Riding Clubs' Horse Trials Championships 8-10 August
hottest weekend on record for the UK saw the South Essex Insurance
Brokers sponsored National Horse Trials Championships take place
at the beautiful Offchurch Bury Estate in Warwickshire. The weekend
was packed with competition encompassing a one-, two- and three-day
event, plus the new Home International competition.
all four championships, officials were extremely impressed with
the standard of riding and horse welfare.
The event kicked off with the Junior Championships on 8 August with
the Open and Home International Dressage and Vet Inspection running
parallel. Competition was fierce in the junior camp, but Kings Leaze
Riding Club was unstoppable and took the team championship. Team
members were Alice Turner and Trefeinon Deacon, Claire James with
Chinook Tapestry, Lucy Cartwright on Willoway Thomas and Lynda King
with Coldharbour Thistle.
Junior Novice Horse Champions, Kings Leaze RC with Nikki McKenzie
award for the 'All four scores to count' trophy in the junior section
went to Holme Valley Riding Club from Yorkshire. The overall junior
individual championship went to local rider Sophia Icke with Choc
Drop representing Rugby Riding Club.
The Home International competition was held for the first time this
year and saw entries from four regions of England and two regions
of Scotland. Sadly, the Welsh and Northern Ireland teams had to
withdraw before the event.
Mid England, Home International Team Champions with Hilary McKenna.
Home International Individual Champion.
Mid-England team triumphed in the intense heat and were awarded
the medals plus the poignant Ribble Rebel Home International Trophy
at this inaugural event. The trophy was donated by Hilary McKenna,
in memory of The Ribble Rebel who sadly died at the 2003 European
Rural Riders event in Belgium. The Mid-England team comprised Suzie
Taylor riding Just Go Again, Charlotte Hurst and Singapore Sling,
Georgina Harrison with Divine Intervention, Helen Wilkes riding
Fair Deal II and team test commander Leigh-Ann Adams. Scotland took
the individual honours with an impressive performance from Suzanne
Lumgair and her 15.3hh gelding, Kinroyal.
The Open three-day event received much praise from competitors and
although starting with record temperatures, concluded with the show
jumping taking place during thunderstorms. The cross country course,
designed by Simon Bere and built by Dave Thompson, provided an exciting
challenge for the teams who had already triumphed over many other
clubs in their respective areas to reach the championships. At the
end of competition, Nidd Valley Riding Club could not be caught
and took the Open title and the 'All four scores to count' silverware,
along with vouchers from the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and
subscriptions to Horse & Hound magazine. The Nidd Valley squad
were Rachel Mackie and Little Ruby, Kate Benson with Lucky Tigger,
Emma Atkinson on Lucky Daisy May and Sue Cliff with Cut a Dash.
Sue had a double celebration when she was also awarded the Carefree
Memorial Trophy for the highest placed homebred horse, Cut a Dash.
Open Team Champions, Nidd Valley RC.
overall title went to Petra James and Last Tango from Tivyside Riding
Club in Wales. Petra took home a beautiful double bridle donated
by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, plus a rug from Horse &
Open Individual Champion Petra James with Wilf Price from the Worshipful
Company of Saddlers.
Record entries were received for the Novice Horse Trials and this
lengthy competition commenced on Saturday 9 August with the Novice
Dressage and Show Jumping. The final result on the day saw Tivyside
Riding Club from Wales take pole position with excellent performances
from their fielded team, which enabled them to take home the 'All
four scores to count' trophy as well. The team were Petra James
and Cara, Judy Cordy with Tanyfoel Ishmael, Rebecca Morris riding
Aberaeron Telynor Apt Tywysog and Dawn Hodson with Mystique.
honours again went to Petra James this time riding Wendy Finucanes
12-year-old mare, Cara. Petra received a second superbly crafted
bridle from the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, plus a rug from
Horse & Hound Magazine.