By Matthew Long
This summer will see one of Britain’s finest horse riders saddle up as she gets ready to compete in her fourth World Equestrian Games.
Lucy Phillips, from Solihull, is in the final stages of her preparations after qualifying to representing Great Britain in the women’s independent vaulting discipline.
It involves performing technical gymnastic routines on a cantering horse.
The games will begin in France on Saturday, August 24.
The 24-year-old told the News she hoped to improve on her 13th position at the 2010 games in the US.
“The past four years have been non-stop hard work and dedication so I’m thrilled to be going to the games and to show people what I’ve been training for,” she said.
“I’m hoping to break into the top ten.
“We will give it our best shot and as long as we do that I’m happy whatever the result is.”
Lucy’s interest in the sport started when she attended a horse riding party aged five.
She has competed in a string of European and World equestrian championships since 2002.
And the talented rider said extra support or sponsorship leading up to the tournament would be appreciated.
She said: “I’ve been extremely lucky so far as I’ve had the backing of some amazing people including Chrisanne who have been brilliant in supporting the outfits.”