The UK Armed Forces (UKAF) equestrian team have completed their season on a high with their best ever performance at the All England Championships at Hickstead.
It is just over 12 months since the team was formed, and they have improved in leaps and bounds.
Hickstead is the pinnacle for the cream of British Amateur and many professional show jumpers so where better for the forces team to see how they’re developing 12 months after their first appearance than here.
The team has a mixture of new talent and experience.
The RAF's experienced Elise Kidd and her mount Villager just missed out on a clear round in their class, clipping the final fence and ending up with four faults.
Despite that, a highly satisfying competition as sour forces riders, including Elise, were involved in the 1.10m amateur Class final.
The Navy’s Sophie Fuller on Infinity had impressed throughout the whole week, but saved the best for last, going double clear in a very competitive time of 44:39 seconds, which put her right up amongst the leaders.
Following her was the Army’s Nicola Rush on Zilverster - a new pairing.
They were in great form also going double clear taking the lead for a time in the field of 40.
And her time of it 42:12 was good enough to give her 3rd place and with Sophie coming in 6th, represented the best performances of the UKAF team at this level.
Holly Hall was an outstanding performer here on her mount WKD San Remo dropping only four faults on a very difficult course a very promising end to her week and also for the team competing at this level.
The team are hoping to be the first British military team to compete in the FEI International Championships in Fountainbleu in France next year, which would take them to another level, so plenty of reasons for the UKAF team and their horses to be smiling.