Claire-Louise Drury (16) from Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex won the NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final held as part of The NAF Pony Five Star Finals which took place during the National Inter Academy Team Show at Weston Lawns Equitation Centre in Warwickshire recently.
Claire-Louise was partnering Dilly Dolly, an 8 year-old grey mare owned by her mother Elizabeth.
The NAF Pony Five Star Finals once again proved to be a great showcase for the successes achieved via the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme.
The competition was divided into three sections; 1*, 2* and 3* and was marked on the capability of the rider and their influence on the performance of the pony.
Each rider’s effectiveness, position, balance, feeling, timing, rhythm and impulsion to empower the pony to move and jump to the best of its ability was also judged and it was down to UKCC Level 3 Coaches Matthew Lanni & Carl Belson to make the tough decision on who the eventual victors would be.
Riders were not only competing for the winners title, but also for NAF rugs and goodie bags.
Each section was made up of a predesigned course which required a demonstration of flatwork movements as well as jumping a range of fences depending on the star level the rider has achieved on the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme. Competitors with their 1* jumped a 0.70m track, 2* competitors jumped over 0.80m whilst 3* riders competed over 0.90m.
The NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme has been designed to provide a series of progressive standards to assist pony riders with a focus for their training and improved performance in the ring alongside developing stable management skills. For more information on the programme, please contact Rebecca Turner on 02476 698828 or Rebecca.Turner@britishshowjumping.co.uk.
NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final
1st – Claire-Louise Drury & Dilly Dolly
2nd – Katie Waldock Smith & Ross Cottage
3rd – Mean Maguire & Lochmore Jack
4th – Jessica Penn & Midnight Temple
5th – Josie Symons & Gearran Tire
6th – Katy McFadyen & Bounty 11