeever (show jumping) and Polly Crowther (eventing).

Charlotte was chosen as the overall winner, adding a Barnsby saddle, a £250 CAM voucher and a Blue Chip rug to her extensive prize list. BEIB also gave her tickets for Olympia.

Charlotte was delighted with her win and said: “I was really nervous beforehand, but when they announced my name I was really pleased. I had a huge group of friends who came to support me and Doris really played to the crowd.”

Chance of a Lifetime Competition Winners

Reserve Champion and showing section winner

  • Jessica Lewisriding Springbourne Crusader, Welsh Section A

    Show Jumping section winner

  • Philippa McKeever riding Crown Alliance, British bred Grade A

    Eventing section winner

  • Polly Crowther with her pony Rosslayne Cock Robin

    To find out about next year’s competition contact (tel: 0114 266 6200), or visit www.bluechipfeed.com