Ballavartyn Equestrian Centre July 2020

After the prolonged lockdown period which saw the long-pause of all equestrian events, Ballavartyn Equestrian Centre was delighted to have been able to hold a full weekend of competitions on 11th and 12th July with a mammoth schedule of which included Dressage, Show jumping and Combined Training.

The first day of the competition welcomed local equestrians to test their dressage skills with a total of 80 tests ridden. Time taken during lockdown for riders and horses to work on their flat work was evident as results had riders and horses moving up the levels, including Libby Priest’s first advanced medium test and Abby Corlett riding her first medium test. It was a delight to welcome new riders to compete in their first dressage tests and the judges providing constructive positive feedback. There were a number of beautifully ridden tests, including Nicki Waddington and Nelly competing in their first prelim but the standout test of the day saw Charlie Morrey and her horse Silvia score an amazing 82.04% which set her up nicely for the show jumping round of her combined training class.

The second day of the competition was the Show Jumping round of the Combined Training run alongside unaffiliated show jumping and the return of British Show Jumping classes. The day was incredibly busy with a total of 115 rounds jumped. Classes started with junior cross poles right the way through the levels to the senior 1 meter 20 class. In the junior class Lindsay Collister proved hard to beat on her ponies Conrhenny Jellybaby and Conrhenny Golden Premier and Benaughlin Rambo taking victory in 50cm, 60cm and 70cm classes along with a 4th in the 80cm class. The unaffiliated senior classes again saw good numbers in both the 80cm and 90 cm classes with Claire Jackson and Jenny Forbes taking victories in their heights respectively. The affiliated senior 1.05-meter amateur class was very competitive and saw 7 horses entered with some speedy double clears, Colleen Miller and her horse Bas II came out victorious.

In the completion of the combined training Charlie and Silvia proofed unbeatable with a clear show jumping round to take the win in their class. Another superb combination in the combined training was Ann Atkinson on her horse Ginger who took victory on 1 of their classes.

It was a delight to see a local equestrian event so well attended and Ballavartyn would like to thank everyone who came to compete or spectate. A special thank you goes to the Dressage Judges Sally Muirhead and Jane Atree and the committee who give up their time to organise, steward and judge these events. Ballavartyn are looking forward to an action-packed summer with a variety of competitions over the coming weeks. Full details can be found on the Ballavartyn Facebook page and website.


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