Local riders put on a strong showing at British qualifiers

Ettrick Forest Riders’ Association were well represented at British Riding Club’s Area One dressage and show jumping qualifiers earlier this month.

Competing at the national equestrian centre near Broxburn, the novice dressage team of Louise Clark/Crème Brulee, Rebecca Dun/Rubin Aotea, Paula Whitson/Ganton Royale and Fiona Mercer/Charlie rode well and finished second, just off the qualifying position.

The open team of Jill King/Mylo, Carolyn Gospel/Willamy Twinkle, Laura Sanderson/Tamarosa and Louise Clark/Coco won their qualifier in a strong competition. Laura, Jill and Carolyn took the first three places respectively in this event.

In the individual classes, Carolyn took a second, Laura fourth and Rebecca sixth in their sections.

For the first time in many years, the Borders group had representatives in the dressage to music class, with Laura Sanderson/Tamarosa second and Jill King/Arnie third in the novice.

Jill was also first and second in the elementary class, with Mylo and Arnie, and qualified for the BRC Championships at Bury Farm, Leighton Buzzard, later in the year.

Sunday was the jumping day and the local club was represented by Rebecca Dun, Paula Whitson, Katie Farnsworth/Wally and Lorna Pate/Millie.

All four jumped exceedingly well and won their team section on a zero score, qualifying for BRC Championships at Lincoln Showground in September.

The quartet also competed in the style jumping class, but did not finish in a qualifying position.