CONYERS School pupil Henry Leggott jumped into success at the first Hickstead qualifier of the junior show jumping season for 128cm ponies

Henry and Valor won a few of the 128 winter first rounds around the country before competing in the 128 winters second rounds at small pony premier, science supplements Onley grounds equestrian centre on Saturday.

Valor jumped only one of the three clears on that day in the first phase with height of jumps starting at 1.10m.

The top three in the class were to qualify so Henry and his team made the decision to take third place rather than continue to jump for a higher placing knowing he had qualified.

This has qualified Henry and Valor for the top track final in the main ring at the Royal international horse show in July.

Valor a 12-year chestnut gelding 128cm/12.2 pony, who has been one of Henry’s ponies for the past year and a half. He was imported from Ireland and is well recognised on the jumping circuit by his jumping style, as he weaves side to side in front of the jumps.

Yarm schoolboy Henry, 11, a sponsored rider for Blossom Home Care, attributes his success to his supportive team including outstanding coaching and teaching from Lisa Kerr and Mike Moloney at Moloney Kerr Equestrian based in Newmarket.