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Alcester rider’s victory at NEC
10:20am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Local
ALCESTER rider Julie Devey tasted victory at the Horse of the Year Show at the NEC.
Devey and steed Bally Dun Again triumphed in the final of the riding horse category in the South Essex Insurance Brokers’ (SEIB) Search For A Star Championship.
The championship, now in its 16th year, picks out the best and brightest amateur riders and Devey impressed judges Robert Oliver, Katie Jerram and Clare Oliver.
Devey bought Bally Dun Again, who is known as Oliver at home, a year ago and had competed in competitions up to a pre-novice level.
But rider and horse began to shine after lessons with Banbury-based trainer Jo Bates, winning the grassroots and coming second in the working horse categories at Addington. The pair also tasted victory in the riding horse section at the Monmouth show.
“He really loves showing and he made it so easy for me in there, he was so relaxed,” said Devey, who works part time in an equine veterinary practice.
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