Talented young rider Lucinda Crawford is heading for greatness as she sets her sights on the European Championships.
Lucinda has seen plenty of success already in her career as a junior eventer. But even by her high standards, 2017 was a breakthrough year for her and horses Silver Touch and Ballintoher Harry.
A solid performance at the under-18 championships at Frickley Park in July left her in sixth place overall. Not long after, the GB squad came knocking, and she became the only Scottish rider on the team for the Junior Nations Cup in Belgium – storming clear round the cross country to finish 12th overall.
‘It was amazing. I just didn’t want it to end,’ she says, grinning with the memory. ‘It was the best ride Harry’s ever given me.’
To top it all, at the British Eventing Scottish Ball in November, the trio cleaned up. Silver Touch, or Poppy as she’s known at home, won the best grade three Scottish horse; Harry won the prize for best Scottish performance at the national championships; while Lucinda herself was crowned best Scottish under-18 of the season.
‘Last year was the best season we’d had so far, with both Harry and Poppy,’ she says.
Pictures by Angus Blackburn.
Read the full story in EQY Magazine, which comes with the July 2018 issue of Scottish Field.
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