SOUTHERN riders were undaunted by the strength of the competition at the second Carole Thornton-inspired annual Small Tour Championship finals (Houghton Hall, Cambs, 3-4 December). They put forth their best efforts to be rewarded with four top 10 places in the PSG. Leah Beckett, above all, showed that character counts after expensive mistakes resulted in a 65.31% PSG test (71.58% in their Barn Barn qualifier).  Leah explained: “A lot of the test was brilliant but Russki became a bit intimidated by the stands. He missed his half-pirouettes usually a highlight — a times 2 . . .

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