British Riding Clubs Equi-Theme Intermediate Winter Championships

Winners of the Novice 34 dressage, Maria Wills and Longhill Donna Carina

Winners of the Novice 34 dressage, Maria Wills and Longhill Donna Carina

More than 500 competitors headed to Bury Farm Equestrian Village for the British Riding Clubs Equi-Theme Intermediate Winter Championships.

Friday afternoon got underway with The BRC Equi-Theme Novice 34 Dressage and Elementary sections.

After a fantastic effort the Novice section went to Maria Wills of Chipstead Riding Club in Surrey and Longhill Donna Carina.

Now nine-years-old Maria has owned the Warmblood cross for the last four years and she is a big fan of Riding Clubs and the great fun she has locally.

Jessie Vanassche and Da Vinci II won the Elementary 49 test

Jessie Vanassche and Da Vinci II won the Elementary 49 test

Travelling from the Isle of Wight, Jessie Vanassche and Da Vinci III started her BRC Equi-Theme Intermediate Winter Championships in great form when winning the Elementary 49 Test.

An hour long crossing on the ferry followed by a three hour drive didn't seem to effect Jessie and Da Vinci III as he danced his way to a great win.

Jessie’s run of success continued in the Medium/Advanced/Medium Pick a Test when she took second to South East Scotland Dressage member, Gillian Brown and Meikle Rustler. Gillian is a Para-Dressage rider competing at national silver and gold level.

 

Team jumping and more dressage

On day two, the focus turned to show jumping with the Senior Intermediate Show jumping class.  Twenty-one teams of four made their way to Bury Farm Equestrian for the prestigious final.

Saffron Walden & District Riding Club took the Senior Intermediate show jumping title

Saffron Walden & District Riding Club took the Senior Intermediate show jumping title

Taking to the winners stage were Saffron Walden & District Riding Club with Lisa Spence, Catherine Berrisford, Lisa Howlett and Suzanah Engelmann,

In the dressage arenas Prelim 7 teams and individuals started the day with some excellent tests. 

In the individual sections the first section saw a tie with Michelle Stretton and Jake from Hinckley Riding Club and Catherine Griffiths with Ballymoore Secret Clover from Solihull Riding Club taking the honours.

The second Prelim 7 individual went to Kate Vickery and her Connemara, Maicin Funambule ll. 

A member of Cheltenham Riding Club, Kate bought the seven-year-old for her daughter but hasn't handed the ride over yet, as she's having too much fun. 

Elementary 49 saw a win for Mandy Keen of Chilworth Riding Club and the former show horse, Just The One IV, an attractive bay gelding that was brought over from Ireland from well-known showing enthusiast Cathy Wood as a youngster.

 

Junior riders take to the stage

On the Sunday it was the time for the juniors to head into the competition arena with the Intermediate Show Jumping providing a team win for once again for Saffron Walden & District.

The team of Sophie Byford with Tullyallen Lily, Isobel Oakley and Rockisland Bartley, Ella Caton riding Shamrock and Rosie Beanland with Chicago were in great form to take the top award from Rearsby Lodge Riding Club.

In the individual showjumping Oliver Kidner and Freddie from Beccles & Bungay Riding Club took home the red rosette.  This talented pair were the fastest in a competitive jump-off to cross the finish line in 32.67 seconds.

Three Counties Riding Club won the Junior team dressage competition

Three Counties Riding Club won the Junior team dressage competition

Securing the team award in the dressage arenas were Three Counties Riding Club with Tia Holland, Ronni Harding-Good, Edward Daniell and Charlotte Vickery taking the lead over Hereford & District Riding Club.

Eleven-year-old Tia and her pony Uphill Sunshine also took the Individual Championship much to her delight.

The whole event ran very smoothly, but it wouldn't have happened without the help of the British Riding Clubs team and volunteers who made the event fun, but competitive.