Judge praises high standard

Riders in the prelim classes at Geldeston's affiliated dressage show impressed with their high standard. List 2 judge Rachel Hillier presided and every competitor gained above 61pc.

Riders in the prelim classes at Geldeston's affiliated dressage show impressed with their high standard.

List 2 judge Rachel Hillier presided and every competitor gained above 61pc.

“They all deserved their good scores,” she said. “They are training the correct way.”

Winner of the new Scales of Training test with a score of 73.68pc was Sara Campbell, riding Keystone Havana. They went on to win the qualifier with 72.08pc.


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List 1 judge Malcolm Brown judged the novice classes, in the open sections of which Laura Tinkler and Neopolaton won both the warm-up and the qualifier.

The restricted sections were won by India Thomson (Latino Amante) and Helen Love (Crackford Comet).

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This was the first of four shows at Hall Farm this summer. The next is on June 1.

Lynn Wiseman has qualified her coloured horse, American Apache, for the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in July.

They qualified at the NSP Area 14 show near Stansted in Essex.

“All his associates are thrilled with him, including Susan Cox of Hardingham, from whom he was purchased 11 years ago,” she said.

“This will be his last major show at this level, as he will be taking things easier from next year on the showing circuit, competing in selective coloured classes and joining the Veteran Horse Society.

“This will also allow more time for hunter trials, which he enjoys, and will also help to keep him young.”

Claire Kingsley and her highland pony have continued their dressage success in two competitions.

At the Magpie Centre, they had a first and second qualifying for both the prelim and novice classes of the East Anglian Dressage Group finals.

And at Ferry Farm, Woodbastwick, they had a first and second in two novice classes, qualifying for the novice class of the regional finals of the UK Riders Challenge.

“We qualified for the prelim class in September, so will be able to compete in both the prelim and novice classes at the regional in July,” said Claire.

“I am really pleased with him.”

A new Advice Line - 0870 873 1927 - has been launched by the International League for the Protection of Horses. The person on the other end of the phone will usually be Jenni Smith, who has worked for the ILPH for five years within the UK Operations Department, dealing with both welfare and the loan scheme. She said: “We've found that there has been an increasing amount of calls and e-mails requesting basic equine advice. After a lot of thought we decided that a dedicated Advice Line and e-mail would be the best way forward. As a charity we are there to stop abuse, which is mainly due to lack of knowledge.The advice line is there as an unbiased and practical way of dealing with everyday questions owners have.” The line will be manned from 10am to 4pm, with an answerphone system for out of hours.

If you have a story for Horse Talk, please e-mail Jeanetta La Four at jeanetta@passionprm.co.uk, fax 01953 498879 or telephone 01953 498908.

Fakenham Horse Show on May 28 at Sennowe Park, Guist, is in aid of Nelson's Journey, a Norfolk charity for bereaved children. Further details from Victoria Jones on 07900 982168.

A British Young Rider Dressage Squad, BYRDS, training day will take place at the ILPH on Saturday 13th May. It is open to anybody Under 21 who is interested in dressage. They do NOT have to be members of BD to take part. This day consists of riding a test and getting immediate feedback, training, and discussion. Riders will also be assessed according to their level of riding ability and put into squads relating to that level. To book, contact Lorrie Sisson on 01992 522721.

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