The wide expanse of the Brendon site lifted spirits with its promise of a new season of competitions in the fresh air. Sadly, with the lockdown due to coronavirus, that promise looks likely to remain unfulfilled in the near future. For participating riders, at least, it was an opportunity to benchmark progress and plan home-based training objectives.Read More
Category: Show Reports
Riders set their sights on this year’s Premier League and CDI shows, teams are the the goal of a new para rider and bareback workouts successfully tone recent-mum muscles. Elsewhere we hear of a candidate for Children on Horses classes.Read More
This show gave another taste of some of the exciting combinations that will be contesting winter regionals classes as well as early-days glimpses of new combinations.Read More
There were many combinations aiming for the regionals at Merrist’s last two-day show weekend — among them some strong contenders among Prelim, Novice and Elementary to go forward to the Winter or Petplan Championships. (Part 2 of a two-part preview.)Read More
Around 360 tests are due to be ridden at the always popular Merrist Winter Regional Championships. Many of the combinations at the venue this show were putting in their first match practice since the Equine Herpes Virus lock-down.Read More
Step Aside’s show at Belmoredean, West Sussex (9 January), and a day at Cobham Manor, Kent (11 January), yielded some special triumphs and some interesting stories.Read More
Christmas sweaters, a happy return of a significant partnership — as well as new levels and new rides featured at two of the last shows of the yearRead More
Riders adjusted to 20x60m horizons for last-minute points, showcased some big new talent — and a first-timer scored the highest mark of the day.Read More
“Now the technical basics have become more developed riders have to give more thought to their floor plans and to their music because those artistic elements will be the deciding factor — and they are what freestyles should be about.”
SO WHAT SKILLS and judgement produced Merrist’s top performances and how did riders meet these artistic impression criteria?
Youngsters and ‘improvers’ at venues out and about in the South produced some outstanding scores and raised riders hopes for regionals and beyond.
KENT-BASED Jessica Whitehead showing off The Amazing Spiderman’s established advanced medium performance were top of their classes at Parwood
BD Southern Region was represented by five teams at the Home International held at Wellington Riding from the 19-20 October. Among them were not only two individual overall class champions but also three of the Southern teams were in the top 10 out of a total of 38 teams from around the UK.Read More