A switch in venue for a South East riding club has been a huge success, with its first dressage event attracting some new faces and continued support from exisiting members.
In West Sussex, Goring and District Riding Club held its first dressage event recently at its new base at Wanley House, Wandleys Lane, Fontwell. The event was part of the club’s popular Winter Dressage Series and was a great success, attracting 36 entries over five classes.
David Beer, of Goring Riding Club, said:” We had no drop in entries following the move to our new location and many thanks go to venue owners, Tracey and David Simpson for their help with running the event. Despite soft ground resulting from torrential rain, parking was not a problem, and only one lorry needed a tow from the back paddock. It was nice to see new faces at the event- some of whom had hacked to Wanley from local yards.”
Helena Annema Hughes and Jona, better known for successes in carriage driving, won the Walk and Trot, with Emile Legge and Lennie in second place, third was Karen Armitage with Willoway High Spirits, while Tabe Annema,the winner’s husband fnished in fourth place with Harrie, another beautiful black Friesian.
One person competing for the first time, Amanda Little, finished on a very creditable mark of 130 with others behind her.Amanda was riding her daughter Amy’s pony Fizz. It was a great day out for the family and Fizz is a very versatile pony, enjoyed by the whole family, with Amanda usually acting as groom when she is driven.
The Youngster Prelim was won by Karl Standing on Monster, with Koren Marner and King of the Rein in second and Sophie Wratting and La La Rumba in third. Jo Curling and Keystone Renai won the main Prelim event, and also won the Novice with an outstanding score of 85.41 per cent and had a 10 on the score sheet- a first for the series.
Second in the Prelim 13 was Paris- Maria Johnson with Maylin Rose and Amelia Trinkwon with Magnum was third. Joy Skatulla and Saxon were second in the Novice, with Hayley Edgar and Gabroc Hill in third.
Lizzie Reynolds won the Elementary with Tyrcwrt Delyth, with Jenny Fox and Cash Van Ovris in second place. There was compensation for Jenny when she won the Medium Level 63 test with the same horse.
The next club dressage event is on February 2 at the same venue.