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Tredworth teenager Brogan Miller exceeded all expectations by racing to third place on Saturday at Wincanton Racecourse in Somerset.

Brogan, aged 14, is a pupil at St Peter’s Catholic School and only started learning to ride 12 months ago at St James City Farm Riding School and was fortunate to have been supported by Olympic Dressage Rider Emile Faurie and have the backing of the Pony Racing Authority, so she could have weekly lessons. As her skills improved, Brogan was linked up to Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre for further training, including practice on the gallops with Cotswold racehorse trainers at the Bobble Barn Stud.

Speaking after the race, Brogan commented: “I can’t believe I got 3rd in my first ever pony race getting a trophy and a rosette with Guinness! I got to race with my best friend Alicia Perkins (also St James City Farm). This has been the best day ever and one I will always remember! This is hopefully the start of something big and many thanks to all the people who have been helping me!”

St James City Farm Riding School is managed by the ‘Friendship Café’ charity and was opened by BBC presenter Adam Henson in December 2014 with the specific aim of giving children from the inner-city a chance to learn to ride and is supported by the Police Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Martin Surl, the Gloucestershire Community Foundation and BBC Children in Need. Brogan is one of five children in the city currently sponsored by the Pony Racing Authority with a view to widening participation in racing by children who would not normally be able to take part.

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