Following on from a previous write up where both Lizzie Reid & Eliza Yeardley qualified for the Grassroots Championships at the prestigious Badminton on 7th May. Lizzie said of her experience ‘It wasn’t quite the fairy tale ending we were hoping for but I am absolutely over the moon with how Nelson has behaved this week! We went clear show jumping and just got distracted by the crowds for an unlucky 20 penalties XC. I came over the finish line with a beaming smile though and I am so grateful for everyone’s well wishes and support, it’s been very much appreciated. The goal of competing at Badminton is officially ticked off!”
Junior Ackworth member, Eliza Yeardley, celebrated her 16th birthday the day after she competed on her pony Prince, she said “I would just like to say thank you to everybody for all the best wishes for my trip to Badminton. It has been an incredible few days with everything seeming to slip into place- a 31.5 dressage and a double clear inside the time, I couldn’t have asked for any more. Prince was phenomenal as always- what a superstar! And to top it all off we came a fantastic 12th, I am over the moon!” Both horses are sadly now up for sale, with Eliza hoping to move onto horses to enable her to step up the senior rankings next season. Quite a few Ackworth and District riding club members made the trip over to support our riders and had a fantastic time… despite the weather!