Allana Clutterbuck made the long journey from Essex to Cheshire extremely worthwhile as she won the headline pony class at this year's Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.
Based in Upminster, Allana triumphed with Sultan du Bary after delivering the only double clear round to win the pony 148cms European viewing trials grand prix, sponsored by the Pony Syndicate.
A testing jump-off track in Bolesworth's International Arena certainly made an impression, but Allana kept her composure as the combination kept all fences standing in a time of 40.78 seconds.
Four faults in 40.46 seconds was enough to secure Fraser Reed second spot on Jiminy Cricket, with third place going to Hannah Barker and Amman Valley Santino - they also had a fence down - in 47.97 seconds.
"I just went for it, tried to win, and it paid off," she said.
"The jump-off was quite tricky. There were a few turns, and then you had to gallop to the last fence, but I trusted him and we did it.
"I didn't watch many go in the jump-off, so I wasn't really sure, but I did what I was told to do and it all worked out.
"This is my first time at Bolesworth, and I think it is absolutely fantastic. I will definitely be back next year.
"I can't describe the feeling to win a class like this one. It's unreal.
"I know I can trust the pony, I know I can just go and he will go as well, which is a fantastic feeling. It's a good partnership."
Allana's season shows no sign of slowing down, meanwhile, having qualified for the Horse of the Year Show in October and also have sights set on representing Great Britain again in her final year of riding ponies before moving on to horses.
"Hopefully, I get picked for the Europeans in Hungary, and then it's Horse of the Year Show," she added. "It is a really busy time, but I am enjoying every minute."