The BRC NAF Five Star National Championships 2019 took place once again over two days 31 August - 1 September 2019 at Lincolnshire Showground.
Over 1700 junior and senior riders qualified for the Championships which consisted of dressage and showjumping with new direct entry classes added, making these National Championships the most popular British Riding Clubs event to date.
The Championships began with the senior riders competing in a variety of classes. The Northallerton RC team dominated the Senior Riding Test with a team win finishing on a team total of nine points, two points ahead of Elstead RC in second place.
The overall individual title going to Lucy Stead riding Dreisel Town Curragh Boy also from Northallerton RC. Another team that took home both the team and overall individual title was Carleton RC, with rider Joanne Watts riding Darc Legend taking home the Senior Open Dressage overall individual title with an impressive score of 81.68 percent.
Lauren West riding Tilly Anna from North Lincs RC took home the Senior Prelim Dressage title, Lauren was also placed second in the competition, riding the same horse, but riding a different test.
North Lincs RC also took home the team title with the lowest score of the class finishing on a total of seven points, with Elstead RC five points behind this time again taking second place.
Georgie Bray riding Fernandel from Saffron Walden & District RC won the Pick a Test title with a score of 68.97 percent this class consisted of riders riding either a Medium or Advanced Medium dressage test.
“Lincoln is always one of the highlights of the year with the RC, I have been coming here since I was on ponies, so to finally achieve possession of an infamous NAF rug with all ribbons and prizes included was amazing,” said Georgie.
Emma Mountfield riding Colin and Rebecca Hutchinson riding Shambally Shadow won the Senior Pairs Dressage with an impressive score of 106.
In the Senior Team of Four Dressage there was a battle for first place with East Cheshire Combined Training Group clinching the title, with Atherstone & District RC coming very close in second place. The Senior Intro Dressage class was won by Aileen Sarahan riding Raphael from Welton & District RC.
The Open 110 Show Jumping Individual Championship title went to Ashley Daniel riding Abba from East Cheshire Combined Training Group who won with an impressive double clear, and a clear in the jump off, over six seconds ahead of Ellie Clarke- Adagio.
Ashley said, "I'm absolutely over the moon with my amazing mare, she tried so hard and even with a few spooks she did what we set out to do. We're national champions for the third time!"
The team title went to the Association of Irish Riding Clubs with a finishing score of only four penalties. Association of Irish Riding Clubs chairman Tony Ennis said, "It's a fantastic achievement for a club on the West Coast of Ireland to win the NAF Superflex Open 110 Team Show Jumping Team Championships and for Louise's individual 3rd place.
“Our clubs appreciate the opportunity to compete at the British Riding Clubs National Championships each year as the feedback we receive is always positive and we look forward to welcoming a team to our National Festival in June."
Rearsby Lodge RC won the 100 Show Jumping Team Championship title, there was a fierce battle between Cropthorne & Evesham Vale RC rider Verity Roberts riding Piacenzaimen and Pip Davis riding Cathedral Rock riding for Area 14 for the 100 Show jumping Individual title, with both riders jumping double clears rounds, but Verity secured the win by .05 seconds in the jump off.
Senior 90 Show Jumping Team Champions went to Saffron Walden & District RC, with the individual title being awarded to Scarborough & District RC member Jane Williams riding Full Sail.
Scarborough & District RC member Jane Traves said: “I’d like to say a huge thanks to BRC and NAF from my Club and myself for putting on another amazing Championship. We would also like to say a big thanks to all the volunteers for giving up their time. It was a fantastic weekend for us and we all had such fun. The event was really brilliantly run - well done.”
Cwmaman RC member Kayleigh Bowen riding Blaencwn Brenhenis won the Senior 80 Showjumping individual title, with the team title going to Houghton & Huntingdon RC.
Catriona Paterson, part of the winning team said: “We were thrilled to win the 80cm Showjumping last year and we are equally delighted to retain the title this year. What made it special was that each team member played their part to take us back to the top. It was certainly tougher this year with East Cheshire Combined Training Group making us work hard for it in the jump off.”
Senior 70 Showjumping Individual Champion was awarded to Solihull RC rider Emma Rowbottom riding Harley XII, finishing on a double clear and the fastest time of 39.30.
Macclesfield & District RC won the Team Championship. The Senior Style Jumping team Championship went to the Area 19 team, the individual title went to Malton & District RC rider Amy Small riding Polar Park.
Lizzie Styler riding Grove Westparc Raven for Atherstone & District RC won the Veteran Horse (Prelim & Novice) with Susan Williams on Tara Shady Lady winning the Veteran Horse (Elementary & Medium) for Forces Equine RC.
Veteran Rider Prelim was won by Cherwell Valley RC member Gilliam Duckworth riding Red Bog Lady, with the Novice class being won by Lyd Valley RC rider Jane Hodgetts riding The Joker II.
Sunday saw the turn of the junior riders competing in the same classes as the seniors the day before, alongside two new direct entry classes; Native type and Coloured Type.
The Coloured Type was won by Carleton RC rider Emma Broughton riding Hawksdown Pandemonium winning on a score of 76.38 percent. The Native Type class was won by Holly Souter riding Dyffrynceirog Polly with a score of 75.19 percent.
Taking home the Junior Intro Dressage title was Longton RC rider Amy Geldard, riding Kerannen Edwyn, winning on a score of 172.
The Junior Riding Test Team Champions were Atherstone & District RC finishing on an impressive team score of seven points. With Atherstone & District rider Keira Shafiq also winning the overall individual title riding her horse Diesel.
Lottie Gilderson and her horse Western Miracle riding for Malvern Hills RC won the Junior Dressage overall individual title with a score of 78.68 percent, with Saffron Walden & District RC taking home the Junior Dressage Team title on a finishing score of 10.
Wessex Gold RC rider Morgan Kent riding Kolstein’s Don Amigo won the Junior Elementary Dressage Individual title with an impressive score of 71.13 percent.
The Junior Team of Four Dressage was won by Nantwich RC finishing on a score of 312.5. There was a tie for first place in the Junior pairs Dressage, with North Ayrshire Riding & Trec Club and New Forest RC both finishing on a score of 107.
The Junior Style Jumping Team Championships was won by Three Counties RC finishing on a score of 13, winning this title for the second year, with second place being awarded to Solihull RC ending on a score of 17. The individual winner was Lois Hempston from Chipstead RC.
Cambridge & District RC finished on a score of 12, which allowed them to take home the Junior 90 Show Jumping Team title, with Three Counties RC rider Jodie Rogers riding Aughavilly Duke taking home the overall individual honours.
It was another win for Saffron Walden & District RC with the Junior 80 riders winning Team Championship. Area 16 rider Robyn Byrne riding Cracker Jack won the overall individual championship.
Taroni Banton riding Churchplace Crispin for National Forest RC jumped a double clear to win the Junior 70 individual title, with Beccles & Bungay RC winning on a total score of 14 to take home the Junior 70 team title.
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