Gould is crowned national champion

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Ingham para showjumper Cally Gould has made history by winning at the first ever National Para Equestrian Club Championships.

The St Edmunds Riding Club member took first place in the Grade Three (90cm) event on 22-year-old Arab cross thorughbred Coco in last weekend’s event, held at Bishop Burton College, near Beverley in east Yorkshire.

It comes ahead of the 31-year-old rider, who suffers from transverse myelitis — a rare disease of the central nervous system leaving her with severely limited movement down one side of her body —taking part in the prestigious British Showjumping Scope Festival next week.

Gould will feature in the first ever para showjumping competition at the Staffordshire County Showground in Stafford on Wednesday after undergoing the perfect preparation as she was crowned national champion in her class.

“It has not sunk in yet,” she said. “It (the competition) was exactly what we need for the sport, a chance to compete and show what we can do.

“I had been training really, really hard and knew I had put the work in to come out with the result.”

Gould competed alongside able-bodied riders competing in the British Showjumping Club Championships and would have finished third if classified with them.

The Scope Festival, starting on Sunday, features the best showjumpers from around the country, including Great Britain’s Olympic team, and runs until next Saturday.