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RDA Regional Championships Results 2017

What a fantastic day it was!  Despite the weatherman’s predictions we had glorious sunshine at Hartpury for the RDA Regional Competition.  Fun was had by all, and riders and volunteers alike have told us what a lovely atmosphere it was.

Whilst it is very much the taking part that counts, we are delighted to announce that ten of our riders qualified for the National Competition, so a huge congratulations to them.

Well done to everyone who took part, and thank you very much to all the wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to support the event.  It simply could not have happened without you.

Name of Rider Horse Score Per % Place Q
Ewan Waller Spike 121 71.18 2nd Q
Claire Hoare Bertie 124.5 69.17 3rd
Zoe Heron Barney 133 73.89 1st Q   Small Cup for highest %
Emily Rodman Jim 132 73.33 1st Q
Britta Francis Sir Frankie 120.5 66.94 6th
Stella Jelly Hope 120 63.16 4th
Millie Boult Baby 125.5 66.05 1st Q
Jonathan Kemp Dad’s Secret 123.5 65 2nd Q
Alfie Armstrong Bertie 114.5 60.26 5th
Neve Massey Jim 118.5 65.83 4th
Abigail Bailey Spike 149 74.5 1st Q
Laura Barfoot Barney 120.5 60.25 9th
Huxley Leigh Baby 153 76.5 2nd Q
Lizzie Firth Hope 107.5 63.24 2nd Q
Lauren White Baby 160.5 80.25 1st Q
Matilda Walsh Barney 116.5 64.72 1st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Show Jumping Competition on April 19th

April 19th was the Avon Centre’s first ever RDA Show Jumping event and once again we were lucky to have perfect spring day, ensuring that everyone had the very best chance to enjoy the day!

None of us were quite sure how many entries we would receive because there are still only a few SJ Groups within our Mid West Region. However with thirty entries over the four main Classes we were very pleasantly surprised.

There has been some very positive feedback from everyone, both on the day and afterwards, with many riders keenly anticipating the next opportunity to demonstrate their skills, therefore we are sure that the Centre will look to organise more SJ events in the future as well as our dressage days of course.

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The results were as follows:

Class 1 Level I on leading rein

Ist        Iona McLean on Jacko from the Saxon Group

2nd     Joshua Gittens on Jet from the Lyncombe Lodge Group

3rd     Lucy Wells on Jacko from the Saxon Group

4th      Jack Tellyn on Bunty from the Forest Group

5th      Imogen on Frankie from the Forest Group

6th      Matthew McInerney on Jacko from the Saxon Group

The following competitors received clear round rosettes: Rebecca White and Freya from the Forest Group

Class 2 Level I off leading rein

Ist        Neve Massey on Jim from the Avon Centre

2nd     Jack Stevens on Jet from the Lyncombe Lodge Group

3rd     Huxley Leigh on Baby from the Avon Centre

4th      Lilly Chant on Ted from the Wellow Group

5th      Lauren White on Bunty from the Avon Centre

6th      Cat Cucos on Oscar from the Avon CentreThe following competitors received clear round rosettes: Jonathan Adlam, Darren Ashton, Kaye Jenkins and Matilda Walsh

Class 3 Level 2 on leading rein

The only competitor and therefore winner was Jack Stevens on Jet from the Wellow Group

Class 3 winner Jack Stevens & Jet

Class 4 Level 2 off leading rein

1st      Liam Bailey on Oscar from the Avon Centre

2nd     Emily Rodman on Jim from the Avon Centre

3rd     Tom Hart on Fleur from Lyncombe Lodge Group

4th      Alistair Kennedy on Caellyn from the Saxon Group

5th      Owen short on Ted from the Wellow Group

 

Class 5 Level 3

 

1st       Stella Jelly on Bertie from the Avon Centre

2nd     Lizzie Firth on Hope from the Avon Centre

3rd     Millie Boult on Baby from the Avon Centre

4th      Tom Hart on Fleur from the Lyncombe Lodge Group

We had a plan to add an extra Class 6 if there was sufficient interest in doing a slightly different course with a couple more fences at the Level 3 height but decided in the end that it had been a really good day and rebuilding the course at that stage would have taken too much time for just the two riders that had entered.

RDA Regional Qualifying Competition

On Thursday May 18th at Summerhouse Equestrian Centre we will sending 17 riders to the RDA Regional Qualifying Competition.  There will be classes in Dressage at all levels, and the Countryside Challenge which is similar to a handy pony course, including obstacles of various sorts for the riders to negotiate.

We hope that we will be successful in qualifying some of our riders for the RDA National Championships in July.

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RDA National Championships 2017

The RDA National Championships take place every year at Hartpury College and are one of the largest equestrian events in the world.  There are competitions in Dressage, Countryside Challenge, Carriage Driving, Vaulting, Show Jumping and Showing.  Riders with disabilities come to the championships from all over the country having qualified at each of their regional competitions.

