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Forces Equestrian Team To Compete At Prestigious Jumping Competition

The UK Armed Forces (UKAF) Equestrian team are competing at the All England Jumping Championships for the first time this week.

This is a significant step forward for the team who up to now have been mainly confined to internal competition.

Becca Brown, who will be riding her horse Gibson, says the team ethos will be absolutely vital if they’re to achieve anything at Hickstead:

"Everything with horses is a team effort."

"The team element comes in in getting us all there, but on this occasion we'll be riding as individuals, so we've each got our own destiny in our hands."

Hickstead is one of the most famous showjumping venues in the world, and the showground has been the venue for a number of World and European Showjumping Championships over the years.

Making the final in the international arena would be a great achievement for the five servicemen and women, but taking part in this competition in itself represents a huge leap forward for British military equestrianism.

The UKAF Equestrian Team formed in 2017 with applicants from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

All members are serving regulars or reserves.

In April, Forces News also met the riders taking part in one of the biggest horse events in the military calendar.

More: 'Meet The Women Of The Royal Horse Artillery'

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