“On Saturday 4th May I travelled to Bicton Arena, which took around two hours as we were driving a horse lorry. I took my pony, Pimms, to compete in the British Dressage South West region inter-county challenge competition. I was one of seven representing the Devon team in this competition after we had all qualified by selection from the South West co-ordinators.
On day one, Sunday 5th May, I did an arena walk in the morning so my pony and I got familiar with the venue. My test was at 12.20pm, so after spending a bit of time warming up, we started our first test. Dressage is a test of technical skills and shows the harmony between horse and rider. We have to show our skills and accuracy with a number of movements to the judge. I managed a great first score of 83.8%, so at the end of day one I was lying provisionally 5th out of 16.
My score made a positive contribution to the team and consequently we went on to win the overall Youth Competition.
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This is my last year competing with Pimms as next season I will have outgrown her.
Before the end of the year I am aiming to be selected for the inter-regional team, which will be representing the South West. My final goal is to be selected for the home internationals where I would then represent England against Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
I also compete and ride regularly with Holsworthy Riding Club and represent it at area and championship level.”
“I too compete and ride regularly with Holsworthy Riding Club and represent it at area and championship level.
On Sunday 28th April I attended the Winter National Championships at Bury Farm, which is in Leighton Buzzard. We travelled up the day before as the journey took a good 6 hours.
On the Sunday morning we got the horses ready, Mac and Dora, by cleaning and grooming them and getting the tack ready.
The dressage event was first, with me riding Dora. It was a good test and I was happy with how she rode with me. A slight mistake took me just out of 3rd place, but I was very happy with 4th, as it was not our main discipline.
Next came the show jumping. I competed on both horses. The round was roughly ten jumps and there were three rounds for each horse, which got progressively harder. Both horses jumped a double clear to go into the jump off.
Dora was first in the jump off, she jumped a good jump off; she wasn’t the fastest, but that has never been her strength. She secured 6th place in the event.
Next was Mac, who went round quite fast, putting him just in 2nd, missing 1st place by only 0.08 of a second!
I was very pleased with how both horses performed, completing a triple clear each. The jump off was out of eleven horses, two of which were mine. The event started with around eighty horses, so we did really well to get both horses into the jump off and secure a second place with Mac.
I have another event in Milfield near Glastonbury at the weekend. This is an eventing competition, which consist of dressage, show jumping and cross county. This is my favourite type of event as I like the way all the events work together.”
“It is always great to hear about HCC students’ out of school activities. Brontë and Theo obviously have great talent and are doing exceptionally well in their sporting activities. Out of school achievements in sport can be used as GCSE evidence too for their overall practical grade. Well done!”