Arundel Group Riding for the Disabled sent four riders to this year’s 2012 South East Regional Dressage Championships, giving them a great opportunity to ride at Hickstead - one of the UK’s premier equestrian venues.
Everyone had an early start to make sure that ponies and riders were ready for the event. Ponies were washed and groomed, and manes plaited. Riders donned shirts ties, hairnets and jackets. Arundel Riding Centre generously provided two ponies and transport for the day. Alison Leggett and Simon Luck who are instructors for Arundel Group RDA accompanied the riders and called tests for them.
Kim Rollason from Wick rode Shamus in the Unled Escorted Dressage Class. This was the first time Kim, who has ridden at Arundel since late in 2009, had participated in such an event and she was placed second in her class, winning the trophy for the Highest Senior Newcomer.
The other riders competed in the Junior Led Dressage Class - for riders with leaders and side walkers. Jade Peskett (13) from Felpham attends the Lavinia Norfolk Centre at Angmering School and was placed fifth out of 17 riding Shamus.
Lucy King (9), of Chichester, who has only been riding with the group since January this year, and Abby Grima (10) from Wick, in her fourth year with the group both rode Ivan and achieved 9th and 10th places respectively.
Both of the ponies, Shamus and Ivan, that went to Hickstead are regularly ridden both at Arundel Group RDA and at Arundel Riding Centre. Shamus is a 14.2hh coloured gelding who enjoys days out at events. Ivan is a 14 year old 12.3hh bay gelding – again a regular at Arundel.
The riders were supported both by their families and a number of volunteers who groomed, led and side-walked to enable the riders to participate.
“It was a really great day – and pleasing to see what the riders from Arundel can achieve,” said Ann Watts of Arundel RDA.
To see more photos of the day or to find out more about Arundel Group RDA please look at our website www.arundelrda.org.uk.