Radlett rider qualifies for horse of the year show

Shannon Mulhern and Hello Juno.

Shannon Mulhern and Hello Juno. - Credit: Archant

Radlett horse rider Shannon Mulhern will compete at the SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star Championship finals at the Horse of The Year Show after winning her qualifier.

The 16-year-old, rider mum Diane’s pony Hello Juno, fought off stiff competition from other riders in the class to gain qualification at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire.

The Mulhern family has owned the pretty dun mare for just over a year after buying her from Ireland for Shannon.

“This is the first time she has had a young horse and they’ve done a lot of schooling as Juno had only hunted before we got her,” said Diane. “She can be very stubborn sometimes, we’ve been stuck at a show before for two hours because she wouldn’t load back on to the lorry. At shows she’s brilliant, though. I think she’ll like HOYS.”

The pair have also qualified for the Royal International Horse Show and Equifest this year.

“She got a lovely jump and really enjoys cross country,” said Shannon, who is a student at St Albans Girls’ School and will celebrate her 17th birthday when she is competing at HOYS.

“It’s a dream, I didn’t think it was going to happen. I can’t believe it.”