Husband and wife in battle for supremacy

The Beccles & Bungay Riding Club annual Open Show took place at Geldeston Hall, with the recent rain resulting in near perfect going.

In Hand classes, judged by Mrs Jane Etheridge, were particularly well supported with a wide variety of breeds from French Bretons to Fallabellas on show. The In Hand Foreign Breed class was won by Michael Ashford and 'C'est La Vie', a six-year-old AES Warmblood, who went on to take the In Hand Championship. Nick Chaston and his Fell pony 'Bramble' (14) were the Reserve In Hand Champions after winning the In Hand Mountain & Moorland.

Under saddle and ridden by his owner, Rachel Ashford, 'C'est La Vie' took second place in the Open Show Hunter and third in the Ridden Foreign Breed classes. Riding her other horse Dr Watson Rachel also won the Ridden Veteran class and went on to take Reserve Champion in the Utility & Novelty ring behind Ruth Harris and Dan, who took the Championship after winning the All Rounder class. This meant Rachel and Dr Watson were up against her husband and 'C'est La Vie' for the Supreme Championship, with Michael emerging triumphant.

Karen Prot and her handsome grey Loui took the Reserve Supreme Championship after winning the Green Working Hunter class and becoming the Working Hunter Champion. New to the show this year and well received were two Thoroughbred and Retired Racehorse Association classes. The In Hand class was won by Mark Youngs and Rockley Beach. The ridden class was won by Joey Ellis and Blue Wing, who then went on to win the Ridden Championship.

Working Cob was won by Billie Smith and Bryan. The pair had been successful earlier in the day when they won the Ridden Piebald & Skewbald class and they went on to take the Reserve Working Hunter Championship with Karen Proto and Loui taking the Working Hunter Championship after winning the Green Working Hunter class.


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• The Beccles & Bungay Riding Club Junior and Senior teams are both celebrating the fact that they have qualified for the BRC National Championships.

First to taste success were the seniors when the Novice team won the Area 14 Horse Trials Qualifier at Poplar Park. The team consisted of Sandra Morgan (Cordell), Lucy Frost (Polly Whispers), Michelle Colman (Molly) and Lee Wright (Total Eclipse). The team won by an impressive 20-point margin and will be off to Aston Le Walls in August.

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The junior's success came at the Area 14 Dressage Qualifiers at Trinity Park last Sunday. The team of Imogen Sida-Page (Inform), Georgina Kidner (Parkhall Paintpot), Deanna Burwood (Ambersam) and Lydia Sida-Page (Jordon) will be heading to the National Championships at Lincoln in September.

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