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National Championships success for Mount group

(August 19, 2013)

Hartpury RidersThe horses were bathed, the tack was sparkling the horse box was loaded with the 101 things we may or may not need, and the weather report was Sunny ! last year it poured with rain with mud everywhere so things were looking good.  We were off to the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire with a team of seven riders and two horses, Megan and Mizen, the backup crew of three who were staying and others who would drive down at the crack of dawn to support their riders when they competed over the two days.

We arrived early Friday afternoon to get the horses settled and to ride them around later when it had cooled down.  Saturday at 8.55 was the start of our day with our first rider Jonathan Iszatt from the Lodge Trust at Market Overton. He and his horse, Miss Marples,(the horse bought with money donated by Elaine Holmes when she was the Mayor) were competing in the Countryside Challenge, this is a series of obstacles which you may find when you were out for a hack, opening gates, bending under tree branches etc. They did a lovely round, this was the Led with a side walker class, the lead rope must be loose to show that the rider is doing the steering but needs to be on the horse “just in case” he finished 1st Senior in this class. He then did his Led walk test Dressage and finished 4th and 2nd in the Combine Training seniors.  Next to go was Charlie Arscott from Oakham C of E School and Hearnsbrook Mizen. a super pony on loan to the group. Charlie was amazing and finished 1st, the Overall winner
of the class Junior and senior. He also finished 4th in his Led Walk dressage and 3rd in the Combine Training Junior.  Carolyn Shore also from the Lodge Trust, on Miss Marples did a very nice round and came 2nd in the Countryside Challenge and then came 1st in the Led walk dressage and 1st in the Combine Training. Seniors
Alfie Speight from Knossington Grange School riding Hearnsbrook Mizen in the led Walk and Trot Dressage, he came 2nd overall. He then did his Countryside Challenge, he was in the Led or side walker class and was off the lead rein with a side walker, just in case he needed help, he didnʼt , he won the class overall with a score of 92.5% He then won his Combined Training class and also won the Countryside Challenge Championship Cup as he was the only rider over the two days to get a score over 90% out of 130 entries.

On Sunday we had mainly dressage classes with just Charlotte Rendell in the Countryside Challenge as an independent rider. Charlotte rode Miss Marples (Megan) and rode a lovely round to finish 1st Junior, in her dressage walk and trot test she finished 2nd and equal 1st in her Combine Training.
Christine Durrance riding Queens Council rode two really nice tests in horrendous heat to finish 2nd in her ID Championship test and 2nd in her Freestyle, this is a new horse for Christine and we thank her owner, Debbie Smith for lending her and coaching Christine.  Finally Julie Clark on Hearnsbrook Mizen in the PVI/TVI Walk and Trot test . Julie is partially sighted and this was only her third dressage competition ever. Mizen, well he had read the book and bought the T shirt, What a star, he went down the centre line on a mission to win, active trot, tracking up and square halts. They finished on a score of 79.5% with (for you dressage divas) 6 x 7ʼs 5 x 8ʼs and 4 x 9ʼs or wow !! and won the class.

We are so proud of our riders and a huge thank you to the backup crew and all who drove down on the day to support the riders.
Charlie Arscott " " Country Challenge 1st overall
" " " " Dressage 4th" " "
Combine Training 3rd
Alfie Speight"" Country Challenge 1st Overall
Dressage 2nd
Country Challenge 1st
Countryside Challenge Champion 2013
Jonathan Iszatt Country Challenge 1st Senior
Dressage 4th
Combine Training 2nd
Carolyn Shore Country Challenge 2nd
Dressage 1st
Combine Training 1st
Charlotte Rendell Country Challenge 1st Junior
Dressage 2nd
Combine Training 1st
Christine Durrance ID Championship test 2nd
RDA Freestyle 2nd
Julie Clark PVI/TVI Walk and Trot 1st

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