Xanthe has been a keen rider from a young age thanks to her parents who both have a love for horses; her mother competed in eventing and was shortlisted for the Sydney Olympics and her father ran a prestigious horse behaviour business, Xanthe fell in love with show jumping explaining “I love the intensity and infinitely detailed skill needed”.
This year Xanthe has put a huge amount of time and effort into her riding and has been incredibly successful. The qualification for HOYS is an intense trial of challenges and it hasn’t gone unrecognised that Xanthe took this on alongside studying for her GCSEs showing such commitment to both her education and her passion.
She has shown a huge amount of grit and determination this year all paying off as this weekend she came an 8th with Airde in the Horse of the Year Show, the most prestigious Pony Foxhunter (1.30) Finals.
Xanthe also came 11th in the Pony Newcomers Finals (1.20m) with Tiffin and very nearly a brilliant performance with Cruz in the 1.35m Leading Pony Showjumper class.
Xanthe performed remarkably well in the spotlight and in such a high-pressured environment with lights, TV cameras and thousands of spectators.