TALENTED young horse riders Molly Edwards and Katy Mousdale have just taken part in their first three day event at Frickley Park in Doncaster.

Molly and Katy, who have both just finished at Skipton Girls High School, and are members of the Pendle Forest and Craven Pony Club, were taking part in the U18 national eventing championships.

Molly, 16, from Yarnbury, near Grassington, was part of the Northern BE100 team to compete against the best young riders in the country.

While Katy,18, from Bank Newton, competed in the CCIYR championships, competing as an individual in the U21 class.

Molly, who was riding her own 14.2hh pony, Lucky Lane Rocket, put in a good performance in the dressage phase to score 35 penalties to go into cross country in a good position.

On the Saturday morning they tackled the challenging course, and despite being held on course due to a problem further on, they held it together to come home clear with just a handful of time penalties, and was one of only three Northern riders to go clear.

The final day saw the show jumping phase, and in challenging conditions, they added 12 penalties to their score, helping the Northern team to eight place.

“Rocket was one of the smallest to compete in the class and he tried really hard all week, so I am delighted to complete my first national championships. It was a great experience and one I will remember for a while," said Molly.

Katy riding her own Hollacombe Finn in their first international competition performed their dressage test in heavy rain, scoring a disappointing 64.8.

However, they put this behind them cross country, storming clear round the big track picking up four time penalties.

Despite then adding 20 penalties to their score show jumping on Sunday, they climbed the leader board moving up to a credible 15th place.

“Finn is a really special horse," said Katy. "He has come back from a broken leg to complete our first international class together. He was pretty crazy in our dressage and show jumping didn’t quite go to plan but he was just insane across the country.”

Molly will shortly be going to Hartpury College to study Equine Business Management, and Katy is taking a gap year from her studies to focus on the horses. They will both be taking part in the national pony club championships later this month.