BHS and BRC Members turned out for a day of dressage at the ‘Naylors BHS North West Dressage Championship 2019’ on Sunday 6 October at Bold Heath Equestrian Centre.
We kicked off at lunchtime, a later start to the day proving fortunate; as our amazing volunteers rallied together to spend their morning moving arenas to a dryer location after heavy rain over night caused flooding. Despite the weather, we were determined to go ahead, for all of our wonderful riders who had worked so hard to qualify and make it to the championship.
Despite the rain, spirits weren’t dampened! “We had a great day of competition and puddle dodging, but that didn’t stop our lovely competitors from smiling from start to finish” said Lyndsay Dring, BHS North West Regional Manager.
Congratulations to our 2019 Winners:
- Junior Intro - Kate Fleming on Good Night Mr Tom
- Junior Prelim - Jasmin Pierce on Clovenledale Brittany Bay
- Junior Novice - Harriet Ion on Star
- Senior Intro - Clare Whitfield on Cipollion (Zippy)
- Senior Prelim - Jack Walker on Grey Garth
- Senior Novice - Jack Walker on Grey Garth
For Jack and his 12 year old horse Grey Garth, or ‘G’ as he’s known to his friends, this has been an incredible achievement as in 2018 G was diagnosed a benign tumour in his skull, very close to his brain and spent days undergoing surgery at Leahurst Equine Hospital. After a very long road to recovery the dressage qualifier and championship were his first time back competing since his operation. To come away with the win in the Prelim and Novice was a very special moment for the pair. Jack said, “It was so nice to get him back out and back to his winning ways.”
Jack's family and friends were also relived to see the pair out and enjoying themselves once again, saying “Thanks to everyone for a great day out today, especially with the wet weather! You were all fabulous & in very good spirits despite being wet through! Thanks again from all of us.”
BHS North West Education & Events Officer John Gilbert said “This has been a fabulous event; all of the BHS committees have worked hard over the last several months to deliver qualifying competitions in every single county. We wanted to showcase that the BHS is inclusive, friendly and fun and I think we definitely did that.”
“I would like to thank the riders and their families who went out of their way to thank our volunteers on the day, they recognised the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make these events happen and it was heart-warming and it means a lot.”
We had more appreciation from our rider, Kate Green who entered her horse Sunny, she said “Thanks to all involved today, it was a great day very friendly and well organised, [I] thoroughly enjoyed it.”
A final thanks, of course, goes to our fantastic event sponsor Naylors who went the extra mile, kindly donating goodie bags to each of our class winners.
For more information about future events in the North West, don’t forget to check out our BHS North West Event page