UNAFFILIATED dressage competitions at Plumpton College, Sussex, organised by Badr Al Omran, continue to attract excellent entries, as well as some of the top riders from the South of England.
Badr is a part-time lecturer at Plumpton College, and also a freelance trainer and well-known dressage rider. He runs the competitions alongside the college’s popular degree student courses, which range from Foundation to Bsc courses.
The unaffiliated competitions range from Preliminary to medium level over three classes. Rosettes and trophies are awarded to each winner of the three classes and the recent November competition attracted the usual good entry
Class 1 Preliminary 17 was won by Emily White riding her own Legende, a 15-year-old warmblood gelding, with the highest of the unaffiliated scores of the day with 70.19%. Judged by Jane Bwye, Emily performed a flowing and harmonious test to win by a margin of 2%.
The Novice Class was won by Lucy Holland and Beaghmore Mat with 67.07%, but it was a close call as the top four competitors were separated by only 4 marks, indicating the high standard of riding at these events.
Nicki Goodwin won the Elementary Class, riding her own Rio’s Summer Song, a large impressive chestnut who made easy work of the test.
The affiliated classes started from Prelim and finished with Advanced Medium. Preliminary 17 and Novice 22 restricted were won by Harriet Baillee and her own opinionated Otis B Driftwood with scores of 67.12 % and 70% respectively. Otis was not always keen to enter the competition arena nor leave it either but goes beautifully and is a retired racehorse.
Both open sections of the novice classes were won my Maria Pook riding Fairlight, a six-year-old mare by Furst Romancier out of a Sandro Hit mare. Maria said: “I only affiliated her about a month ago as I’m too busy with my showing and other horses in the summer months to do much dressage. She is now qualified for the regionals at novice level.
“She is a diva and can be quite a challenge so I was thrilled to get two clear rounds, and to win both classes was even better- and she had some lovely comments from the judge. I’ve backed off the flat work recently and have been doing a lot of poles and jumping and it seems to be keeping her sweet. She got an 8 for submission so it must be working!”
The next event is being held on January 23 2016. Competitors have praised Plumpton College student for being very helpful- opening and closing gates to arenas, reading tests and doing all things that make for a smooth and happy event.
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