Local eventer hopes to make her mark with Monarch

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Borders’ equestrianism has another rising star in the making if Jedburgh’s Daniella Page and her horse Monarch are anything to go by.

The 18-year-old and her mount have enjoyed a very successful eventing season indeed, with one win and four top placings.

The new partnership began the season in March down in Lincolnshire, competing at Pre-Novice level and finishing in October competing at 1* International level.

The pair completed their first CCI1* at Blair Castle International in August, coming a respectable 35th out of 98 starters, with the top 20 being mostly professional International and Olympic riders.

Daniella and Monarch achieved their qualification and were thrilled to be selected to ride for Scotland, where the team competed at Weston Park International Championships in Shropshire on October 13. The Scottish team did well to come seventh overall and an outstanding individual performance saw Daniella come 13th out of 68 competitors.

On November 9 at Airth Castle, Falkirk, Daniella was awarded the Dundrum Sam Quaich for the highest-placed Scottish rider at the OU18 CCI1* Chamionship.

And already, the former Jedburgh Grammar School pupil is looking to the future.

She told The Southern: “I would like to continue eventing and am aiming to represent Great Britain in the Under-21 team.”

Daniella already receives support from Mainetti UK Ltd and Roxburgh Sports Council, but is still seeking financial backing to help with her training and achieve her ambition. She is currently a working pupil with Ancrum equestrian star Emily Galbraith.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has played a part in what I have achieved so far,” she added.