Ingham pinches after World Championship call-up

Yasmin Ingham has yet to pinch herself after receiving her first call-up to the British all around team ahead of the world championships in Italy later this month.

It’s been a long road so far for Ingham, who lifted poles from her Isle of Man home to Cheshire aged 16 to pursue her equestrian dream.

But it was a risk that paid off for the 25-year-old, who is taking her place alongside the best in British eventing and Ingham believes all the sacrifices are worth it.

“It has been a lifelong goal to represent my country at a senior championship,” Ingham said.

“After a lot of hard work, good results and a good team behind me, we reached the senior championships this year, so we leave for Pratoni in two weeks.

“I’m so excited it means the absolute world to me and I just can’t wait to get out there and do my best.”

Although he left the Isle of Man as a teenager, there is a common thread running through Ingham’s burgeoning career.

The opportunity to move to the UK came from two fellow islanders, Pewit Stud-based Sue Davies and Janette Chinn, and the Manx trio have been making waves in eventing ever since.

“It’s a very nice family story,” Ingham added. “They took a real chance on me from an early age.

“They wanted to move up the ranks with a younger rider and that made it even more special that I was Manx like them.

“It’s just an amazing story that we hopefully finished on our way to a senior championship.”

Although the move may have been a risk, it was a necessity for Ingham if she wanted to pursue her dreams.

Island life meant expensive trips to the mainland in order to compete, which meant there were a lot of sacrifices to fund Ingham’s constituency.

“It was extremely difficult,” she admitted. “It involved a ferry trip every time we wanted to compete at an affiliate level.

“It was very expensive so we didn’t have a great family holiday – we all worked very hard to do our business in the UK at the weekend.

“I have a really supportive family that has made it possible for me to achieve my dreams and we have been extremely lucky with Sue and Jeanette.

“I am extremely grateful to my incredible home team, a world class team, there are so many people who have put in so much effort to achieve these results. It’s a huge team effort.”

All those hours on the ferry laid the foundation for Ingham’s career which now sees her competing at the pinnacle of the sport.

The 25-year-old travels to Pratoni, Italy for her first senior world championships alongside some of the biggest names such as world number one Oliver Townend and Olympic silver medalist Tom McEwen.

The team demonstrated their dressage routine at this weekend’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, returning bigger and better than ever in 2022 after a two-year absence due to Covid-19.

Ingham was expected to compete at the legendary 5* before being called up for the World Championships and the 25-year-old is happy to still get a taste of the famous atmosphere before soaking up as much of the experience as he can in Italy.

“Being here in Burghley to practice our test for Pratoni is a huge advantage,” Ingham said. “It’s so amazing to have such a crowd, so it will definitely help us in two weeks.

“I’m definitely a bit of a rookie. They’re all seasoned pros in this area, so it’ll be really nice to hang out with them and learn from them, watch, and try to take in as much as you can.

“But I also know I’m capable of doing the level and my results have gotten me to this point, so I think the main thing is to go out and do your best.

“I absolutely would like an individual medal. If I came back with an individual medal, that would absolutely make my world.

“I’m definitely aiming for an individual medal, I’m still aiming for gold so we’ll do our best.”

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (September 1-4, 2022) returns after a two-year hiatus, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A major international sporting and social event for more than 50 years, it attracts 80 of the best riders in the world and more than 170,000 visitors. For more information visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk

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