Mount Ballan 6-8 October
Congratulations to Katie Lawrence and River who scored 71.29% in the Novice for 3rd place and were awarded the training grant for £150 for the BDSC member gaining the highest percentage over the weekend.
Katie only purchased River last year over the phone from the Westphallan auctions. She was a bit smaller and weedier than the others so there was little interest. Thankfully a wonderful friend spotted her potential and great brain and the rest is history! Katie has had a long break from dressage due to horse injuries, building a career etc. She is super happy to be back in the saddle and didn’t anticipate achieving so much in her first season with River.
River and Katie also qualified for the Area Festivals in a handful of outings, were 4th in the National and International Young Horse classes at Wellington Premier League, won the Area Festival semi-finals on 73% and were 4th in the finals (fingers crossed for a wild card).
Katie is looking forward to spending her grant over the winter with her trainer, Ben St John James who has turned her and River around in a year. She struggled to not get towed around the arena by River this time last year.