A life-long dream has finally come true for a talented Glentham rider on her debut at the world-famous Burghley Horse Trials.
Event rider Alex Postolowsky became the highest-placed British rider competing at Burghley for the first time, finishing 36th out of hundreds of competitors.
The 28-year-old won a £640 training bursary and has now been selected to compete at the World Championships in France later this year.
Alex is feeling on top of the world - and says it is all down to her ‘amazing’ horse Islanmore Ginger.
She said: “I’ve always wanted to do this my whole life.
“It’s all just been a bit of an unbelievable, unexpected story.
“Afterwards there was just too much emotion to take it all in.
“I was numb, I started crying.
“I’ve been aiming for this for so long - it’s the top level of the sport.
“It’s just a dream, an absolute dream.
“I’ve never been so happy - and I’ve never cried so much from happiness.
“It just gets to you quite a lot when you’ve been aiming for something for so long.
“It just turned out so much better than I could have hoped.
“I can’t thank my horse enough.”
“He’s on the older side now but at every single stage he excelled.
“He just made it feel like any other course - he’s amazing.”
Burghley Horse Trials is an annual three-day event held in Stamford.
It is one of the world’s top six three-day events and attracts the best riders from around the globe.
Every year thousands of spectators turn out to watch the riders compete.
As a three-day eventer, Alex competes in dressage, cross country and show jumping competitions.