EQUESTRIANISM: Kesteven club celebrates jubilee prematurely

From left: Tracy Yarnell, Sarah White and Sophie Taylor.
From left: Tracy Yarnell, Sarah White and Sophie Taylor.
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Kesteven Rideability started their silver jubilee celebrations early when five riders returned from a successful weekend at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College, near Gloucester.

The riders, who all have varying levels of disability, took part in a range of dressage competitions with walk only, walk and trot and walk, trot and canter tests. Each rider competed in a championship test and rreestyle test at their level.

The riders were supported by a team of volunteers who made sure the horses were beautifully turned out for each performance and kept the riders cool, calm and collected on a very hot weekend.

On Saturday, Tracy Yarnell was thrilled to win the award for the highest score of the day at her first national competition, beating more than 180 riders from all over the UK. Sophie Taylor was the overall champion in the Grade Two championship test and won the junior freestyle section.

Emily Johnson rode Fronerthig Delyn Aur, a new pony recently purchased by Kesteven Rideability, and finished with a huge score of 80.5 per cent to win the freestyle test on Sunday.

Ryanna Hate beat off strong competition in the Grade I-V test with a very good score of more than 70% and was only narrowly pipped into second place. Sarah White rode two accurate tests to gain third and fifth positions in her first competition.

Tracy and Sarah also collected their gold and silver Dressage Anywhere medals which they won as part of an online competition run over several months, culminating in an online championship show.

The funding for the group’s trip to Hartbury College was provided by Grantham Rotary Swimarathon.

The group, based at The Paddocks Riding Centre, Hough on the Hill, is celebrating 25 years of providing horse riding in the Kesteven area this month. The upkeep of the group’s horses is paid for by Hills Poly-Print Ltd, Shipley Fabrications, Chandlers, Honington Grange, Avenue Vet Centre, Rimmer Brothers, the Sheard family, Alyx Snowball, Ros Wentworth, and Jane and Vince Heslop.