East Region Dressage and Countryside Challenge

Well done to all our riders who took part at the East Region Countryside Challenge and Dressage competitions on Sunday 22nd May. All the riders, ponies, volunteers and staff were immaculately presented and did an amazing job representing Barrow Farm. The horses and ponies behaved themselves (apart from giving in to the temptation of eating the lush grass in the ring) and all the riders did fantastically. We came home with rosettes of all colours.

Louise and Lula at the apple trees
Louise and Piper Lou picking an apple to put in the bucket

In the Countryside Challenge juniors with a helper Molly came 4th on Oural, Elodie came 5th on Oural and Louise came 6th on Piper Lou. In the led juniors Charlotte came 1st on Piper Lou and Harry came 3rd on Oural. In the unled juniors Emma S did a fantastic job of rising to the challenge of doing the course off-lead and came 2nd on Piper Lou. In the seniors Kirstie did a great job coming 5th on Rafferty who found the temptation of the grass just a little too much but Kirstie managed to keep him going. In the Introduction to Dressage Charlotte came 1st in the led juniors (a big well done to Charlotte who won both her classes – having already won Countryside Challenge  – and she took home three trophies as well!). Kirstie came 4th in the led seniors. Charlotte and Emma S both on Piper Lou qualified for the National Championships at Hartpury in July.

Molly and Owly doing the bending
Molly carefully steering Oural around the obstacles

In the Dressage qualifiers, in the 1b class Claire and Rafferty came 1st, Emma H and Piper Lou came 2nd. In the PVI class Lucy came 2nd on Rafferty. In the Freestyle to music Claire and Rafferty came 1st, Lucy and Rafferty came 3rd and Emma H and Piper Lou came 4th. All three riders qualified to go to the National Championships at Hartpury.

Rafferty warming up for dressage
Rafferty and Lucy warming up for dressage with coach Sally

None of this could have happened without the dedication of the staff to train the horses and ponies, the commitment of the riders and parents for all the practice and attending on the day, our great team of volunteers who do a lot of running around on the day and to the Augustine Courtauld Trust who provided financial support to enable us to provide this opportunity to so many riders. And of course a big shout out to the three ponies and horses, for Rafferty and Oural this was their first year competing and Piper Lou had her busiest year and rose to the challenge of doing more off-lead than ever before. I think we can safely say everyone had a great day, there was lots of concentration but also lots of smiles so well done to all and now we are we can look forward to the 15-17th July!

Take a look at our Facebook page for a video compilation of the day.