We have had another busy and successful year in dressage this year, with a record number of training sessions, good results at area level and placings at the Land Rover Regional championships at Keysoe. Many of our members have also been busy at unaffiliated competitions and have done themselves and their trainers proud.
We had a strong group of riders to choose from for our teams at area dressage, where we were able to field a grassroots team, novice team and intermediate team.
Well done Allana, Charlie, Katelyn and Leonie on the Intermediate team, who were placed ninth; Dana, Veryan, Sky ??? making up the Novice team and Josephine, Bea, Flo and Eti??? on the Grassroots team, who qualified for the Regional Championships. Thanks also to Sarah Holland Villa for coaching the dressage team and being there on the day to help us warm up.
It was really exciting to have our Grassroots team competing at the Regional Championships at Keysoe. We had to make a team substitution and put forward a team of Bea, Flo, Harriet and Eti. This was a massive, stay-away show with teams from all around the South. All our riders rode well, despite the pressure of such a big event and the fact that several were also competing in the show jumping team and had very tight times. In the end, the team were placed??? and to our great pride, Harriet was placed??? Thanks to Candice, who supported the team throughout the event.
Dressage day was well attended, with members learning not only about riding a better test, but also more about judging and lunging.
We have been lucky to be taught and inspired by a great group of instructors: Badr Al Omran, Sarah Holland-Villa Melissa Beer, Debbie Reed, Simon Luck, Sarah Muggeridge, AB Williams and Darren Woods and our thanks go to them for their hard work and enthusiasm.
The award for dressage for 2017 goes to Harriet Birkby, whose result at the Land Rover Regional Championships was richly deserved, and truly impressive. Well done, Harriet.