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West Malling's Crystal Body claims second successive Royal Windsor Horse Show title

By Craig Tucker

Showjumper Crystal Body has won the Royal Windsor Horse Show for the second year running.

Body, 15, from West Malling, triumphed on board her new horse, Carnsdale Toy Boy.

She's off to the high-profile Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in July.

Crystal Body, aboard Carnsdale Toy Boy, has won at Royal Windsor for the second year in a row
Crystal Body, aboard Carnsdale Toy Boy, has won at Royal Windsor for the second year in a row

Body had already qualified for Hickstead following success at the Winter Championships in Grantham.

But the opportunity to ride at Windsor was one the Wrotham School pupil couldn't turn down.

She experienced the winning feeling last year on Chiddock Another Time, and it was equally special with her new horse.

Mum Nicola said: "The horse is only a baby, he's only six-years-old.

"We bought him in Wales and we actually leave him down there for the showing season with the trainer, Olivia Bowen.

"He's happy there, he has a lovely life, and the family were attached to him, so we decided to let him stay there.

"He's a lovely animal – we've been really lucky with him – and it was lovely for Crystal to win at Royal Windsor again.

"The girls in Crystal's class – the 153 show-hunter-pony class – are up to the age of 20 and she's only 15, so it's a great achievement.

"We know what it's like to win at Windsor after last year but this was really special.

"She's actually qualified twice for the Royal International Horse Show but we wanted to do Windsor because it's such a nice show to go to, being in the Queen's garden."

Crystal takes time off school due to her equestrian commitments and Nicola said: "Wrotham are really supportive.

"There's a lady there called Lindsay Marchant, the teacher who deals with absence, and she's been fantastic with Crystal."

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