Sunday December 17, 2017
Badminton Dressage Championships 2016

Wed 13th July 2016

The two Beaufort teams did extremely well in the PC team competition, representing our branch to the best of their considerable ability.  With the beautiful backdrop of Badminton Estate and suffering some mixed weather and in one case the early signs of tonsilitis, the teams performed superbly and finished in the placings in their respective sections.

In section A, competing with 16 teams, the Beaufort Blue team, consisting of Amber Dunne, Amelia James and Sasha Bird secured an excellent second place.  Their individual placings also very strong with Sasha taking 2nd, Amelia 4th and Amber firmly in the top half at 18th.

Section B also with 16 teams, saw Beaufort Buff consisting of Amelia Hendy, Lauren Dunne and Emilia Harley take 5th place.
Individually, Emilia was 7th, Lauren 18th and Amelia 20th, again all comfortable in the top half.

The top performer in each team then took part in the Championship which was judged by two separate judges and the marks then totalled.  Emilia Harley and Sasha Bird only just missed out on the placings taking 9th and 10th place with scores of 77% and 76% respectively.  This was a fantastic result, especially considering that 94 riders entered the competition!

Prizes and rosettes were awarded by Her Grace the Duchess of Beaufort.

Many thanks to Steffi Harant who kindly warmed everyone up ready for their tests.

Ems team Amber team

 

Thursday 14th July 2016

Thursday was the day for the Championship classes, and entry to these was gained by coming 1st or 2nd at one of the many qualifiers throughout the country. We had  a BHPC member in each of the 3 classes: Lauren Dunne in the Grassroots (Prelim), and Alex Harvey in the Middle of the Road (Novice) and High Performance (elementary) classes. Lauren had a rather interesting ride after her pony had heard hounds being fed and was ready for a days hunting rather than a dressage test, but Lauren rode as calmly as she could to make the best of a tricky situation. Although not placed in the class she later found out that she had won the prestigious Grassroots Training Bursary for the rider with the most potential in the class – well done Lauren and we hope you enjoy the training! Alex didn’t have her best day as her horse Frank was uncharacteristically flat but she still enjoyed the experience, and especially having a day off school to compete!