Prestigious successes for SE RDA riders

Riding for the Disabled in the South East is celebrating the success of its wonderful riders and drivers who brought back numerous prizes and rosettes from the RDA National Championships, held long weekend in mid-July at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire.

Simply qualifying for the Championships is an amazing achievement but to prove yourself among the country’s best is quite remarkable.

It was the Carriage Drivers who set the standard on the first day, with Jack Marr of Bradbourne RDA (Sevenoaks, Kent) coming second in the Novice class, driving Disney.

Jack Marr of Bradbourne drives Disney into 2nd place at the National Championships Novice class seated next to Coach Debbie Tatton
Photo: Joanna Sale

He was less than a point behind the winner so it was an exciting start. Then Sandra Spinner of Cherry Park RDA (Chichester, West Sussex) won the Intermediate Class AND the Championship setting the bar even higher.

Next the riders with Zoe House of Fairlight Hall (Hastings, East Sussex) winning the senior class of the Countryside Challenge on Henna, while Rosie Turner, also of Fairlight Hall and riding Henna, came second in her Countryside Challenge class.

On Saturday, the juniors did not let the South East Down as Hannah Mohan of Quest RDA (Chobham, Surrey) rode her own Willow Fury’s Comet into first place in the dressage freestyle and an excellent fourth place in the Grade 1-6 class.

On Sunday, Sharon Kelsall from Cornilo RDA (Dover, Kent) came a creditable fourth in the senior dressage freestyle.

Sharon Kelsall. winner of the Dressage Grade 3 Championship
Photo: Joanna Sale

The Region also scored exceptionally in the Arts & Crafts competition with winners again for Fairlight Hall with Zoe House winning the Individual Sculpture as well as second in Paint me a Picture.

While the Group were second in the Group Sculpture and Sully Smith came third in the collage. Sandhurst Group’s Bagshot School, (Bagshot, Surrey) did well again for a second year running by winning the 50th Anniversary competition with its entry.

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