Horsham Riding Club achieved outstanding successes at the recent British Riding Club National Championships in Lincoln, winning both the Riding Test Team and Dressage Team Championships through the efforts of some extremely talented members and horses.
Members of the winning Riding Test team were: Vicky Allan and Razzle Dazzle, Suzanne Wells and Rio, Kathleen Botting and Bristol Blue and Laura Gordon on Condie Nelson. The Dressage team comprised Joanna Moyers and Ratzeputz, Laura Gordon and Bantry Parks Ransom, Kathleen Botting and Caroline Exley.
The club’s Show Jumping team also finished in a creditable eighth place against strong competition and some members were individually place too.A key contributor in these superb successes was the teams’ chef d’equipe, ‘AJ’ Rawlins, who masterminded the entry and put the successful teams together.
Individual star of the show was member Vicky Allan of Ashurst, riding her own horse, Lyric, whose competition name is Razzle Dazzle. In the Individual Riding Test, this duo won their arena and went on to take the Overall Individual Riding Test Championship from a field of 148 riders with an outstanding score of 88.79%. Judges were impressed with the empathy between Vicky and Razzle Dazzle and their harmony together.
They came home with a beautiful silver salver, three sashes, two rugs , three rosettes and £90 of vouchers from sponsors Natural Animal Feeds. Vicky said she was so thrilled with the success that she brought two sacks of Lincolnchire carrots home with her as a treat for Lyric. Both the Dressage and Riding Test Team came home with big cups.
Vicky said: The Individual Riding Test is like dressage but judged on the rider and the overall performance of rider and horse. It is a good class because it is hard to compete against expensive dressage horses in ordinary dressage classes. It enables grass roots riding club members to do well.”
She added:”Lyric is the horse of a lifetime. I saw her at a yard where she was destined for the meat man and bought her for a small sum to save her. She is now 14 and is an incredible mare. and on just her first three outings of affiliated dressage we found ourselves qualified for the Regional Championships at Sparsholt College, Hants.
These took place in July and we finished an extremely creditable sixth. On the same day we competed in the Dressage To Music Qualifier and won the Restricted Section and have qualified for the Winter Regionals at Patchetts Equestrian Centre, Herts in February. We are now working towards the Riding Club and SE Horse Trials Championship at Munstead on October 6. She is in her first season of affiliated dressage and has qualified for the Regionals at Sparshold in Hampshire. We also won the regional dressage to music qualifier at Patchetts this season.”
She said: “Horsham and District Riding Club has really enabled me to continue training and competing whilst I am a full time mother of Imogen (four) and Elsa (three). I have been having lessons with HDRC’s chairman, Donald Kear since I was about 12 years old, so he has been instrumental in my riding success. The club also organises lessons with Robbie Carpenter at Belmoredean and he has really helped with my dressage to music in particular.
As well as her team successes, Kathleen Botting was eighth individually in the riding test and second individually in the dressage riding Novice 30 Test. This follows a very successful showing career in which Harvey competed at HOYS twice, was place at the Royal International Horse Show as a coloured and working cob and won many supreme championships. In 2012 he evented at BE90 level, and was placed in the top six every time out until he was sidelines through injury for the rest of the season.
Since turning to British Dressage, since March he has won 60 British Dressage points and has qualified for the Pet Plan Championship and Winter Regional Finals. He is also ridden side saddle and won several classes at the National Championships this year, and was selected as a ‘ride off’ horse for the Rider of the Year Competition.
Also competing in both winning teams was Laura Gordon, on board her 144.2hh Welsh cob pony Condie Nelson, who is 22 years old, for the riding test team. As a member of the dressage team she rode her 16hh thoroughbred Bantry Parks Ransom, who is 16 and came third in the individual Medium dressage class with an excellent score of 76.97 per cent.
Suzanne Wells, as well as being a member of the winning Riding Test team with her horse Rio- officially named Dunkerley Ferrario- was a member of the club’s dressage Prelim team and finished a creditable seventh individually. She has owned Rio, now seven, since he was two and had been competing with him in dressage and doing a bit of jumping with him this year.
Caroline Exley, riding Copperfield Iris, a 14.3hh Welsh Cob, was both a member of the successful Dressage Team and also the club’s Novice Show Jumping team, which finished in eighth position. She has owned Iris for five years now and shares her with her daughter. Iris is a true all rounder doing all Pony Club and Riding Club activities. Caroline was fifth individually with three impressive clear rounds in novice show jumping at Lincoln.
Joanna Moyers won her Arena in the Novice 28 at the championships and was also a member of the winning Open Dressage team riding Ratzeputz, a seven-year-old Hanoverian by Rascalini. Having competed successfully in showing, she moved to dressage and Ratseputz won the British Dressage Prelim Regional Championship in March this year. Another club member, Jenny Elgey with her horse Oscar finished third overall in the Intermediate Show Jumping.