Thirty young riders from Wales created eight teams to compete at the recent British Young Riders Dressage Scheme (BYRDS) Under-25 Championships at Sheepgate Equestrian Centre in Lincolnshire.
There were many successes, not least that of Team Calon Lan – Charlie Hunt, Elizabeth Thomas, Briony Cutler and Katie Leigh Rees which triumphed in the Novice Championship. Each rider had two tests to ride for the Team Championship with the percentage scores added together (best three to count); Elizabeth rode Cynfelin Rockstar to second place overall with 72.71% and 70.32%; Briony Cutler and Hilkens Charismatic were third individually (69.38% and 71.61%) while Charlie Hunt rode Isaura Van’t Ceusterhof into fifth place with 71.67% and 68.71%. Briony also took the Sheepgate Challenge Prelim and Novice Championship with 76.11% and 67.90%.
Teams Sosban Fach and Cwm Rhondda both enjoyed second place, while the Medium/Advanced Medium Ar Lan Y Mor Team came a highly creditable third.