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Edinburgh's Rowan Ball wins showjumping award

ROWAN Ball from Edinburgh won the British Showjumping's December NAF 'Shining Star Award'.

Rowan (17) is a keen and hard working young showjumper and has been awarded the NAF Shining Star because of the enthusiasm and commitment that she has shown during her time as a member of the British Showjumping Central Scotland Junior Academy.

Aileen Craig, the lead coach for the Central Scotland Junior Academy, nominated Rowan for the NAF Shining Star Award.

"Rowan is a pleasure to teach and has gone from strength to strength through attending the Central Junior Academy. Whether it is with her young horse or her more experienced horse, Rowan is always keen to learn and improve," she said.

Last year, Rowan, riding her mother's 11 year-old grey mare Vandora, was crowned the winner of the National Amateur 0.90cm Championship at Aintree International Equestrian Centre in November 2012. Rowan's plan for 2013 is to bring on her six-year-old gelding Bon Ami V.

Rowan was pleased to hear that she had won the NAF Shining Star Award "I have to thank everyone who has been involved with the Central Scotland Junior Academy, especially Aileen Craig. I also would like to thank my coach David Hoyland and my Mum and Dad. I'm really looking forward to competing throughout 2013," she said.