CHIPPING Pony Club is celebrating a number of successes in the dressage event at the Pony Club championships.
Lisa Dickinson and Pippa Weld-Blundell reached the pinnacle of many club members’ careers by taking part in the open level competition, the highest level to qualify in, achieving this in the dressage discipline.
The championships were held across the five disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing, mounted games and polocrosse at Draycott House, Derbyshire.
Around 1,800 Pony Club members from all over the country, including Northern Ireland, attended to compete, as well as hundreds of supporters in the form of family and friends of competitors.
In the horse and pony care event, both Chipping’s junior and senior teams qualified.
Having won the junior team event last year, great things were expected again this year and the senior team did not disappoint. They were reserve champions against a much older and more experienced team and an incredible 35 points ahead of the team placed third. Senior team members were Sophie Janus, Lucy Hughes and Victoria Hargreaves, with the junior team trio being Ellie Whittle, Rachel Airey and Jake Mellin.
Chipping members also represented the branch in the NFU Mutual Pony Club Novice Championships.
Victoria Hargreaves qualified for the showjumping, dressage and eventing sections, and her fellow local competitors were Abby Austin, Victoria Gunston, Katie Roach, Charlotte Kenyon and Maddie Ainsworth
On the test front, Chipping has had a wonderful set of results, with a 100% pass rate at D+, C and C+ level – and leaders say well done to all those who worked so hard to achieve this.
Winter is fast approaching and the club’s indoor training sessions have already started, being held alongside the usual rallies. The club will be entering teams in the winter league series for mounted games and dressage , as well as team triathlon events.
On the social side, there is a pub quiz and presentation evening to look forward to this month.