You can find out more on the RDA website

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RDA Dressage Day Friday 17th February 2017

This was our first fun competition for a whole year due to our indoor arena being resurfaced in the October half term. Once again we were fortunate to have a lovely calm, reasonably warm and at times sunny day.

The day ran smoothly, thanks to all our volunteers who worked so hard in the organisation of this event. There were smiles on peoples’ faces whether they were in first place or receiving a ‘Well Done’ rosette and it was really lovely to share the day with riders from some of the other RDA Groups from around our Region. It wouldn’t be the same without you so thank you for making the journey to join in.

As always there were some riders who were disappointed not to be able to get a space in their chosen Class but we do have a limit on how many entries we can fit in on the day unfortunately. Better luck next time!

I would like to take this opportunity to praise the work of our stable staff led by Charmaine Lane who prepared our horses and ponies so beautifully. Congratulations also to all the other groups for their well turned out horses and ponies – not an easy job at this time of year!

We hope to see at least some of you in the Easter holidays when we plan to run our first RDA Show Jumping fun competition – more details to follow soon but meanwhile make a note in your diaries for Wednesday 19th April.

Here are the results in Class order:

  • Class 1 Grade 1 Intro Test (2017) – ridden on leading rein
  • 1st Abigail Bailey riding Jim
  • 2nd George Britton riding Oscar
  • 3rd Alison Kerridge riding Bertie
  • 4th Kacey Lownes riding Bunty
  • 5th Kevin Hodges riding Marge

 

Class 1 Grade 1 Intro Test (2017) – unled

  • 1st Tegan Vincent Cooke riding Bertie
  • 2nd Kasia Laganavska riding Dolly (Wellow)
  • 3rd Otter Baker riding Dolly (Wellow)
  • 4th Alisha Craigie riding Bunty
  • 5th Matilda Walsh riding Daymo
  • 6th Cat Cucos riding Oscar

Class 2 Grade 2 Intro Test (2017) – ridden on leading rein

  •  1st Darren Ashton riding Caellyn (Saxon)
  • 2nd Joshua Gittens riding Jet (Lyncombe Lodge)
  • 3rd Kaye Jenkins riding Caellyn (Saxon)
  • 4th Millie Pearce riding Sprite (Wellow)

Class 2 Grade 2 Intro Test (2017) – unled

  • 1st Joseph Cordey riding Bella
  • 2nd Laura Barefoot Riding Barney
  • 3rd Ewan Waller riding Spike
  • 4th Martha Littlewood Hillsden (Lyncombe Lodge)
  • 5th Cecilia Kennard riding Barney
  • 6th Luca Cuckson riding Fettle (Lyncombe Lodge)
  • Huxley Leigh riding Daymo and Toby Cuckson riding Jet (Lyncombe Lodge) both received well deserved ‘Well Done’ rosettes.

Class 3 Grade 3 Championship Test

  • 1st Emily Rodman riding Jim
  • 2nd Poppy Scriven riding Sparky (Lyncombe Lodge)
  • 3rd Liam Bailey riding Oscar
  • 4th Tom Hart riding Fleur (Lyncombe Lodge)
  • 5th Zoe Heron riding Leaf
  • 6th Claire Hoare riding Bertie

Class 4 Grade 6 Championship Test

  • 1st Alfie Armstrong riding Marge
  • 2nd Sarah Hunnaford riding Stanley (Saxon)
  • 3rd Lizzie Firth riding Leaf
  • 4th Stella Jelly riding Leaf
  • 5th Millie Boult riding Hope
  • 6th George Brindley riding Oscar
  • Lucy Mae Bush riding Power (Wellow) and James Bunker riding Bertie both received well deserved ‘Well Done’ rosettes

 

 

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Makaton and riding lessons

makaton imageIf you’re an arena volunteer and are working with people who use Makaton to communicate, you might find it useful to check out this handy guide to some of the vocabulary you’d need in a lesson.

Makaton is used to supplement spoken language for people who are learning to use spoken language, so you can use it alongside speech when you’re communicating with riders.

Treat Yourself at Avon Riding Centre

Did you know that we have a therapy room now at the Centre?

On Saturdays, you’ll find Carol from Just You Holistics there. She offers massage therapy, Reflexology, Tibetan Head Massage and Pranic Healing.

Our stable manager, Charmaine, has had a massage and really recommends it.

Just what you need to relax, renew and refresh at the weekend.

You can find out more at her website.

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Badminton Fun Ride 10th May 2017

Once again, His Grace the Marquess of Beaufort, and our president the Earl of  Worcester gave us permission to run our hugely popular Fun Ride around the estate, just two days after the world famous Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials.

It’s a brilliant opportunity for just 50 riders to get up and closer to the simply enormous jumps. We had beautiful weather and the Badminton Estate looked quite magnificent. Thanks so much to all the volunteers whose friendly faces made this such a special event for all the riders, many of whom had travelled for miles for the opportunity to ride on this special day.

Hopefully the pictures below will give a flavour not only of the beautiful riding, but of the friendly atmosphere!

Check out the event’s page here on Facebook for some riders’ and volunteers pictures.