The British Riding Club and SEIB Equestrian Insurance Brokers 2016 Quadrille Selection Trials took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Buckinghamshire (1 October).
Eleven quadrille teams dressed to impress, rode choreographed routines to music in front of a packed crowd. This year’s imaginative themes included Camelot, Bollywood, Ghostbusters, Sailors, Alice in Wonderland to name just a few.
From the four teams that have qualified, this achievement was particularly remarkable for the Deen City Farm BRC Centre, who’s four riders all take part on riding school horses from an inner city charity run riding school based in Wimbledon, London.
“We just tried to come up with brightest, theatrical idea we could think of," said Joanna Henbry, from Deen City Farm BRC Centre. 'It has been incredibly difficult to fit in around the riding school commitments of the horses and ponies, but they have behaved impeccably and taken everything in their stride. I can’t believe that we were only 0.5 of a mark away from first place.”
The four teams that have been selected to take part in the final at Bury Farm Equestrian Village (22 October) at the All Stars Gala are:
Saffron Walden & District RC – A Life on the Ocean Wave
Deen City Farm BRC Centre – Bollywood Dreams
Cornwall TREC Group – Spamalot
Witheridge RC – The Magnificent Four Goes West To Dance The Do-Si-Doe