National Championships 2019

Well done to all our riders who competed at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury (July 12 -14).  We had 11 riders there this year (it should have been 12 but poor Chloe dislocated her shoulder the day before the competition started), and they all put in good performances.  We ended up with three National Champions (Olivia and Eleanor in dressage and Lizzie in vaulting), a heap impressive placings and, most important, we all had a good time.

It was particularly good to have four riders and a volunteer competing in the East Region vaulting team this year, and I congratulate Lizzie Bennett on training the team and putting together such an entertaining programme (and thank you Kate Lawrence for making the costumes), which was great fun and much enjoyed by the spectators.  Well done East Region team for their second place, and well Lizzie for winning your individual class.  

Olivia Cornick claimed the Grade 4 dressage championship on a borrowed horse (Brandy) which was well deserved.  Eleanor Currington’s show jumping win in the Level 3 competition was also a terrific result, gained through sheer determination as much as riding skill (especially at the last fence!).  

There were lots of good results, and even those who didn’t win a rosette did a great job. Many thanks and congratulations, too, to all our wonderful helpers and horses.

Full results are available on the RDA website here. More photos and a fuller report to follow!