SHOWJUMPING: Jess Mendoza pipped in Young Riders Championship at HOYS
12:40pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in Sport
LYNEHAM'S Jessica Mendoza missed out on winning the Young Riders Showjumping Championship at the Horse of the Year Show at on Wednesday by just 1.19 seconds.
Seventeen-year-old Jessica had to settle for the runner-up spot behind her rival and friend Chloe Aston at Birmingham's NEC.
Six of the nine riders in the final produced double clears but it was Chloe aboard Quiet Easy 4 who posted the fastest time (33.43) ahead of Jess riding Spirit T.
“I had an early draw so I needed a quick time but couldn't take too many risks," said Jess.
"Spirit jumped an amazing clear but I took an extra pull on the way down to the last which cost me the class.”
Chloe and Jessica are currently lying one-two respectively in the Young Rider rankings in the UK and both are making their mark, too, in the full Team GBR rankings.
At the beginning of October, Chloe stood at No. 15 in the national rider rankings (headed by Ben Maher) with Jess in 21st..
Jess can expect to climb the standings still further when she becomes eligible to ride in 3 star Grand Prixs on turning 18 next April.
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