In the winter JC Pony Final, Izabella Rodgers skilfully completed the winning double with an unbeatable time of 38.08 seconds on board the nine-year-old brown gelding Neil 55.

Submitted for publication in the Essex Chronicle

Two Chelmsford sisters won winter championships at the Royal International Horse Show in Hickstead.

First up was the Winter JC Pony Final, where a competitive starting line-up of 25 combinations produced great show jumpers.

The 13-year-old Izabella Rodgers used her first draw in the jump-off to her advantage and scored 55 with the nine-year-old bay gelding Neil. In an unbeatable time of 38.08 seconds, the winning double was skilfully error-free.

Inspired by her sister’s earlier victory, 11-year-old Sophia Rodgers took first place in the winter 128 cm pony final.

From a strong field there were only two combinations left to play against each other in the jump-off.

Sophia Rodgers took first place in the winter 128cm Pony Final.

Sophia rode Whinney Lass, an 18-year-old gray mare, with speed and accuracy to deliver the winning double in just 34.46 seconds without mistakes.

The Rodgers sisters are from Chelmsford, Essex.

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