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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Rachel shows her versatility in eventing win

Rising star Rachel Graham once again showed her talent and versatility, taking seven-year-old gelding Sandros Dream to Richmond for his first ever British Eventing outing – and winning the BE90 section.

Fifteen-year-old Rachel finished on her dressage score of 35.5 and was one of the very few to go double clear and inside the time on the cross-country course. Last year Rachel took Tico – as he’s known at home – to the National UK Riders Dressage Championships at the Vale View Equestrian Centre in Leicester – and won the Novice 25 Junior Championship title.

Richmond also saw great results for Denise Richardson, who finished on her dressage score of 40.5 with Velica to go third in the Novice – Susan Chappelhow who came third in the BE90 with Crackenthorpe Olympian – and Claire Garlick who took sixth and twelfth places in the BE100 with Lowmoor Lancaster and Redcotts Splash.

Keeping success in the family, Rachel’s sister Laura also won both the 14.2 and the Open Pony classes at the Ullswater Pony Sports show at Greenlands on Sunday on Sue Thompson’s Lucky Comet.

Meanwhile, eleven-year- old Lucy Corrigan won the Novice Pony class with Tic Tac. The dreaded exams have been keeping many junior riders out of the saddle in recent weeks, but Helena Thompson managed to find time away from her studies to win the Liz Fox JC Royal Highland Show Qualifier at Kirkintilloch on Sunday with regular partner Just The Two of Us.

Sticking with the younger set and there were classes for riders up to the age of 16 years at the recent Children’s Show at Inglewood Equestrian.

The Riding Judge, Mrs Denise Bumford said Champion Best Rider, Lucy Hogg and Reserve Best Rider, Sally Braithwaite, were both confident, able riders of ability beyond their years. Successful competitors won gift vouchers donated by Slacks of Penrith.

The next Junior Show will be held at Inglewood in the autumn.

Cumbria Riding Club had another excellent day with their very popular One Day Event, sponsored by local farrier Gordon Leatherbarrow.

Mandy Antins took the Benson Memorial trophy for her Novice win with ‘Louis’, while Jill Paul’s Intermediate win secured her the North Villa trophy on Rupert.

Emma Owens came close second to Mandy, with her mare, Opaal, a particularly satisfying result for Emma as Opaal has been out of action for the last 12 months due to injury. Jacquie Southward’s youngster Zembla put on an excellent performance across the disciplines, to win the highest-placed novice horse trophy.

Rebecca McDonnell, of Eskdale, retained the Fleming Hall trophy for a flying Open round on her eventer Landetto II.

One-day event fans will be delighted to hear Greenlands is staging an ODE on Saturday May 30.

It follows last year’s highly successful show and has Novice, Intermediate and Open classes. Entries close on Wednesday May 27. Full details on the Greenlands website www.greenlandsequestriancentre.co.uk


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