The BRC Fibre-Beet Festival of the Horse Championships 2019 took place once again over the weekend 18-19 May 2019 at Aston-le-Walls in Northamptonshire.
Over 750 competitors, both senior and junior, who had pre-qualified for the event, traveled the length and breadth of the UK to take part at the Championships. Competing in Combined Training, Eventer Challenge and a number of direct entry dressage classes which were new for 2019.
Saturday began with the Senior Challenge and Junior Combined Training. An Area 17 team took the top spot for the Senior Challenge 100, with Lucy Greenwood riding Count on Bally, riding for South Western Dressage Group securing the overall Individual title, with an impressive score of 0.4 penalties. East Midlands Dressage Group lifted the All 4 Scores to Count title as well as the team coming an impressive third in the team event.
Designed by Nick Staines the challenging show jumping course truly tested both horse and rider, which helped to separate the very competitive Senior 90 class. Abinger Forest RC from Area 11 took the Senior 90 team Championship title, with the individual title being awarded to Catherine Dudzinska riding Quincar Z. This is the first season that Catherine has competed for North Ryedale RC and the first year back competing ‘Monster’ following a long period of rehabilitation following a nasty accident that required a four hour rescue. All 4 Scores to Count was awarded to the experienced Buckingham RC team with all four riders having several years of Championship experience.
There was a battle for second and third place in the Senior 80 with Isabel Bailey-Collins and Solero Spirit from Elstead RC who just managed to secure second place from Wokingham & Bearwood RC rider, Erin Marsh riding the grey gelding Ri Sotaire coming a very respectable third, for this partnerships first riding club championships. The individual winner of the Senior 80 went to Area 13 rider Suzie Vickery from Three Counties RC riding Simply Dinky, who was also attending their first Championship together. Bewdley Bridle Club won the team title with Welton & District RC winning the All 4 Scores to Count.
Saturday also saw the juniors competing in the Combined Training. Mixing the white boards with the colourful poles proved very popular with over 100 competitors competing for the prestigious title of overall individual. The title was eventually awarded to Phoebe Raby riding Eastlands Choir Boy who travelled all the way from the Isle of Wight RC to attend the Championships. The team championship went to the four riders from Atherstone & District RC from Area 5 who finished on a very competitive score of 10.
Sunday saw the turn of the junior riders competing in the Eventer Challenge classes, with the riders tackling the same cross-country course as the seniors the day before, which challenged the skill and bravery of both horse and rider.
Area 5 rider Sophia May Marston riding the 12 year old gelding Blackstown Spot On won the individual title in the Junior 100 and has set her sights on competing for Great Britain in Dressage at the European Championships. The Team championship was awarded to Northallarton RC in Area 4 with the All 4 Scores to Count being awarded to the Area 14 team.
Swindon & District RC had a very successful day as they managed to secure both the team and All 4 Scores to Count title in the Junior 90 class, Mckenzie Clark riding his mum’s seven year old Grey mare Diamonds Hero managing to lift the individual title with an excellent score of 0.0.
The Junior 80 team championship went to Three Counties RC with the All 4 Scores to Count going to Cambridge & District RC who finished on a total score of 46.8. Emily Grayson competing for North Ryedale RC won the Junior 80 individual championship on her Skewbald mare Freya.
An experienced Saffron Walden & District RC team won the Senior Combined Training team title with Crown RC coming a close second. Anne Cooper from Crown wrote “Everything was beautifully organised and it ran like clockwork. We were thrilled to be part of the team placed second in the Senior Combined Training, although it was galling to miss the top spot – must try harder next time!” The individual title went to Quantock rider Denise West riding Emo.
This year’s championships were sponsored for the second consecutive year by British feed brand Fibre-Beet.” The 2019 Fibre-Beet Festival of the Horse Championships was another huge success and I want to congratulate all the competitors who took part, British Riding Clubs and all the volunteers.
Across both days the event was well organised and I really enjoyed talking to everyone who came to the British Horse Feeds stand. It was fantastic to hear how the majority were feeding Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet, even using it at the event to keep their horses hydrated in the warm weather” said Hatti I’Anson.
Hatti continued: “There was also a lot of interest in our sister company, The Golden Paste Company and their products like TurmerAid which supports healthy joints, maintains well-being and general health and aids digestion.”
“Once again we had a fabulous two days of competition; welcoming back Fibre-Beet to the Festival of the Horse Championships which has now became a firm favourite with our competitors. A big shout out must go to our wonderful BRC judges and volunteers who without them these championships would not be possible.” Rachael Hollely-Thompson, BRC Manager.
Photos courtesy of Action Replay