National Championships 2019
We had a very busy and rather more eventful time at Hartpury this year than was planned!
Unfortunately Alex, who had qualified and was due to compete on Sunday, had to withdraw due to illness, which was very disappointing for Alex after all her hard work. We hope she makes a very speedy recovery.
Ellen’s journey to the Nationals was definitely not very straight forward. The horse she qualified on subsequently went lame and she had to find another horse in just a month and a half! Fortunately Ellen’s daughter offered her horse and after a few practices, the horse was approved by RDA for Ellen to compete on at the Nationals. Having got over that quite major hurdle all was ready for Ellen to compete in her dressage class on the Saturday just before 11.30. Unfortunately the horse box transporting the horse broke down so Ellen arrived at Hartpury without a horse to ride! The Organisers were extremely helpful and delayed Ellen’s start time to the end of the Class whilst everyone tried to find another horse for Ellen to ride! The Ravelrig group from Scotland very kindly offered one of their horses, but it was just too big for Ellen to manage, so after another nail biting wait, we were very kindly offered another horse, which turned out to be really lovely. He behaved beautifully and Ellen completed a great test with a score of 68.88. This was a tremendous achievement in very difficult circumstances.
After the stresses of Saturday, we were delighted that everything went according to plan for Christopher on Sunday. It was Christopher’s first time competing at the Championships and he took it all in his stride, riding a fabulous test to come 6th in his class with a score of 67.5 – brilliant!
A huge thank you to the team from Lambourn who do all the hard work behind the scenes and to family and friends for all their support and help to make it happen.