EQUESTRIAN: Mendoza wins maiden four-star crown

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WILTSHIRE teenager Jessica Mendoza has clinched her first four-star showjumping title in Belgium.

The 18 year old from Tockenham won on the Longines Global Champions Tour in Antwerp.

Riding Spirit T, Mendoza took the CSI4* 1.50m class with the fastest (of 17 clear rounds) in a time of 55.47 seconds.

She shaved 0.03 seconds off the time of nearest rival, fellow British rider, Tim Gredley with Unex Omega Star.

“It was my first four-star and I knew I had to go quick to win. I am thrilled with Spirit. She jumped an amazing round,” said Mendoza.

The other British riders in the class finished down the field, with Louise Saywell on eight faults and Nick Skelton on 12.

Mendoza, who has set her sights on European selection this year, was also the top Brit in the 1.45 ranking class, finishing in sixth place on Ramiro de Bellevue.

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