RDA Regional Qualifiers - 23rd May 2016

Well it's that time of year again and we had a number of people represent the centre at the RDA Regional Qualifiers, which were held at The Pegasus Centre in Morpeth this year.

As usual the days before the event were spent cleaning and tidying the horses and their tack. As always they were turned out beautifully and did the centre proud. The first of our representatives to compete was Nicola Jarvis on Goodnight Mr Tom (Tom) in the grade 1b test. Tom was his usual self and knew he was doing a dressage test as soon as the judge beeped the horn to start. She was followed by Liz Gandy riding Maisey in the same test. Liz did very well considering Maisey wasn't too impressed with the rare breed sheep in the field next to the arena.

Tracy Steel continued the procession of riders on her own Johan's Debut (Devlin) in the grade 3 test. Devlin must have been talking to Maisey as he wasn't too happy with the sheep either, but he also found the birds in the bushes a bit scary too, producing some very impressive turn on the haunches, as an adlib to the test.

Paula Archer was our Grade 4 representative on her own Fabio, who showed them all how to behave around sheep - just ignore them.

We also had two ungraded riders representing us, both riding Quarrington Shadow (Ed) in the open walk, trot & canter test. These were Katie Williamson in the senior section and Lee Kirton in the junior section. We are very proud of both of them, Katie had only been riding with the double bridle for a few weeks and managed a very good score. Lee also did a fabulous test. This was the first time he had competed away from home, and only the third time he had competed in a dressage competition.

Tracy and Paula also competed in the open walk, trot & canter test.  With Liz also competing in the walk & trot open test to get some extra practice while away from home.

All our riders managed to get qualifying scores, which would allow them to compete at the National Championships held in July at Hartpury College. Unfortunately, due to various reasons the centre has decided not to take a team to compete. Tracy will be going as an individual representing the centre.

It is a very expensive trip so there will be some fund raising events if you want to get involved and support Tracy.

You can also check out the Can you Help? page for other ways of supporting the centre.

Good luck Tracy, we all hope you do well.