Back in May we took 2 teams and an Individual to Aston Le Walls for the National Arena Eventing Championships. We were so lucky to be supported by local companies Pony Poo Ltd and T R Doidge Hay and Straw merchants, providing clothing and support to the riders, along with goodies from Keason Plant Hire, St Ive.
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The course was superb, set over 3 arenas with a height change and a large water crossing, this allowed for slopes, steps, ditch jumping and of course the joker!
Arena eventing consists of a round of show jumps leading immediately onto Cross Country fences, it is ridden in XC wear and with a faster speed than SJ alone.
A team of Fleur Jackson, Millie Frost, Rosie Busby and Megan Busby attended the champs taking part in the 80cm event. All riders had fantastic rounds, Rosie completing a clear round, although she did pick up a few time faults with Millie on a few faults but with a faster round with no time faults, showing that you can make up time to cover faults. Fleur and Megan both completed for the whole team to finish and to be placed 6th overall. This is a superb result for the club and the riders.
A team of Phoebe Frost, Beth Witton, Beth Stephens and Tegan Holdaway rode in the 90cm Championship class. A tough competition where they add more drops, bigger ditches and tough lines and distances to challenge both horse and rider. Phoebe rode a storming round to an Individual 3rd place, the big venue proved a challenge for Beth’s young horse, who courageously stepped forward to replace her qualified horse who could not attend due to injury, there was so much going on and his greenness came through, many things learnt and a positive step forward in his education. Beth and Tegan completed with great rounds for a team 9th.