June 2, 2017

East Region Show - East Region dressage, Freestyle dressage, Arts & Crafts and Stable Management

East Region and Freestyle dressage
This year there were four pairs waltzing around the indoor arena in the Freestyle class. Despite some technological hitches, it was a thoroughly enjoyable event to watch and all the horses and riders gave wonderful performances. Highlights must include Chris Bradley’s superb demonstration of counter canter on Quintus (and his determination to continue despite an unhappy CD player!) and Aynsley Calvert charging across the arena as the Kaiser Chiefs yelled out ‘Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby!’ (coincidentally, his horse is also called Ruby...). It was certainly a great song to sing along to!

Chris Bradley and Quintus

It was Barrow Farm’s Rafferty, however, who clearly had the snazziest dancing shoes: with Claire Humphrey he achieved a score of 71% which was beaten only by Alex Turley, who rode him to a fantastic 72.5%. These two scores were the highest dressage scores of the day and both Claire and Alex should be incredibly proud of their achievements. In particular, for Alex to compete against experienced competitors and take away such a convincing victory is hugely impressive.

Alex Turley and Rafferty

Out in the paddocks, there was more dressage action for the East Region event - a competitive show with non-qualifying classes. The Juniors’ Walk Only test was won by Jack Atkinson (Barrow Farm) who was able to top off a good day in which he won an enormous trophy for Countryside Challenge with another trophy in the dressage! The Junior Walk and Trot class had six entries who were separated in the end by less than 10%. Barrow Farm again took top honours, with Ryan Lynch coming first and Isabelle Cox second - reversing the order of their Countryside Challenge class. Ryan’s score of 65.3% led to him winning the trophy for the highest score from a junior rider in the non-qualifying classes. It’s lovely to see Countryside Challenge competitors being so successful in dressage too - well done all!

Ryan Lynch and Boycie celebrating another well-earned rosette!

The Senior Walk and Trot class featured three Cambs College riders. Nia Watkins took the win with Beethoven - a lovely but sometimes rather reluctant cob who certainly makes his rider work hard! This was Nia’s first ever competition and she topped it off by winning the trophy for the best overall senior rider in the non-qualifying classes.

Kodie Lawrence and Danny in the Senior Walk and Trot class

Art & Crafts and Stable Management
The RDA encourages educational activities as well as ridden ones, and each year hundreds of participants enter the Arts & Crafts competition. This is always a highly competitive event and only those who impress at regional level will qualify for consideration at Hartpury. This year the East Region is represented in four classes:

Paint me a Picture - ‘Ponies in Moonlight’, Ewan Drake, Barrow Farm RDA
Drawing - ‘Me and my Shaddow’, Amanda Helen Ogden, West Suffolk Group RDA
Collage (Individual) - ‘Tea Time at Shelley’, Rebecca Page, Shelley Centre RDA
Collage (Group) - ‘Chill out Day at Barrow Farm’, Kate Potter, Hollie Potter, Bobby Potter, Ewan Drake, Joey Drake, Christopher Reid, Jack Atkinson, Codie Chamberlain, Sam Johnson and Charlie Johnson, Barrow Farm RDA

Jack Atkinson and Tawny - full of smiles!

Congratulations to all these artists, and best of luck for the final! There was also an art competition on the day of the Regional Show. This was won by Isabella Jones, with Emily Harrison coming second.

Each Regional Show also includes a popular Stable Management event in the form of a quiz. The questions cover various aspects of horse care and general equine knowledge - anything from finding the frog, the bit and the surcingle to identifying hazards in a field or a pony’s favourite breakfast! This year’s top scorer was Isabelle Cox from Barrow Farm RDA - well done to Isabelle!

Don't they scrub up well?! Isabelle Cox and Boycie from Barrow Farm RDA

Last updated: June 2, 2017 @ 23:27