Again another trek up to the other side of Doncaster to Epworth for the Area 16 Horse Trials Qualifier.  This year Rutland were able to field a 80 cm team of Bobby Horne, Georgina Sharples, Louise Cunliffe and Mandy Sanders.

At the last-minute Mandy had to substitute her second horse as Larry Gee had only received his booster flu jab a few days before which was going to make him ineligible to compete, so she bravely brought out Miss Dolly.

Fortunately, we did not have a dawn start as the 80 cm class was the last class of the day, and everyone did tremendously well with three clear rounds on the cross country!  There seemed to be rather strange time penalties in the show jumping for Georgina and Louise, and this was queried. Alas not a lot we could do about it, but sure it was not correct!

The event was extremely well run and the course was beautifully presented, and they even had electronic score boards – a first I think for Riding Clubs.  This all was working beautifully until the end when they realised there were a number of mistakes.  It was two hours after the last horse had completed that the final scores were published.  This involved a lot of toing and froing, a number a changes and readjustments, but this finally meant that Rutland came 3rd!  This was out of seven teams.  So well done ladies!!

Rosemary David very kindly agreed to come with me as back up, and in case any extra help was needed.  Only glad that the rain held off what ended up a dry, sunny but cold breezy day.

Results are published separately.

Fiona Edmunds - Team Manager

BRC Intermediate Winter Dressage Championships 26th and 27th April

Weather conditions at Bury Farm for the Team competition were nearly as bad as those at the Qualifier back in October! No rain, but gale force winds, making travelling and competing very unpleasant indeed. A huge thank you to Dawn Ross (Ultratop van Overis Z), Tamsyn Iveson (Enniscrone Morgan Gold), Mel Bennett (Alderfarn Z) and Pippa Owen (Claude Debussy) for battling with the elements and making it to Bury Farm

Once again, there were some pleasing Tests, but placing, sadly, did not reflect the quality of work shown. The Team finished in 17th place (26 Teams took part) with Tamsyn and Dougie in the rosettes with their 8th in Novice 28 on a score of 68.96

Weather conditions for the Individual classes on the Friday were better for Deirdre Haynes (Fernella Fudge) and Rosemary David (Royal Mail). Both horses went well and Rosemary's score of 71.25%, very surprisingly, just took her out of the placings to stand 11th.

Thanks are due, once again, to Rosemary for Dressage writing on the Saturday as our Team Volunteer . We cannot send Teams to any of the Championships without nominating a volunteer, so if you would like to be involved and undertake this role, please let Team Managers know.

Jane Ellis - Team Manager

BRC Novice Winter Dressage Championships 30 March 2019, Arena UK

26 Teams contested the Novice Winter Dressage Championships at Arena  UK, with the Rutland Team of Dawn Ross and Ultratop van Overis Z; Bella Craven and Coletto Boy; Tamsyn Iveson and Enniscrone Morgan Gold and Emily Lumb and Donna Melissa finishing 11th; just out of the Team rosettes by one place and in the top half.

Tamsyn and Dougie were placed 3rd in Novice 24 on a score of 72.1%. They were only just pipped for top place and it was great to see them at the mounted prize giving, as they produced a lovely Test

Emily and Donna Melissa were 4th in Novice 27 on a score of 71.96%. Again, marks were very close at the top of the class and Donna Melissa went well

Many thanks to everyone who competed and to Rosemary David, our team volunteer, who wrote for one of the Dressage Judges'.

Jane Ellis - Team Manager

BRC Grassroots League 2019

The BRC Grassroots Points League has started again for 2019 and will run until the end of October. The league card is attached and the link below will direct you to the page on the BRC website.

BRC Grassroots Training 2019

BRC have once again teamed up with world class instructors, this time giving BRC members tuition in the Show Jumping discipline, at venues throughout the UK. Professional advice will also be given to the riders with two thirty minute talks, talking about the importance of clean sport and nutrition with NAF and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers will also be attending talking about tack.

The aim of these training days is to encourage our grassroots rider and to give them the confidence to move up the levels and eventually compete at our qualifiers and hopefully championships! This is a fabulous opportunity for grassroots riders to learn from world class experts. Members are welcome to join any training day in any area, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

There will be four levels across the day: 

Group 1 level 1: Introduction to jumping and pole work.

Group 2 Level 2: 60cm-70cm- Jumping single jumps and short courses at home

Group 3 Level 3: 70cm-80cm- Wanting/aiming to compete at an area qualifier

Group 4 Level 4: 80-90cm- Have competed at a qualifier/BRC championship but not in the last 12 months

Full information can be found on our website, please see link below.