Sunday July 3, 2022
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Regional Dressage Championships August 2019

We arrived at Rectory Farm on a lovely sunny morning, met up with my team members and got all our ponies tacked up and ready. Then we headed over to the field with the four arenas in and Vic kindly came to warm us up. Once we were all ready we came together to have a team talk about all our top tips and tactics and Vic was giving us last minute advice. All the ponies looked very clean, shiny and beautifully turned out. The riders were extremely smart. I was feeling quite nervous but at the same time very excited as this was the Regional Dressage Championships and Frank, who had been leant to me by Alex Harvey, is a fantastic dressage horse. I was missing riding my usual pony, Gypsy, but she had gone lame 3 weeks earlier and needed 2 months off.

One by one we all went to our separate arenas and performed our tests. I was very happy with my test and pleased the practice with Frank had paid off. When we were all done we got back together and had a chat about how all our tests went and compared good and bad points. When the scores came out we were really pleased to find out that we had got team 4th and we all did really well in our sections: Izzy P came 7th, Florence W came 10th, Harry B just missed out on the rosettes and I came 2nd, which qualified me to go into the ride off.

I went back to my trailer and gave Frank a brush and tacked him up for the ride off. Then me and the team, the parents, Vic and Jo all went over to the field and everyone helped me get warmed up which was great. The steward called me and I went into the main arena. I was very nervous but Frank and I still managed to produce a really good test and when we came out the arena everybody gave me a big cheer. They were all so supportive throughout the competition. Then we had the dreaded wait for the scores. After about 20 minutes they came out and I went to look at them. I was so proud of Frank to get us into 2nd place out of 150 competitors from Central England and Wales, missing out on 1st by 0.1%!!

Thank you so much to Vic for all the helpful advice, warming us up and staying for the whole time supporting the team and me. Also a massive thank you to Jo for organising it and keeping everything for our team running so smoothly. It will be a day I will always remember.

By Amelie Lucas