Less than two weeks now to go until our club’s annual flagship event, our Derby & Dressage Show. This year it takes place earlier in the calendar than previously on Sunday 12 May.
With new kids on the block, Inishowen, setting their sights on more silverware in the jumping arena, it’s going to be hot competition for the prized perpetual cups. Our horses are all relatively fit after the action of the Northwest League and Challenge so we should be in a position to defend our cups on our home turf!
We have a great dressage judge in Petra Kucklick and everybody should make the most of the opportunity to get her comments and feedback on their riding. Remember that everybody can ride a dressage test — it’s nothing more than what you do during a flatwork lesson or schooling session, except that the movements have to be ridden in a set sequence. If you’ve never ridden a test before but would like to give it a try, chat to somebody like Vera who has started at the very beginning and is now a pretty seasoned competitor.
Everybody’s help will be needed to make the event run smoothly. Most of all, however, we need every possible member to come out and compete on the day.
Pictured below: Damien rides his winning Intermediate test on Trial & Error at our 2012 Derby & Dressage show while Francis and Zak take on a rustic fence at Intermediate level in 2011.