As sponsor of the Pony Club Winter League Show Jumping and Dressage Championships, Dengie took its place alongside the families and friends who arrived to offer their support to the hundreds of young riders each giving their all in an attempt to win the coveted Dengie winner’s rug and jacket.
“The event was nothing short of brilliant,” said Dengie marketing manager Lisa Wilson. “We have sponsored this event for more than 15 years and always enjoy coming along to share the occasion and hearing what everyone is up to with their horses and ponies. “Dengie nutritionists were on hand throughout the two days, checking weights and offering condition scores and plenty of advice on providing a healthy, balanced fibre diet.
“The riders are really interested in finding out how they can improve their ponies’ feeding regime and it was wonderful to see how some of them had followed advice given last year and turned up to compete over the weekend with horses in great shape and glowing condition.” The Pony Club Dengie Winter League Show Jumping and Dressage Championships took place at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell, on 6 and 7 April, with the sun putting in a welcome appearance.
On Day One, 155 young show jumpers – many with ponies that appeared to be able to turn on a sixpence – fought for a place in the ribbons during the Warm Up, Championship and Open Championship classes. Day Two saw 87 dressage riders put in a polished performance in the Novice and Open heats, with their fingers crossed that they secured a high enough score to make it through to the Ride-Offs later in the day.
Prizes were donated and presented by Dengie Horse Feeds. They included trophies, salvers, rosettes, championship rugs, jackets, saddle cloths and feed vouchers.
“As always, the Dengie Winter League Championships produced a very happy, and slightly warmer, weekend of competition,” said Pony Club chairman Cherry Michell. “These championships are so important to our up-and-coming competitive members, as it gives them their first experience of a championship-level competition and the atmosphere that comes with that level, and this year’s competitive action certainly didn’t disappoint! Many congratulations to all our winners for 2013.”
The Show Jumping Championship was won by 16-year-old Casey Webb, from the Iveagh branch, riding Bluestone Bee, with the Open title claimed by Lydia Parrott, 17, from South Staffordshire Hunt branch, on Pip. In dressage, the Novice competition was won by Ffion Evans, from the Pembrokeshire Hunt branch, riding Glyn Coch Red Rascal, and the Open title went to Anna Lawson, 19, from the Chiddingfold Farmers branch, on Carentino Z.