WELL DONE: Elizabeth Ryan receiving her winning rosette from Jenny Stark
WELL DONE: Elizabeth Ryan receiving her winning rosette from Jenny Stark

THERE was dressage success for one young dale rider, earlier this month, when she competed at the Pony Club Regional Grassroots Championships, held at Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders.

Representing Field House Equestrian team, Elizabeth Ryan, 16, of Boldron, on Troy’s Pride, won her dressage arena class with a huge score of 79.2 per cent, then contested the ride off to finish sixth overall.

The championships were held at former Olympic eventer Ian Stark’s equestrian centre near Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders, and his wife, Jenny, handed out the rosettes to the winners.

To qualify, the riders from Field House Equestrian, near Crook, competed in an area two qualifying competition held at Binchester in July and all placed well.

Other members of the Field House Equestrian team who competed at Selkirk included Abby Shields, of West Auckland, riding Zafferella, who finished 15th; Amy Hodgson of Durham riding Bushmills finished 14th and Anna Eales, riding Charlie competing in the eventing final finished in 15th position.

Field House Equestrian Centre, which is based at Howden-Le-Wear, enables riders to compete in Pony Club events without having to own a pony or horse.

Sarah Lewins, one of the instructors at Field House Equestrian, said: “These are great results especially as our members compete against branch members, who have their own horses and ride more regularly than most of our members.”