Aoife Clark made history by becoming the first Irish rider to win Blenheim International Horse trials (13 - 15 September). It was Aoife's first win at three star level and despite going into the final phase with only a 1.5 penalty lead over Jean Teulere, she stayed cool under pressure to produce a beautiful clear on Fenyas Elegance (pictured above).

Here are 5 things you didn't know about this talented rider:

1. Aoife is very superstitious: "I can't wear anything new for a competition and the lorry is never packed in advance. My head girl once found a four leaf clover at a previous Blenheim and I carried it with me for the whole show.

2. She could live off cheese and mayonnaise sandwiches- and Rosé wine.

3. She completed the London marathon in an impressive 4 hours and 3 minutes.

4. Irish phrases can often be heard on the yard, "Ca bhfuil" (where is) is used most often, generally followed by "my phone"!

5. Aoife has a fear of flying, which is unfortunate as her husband flies helicopters for a living.