Two teams representing BD Wales at the recent Para Home International (4 to 5 June) did themselves proud; the Wales Snowdonia winning team of Georgia Wilson, Julia Horton, Denise Smith and Lorna Lee were awarded the Marian Bach Shield and Kings Trophy – taking the title back to Wales for the third year in succession – while the Wales Cambrian team of Georgia Wilson, Janette Edwards and Rowan Crosby finished in sixth place. No doubt much of this was down to the teams’ ‘Living Mascot’ Hercules the dog who was dressed as Welsh dragon for the occasion.
The event was held at Vale View Equestrian Centre in Leicestershire where each rider performed two tests, judged according to level of disability and divided to cater for Bronze, Silver and Gold level competitors. Riding Caraca for Wales Snowdonia, Georgia Wilson (Gold) was third in the FEI PE Grade II on Saturday scoring 67.13% and second on Sunday with 67.28%; Julia Horton (Silver) and Premier Joyfull Moon won not only both FEI PE Grade III Novice tests scoring 70.91% and 69.66% but also the Grade III Championship; Denise Smith (Silver) rode Sheepcote Catkin in the FEI PE Grade II Novice, coming second with 66.19% and winning Sunday’s test with 68.57%; Lorna Lee (Silver) rode Midnight to victory in both FEI PE Grade Ib Novice tests with 75.24% and 73.33% and in doing so won the Grade 1b Championship. Lorna and Midnight also topped the Freestyle on Saturday evening with a score of 75.13%. The team’s accumulated winning percentage score was 424.84 which gave them a lead of 7.17.
Wales Cambrian team saw Georgia riding Lordanos Lover, the pair coming second with 67.50% on Saturday and third with 66.91% on Sunday in the FEI PE Grade II Team test; Janette Edwards (Silver) and Lates Diamond gained third place with 58.52% and second place with 67.95% in the FEI PE Grade III Novice; Rowan Crosby (Silver) rode Kilmazing Tiger Lily to third places with 68.10% and 68.33% in the FEI PE Grade Ib Novice.