Bob back in the saddle

Bob and Chrissie Havis in action.
Bob and Chrissie Havis in action.

A PEGSWOOD dressage rider is hopeful of national success for her horse following a successful comeback after childbirth.

Bob (aka Breithla Capali) has been selected for the Senior Home International at the end of this month in Buckinghamshire at Elementary Open level and he has qualified for the Winter Regional Championships.

The news has delighted Chrissie Havis, particularly as he had a five-month holiday from last November to March whilst she had daughter Emily.

“When I bought Bob from a dealer he had just been broken and I could only ride him for a few weeks until I had my hip operation, but in that time I could already tell he was trainable and I was going to have a lot of fun with him,” she said.

“It has been fantastic to see him progress over the years. Nothing phases him and he is so consistent and dependable.

“Bob won a bronze in the Home International at Novice level in 2010 and I’m hopeful we can do even better this time at Elementary because he has won a few competitions at Medium level this summer. Looking forward, I think he has the potential to move up to Advanced and make his mark in that section.”

Chrissie, who started competing in dressage from the age of 14, spent five years in Germany and is also a trainer and judge. She was in charge of the Northern region for British Dressage for four years but gave that up to concentrate on her riding and training.

Bob is stabled at Hope House Equestrian in Amble and she praised its facilities and standard of care for getting him back quickly into competition shape.