TALENTED riders from across the UK descended on Warwickshire College on Wednesday 11 April for the final of the BHS National Equitation Competition, a unique championship where no competitor owns their own horse.
The Equitation Competition is run by The British Horse Society to encourage non-horse owners to ride and compete. Regional qualifiers are held at BHS Approved Riding Centres across the UK with the winners progressing forward to contest the national final.
The Championship, which comprises a dressage test, showjumping course and a set of equine related general knowledge questions has been available to young riders for a number of years, with many past winners going on to enjoy horse ownership or a career with horses. However, this year, for the first time, the competition was also opened up to adults, a decision which has been well
In the 17 years and under Championship, the winner was Megan Fletcher from Arundel Riding and Driving Centre in West Sussex. Megan, who is 16, has been riding at Arundel Farm for nine years, was surprised by her success.
She said: “I’m really shocked to have won but extremely happy! I’ve absolutely loved the competition; it’s been so much fun.”
Alison Leggett, proprietor at the Arundel Centre was thrilled with Megan’s success.
She said: “It’s quite a big thing for our competitors here today. Other than doing small competitions that we put on at our stables they are not used to going to shows and competitions. Unless they’ve got their own ponies they can’t get out there and do it, so this is a great opportunity.”