|Freestyle moves demonstrating balance/strength|
Lizzie qualified for the event in joint-top position nationally with the maximum qualification score by winning two competitions earlier in the year: a national competition at Talygarn Equestrian Centre (Wales), and the English Championships in Rugby.
She was competing on Briardale Lothario (aka Rio), an eleven-year-old skewbald gelding who is owned by Reivers Vaulting Group from Scotland, lunged by Stacey MacPherson. Rio is relatively new to vaulting but has already competed internationally and is developing the 'vault-ability' of his canter. Lizzie met him for the first time on the first day of competition and had only one brief opportunity to try her routines before showing them off to the judges!
|Two of the compulsory moves: Basic seat and Bench.|
|Freestyle moves demonstrating flexibility|
|The dismount on the day it went well!|
We were also delighted that Cambs College RDA volunteer, Isabelle Holgate, was competing in the 1* individual and 1* Pas de Deux events. Along with her training partner, Sheri-Anne Smith, Isabelle came 1st in the Pas de Deux competition! Isabelle has recently started studying veterinary nursing at Hartpury College (having been impressed by the facilities whilst volunteering at the RDA Championships) but we hope she will return to RDA when her studies (and vaulting competitions!) allow.
|Isabelle (in blue) and Sheri-Anne, also with an Aladdin theme for their freestyle. Isabelle is the Genie!|
|Rio was very interested in the rosette!|