Friars Hill Stables, based near Ryesdale in North Yorkshire, came top of the class at The British Horse Society’s National Riding School Championships held yesterday (4 April).
The one of a kind competition offers riders who don’t have their own horse, the chance to compete at a National Championship. The competition is open only to those who ride at BHS Approved Centres, with tests in dressage, showjumping and stable management. This year more than 100 participants qualified to represent their riding school.
One riding school, Murton Equestrian Centre, travelled from Newcastle to Rugby, in Warwickshire, where the Championships were held.
Anna Storey from Murton Equestrian Centre said: “Everyone has worked so hard to get here… the team has been so committed… it has meant we’ve been able to have nine riders competing in the Championships, including two children”.
Competitor Kate Mitchell, who rode Hope, said: “I’ve been riding for five years now and this experience has been the first time I have ever competed… I love riding and being in sync with my riding school horse Hope, and today I’ve had a real sense of achievement. It might sound silly but it was Hope who really helped to calm me down and helped me perform. I love that relationship we have formed. The atmosphere here has been fantastic and I would love to come back next year to do it all again!”
Oonagh Meyer, Head of Approvals at the BHS said: “We want to say congratulations to everyone that competed at the Championships and thanks to Champion for kindly continuing to sponsor the competition. It really was a fantastic day, providing riders who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to compete, to show off their skills at a National Championships”.
BHS National Riding School Championships are kindly sponsored by Champion.
Full list of results available: bhs.org.uk/championshipresults2018