A PHARMACY technician at North Devon District Hospital is preparing to represent the South West for the first time in a national dressage event.

Louisa Spencer of Bradworthy is one of four South West riders to be selected for the Keysoe Senior Inter-Regional Squad competition in Bedfordshire.

The event, run by British Dressage, takes place at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe, this weekend. Louisa and her horse, Armstrong II, will compete against the six other English regions as well as teams from Scotland and Wales.

Louisa and Armstrong II qualified for the South West Regional Music Championships in Dorset in February, when they came fifth in the elementary open freestyle and eighth in the novice open freestyle. Since then they have won and been placed at both elementary and medium level.

Louisa is keen to hear from businesses interested in sponsoring her. For more information, e-mail her at louisaspencer@btinternet.com.