HAVING qualified at the Regional RDA Dressage competition at Edinburgh at the end of May, Borders MS sufferer Jane Currie competed at the Riding for the Disabled National Championships held in Hartpury, Gloucestershire, at the weekend.
Riding Equibuddy’s horse, MacRobert Dot Com, aka Spotty, Jane, from Denholm, finished first in the Grade I-V, V Championship and second in the Grade I-V Freestyle.
The first prize rosette was presented by actor Anthony Head, but due to the long trip back home, Jane missed the presentation of the freestyle prize by top Olympic dressage rider Carl Hester.
The RDA National Championships is RDA’s flagship event, bringing together hundreds of competitors of all abilities in events including dressage, countryside challenge, vaulting, horse care & knowledge, arts & crafts, best turned out and musical ride.
The Championships has grown year on year and is now bigger than the riding sections of the Paralympics and Para World Championships combined.
In previous years it has proved a springboard for the Paralympics, with many of the current Team GB having competed at Hartpury, where the championships have been held since 2002.
Jane was diagnosed with MS 19 years ago and has been riding with the Borders Group RDA at Monteviot, near Jedburgh, since 1998 under the tutorage of Jenny Leggate.