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Regular newsletter readers may recall that last year Olivia Lochhead – daughter of our Corporate Tax Associate, Dave – had the privilege of representing the UK in the Western Riding Youth World Cup in Australia, where the team had remarkable success.
This summer, Olivia (‘Liv’ to her mates) has achieved even more success, on her own, in her first European Championships as an Open Rider. The competition, held in Germany this year (giving parents a nice excuse for a holiday in Bavaria), brings together the top riders in Europe to compete in a range of Western disciplines. One of those riders just happened to be Liv's boss – David Deptford from Cambridgeshire, who is the biggest breeder of American Quarter Horses in the UK, and for whom Liv works as Assistant Trainer.
Liv’s target was to reach the final of the Junior Ranch Riding discipline (‘Junior’ referring to the age of the horse, not the rider). So it is something of an understatement to say that she was delighted to return home with a bronze medal around her neck (tactfully, she allowed her boss to take the silver!). It was an especially pleasing result for Liv, as she had trained the young horse almost entirely by herself.
So, next year … the World Championships?