Holly finishes in top 20 at European Championships

Holly Wray in action at the European Championships in Arezzo, Italy. INNT 32-503CON
Holly Wray in action at the European Championships in Arezzo, Italy. INNT 32-503CON

Ballyclare schoolgirl Holly Wray was on fine form at the Fédération Equestre Internationale Pony European Championships held in Italy at the end of July.

After three days of intense competition in Arezzo, the 16-year-old finished in the top 20 in the overall standings.

Riding her pony Holiday Chase, she had a dressage score of 50.40, she recorded 3.4 time faults on the cross country and went clear in the show jumping to finish a creditable 17th out of the 51 competitors.

This was her first time representing Ireland, so Holly and her family were delighted with her performance, which saw her record the third best score among the six-strong Irish team.

“She did really well and we are immensely proud of her,” her mum, Nichola told the Times. “She was the only northern rider selected to go and only six are selected from across Ireland to compete each year, so it was a great achievement.”

Holly is one of several local riders sponsored by Ballyclare firm Giltspur Scientific.

“I am delighted with the recent success that local rider Holly Wray has had while competing in Italy. It has been a pleasure to sponsor her and I wish her more success in the future,” said Giltspur managing director, Dr Ernest Logan.

Holly, a GCSE student at Ballyclare High School, will now move on from pony competitions and is hoping to continue her success with a new horse in the junior ranks.