Time to shine for Lincolnshire riders at BRC Intermediate Winter Championships
Riders from North Lincs Riding Club notched up some great performances at the BRC Hayman Intermediate Winter Championships last weekend (2-3 May).
Corinne McNamara (69) rode her stunning, coloured, gypsy cob, Hot Toddy into first place in the Prelim 13 dressage arena, with a score of more than 76 percent. She has recently returned to competing in dressage competitions following a break of almost 13 years while she has helped her son Alex (who has Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy) achieve great success as a Para and Able Bodied rider in dressage and showjumping.
This is a remarkable achievement for Corinne, given that she has already had one hip replaced and is awaiting to have surgery on the other hip in September. With twin disabled sons at home, who take up much of her time, there isn’t much chance to practise.
Corinne was delighted with her test. She said: “I never thought I would ride in dressage competitions again once I lost my special old horse as Alex’s horses are too big and scary for me to ride. But Hot Toddy has given me the confidence to have another go, after a 13 year absence. We travel on our own to the shows and he has become such a star.”
There was further success for North Lincs RC as their showjumpers lifted the team title with another rider, Liz Pears, returning to competition after a gap of around 15 years. To round off the weekend, the club’s dressage team were second overall, with mother and son Kathryn and Toby Bartlett, both winning their dressage arenas. Toby and his horse Hundon Lodger were also in the winning showjumping team.
This is the first time that BRC have held The Hayman sponsored Intermediate Winter Championships, following a request from members for a winter championship at this higher level of competition. Almost 400 talented riding club members from across the UK descended on Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Buckinghamshire, to contest both junior and senior classes in dressage and showjumping.