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Bostock ensures hat trick.

PARA-SHOWJUMPER Karen Bostock has completed a hat trick of major titles.

Competing at the British Showjumping Scope Festival, staged in Staffordshire, the 50-year-old rider won the Grade I 70cm class on her own 11-year-old chestnut gelding Rossini IV.

Bostock's success follows hard on the heels of her win at the Para-Equestrian National Championship held at Bishop Burton in East Yorkshire.

And that was preceded by another success in the Grade I section at the RDA Championships at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.

"I am pleased and it does give me something of a national hat trick," said the Huddersfield rider.

Earlier this year Bostock represented Great Britain in their team of six riders who competed at the FEI Longines International Show at La Baule, France in May, and she is hoping that next year will bring similar rewards.

"I am hoping that I can get out to Germany and France next year riding as an individual competitor in the Great Britain said," said Bostock.

"I am just hopeful that I can get the funding for the competitions." ? Laura Collett says she owes her life to a hi-tech air jacket after a heavy fall which left the British event rider with spine, shoulder and rib fractures.

The 23-year-old was in a coma for six days, but wants to resume riding and represent Team GB at the 2016 Olympics.

"Paramedics said the air jacket I was wearing (which inflates much like a car air bag) probably saved my life," Wiltshire-based Collett said.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2013
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