David Britnell from Chesham in Buckinghamshire took the top honours in the prestigious national final for British Horse Society Registered Instructors at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last Wednesday (8 May).
The British Horse Society Instructors’ Challenge is a combined training competition open to all BHS Registered Instructors. Competitors take part in a Showjumping challenge, a Dressage contest, or both – with a special prize awarded for the best performance across the two phases.
David, who is a BHSAI and a member of the BHS Buckinghamshire committee, was delighted to be crowned the overall champion for 2013. He certainly had a day to remember in the beautiful private grounds of Windsor Castle as, in addition to the top prize, he also won the Showjumping section and finished second in the Dressage with his horse Newmiln Jamestown. If that wasn’t enough, David finished third in the Dressage and third overall on his second horse, Continuity.
Speaking after the presentation of prizes he said: “I spotted this competition a couple of years ago and thought then that I’d like to give it a go once I became qualified as an instructor.
“The plan was just to come and have a bit of fun, so doing well was an added bonus. Whatever the result it wouldn’t have mattered because we still got the opportunity to come out and compete with other instructors.”
The winner of the Dressage competition was Julie Nunn from Bridgwater in Somerset riding Delantoz. Julie, who is also a BHSAI, teaches freelance in the Somerset area. She said: “I am really pleased to have won. Royal Windsor is such a lovely show to compete at and be a part of.”