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A gold for ALEX

PUBLISHED: 17:15 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 23 August 2010

PROUD: Alex Chitty won a gold medal and also helped his team to show jumping triumph.

PROUD: Alex Chitty won a gold medal and also helped his team to show jumping triumph.

AN 11-year-old rider has won a gold medal for England at a national show-jumping competition. Alex Chitty, of Woodhill, Meopham was part of the winning four rider squad at the Home Pony International in Chepstow in Wales, held over four days and ending o

AN 11-year-old rider has won a gold medal for England at a national show-jumping competition.

Alex Chitty, of Woodhill, Meopham was part of the winning four rider squad at the Home Pony International in Chepstow in Wales, held over four days and ending on Sunday.

The Meopham Primary School pupil, who has been show jumping for just two years, was the only representative from Kent in the competition.

Alex, who owns two ponies which are kept at his house, said: "I didn't really expect to do that well, I was hoping that the team would go far, but to come away with gold is really good.

"I really enjoyed the competition and I like horse riding, now I am looking forward to my next one this week."

He was first selected by the Show Jumping Association as one of five young riders from across England who were in with a chance of taking part in the finals of the competition.

After his performances in the early rounds, he was then selected to compete for a chance to win gold and his rides helped the team to victory.

His mother and father, Alex and Peter Chitty said they were extremely proud of their son's achievement.

Mrs Chitty, who helps train Alex, said: "To get that opportunity to take part in a competition like this is unbelievable. I am tremendously proud of him."

Mr Chitty added: "There has been a lot of effort put in by everyone to get this far and a lot of hard work, but we are all very pleased for him.

"Hopefully he can continue to get better, it's all down to having the firepower to allow him to carry on with his riding, but what he has done so far is fantastic."

Alex was also due to be taking part in the Royal International Horse Show in Hickstead which started yesterday.

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