Lincolnshire Showground played host to the British Riding Clubs National Championships on 5 and 6 September when more than 1,500 competitors took part in 20 separate Championship classes.
Both juniors and seniors competed in dressage, riding test, style and showjumping. The Pink Veteran Showing Championship took place on Sunday morning.
There were a record number of entries for the Senior Teams of Four Dressage Championship where four team members rode a BRC dressage test all together in the arena. The class demonstrates true team camaraderie and dedication, with great attention to detail required to perform well. Twenty-six teams took part this year, with Chilworth RC from Area 17 once again claiming the title for the third time in succession.
Championship sponsor NAF were on hand all weekend as Griselda Handy and Eloise Chugg-Martin, NAF Brand Managers, presented prizes and their support team offered nutritional and product advice.
“Once again this Championship has been a tremendous success for NAF, with so many BRC members engaging with us over the weekend.
"We have been associated with this Championship for more than 10 years now and watching the junior riders progress through to the seniors has been a particular highlight for us. The overall team spirit shown by the clubs is incredible and we thoroughly applaud the Club Chef d'Equipes, who do a sterling job in supporting their teams,” said Griselda.
There were many notable performances during the Championships. Bradley Dale RC took the Senior Open Dressage Team Championship, while Sophie Croxton riding Mr McGowan (Split) from Atherstone and District RC was crowned overall individual Champion. The pair won their dressage arena on a 75 percent score, and along with her sister Amy on Blue Boy, the pair also lifted the Pairs Dressage Championship.
“I’m thrilled with the way we performed today. Split is a true all-rounder; we have competed for Atherstone for many years now and he just seems to get better and better," said Sophie.
Saturday was a very successful day for Carleton RC, winning both the Senior Riding Test Team and Senior Intermediate Showjumping but Elstead RC eclipsed everyone, winning the Senior Teams of Six Dressage, the Junior Teams of Four and Junior Riding Test, with Emily Weeks on Monta Mystic Clover taking the overall individual Riding Test Championship.
Emily said: “She was fantastic today. We compete in all disciplines, and she just has the most laid back temperament, taking everything in her stride.”
Three Counties RC, based in East Sussex, were over the moon with their win in the Junior Style Jumping Championship. This was an incredible achievement for a club which has only been affiliated since January of this year and experiencing their very first BRC Championship.
With a team of extremely young junior riders, they demonstrated true style in their showjumping rounds. They also finished second in the Junior Novice Showjumping Championship.
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