The BRC SEIB Insurance Brokers Quadrille of the Year final 2018 took place once again at Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Buckinghamshire this month.
The packed crowd was thoroughly entertained on Saturday evening by the four participating Quadrille teams, which had previously qualified for this year’s final on September 29.
The teams took to the stage as part of the Bury Farm ‘All Stars Gala’ event, which included Extreme 4 In Hand Carriage Driving, Shetland Pony Grand National, Scurry Driving and a Show Jumping Grand Prix.
The Quadrille teams went to town on their stunning costumes, elaborate chorography and aptly chosen, foot stomping music, with the crowd clapping and cheering along to the very differently themed routines. Buchan RC (who had made the 12.5hr trip down from Scotland), were up first with their futuristic space riding club recruitment theme.
This was followed by regular campaigners, Saffron Walden & District RC with their military themed, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. Cornwall TREC Group were next to attempt to influence the judges with chocolate and gin in their take on St. Trinians, and lastly Billericay RC, who are new to Quadrille, presented their interpretation of The Wizard of Oz.
The three judges, Richard Baldwin, List 2 Dressage Judge, Alison Duck, List 2 Dressage Judge and Tracey Hopkins, British Show Jumping Judge, were captivated by the sheer spectacle and entertainment value demonstrated by these teams, their first task was to inspect the incredible costumes out in the collecting and they were then positioned around the arena to judge the routines from different perspectives, with all the marks added together to reach the final scores.
1st Billericay RC – Wizard of Oz – Area 8, scored 89.4%
2nd Saffron Walden & District RC – Parade of the Wooden Soldiers – Area 8, scored 86.5%
3rd Cornwall TREC Group – St. Trinians, Area 19, scored 85.8%
4th Buchan RC – Buchan RC Space Mission 3000 – Area 2, scored 85.6%
Donna Leavens, from SEIB Insurance Brokers was on hand to present the trophy and fabulous quadrille championship rosettes to the four teams.
She said:“The work that goes into each one of these Quadrille teams is truly amazing. The time it must take to get all four horses and riders together to practise and produce their amazing routines and costumes is a major achievement, adding the distances that many have travelled to get here makes it a wonderful championship to be involved with.”
“We are shocked but really chuffed,” said Eleanor Watts from Billericay RC. “We have had to make two substitutions due to horses going lame, we did the best we could but we weren’t sure we’d done enough to win.”
Full results and pictures can be found on the BRC website and facebook pages.