A TEENAGER is jumping for joy after landing two equestrian awards in the space of three days.
Showjumper Ellie Jo Fannan, 13, from the Brierton Lane area, has excelled in the sport since taking it up at the age of nine.
Last Wednesday she took the top prize in a competition at Stainsby Grange Equestrian Centre with a great display of riding on her horse Storm, then just two days later she was back at the Thornaby venue to beat off all competitors on board William’s Unlikely Lad in the Star of the North event.
The Manor College of Technology student scooped a £100 cash prize and some riding equipment, much to the delight of her proud parents Barry and Joanne.
Barry, a 56-year-old gardener, said: “She grew up with horses, and she started to take an interest in showjumping when she was about nine.
“I’m very confident in her ability, obviously when she first started I was nervous but she has developed and she has unbelievable balance.
“She competes in affiliated competitions every fortnight, and she picked up enoght points to qualify for the Star of the North competition.
“She performed really well, there was a big crowd there and we are all very proud of her.
“She had won the other event just two days earlier, so it’s nice to see all of her hard work and practicising is paying off because she trains every day.”
Ellie Jo said: “The competitions were tough, but I wass very proud to win them.
“I started in the British Showjumping events two years ago, and I enjoy competing in them.
“I have a big competition in August down in Staffordshire, and I’m hoping to do well in that.
“I’d love to get selected for the Great Britain team, and it would be a dream to compete in the Olympics when I’m older so if I keep working hard I hope I get noticed.”