RADNOR Riding Club have produced one of their best displays to gain fourth place at the British Riding Clubs NAF Five Star Superflex junior novice indoor show jumping championship at Hartpury.

But the four-strong team of Storm Fowler, Edward Jones, Oliver Jones and Harry Crump had to overcome some late drama before recording their fine result.

In the qualifiers, two horses went lame so Storm and Harry had to borrow horses at the last minute.

Despite having just an hour's lesson with team trainer Mark Haines, all of the team members rode well to qualify but the competition rules meant that they had to ride the same horses in the finals.

Just four days before the finals at Hartpury, however, a call was received from the owner of one of the borrowed horses to say that the horse was in foal and due anytime.

At the same time, Oliver Jones' pony went lame and so the two original horses, which had been listed as reserves, got to take part anyway.

So it was a team of Storm Fowler on Dolau Josie, Edward Jones on Rhillus Night Flight, Oliver Jones on Cool Dude and Harry Crump on Pencader Silver Lady who went into the final and jumped double clear rounds to put them into the jump-off. They then had the fastest time of 79.57 seconds but, unfortunately for them, recorded four faults which dropped them back to fourth place, an improvement on last year's seventh position.

Nantwich Riding Club Flyers won the title with Sevenoaks and Charlville & District in second and third places respectively.

The team's next challenge comes in the British Outdoor Show-jumping qualifier at Allensmore in June when a good performance could earn them a place in the finals in Lincoln later in the year.