With an unprecedented numbers of entries, the PDRC Harbro Winter Dressage Series got started on Sunday with the wind and rain having more say than the riders on the horse’s way of going. With 2 arenas running in parallel, competitors braved the conditions to determine who would take home the £200 worth of prizes, kindly donated by Harbro Country Stores as sponsors of the event.
As you can see in the table, the results in all classes were extremely close with only 1% point or less being between 1st and 2nd place. The top score of the day goes to Donna Fairbairn, breaking the 70% barrier with ease to win the Intro A class. Lynsey Smith had a fantastic day winning both the Preliminary 4 and Novice 22 classes. Hot on her heels were Melanie Gilchrist and Jocelyn Gray with: 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Prelim 4 and 3rd and 2nd respectively in the Novice 22 class. Liz Fletcher took 4th in the Prelim 4 and Karen Barret in the Novice 22.
The PDRC committee would like to thank all the competitors, judges, helpers, catering and of course Harbro Country Stores as sponsors for making the start of our Winter Dressage Series such a success. To see a selection of photos of our winners and competitors please visit our facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/peeblesdistrictridingclub
Join us for the next PDRC Harbro Winter Dressage series on Sunday 30th November.
Harbro recently took over R H Miller Agriculture ltd and they have kindly agreed to sponsor the PDRC Winter Dressage Series. There will be prizes for all four classes each month. At each of the events there will be loyalty cards available for participants to collect for the new Harbro Country Stores across Scotland.
For more information on Harbro please click here.
Harbro Country Stores are located throughout Scotland and offer a comprehensive range of products to the farming and rural community including, horse feeds, forage and supplements, equine wormers and accessories, country and equestrian clothing, pet food and treats, pet health products and accessories, livestock feeds and animal health products, farm equipment, work wear, wild bird feed and horticultural products.
Due to popular demand, BRC will be introducing a new Championship for 2015. The Intermediate Winter Championships will take place on 2 and 3 May 2015 and qualifiers will start from 1 October 2014. This new Winter Championship will be held at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Slapton, Bucks LU7 9BT. With classes for both seniors and juniors, including dressage for teams and individuals, with one prelim, two novice and one elementary test and Intermediate show jumping teams, round one starting at 95cm. Details regarding Area Qualfiers are as yet not available.
Five PDRC members (4 in the 100 team and 1 individual in the 90 class) competed at the British Riding Clubs Horse Trials Championships at the first weekend of August. The competition was run as a 'long format' (including roads & tracks and steeple chase), which makes this championship very special. Although no rosettes were won, everyone had an amazing time. The standard was very high so sub-thirties dressage scores without jumping faults seemed to be required to end up in the prizes. The team ended up 14th out of 20 teams entered; a pretty decent performance! A more detailed report can be found on the Team page.
This coming weekend five PDRC members will battle it out with the best riding clubs in the UK at the British Riding Clubs Horse Trials Championships, near Banbury. Sandra Lamb will be competing as individual in the 90 class, and Lyn Miller, Danielle Crawford, Terri Weir and Annemarie van Heelsum will be competing as a team in the 100 class. The 100 class is run as a 'long format' three-day event, with dressage on Friday, roads-and-tracks, steeple chase and cross country on Saturday and the final showjumping on the Sunday. The competitors in the 90 class will do their dressage and showjumping on Saturday and the r&r. steeple chase and cross country on the Sunday. No doubt this will be an amazing experience and let's hope there will be some rosettes to bring home as well!