The Rio Olympics had many highlights but one of the best was seeing Great’s Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin win Gold in the individual dressage and become the first British woman to retain an individual gold medal at any Olympic Games.

To reach the pinnacle in such a skilled, taxing and technical sport takes years of training and Charlotte Neil (Year 8) has already taken the first amazing steps on such a journey by being invited to train with the British Dressage Pony Progress Squad.

The Lead Squad is primed to create a team to win medals at the forthcoming Pony European Championships but the Progress Squad is all about creating the stars of the future who will go on to represent Britain in years to come.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “Charlotte is recognised as a fantastic student in school but with so many students great things are achieved and they very much keep their light under a bushel. Charlotte has done amazingly well to reach this level and even a short conversation with her quickly reveals the enthusiasm and energy for the sport and the commitment to both the training and the animal care. We are very proud as a school of her achievement.”

For more information on the British dressage teams – and particularly the Progress Squads – visit: http://www.britishdressage.co.uk/under_25s