Dynamite success for Christina

The Longines Royal International Horse Show, which has just got underway at Hickstead is in full swing.And having just returned I have to say there was a slight resemblance to Glastonbury!

The Longines Royal International Horse Show, which has just got underway at Hickstead is in full swing.

And having just returned I have to say there was a slight resemblance to Glastonbury!

We arrived on Monday evening for an early class on Tuesday. After a three-hour journey it took another hour to get parked on an extremely muddy field in a relentless downpour.

When we took our pony to the stable we were horrified to find we were ankle deep in mud and the small stable took five bales of shavings to cover it.

Unfortunately, despite spending an awful lot of time washing and making our pony look stunning, we were not placed.

We were not disappointed as there were 34 in the class, all of exceptional talent, and the whole experience is something we will never forget.

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Christina Gillett from Norfolk had some more substantial souvenirs to take home with her memories.

Riding 'Miss Dynamite', a young novice six-year-old skewbald owned by Mrs C Bishop, she won the very first pony class - the Indian Trial mixed type small ridden pony. This class was so large, with 44 entrants, that they needed to start an hour earlier at 7.30am.

Christina went on to become Reserve Supreme in the Championship to our class winner, Brynteg Llwynali Daffodil.

The Show continues until Sunday. When we left, on Tuesday, the sun had been shining continuously - so hopefully conditions will only get better for other competitors lucky enough to have qualified from Norfolk.

Good luck to them all.

The North Norfolk Pony Club is holding combined training classes and showjumping classes on Friday, August 17 at Gunton Park, near Hanworth.

Classes are open to any Pony Club member and some classes are also open to adults. Further details and schedules from Shelagh McKenzie, Swallows Barn, Sandpit Lane, Gimingham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 8HH (telephone 01263 721743).

The West Norfolk Summer Show will take place at Marham Hall on Saturday, August 11 in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance, Brian Cross Memorial Trust and West Norfolk Foxhounds Hunt Club. There will be affiliated and unaffiliated showjumping as well as some fun showing classes.

Junior affiliated classes start at 8.30am followed by the senior classes at approximately 11am. Unaffiliated show-jumping starts at 9.30am followed by four classes from 2'3" up to 3'3". Fun Classes (angels on horseback etc) start at 11am.

Schedules are available from Horse Dates or by email to jane@woottonfarming. co.uk

Peter Gorman from Thetford won the Countryside Challenge competition at the Riding for the Disabled National Championships at Hartpury College in Gloucester.

Despite pouring rain, Peter rode Tula round the Countryside Challenge course, which is designed to simulate obstacles you might meet while out riding in the countryside.

Negotiating these obstacles requires co-ordination and balance, both to control the horse and to deal with the obstacle, which is quite a challenge for a disabled rider.

Later in the day Peter and Tula competed with their helper, Chrissie Gooderham, in dressage test 'Eb' and were placed second.

This meant that Peter's combined score from the Countryside Challenge and the dressage was sufficient to secure first place in the Combined Training event.

As one of the three top- scoring riders from the East Region in the Countryside Challenge, Peter was nominated to be part of the regional team for the Countryside Challenge team event, which was won by the East Region.

Peter rides with Buckenham House Group RDA at Middle Harling Riding School.

Buckenham House Group, which is 30 years old this year, thanked Tula's owner Sian and Prue Kenyon, proprietor of Middle Harling Riding School, for allowing them to take Tula to Hartpury for the weekend and for providing the horses and facilities for their weekly riding lessons.

The group rides between 5pm and 8pm every Wednesday and between 10am and 11am on Fridays during term time.

They are always in need of new helpers during riding sessions, so if you are interested, call them on 0845 241 4304 or check out their website at www. buckenhamhouserda.org.uk.

The North Norfolk Pony Club One Day Event takes place at Barnham Broom on August 7. Schedules are available from www.pcuk.org or www.horsedates.co.uk. Contact Caroline Davies on 01328 878231. Early entries advised - no entries on the day.

The ILPH Family Fun Day scheduled for August 27 at Hall Farm in Snetterton, Norfolk has had to be cancelled.