Three proud winners

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Three proud winners
We have some very dedicated and successful equestrians to congratulate on their achievements.
Hats off to Stephen

Having powered his way through the qualifiers, Stephen took fourth place in dressage, and first place in dressage to music at the Riding for the Disabled (RDA) National Championships.

‘The dressage to music was the first time I’d done that event’, Stephen said. ‘I had one chance to practise, and it felt right, so I thought, “here we go”.’

Stephen thinks his choice of music, We’re in the Army Now, by his favourite band, Status Quo, may have helped him to victory.  ‘Thunder, my horse, liked the beat.’

Well done Debbie

In the same RDA National Championships, Debbie achieved superb second places in both dressage and countryside challenge. ‘I was so proud’, she says. ‘I did very well, and I couldn’t have done it without Karin and Donald who supported me.

Debbie works with horses too, at the Unicorn Centre stables where she rides, right next door to her community, Larchfield: ‘I groom them and help out. It builds my confidence up. I just like being with horses.’

Congratulations Emily

Emily has done herself proud, too, scooping medals at two events organised by Special Olympics St Albans. She won two golds in dressage and horsemanship, and a bronze in stable management.

In another event, she took bronze for horse care and knowledge, silver in dressage, and won gold for trail. ‘Trail is where you have different obstacles, and things to pick up and drop’, she explains.

Such achievements don’t come without hard work and dedication; as Emily puts it, ‘You have to practice quite a lot.’