Riding Club National Championships Lincoln - 13th & 14th
Riding Clubs (BRC) celebrated their most successful championships
in history during the weekend of 13th and 14th September 2003. With
entries topping any previously recorded level, and unseasonably
good weather, the atmosphere, venue and competitors were second
to none. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of affiliation
to the British Horse Society and to celebrate, parties were held
on both the Friday and Saturday evenings to allow all competitors
to join in the celebration.
Saturday 13th September kicked off with the senior finalists. A
staggering 16 dressage arenas were in action, featuring preliminary
to international levels of dressage, plus four jumping rings with
novice and open jumping and our own Equitation Jumping final in
which marks are awarded for style and riding. The open ring attracted
a big crowd with its testing track in a truly grand arena.
Saturday 14th was the junior day with the NAF sponsored Evergreen
Veteran classes held alongside. Teams had travelled from Cornwall,
Isle of Wight and Scotland.
Longton Riding Club, based near Preston in Lancashire always do
well at the championships and this year was no exception. Starting
the day with a win in the Senior Open Team Dressage, followed by
the Rural Riders International Dressage Test, Longton went on to
take the Overall Individual Riding Test Championship. Longton's
extremely well matched Rural Riders team under the watchful eye
of team commander Christine Fayle, were awarded the Scaramanga Trophy
for the second year in a row.
Rutland RC based near Leicestershire, took the Overall Individual
Dressage Championship with an excellent test from Suzy Dawe on Paledo.
An award was also made by the Retraining of Racehorses organisation
to the highest place ex-racer in this competition. The award went
to Rachel Franklin and Galloway Reiver.
Rochdale RC, also based in Lancashire celebrated a win in the Riding
Test Team Championship with two of the team also winning their respective
East Cheshire RC enjoyed a win in the senior open show jumping championships
and took home the beautiful Spillers Bowl and the Alan Ashby Memorial
Trophy. The individual title went to Lucy Pinney and Redlight from
the South Western Dressage Group. The Retraining of Racehorses organisation
were again on hand to make an award to the highest place ex-racer,
which this time went to Jerry Prince and Iffy from North Lincs RC.
Mid Somerset RC ensured their long journey was worthwhile by taking
the Pairs Dressage championship. Marylou Ashton and Claire Derryman,
riding Charlie Brown and Maytree Washington, celebrated with a picture
including their Jack Russell team mascot.
Hailsham RC from East Sussex proved to be a team with excellent
jumping style by taking the stunning BSJA Eagle Trophy and the Equitation
Team Jumping Championships. The individual title went to Sophie
Saunders and Isenhurst Fatal Attraction, the combination being part
of the Hailsham winning team.
East Yorkshire RC were represented by the talented Joyce Fearn riding
Something Else in the Medium Dressage Final, and an excellent performance
from this pairing secured the title and the silverware.
Beccles and Bungay RC hailing from Suffolk, took the Novice Show
Jumping Team Championship, beating a huge field of competitors.
This championship class was so large that the first and second round
were held in separate rings. The individual title went to Rachel
Birch and No Doubt from East Midlands Dressage Group. The highest
place ex-racer in this competition was also awarded a prize from
the Retraining of Racehorses organsation and this went to Samantha
Burch riding The Tester from > Berkshire County RC.
Elstead RC were victorious for the second year in a row in the Novice
Dressage Championship sponsored by Natural Animal Feeds. Based in
Surrey, the club were ecstatic to take the trophy again. The Overall
Individual title went to Joanne McNeill and Irishmore, representing
Polnoon Castle Riders Association in Scotland.
The NAF sponsored Evergreen Veteran Horse and Pony classes drew
a huge entry with the removal of the jumping section. With 23 ponies
and 34 horses entered in each class the judges had their hands full
to find an overall champion. The Evergreen Pony Championship went
to Isobel Reynard and 17 year old Little Red Rooster from Hambleton
RC based in North Yorkshire. The Evergreen Horse title went to Sharon
Moss and 25 year old Fuego from Berkeley RC in Gloucester. Sharon
and Isobel went forward to the Overall Evergreen Veteran final and
after some tough debate, the Evergreen Horse of the Year award was
given to Sharon Moss and Fuego. Sharon was presented with the newly
donated Sundance Kid II Trophy in memory of this exceptional pony
who was extremely successful in the Evergreen class.
Essex based Ingatestone and Blackmore RC took the Junior Riding
Test Team Championship. The individual title went to Gemma Carman
and Worton Buccanneer from Warwickshire based Rugby RC. Gemma also
took the ndividual title in 2002 with this extremely versatile pony.
The Junior Team Dressage Championship went to Kings Leaze RC from
South Gloucester, fielding an almost identical team to the Junior
Championships at Offchurch. Kings Leaze juniors are certainly pulling
off consistent performances across the board. The individual title
went to Kings Leaze team member Claire James and Chinook Tapestry.
Riders 2000 RC hailing from Cardiff were the successful duo in the
Junior Pairs Dressage Championship. The judges were particularly
impressed with the standard this year. Martha Thomas and Laura Major
riding Mr Perky Perkins and Llamaes Lad respectively, took home
a silver salver each.
Rochdale RC were in the ribbons again with brilliant performance
in the Junior Open Show Jumping final. Last year 's individual champion,
Daniel Warburton, was in the winning team but unfortunately had
a fence down in the jump off. The individual title went to Samantha
Magennis and Birchwood Belle representing Lakes RC in Cumbria.
Herfordshire based North Mymms RC were the proud recipients of the
Junior Novice Show Jumping Team Champions silverware. The individual
title went to Jamie Goss and Mighty Mouse from Cropthorne and Evesham
RC in Worcestershire.
Elstead RC again had cause to celebrate with yet another victory,
this time in the Junior Equitation Jumping Championship. Elstead
were very proud to take this title for the second year in a row.
The individual title went to Samantha Oakden and Zephyr from Lakes
RC in Cumbria.