Para Talent Development 2012

London 2012 Olympics

Our Para dressage team have done it again winning a total of 11 medals between them including team gold (Sophie Christiansen, Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells and Debbie Criddle). Natasha Baker – 2 individual gold, Sophie Christiansen – 2 individual gold, Sophie Wells – 2 individual silver, Debbie Criddle – 2 individual silver and Lee Pearson – silver and bronze. Congratulations to you all.



to Para rider and BDSC member Ed Chanin and Marie Lancelles on their recent marriage.

The reception was held at the family farm in Devon and the photos below are of Ed’s new Para dressage horse, My Rubicon, wearing the rug which Ed won at the 2010 KBIS National Championships at Stoneleigh. Classic Canes, one of Ed’s sponsors, custom made a lovely silver topped walking stick for him to use at his wedding.


International Para Dressage Competition Hartpury 4-6 July

This is the final selection event for the Paralympic Games and forms an important part of the preparations to ensure that both horses and riders are fully accustomed to the colourful sights and sounds of a big, busy competition. This will help them to take it all in their stride and concentrate on delivering medal winning performances when they reach Greenwich.

BD are very keen to encourage as many spectators as possible to come along to this free event for lots of flag waving and cheering to really get the atmosphere going.


Para Talent Development 2012

Vale View once again pulled out all the stops for the Paras, holding the Restricted Winter Championships and a Summer Qualifier alongside the annual Talent Spotting, now renamed Talent Development but with the same format and sponsorship by the BDSC. Numerous competitors brought a busy buzzy ambiance, the sun came out on the second day and a happy atmosphere prevailed throughout thanks to the excellent organisation.

The Talent Judges this year were International para Judges Eva Bachinger from Austria and Mary-Ann Horn (GBR). The day started with great impact as the first rider in the first class, Young Rider Kathryn Gallagher, scored a massive 91.60%, riding a smooth harmonious test on her horse Waragon, and this proved to be the highest score of the two days.

Kathryn is a Member of the BDSC so she also took home the £100 training voucher and to cap her weekend won the Grade IV Restricted Championship and the Hickstead Qualifier thus confirming the excellent Development result.

The Junior Section was won by Olivia Treadwell who narrowly beat her twin sister Elizabeth with a score of 78.67%, both riding Dougal.

In the new Pre-Talent section for under 14’s another high score, 90.60% gave the winning place to Molly Bowen-Morris on Charlie B.

The competition continued on the second day when seventeen riders contested the Senior section. Scoring 90.67% BDSC member Gayle Bloomfield swept the board on Hulland Sensation, going on to win the Grade II Restricted Winter Championship in the afternoon.

This Para Dressage weekend is now firmly established in the calendar giving para riders a great chance to show their skills in competition as well as the Talent Spotting from which it evolved with sponsorship for the Development from the BDSC and the Para Dressage Training Trust.