Saturday December 15, 2018
Dengie Area 9 Competition March 2015

The Beaufort Dressage Squad were well  represented at the Area 9 Dengie Competition. Alex Harvey, Emilia Harley, Claudia Wallis, Katie Hilliard, Charlotte Bailey, Tash Bailey,Sasha Green and Imo Brook had qualified at various competitons over the winter.

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Imo and Sasha couldn’t get to the Area competition but all the others made the trip up to Moores Farm north of Gloucester and were joined by Chiara Conze who competed in the pick your own class coming second with 70.4% on Smurf and giving her new younger horse a great first outing.

In the novice qualifier class the Beaufort members performed extremely well. Three riders were in the top six – Cladia came third on 74.6% and qualified for the final, Alex came fifth on 73.6%, Katie came sixth on 70.4%.

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Emilia, Tash and Charlotte all rode good tests in a very competitive class.

Laura and Tash both rode the difficult Open Pony Club test for their Open qualifier and made a good job of it. Laura won the class with 69% and qualified for the final.

I asked the riders for their best moment of the day and their biggest challenge

Claudia – best moment – picking up three green rosettes and qualifying envelope
Challenge – getting her horse clean (grey) and persuading her mum to leave her nice warm bed on mothers day – she thanked her mum and all other mums for all that they do!!

Alex – best moment was seeing her score (73.6%)
Challenge – realising she would have qualified if she’d got 0.5 more marks!

Laura – challenge was forgetting to halt at the start of the test
Best moment – seeing her sheet

Others haven’t given me their feedback yet but for me the best moment was driving home at the end of the day feeling very proud of everybody, and biggest challenge was listening to some of the warm up instructions being given by parents. All our Beaufort parents are very well behaved!

The photos with this report represent everyone – I had hoped to have more but my photographer (Jeremy) forgot his camera and as it was quite a cold day not many people were hanging about taking pictures.

Good luck to Claudia and Laura for the final on April 4th.

Janet Warren