RDA National Championships 2018
We had an exciting time with four of our riders competing in dressage at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury, which took place between Friday 13th July and Sunday 15th July.
It was a very busy weekend with Ellen Benn and Jo Fielder riding on Saturday and Alex MacKinney and Annie Collins riding on Sunday. Team Lambourn worked extremely hard preparing the horses and the riders for this major event and it is certainly a weekend we will all remember for some time.
Ellen, riding Killinure star (Wispa) were the first to go on Saturday morning in a very large class of 32 competitors. Wispa always like to leave his mark wherever he goes and Hartpury was no exception, but Ellen maintained her composure and focus and rode a very good test against very tough competition scoring 71.94, which resulted in 9th place.
It was Jo’s first time competing at the Nationals riding Tambrook Te Amo (Mabel), who she only started riding 2 months prior to the competition. After a good start, about two thirds of the way through the test, Mabel was unbalanced coming into a corner and unfortunately tripped right in front of the Judge bending some of the white arena markers! Once the necessary repairs had been made, Jo bravely continued, completing her test and scoring a very respectable 57.5 in the process, which took her into fourth place. As Jo said afterwards “Make yourself stand out from the crowd” was some of the sound advice given before my championship test at Hartpury yesterday. Well, me and Mabel certainly did that!”
On Sunday both Alex and Annie rode Aramis (Ant), with Alex going first in one of the large indoor arenas. Alex rode Ant really well, even when he was distracted by ‘His’ audience! It is one of the best tests we have seen Alex ride in a large class with a very high standard and we were very proud of her 8th place, scoring 67.35.
It was the first time Annie had been to the National Championships and getting there was such a great achievement for her as she has only been riding with us for 8 months. Annie took it all in her stride and smiled all the way through a very good test, even though Ant felt he had probably done enough for one day and needed quite a bit of encouragement to keep going! Annie was placed 14th in her Class with a score of 61.11, which she was thrilled with because it was higher than her qulaifying score!
Congratulations to all our riders. It is such a personal achievement for each of you and we are very proud of you all.