EQUESTRIANISM: Welsh pony proves his worth with three golds for Kesteven Rideability

Emily Johnson on 'Del'

Emily Johnson on 'Del'

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The aptly named Fronerthig Delyn Aur (Golden Harp) has scored a hat trick of gold medals for riders from Kesteven Rideability in the Dressage Anywhere’s RDA Online Championship.

The 14-year-old pony was bought 12 months ago with the hope that he would become a suitable competition pony for the group. He excelled himself within six weeks of purchase at the RDA Championships by scoring the highest percentage of the weekend with rider Tracy Yarnell.

The 14hh Welsh Sec C gelding helped riders Maria Leroi and Emily Johnson to qualify and win the Grade Ia, Ib and II classes of the Riding for the Disabled Online Championship, organised by Dressage Anywhere and judged by top Paralympic judge Sarah Leitch.

Sarah commented on the scoresheets that he was a “lovely pony with super paces and showed promise for the future”.

Both riders have qualified on “Del” for the RDA National Championships which take place in July at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, where they will be presented with their medals from the online competition.

The pony is sponsored by various local businesses and supporters under a “Pony Angel” scheme, and rugs/numnahs have been provided by Pentangle Engineering of Grantham.

Kesteven Rideability thanked all those involved in the scheme for helping to provide this opportunity to their riders.