Millfield Prep Rider competes in winning England Pony team

Millfield Prep School rider Emily Gulliver has won the 128cm Championships Final as part of the England side competing at the Scottish Harbo Home Ponies 2021.

Held at the SNEC (Scottish National Equestrian Centre), eleven-year-old Emily played a key role in the team of four, going double clear in both her rounds at both 1.05m and 1.10m and competing against top riders from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Throughout the competition, Emily also qualified a second pony for the Horse of the Year Show which will be held at the Birmingham NEC in October.

Emily is a boarder at Millfield Prep in Year 6 and took up riding only two years ago, she now competes on the British Show Jumping circuit.

As a keen rider Emily and her family were attracted to Millfield for the huge variety of sports on offer and the facilities. Emily’s Mum, Kristi Gulliver, added, "She was in a school in central London previously so the idea of having her pony at school and to be able to ride everyday made her want to leave her London school a year earlier than planned. Emily loves everything about Millfield Prep. She is a boarder and loves her friends and the boarding house, she loves the teachers, academic and sports!”

Millfield Prep’s Director of Sport, Jo Morgan-Hughes, says, “We are absolutely delighted for Emily. She is hugely dedicated, and it is wonderful that her hard work has been rewarded in this way. We look forward to following her progress and wish her the very best for this prestige competition in Scotland.”

Emily is dreaming big and aspires to compete at the 2032 Olympic Games which, as was recently announced in Tokyo, is being held in Australia. She has many Old Millfieldians to look up to including double world champion swimmer James Guy (2008-2014), who is currently in Tokyo ahead of his second appearance at a games, and Suzanna Hext, a Paralympic rider and swimmer who has made the Team GB Swimming side for 2021.

She will compete at the HOYS (Horse of the Year Show) held at Birmingham NEC in October and hopes to qualify for Team GB to compete in Children on Horses in two years’ time.

Learn more about equestrian at Millfield Prep here.

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