Sheffield ERIN rides high as national number one

Erin Williams on her pony, Dynasty

Erin Williams on her pony, Dynasty

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SHEFFIELD High School student Erin Williams has ridden into the record books again, winning an international competition to cement her place as Britain’s top under-18 dressage rider.

Erin, aged 14, from Barlow in Derbyshire, won gold on Dynasty at Roosendaal in Holland.

She is now shortlisted for the European Championships in France in July.

Erin also competed at junior level in Holland, winning bronze with her horse, Fleurie.

“I was thrilled to be on the podium with both my horses, particularly as this is my first season competing at both pony and junior level,” she said. “I am aiming for European Pony Team selection with Dynasty this year but Fleurie and I have already been long-listed for the Junior European Team.”

She can only be on the GB team at one level in one year.

Erin lost her principal pony, Danny Boy B, to cancer in December and has had to work hard with eight-year-old palomino Dynasty.

She said: “It was devastating to lose Danny Boy and it’s taken time to get a good partnership with Dynie but I feel that we are maturing well together and our scores are improving with every show.”

The daughter of Sheffield property developers Clare and Paul Williams, Erin began riding when she was given a pony for her fifth birthday. She was taken on by Derbyshire international rider and trainer Sonia Webster Baines at the age of eight.

lFollow Erin’s progress on her website and blog: www.erinwilliamsdressage.co.uk.