MICHELLE Lawrence and Kate Mould captured the EquestrianClearance.com BE80(T) British Riding Clubs Championship at Brooksby Melton College Horse Trials with top class performances throughout.
With more than 60 entries for the finals, held as part of the BE80(T) British Riding Club Eventing Championships, it was decided to run two sections at this popular event.
In Section K Michelle rode her 16-year-old chestnut gelding, Chester XII to a narrow win, her nearest rival being Kathryn Leonard and Hidden Diamond.
Based in Bretforton, Worcestershire, Michelle shares the ride on Chester with her mum Pauline, who assists with the fitness work.
Said Michelle: “It is brilliant to win one of the EquestrianClearance.com championship sections.
“I am delighted with our performance today, show jumping is our weakest link but we went clear today and finished on our dressage score of 22.
Michelle, a busy vet, is a member of Solihull Riding Club, and only manages to find time to ride twice a week but she was full of praise for the BE80(T) series.
“It is great to have a championship final and the day has been brilliant,” she added.
Heading the EquestrianClearance.com Championship Section L was 16-year-old Kate Mould and Orion Heights, a five-year-old that has been with the Bristol-based rider for a year.
Kate also finished on her dressage mark of 27, managing to keep hold of her lead by just 0.5 penalties, with second place going to Bridget Ratcliff and Tilly.
Said Kate: “We nearly didn’t come as I have had flu but thankfully our decision to make the three hour trip was the right one and I couldn’t be more pleased.
“This is my first year of affiliated eventing, and the BE80(T) courses and facilities have been great.
The Equestrian Clearance BE80(T) series now continues at Norton Disney in Lincolnshire (23 Oct).
More about BE80(T)
The classes were created by British Eventing to introduce people to the sport and encouraging inexperienced horses and riders, building confidence in all areas. As the class name suggests the height of the fences are 80cm and the ‘T’ denotes that it is a training class; as part of the competition, BE Accredited coaches are there to help riders through each phase of the competition. All courses are designed to be inviting and encouraging for both horse and rider.