Sunday 25th February saw the area 3 British Riding Clubs battling it out at the winter
team show jumping competition. The event was held at Osbaldeston Equestrian
Centre in Lancashire which benefits from two indoor arenas and plenty of hard
standing for car parking. The heated café was also hugely appreciated by all the
competitors and helpers who helped themselves to plenty of coffee and food
throughout the day.
On this occasion Pole Moor Riding Club had one team submitted in the senior 80-
85cm class which was made up of Hannah Pedley, Louise Harper, Lucy Thompson
and Nikki Richmond. The competition was run over two rounds; fences started at
80cm in the first round and the course was changed and fences went up to 85cm in
the second round. The course flowed nicely but was still a true test of accuracy and
was up to height with some aspects catching out competitors from all teams
throughout the day.
Unfortunately due to transport issues Louise was unable to make the competition –
we hope she will join the team again at another competition soon! This left just three riders on the day meaning that everyone’s scores counted towards the team’s final score. In the first round Hannah and Nikki both jumped two excellent clear rounds.
Lucy, having only done a handful of show jumping competitions prior to the BRC team SJ, stepped up to the mark to jump the teams third round having an unfortunate stop at two of the fences. In the second round Hannah and Mo lead the way jumping another excellent clear round. Lucy, having learnt from the first round, rode fabulously to have no stops with just a couple of poles.
Nikki finished off the team jumping another good round but unfortunately also knocking the odd pole. The team performed admirably only just missing out on the top placings.
Having jumped double clear, Hannah had gained a place in the jump off for the individual placings but the excitement of the event meant she completely forgot and put her horse away in order to go and help the stewards finish off. Missing the jump off for the top placings meant that she didn’t come away with a rosette but was one of only 9 riders that managed to go double clear.
As always the team is unable to compete in BRC events without having volunteers
who are willing to help on the day. Our three volunteers that braved the cold were
Rachel Fielder on gate duty (even with an injured leg), Kim Oliver also on gate duty
and pole picking and Michael Newton on pole picking. The team wish to send a
huge thank you to the volunteers for giving up their time again – they couldn’t do it
To see the full gallery from the day please see our BRC Gallery page.
The next B.R.C. event is the B.R.C. team combined training taking place at
Osbaldeston Equestrian Centre on Saturday 24th March. Good luck to all our