WISBECH ST MARY: Teenager picks up sixth in debut show jumping contest - after 48 hours practice

PUBLISHED: 12:19 23 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:08 02 June 2010

Bobbie Jo Foreman, W St Mary, riding Willowcroft Blossom

Bobbie Jo Foreman, W St Mary, riding Willowcroft Blossom

A TEENAGER who learned to jump a horse in 48 hours surpassed even her mum s expectations after picking up a sixth place in her debut competition. Last Thursday, 14-year-old Bobbie Jo Foreman jumped a horse for the first time as she achieved a life-long dr

A TEENAGER who learned to jump a horse in 48 hours surpassed even her mum's expectations after picking up a sixth place in her debut competition.

Last Thursday, 14-year-old Bobbie Jo Foreman jumped a horse for the first time as she achieved a life-long dream.

But on Sunday she took part in a Spalding and District Riding Club competition at Whaplode in Lincolnshire - and picked up sixth place in the novice class on-board her horse, Willowcroft Blossom.

The Wisbech St Mary youngster bounced back from a fall in the small novice class earlier in the day to produce a clear round and a great time in a jump-off.

Bobbie Jo's mum Jodie said: "We were all shocked when we heard on the tannoy for her to pick up her rosette for sixth place.

"She had at least 25 opponents and the jump sequence was quite hard to learn, but she put in an amazing performance.

"Bobbie Jo has always wanted to jump, but the horses we already owned didn't jump so we bought Willowcroft Blossom about four weeks ago.

"We knew of this event coming up; a friend of ours jumped the horse and said it was good, but Bobbie Jo only jumped for the first time last Thursday."

Bobbie Jo, a student at Wisbech Grammar School, also managed to squeeze in a couple of hours practise on Friday and Saturday before last weekend's event.

But as practise continues so do the competitions - and Bobbie Jo will be in the ring again at the Long Sutton Horse Show on Sunday.

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