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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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Cumbrian rider facing second operation after bad fall

Goodwill messages have been flooding in for top Cumbrian rider Denise Richardson who suffered multiple injuries in a fall from her horse near her home in Hesket Newmarket.

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Denise Richardson

Denise is one of the most successful and popular competitors on the equestrian scene, regularly appearing in the prize lists in several disciplines including eventing and showjumping.

Her home-bred horses have also proved unbeatable in the show ring and Working Hunter classes.

Denise has already undergone one six-hour operation at a Newcastle hospital and is due to face another.

But she’s lost none of her trademark humour and determination.

Using her nickname, she says ‘Big Bird will be back – Bionic this time!’

Denise was due to take part in a Panel Discussion evening at the Greenhill Hotel near Wigton on Tuesday next week but organisers Paragon Vets have decided to postpone the event until she’s back on her feet.

Eventing has been having a wet time of it recently with rain stopping play at several fixtures, but Ruth Edge took six horses to the Lycetts British Eventing Young Horse Championships and took top five places with four of them.

Mister MacCondy won the five-year-old section, while Rowley Farm Houdini, Basco and Blacklaw Thymelord came second, third and fifth in the four year-old.

A single rolled pole each in the showjumping kept from them from claiming the top three places.

Ruth then went on to win the Advanced at Little Darnham with Two Thyme, just a week after they claimed the OI at Aske.

In showjumping, Emily Little has been having a great season – kicking things off with a fourth in the JC at the Highland Show earlier this year with Mystic Ripple.

Last weekend she came fourth in the Foxhunter at Ingliston – the only girl to go through to the jump-off out of more than 30 starters – and this weekend she claimed a second in the Newcomers at Greenlands.

Malcolm Mason has taken an early lead in the new ex-racers points league being staged at Greenlands.

It takes place on Wednesday evenings as part of the venue’s regular winter unaffiliated evening showjumping for horses – the ponies have their turn on Thursdays.

Malcolm’s horse Barrons Knight was trained by Maurice Barnes but is now finding a new career in the showjumping arena.

The league has only been running for three weeks, so there’s plenty of time for ex-racers to join in.

There’s a trophy and sash for the winner (so long as they’re registered with the ScotNorth ex-racers group and that can be done at any time) plus other prizes.

Blackdyke’s winter unaffiliated showjumping season got underway at the weekend with the first ponies show - Alex McHattie made an early big impression on the league table with a first and fourth in the 85cm class.



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