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June 10th 2015

Reservist wins Army Horse Riding competition

A Reservist, who trains in Leicester, has ridden her way to victory after taking part in the Combined Services Equitation Competition and winning a team prize for show jumping.

Major Judith Pashley, aged 49 has been a Reservist for 23 years completing tours of Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

She has always had an interest in horse riding which began aged 4 when she had a few lessons and eventually lead to her owning her horse by the age of 26 years.

A member of 222 Medical Squadron, 2 Medical Regiment in Leicester, Major Pashley  joined the British Army’s Reserve Forces Equitation team nine years ago.

She said: “There are a lot of excellent Army riders. The most recent Combined Services Equitation Competition took place at Addington Manor equestrian Centre in  Buckingham. This was a competition my team mates and I had been training towards for a three months.

“The competition is open to both Regular (full-time) soldiers and Reservists from around the country, so our team of three riders were pleased to be able to get involved in the competition. The atmosphere was tense at times as we all wanted to do our best and go home victorious at the end of the day.

“We won the team event at novice show jumping which means we had to each jump a round of  show jumps and try to get clear rounds in a certain time so as not to incur time penalties. We were all over the moon that our training had paid off and we were awarded a rosette for our efforts!”

A nurse for 31-years, Major Pashley works as a Nurse at Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust, who are supportive of her military commitments.

“We won the team event at novice show jumping which means we had to each jump a round of show jumps and try to get clear rounds in a certain time so as not to incur time penalties. We were all over the moon that our training had paid off and we were awarded a rosette for our efforts!”