Bar­ton broth­ers ex­cel for school at county com­pe­ti­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -


Jake, aged 12, and Josh Bar­ton, 16, com­peted in the event at Bury Farm Eques­trian Cen­tre and jumped fault­less clear rounds to win the 90cm and 1m classes, re­spec­tively.

Jake, rid­ing Knicker­bocker Glory, beat off 78 com­peti­tors from Herts, Bucks, Beds and Northants to be­come both Herts county cham­pion and over­all win­ner.

Josh, rid­ing Con­tra B, saw off 50 other rid­ers from the same four coun­ties to land both the Herts county ti­tle and over­all prize.

The broth­ers – along with fel­low Bucks rider Talia Clark, from Gerrards Cross – also helped their Berkham­stead School team be­come county cham­pi­ons.

Their suc­cess came as no sur­prise to their mum Nicki, who was a com­pet­i­tive dres­sage rider.

“They have been rid­ing horses al­most be­fore they could walk, and rid­ing com­pet­i­tively since the age of about five or six,” said Mrs Bar­ton.

“Both Jake and Josh have won county ti­tles be­fore, but never at the same time, so it made for a much hap­pier house this time! Our mid­dle son, Ben [aged 14] also rides, and they en­joy do­ing it to­gether, but for him it’s more for en­joy­ment, whereas Jake is aim­ing to showjump pro­fes­sion­ally.”

For Josh, how­ever, there will soon be a tough choice to make as he de­cides which of the two sports he ex­cels in to spe­cialise in.

As well as be­ing a tal­ented showjumper, he is an out­stand­ing rugby player who cap­tains the un­der­16s side at Premier­ship cham­pi­ons Sara­cens.

Mrs Bar­ton added: “The rugby comes from my fa­ther, David Stevens, who was a rugby player from the amateur era. He was an Ox­ford Blue who played for the Bar­bar­ians as well as Black­heath and Eng­land tri­als.

“Josh has to fit in his rugby around his show jump­ing, but he will have to make a de­ci­sion one day as to which one he pur­sues.

“His rugby is re­ally tak­ing off but he loves his rid­ing too.

“I’m strongly in favour of not spe­cial­is­ing too early.” Hen­ley, and had

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