Guildford-based Emma-Jayne and the 15hh Show Hunter Pony, Carnsdale Kativa Dumbledore, owned by Dawn Weston, qualified earlier in the season and won their section at the show to put them through to the final at Arena UK, near Grantham.
The Award is one of the highlights of the show, with the presentation taking place during the Saturday Evening Performance when Emma-Jayne won a bespoke Black Country Saddle as her prize.
Said Emma-Jayne (20): “Andy is a star. He is only four-years-old but copes with everything so well and we couldn’t have asked for more.
“I actually qualified 10 for the Black Country Saddles Rider of the Year Award so had plenty of horses and ponies to choose from and originally brought Abbey’s Finale to take part in the Small Hack sections.
“After winning her class and taking the Reserve Championship in the Hack section she got colic so Dawn was kind enough to suggest I ride Andy in the Rider of the Year Award.
“It was only his fifth show so to win the championship was just brilliant he really is a star for the future.”
Emma-Jayne and her mum Gayle have had 19 horses and ponies to produce this year and have had an excellent season.
Qualifiers for the Black Country Saddles Rider of the Year Award took place at shows all over the country with the final open to riders who have been awarded a Best Rider Card in the following classes:
Open Lead Rein and First Ridden, Open Lead Rein Hunter Type, Open Show Ponies, Open Show Hunter Ponies, Open Cradle and Nursery Stakes, Open WHP, Open Intermediate, Open Heritage Lead Rein and First Ridden, Open Heritage Ridden and Open Heritage WHP classes.
At the championship the competition was divided into six categories, with each winner receiving a Black Country Saddles jacket.
The sections were Lead Rein Rider of the Year, nine years and under, 11 years and under, 14 years and under, 17 years and under, and 25 years and under.
The classes and championship were judged using a two-phase system with marks accrued from a freestyle individual show before a second individual show with set movements required.