Disabled riders gain regional success

Connor Bamborough, one of the Morpeth RDA Group rosette winners at the RDA North Region Championships.
Connor Bamborough, one of the Morpeth RDA Group rosette winners at the RDA North Region Championships.
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Riders from the Morpeth Riding for the Disabled Association group enjoyed success in the RDA North Region Championships, with a number qualifying for the national championships.

The wet and windy weather made conditions difficult for everyone taking part, but the plucky young disabled riders from Morpeth took everything in their stride. The competition took place at Blackdyke in Cumbria.

The event saw 54 riders competing in the Countryside Challenge classes over seven hours of dressage and show-jumping competitions.

Many of the riders from the group, based at the Pegasus Centre and part of Active Northumberland, were competing at this level for the first time. All the Morpeth riders achieved a rosette and six got the required level for the RDA National Championships.

ID Dressage: 1st Ryan Gillespie on Domino (Championships qualifier); 2nd Emily Kelly on Domino (qualifier).

Countryside Challenge, Junior Classes: 1st Joshua Benkhabeb-House on Midnight (qualifier); 2nd Kaelin Fairgreave on Rusty (qualifier); 3rd Daniel Hayton on Rusty; 4th= Harry Muter on Magic; 4th= Liam Vaughan on Rusty. Senior Class: 1st Elisabeth Cockburn on Magic (qualifier); 2nd Derek Clemenson on Midnight (qualifier).

Novice Dressage, Test 2: 3rd Connor Bamborough on Gilly; 3rd Oliver Crawshaw on Gilly; 4th Joshua Benkhabeb-House on Midnight. Test 4, Junior: 3rd Harry Muter on Magic. Senior: 1st Derek Clemenson on Midnight; 2nd Elisabeth Cockburn on Magic.

There will be riding and dog-agility displays and archery among other activities at a Pegasus Centre open day on Wednesday, which will run from 11am to 4pm.