children qualify for Royal final
British Horse Society Equitation Competition for riding schools
nears climax, and this year has attracted international recognition.
13 April will see sixty children competing in The British Horse
Society's (BHS) Equitation Competition, sponsored by the Elise Pilkington
Trust, at Warwickshire College in front of HRH The Princess Royal.
The children, all riding school clients who do not own their own
pony, have qualified from across the UK and, for the first year
from Hong Kong, in what is the only competition of its kind.
by their instructors, the children will be competing on riding school
ponies in a short dressage test and over a show jumping course watched
by The Society's Royal President. Each competitor will also sit
a half hour theory test containing multiple-choice questions based
on horse care and welfare.
are held at BHS Approved Riding Establishments across the country,
and this year an overseas BHS Approved Riding School in Hong Kong
has supported this unique competition. Competitors can also enter
from any licensed riding school, and there are two age groups for
the competition; 13 years and under and 17 years and under. Rosettes
and training vouchers, to be spent on riding lessons or further
training, are awarded up to sixth place, with a cup being presented
to the qualifier winners. The riding instructors of the winners
are also rewarded, and riders placed first and second in each age
group are invited to compete in the Final, to be judged by Jane
Goldsmith, FBHS and Margaret Linington-Payne BHSI, BHS Senior Manager
for Training Examinations and Approvals. The Princess Royal will
be presenting the awards at the Final, which will include a commemorative
medallion for every competitor and rosettes to tenth place. The
overall winner of each age group will receive a sash and prizes,
including training vouchers, plus awards for their instructors.
last time the final was held, in 2002, the winners came from Berriewood
Farm in Shropshire (17 years and under) and St Veep in Cornwall
(13 years and under) and both riding schools are represented again.
Berriewood instructor Jane Baker has pupils Amira Prescott, Lorna
Preece and Holly Thomas with Sarah McGrath's pupil Gillian Coleman
all making the journey together. Jo Barron from St Veep will be
bringing her star pupils Kim Philip and Bethany Clench, the latter
hoping to repeat her success of two years ago although she is now
in the older age group.