The National finals of the UK Riders dressage and show jumping took place at Arena UK, Allington on Saturday the 13th August, we had a record entry with competitors from all over the country competing for the 2011 championships.
The first class of the day was the junior Intro A which was won by Grace Donaldson riding Larklands Royal Knight with a score of 73.00%, Grace had travelled all the way from High Wycombe, 2nd was Eleanor Richardson with Harvey, this was their first competition since coming off the lead rein and Harvey is a RSPCA rescue pony they scored 72.60%, third in this class was Joy Rushton with River Valley Ratchell, a nine year old pony who qualified at Eland Lodge
The senior Intro A was won by Esther Paul on Leo a 5 year old appaloosa with 73.5%. Esther qualified at Port Royal and travelled down from Bradford to be with us. Second was Helen Thorpe with Midday Copper Song a beautiful chestnut by Donnersong with a score of 66.09% and third place was taken by Melissa Reid on Patlan River Dancer with 66.09% with only their collective marks separating them. From the Croft Riding Centre in Cheshire. Prelim 10 Junior Championship was won by Callum Small on Java with a score of 73.18% who was from Thornton Lodge followed by Emma Bond on MHS Louise with 69.55 a rescue pony loaned by the Dunken family of Edinburgh . equal third was Ferguson Uno a Dutch warm blood with Lewis Atchinson and Sophia Jankiewicz on Elders Field Bells, they were a great partnership and travelled from Hartshill Riding Club to score 67.73%. The Prelim 18 Senior Championship was a very large class and had to be split into two sections to make it fair on the riders. The Senior section was won by Lucy Butler on Baileys with 75.83% with Clare Hinchcliff Cascanto a very close second at 75% they travelled all the way from Northumberland to compete at Arena UK and qualified for the Nationals at Pastures New Equestrian Centre, third was Lauren Noble on Noria du la Dive who scores 73.75% he is a French trotter and Lauren won the prelim last year so came to defend her title. Section B was won by Keely Squire riding Stanbeck by Request 72.5%, Keeley is recovering from major ankle surgery and took up dressage as she could not do showing. Second was Emma Dawson on Royal Ruby with 71.67% Ruby was bought as a show jumper and qualified for dressage at Beever Hall. Third in this class was Esther Paul riding the spotty Leo with 70.41%.
The Novice 24 Junior Championship saw Emma Bond move up a place from her prelim score and take the championship title with 67.69% followed by Callum Small and Java with 64.62% and Eleanor Rycroft with Tyler who qualified at Laughton Manor coming third this is their first season in dressage and scored 63.85%.
The Novice 34 Senior Championship was won by Lindsey Turner with Jackson Was, a 14 year old grey gelding, on 69% they qualified at Weston Lawns, a close second was Lucy Butler from Langham, Nr Oakham on Baileys with 68% and third only split by their collective scores was Jane Knight on Todd. Jane qualified at Laughton Manor and lives at Walcot, Nr Sleaford so they did not have far to travel.
We had a shortage of entries for the Junior Elementary 42 Class with only four starters but the clear winner was Emma Bond on MHS Valentino who scored 66.25% he is a 10 year old Section B who normally does Working Hunter Pony and they do dressage for a bit of fun (possibly a lesson to us all) he was followed by Sophia Jenkiewicz on Elders Field Bell with 61.56%. Sophia and Ella have only been together for a year and won their first dressage test to come to Arena UK. Senior Elementary title was taken by Michelle Henderson on Broadstone Darwin a 10 year old Hanovarian cross thoroughbred by Demonstrator with 66.43% followed by Heather Cardwell on Lucky Boy who came all the way from Warrington to score 63.6% and third was Sally Wagstaff on Gulliver on 62.5%, Sally qualified at Sissons Farm.
The first class of the day the 70cm Juniors saw Lightening ridden by Tiffany Gates take first place ahead of River Valley Reece and Emily Sanderson and Pickles with Dusty and Jerry Vipond in third place. The Senior Section was won by Pat Pass Opportunist ridden by Alix Clifford who came all the way from Essex second was Lilly May and Emma Oakden with third place was taken by Buffy and Rebecca Hull from the Port Royal Equestrian Centre.
The Junior Novice saw a good entry with Bonny ridden by Shelby Johnstone taking the honours followed by Taz and Lauren Lonsdale and in third place Legend Reborn and Anna Bedford made their trip from Hedden on the Wall worth while. The Senior Novice 80cm Class was also well supported and was won by Mr Sox and Alice Vickers with Arianwen and Jo Wood from Northamptonshire, third in this class was Pat Pass Opportunist hoping to repeat his win in Class 1.
There were 21 starters in the Intermediate 90cm class with Holly Jepson on Miss Stroppy winning the Junior section. Holly is a keen Pony Club member and takes part in all their activities. Second was Jade Hutchinson Archer who qualified at Thornton Lodge and is another Pony Club member, third place was taken by Mr Fantastic 11 with Lauren Burton, he has been her rock getting her through all the bad days. In the Senior Section the title was taken by My Punchline and Katy Murfitt with second being taken by Arionwen and Jo Wood, third place was Bryony King with Spot On they have only been a partnership for 3 months.
The final show jumping class of the day was the 1mt final first in this was Marbles with Vicky Sellars from Rosedale Abbey, second was Sapphire and Isobel Humphries she had had a riding accident the day before her regional finals and had suffered five broken teeth but went on to win the 75, 85 and 95cm classes. Third place was taken by Butlers Flash and Rhianne Pettifer. The Junior section was won by Jaz and Kayleigh Sheppardson with Mr Fantastic 11 and Lauren Burton coming second.
Our thanks go to all the Centres who have run Qualifiers and Regional’s throughout the year to make this such a great final, also to all the Judges, Stewards and Writers at Arena UK and finally a great big thank you to all our competitors who have travelled to Arena UK.