Area 20 Horse Trials Qualifier 24th June at Radfords Equestrian, Llanymynech

This year we entered a team for the 80cm and a team for the 90 cm and some individual riders too.

Unfortunately, we had to start a team of 3 for the 80cm as one of the horses went lame the day before.

Nicky Stokes had a great run and finished 9th, Siân Bates finished 13th but Gina Williams and Amanda Hopwood did not complete which put us out of the team event.

Sara Wright, who competed as an individual also had a good run and finished 7th on Justine’s Alton.

The 90cm did better finishing 8th with Myfi Powell finishing 3rd, Rachel Woolley 8th, Michelle Colohan 10th and Vicki Poole 14th in their sections.

Sue Jones and I competed as individuals, Sue finished 13th and I finished 14th. My cross-country round was particularly eventful; Jack pulled a shoe off causing him to trip which meant we had to circle in front of one of the fences and we were joined by a loose horse 4 fences from home!

I was a great day, we all enjoyed being out competing and it was lovely to see so many VVRC members out supporting our competitors.

I would like to say a big thank you to Julie Phillips and Rosemary Pyne who are no longer members but came and helped us put out the dressage arenas a few days before the event along with myself and Irene Gill. Also thank you to Sally Evans, Heather Jones and Dee Sides who delivered lunches to all the volunteers on the day.

Ali Harper

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