Vicki and Barney combine to take revered equestrian title

August 14, 2021

A local horse rider has managed to see off some of the best equestrian competitors in the world to claim an international title - all thanks to her loyal horse Barney.

Vicki Casey qualified for the Royal International Horse Show in Hickstead at the end of last month, not knowing what would happen and with the daunting task of riding against some of the best show horses and riders from across the globe. On July 20-25, Vicki prepared her horse, Barney, for competition, despite her noble horse having an aversion to water. However, during the critically acclaimed competition, Barney was on top form and leapt over water obstacles and other barriers to take the NPS/Supreme Products M&M WHP title.

Following her success at the competition, Vicki, who has 12 horses, hopes to become an up and coming native pony producer and has set her sights on more competition wins. Vicki’s mum, Clare said: “Vicki has owned Barney for five years, he is her best friend along with a true performance pony. “When she first had him, he was a clumsy clout, but with a lot of time and patience, he has found his feet, and the results speak volumes. “Barney has also won at the HOYS (Horse of the year show) in 2019 in the ridden class.”

Vicki and Barney tackle the course at the Royal International Horse Show in Hickstead at the end of last month. (12-08-18 SU)

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