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Report on Winter SJ Championships from Holme Valley RC

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Holme Valley Riding Clubs Senior Novice Showjumping team had one last training session with Peter Mellor the night before making the long journey down to Keysoe. Half the team stayed overnight while the other two came down in the morning, spirits were high although with two 6 yr olds in our team we were a little nervous too. The course was technical with a dog leg, a combination and lots of spooky fillers to look at but proved to be very jumpable. Our first rider was in at 8.05am and by lunchtime with a couple of clears we had finished the first rounds on a score of 4 putting us in contention for a placing if we could keep it up. The fences went up for the 2nd round and although the course only altered slightly poles began to fall all round the course. We finished the afternoon on a total of 12 after a couple of unlucky poles and after an anxious wait for the final results finished in a very creditable 7th place. The rosette was lovely and we all came away with some great pictures of our horses who really rose to the challenge and all played their part in the team. The team was Clair Hinchcliffe on Whitfield Blue Diamond, Clare Hinchcliffe on Alfie, Natasha Jowett on Villa Billy and Rebecca Johnson on Cat Balou. The event felt to run very smoothly thanks to all the volunteers and special mention goes to our own Laura Brennan who made the journey to volunteer to enable the team to compete.


Rebecca Johnson