The final of the British Riding Club's (BRC) SEIB Insurance Brokers Quadrille 2016 took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Village on Saturday 22 October.
The annual event entertained a capacity crowd with four participating quadrille teams all displaying their costumes, music floor plans and choreography.
Saffron Walden & District RC - 'A Life on the Ocean Wave' - were victorious after performing a foot-perfect sailor-themed routine to woo the capacity crowd.
Cornwall TREC Group finished second with their Spamalot-themed routine, and a very special mention must go to Deen City Farm BRC Centre who claimed third place with ‘Bollywood Dreams' (an inner city BHS Riding School). It was an incredible achievement for such a riding school to have even qualified for this prestigious final, let alone finish in third place.
Witheridge RC from Devon finished in fourth place with their colourful cowboy and cowgirl western theme – 'The Magnificent Four goes West to Dance the Do-Si-Doe’.
Nicolina MacKenzie, marketing manager at SEIB Insurance Brokers, was on hand to make the presentations to all four teams.
The judges included: Donald Kear, BHSI and List 2 Dressage Judge, David Sheerin, BHSI and BHS Trustees Chairman, and Di Lampard, international show jumper. They found it incredibly hard this year to decide between the four teams, who all performed their routines exceptionally well under the electric atmosphere of the All Stars Gala event.
Claire Engelmann, of Saffron Walden & District RC, said: "We were so pleased with our performance after a slight error in our routine at the qualifier, when we found ourselves at one point facing the wrong way. Everything seemed to go to plan with just a slight technical hitch with one of our flag props, which opened in the end. It was fantastic to be able to perform in front of such a packed, enthusiastic crowd.”
Joanna Henbrey, of Deen City Farm BRC Centre, said: "We're absolutely over the moon with how everything went on the night. We took on board all the comments made by the judges at the qualifier and set about blinging up our costumes even further, adding elaborate tail decorations to the horses, who coped unbelievable well with such a big gala event.”
The event also featured an Extreme Four In-Hand Carriage Driving Challenge, the Shetland Pony Grand National, the Osbourne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry Championship and at the Moet and Chandon Show Jumping Grand Prix.