Students aiming for the World Equestrian Games

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Rebecca and Andrew McLachlan in action

A CLACKMANNANSHIRE schoolgirl has triumphed once again after clinching three medals at one of the toughest equestrian competitions of the season.

Rebecca Norval impressed judges with her horseback acrobatics at the British Vaulting Championships where was competing for the first time in a senior event.

The 16-year-old, a pupil at Kilgraston School in Bridge of Earn, helped her team to a gold medal victory after three hard fought rounds.

Alongside partner and team mate Andrew McLachlan, Rebecca retained the British junior title in the Pas de Deux (pairs) category and also claimed a bronze medal in the highly contested junior female individual class held at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in Buckinghamshire.

The sixth former finishes the season on a high after last month being crowned Scottish junior champion in both the individual and pairs events.

As a member of the British junior team, Rebecca clinched a silver medal in Europe this summer and has now set her sights on the World Equestrian Games in 2014.

The secret to her success, she says, is hard work and never missing a day’s training.

Fellow Kilgraston sixth former, Olivia Morison, is also celebrating after also being chosen to take part in a prestigious national equestrian competition.

The 17-year-old has been selected to ride for the Scottish junior eventing team in the British Championships later this month at Weston Park in Shropshire.

Pauline Stott, director of sport at Kilgraston, said: “Both Rebecca and Olivia have wonderful individual talent and dedicate so many hours to their events. We are fortunate here at Kilgraston to have our own Equestrian Centre on campus which has allowed Olivia to come and train with her horse Billy on a regular basis. We’re delighted for both girls.”

Author: The Editor

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