Contest first for riding centre

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THE Pegasus Centre’s inaugural show-jumping competition has been hailed a success.

A total of 25 riders took part in the event at the Tranwell facility.

In addition, the centre held a dressage contest to enable the many able-bodied riders at Pegasus to have the opportunity to compete against each other. This attracted 26 riders of all ages and abilities.

Centre Manager Martin Peagam said: “It was a long but rewarding day. Everyone taking part enjoyed themselves and there was some great competition between the riders.

“This was the first time that we have held a show-jumping competition and we are delighted with its success.

“We had different classes for riders with disabilities and for able-bodied riders and it was great to see everyone having the opportunity to demonstrate their skills.”

Winners in the show jumping classes included Stefan Storey, who was a double winner, Ryan Gillespie, Robyn Rowntree, Juliet Adams, Kirsten Stainsby and Ellie Montgomery.

Winners in the dressage events included Sarah Brooks, Carolyn Gray, Ellie Gray, Charlotte Holmes, Kirsten Stainsby, Caitlin Johnstone and Scott Crosbie.

“We have had a great day and it was particularly great to see riders taking part in show jumping, which is something that we have only recently been able to offer,” said Morpeth RDA Group Chairman Malcolm Haigh.

The centre, which has both indoor and outdoor arenas, also gives people with disabilities the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health through horse riding and educational activities. It was officially opened by Princess Anne in October 2010.

For more information about its activities, call 01670 518219 or visit the website: www.thepegasuscentre.org.uk