Tight results in RDA competitions

There were smiles all around in the spring sunshine as disabled riders at the Pegasus Centre, at Tranwell, showed off their skills in a day of competitions.

The rain, sleet and gales that had threatened to disrupt the event were nowhere to be seen as almost 40 riders took part in a dressage competition and a Countryside Challenge competition.

Most of those taking part ride regularly with the Morpeth RDA (Riding for the Disabled) Group at the Pegasus Centre, but there were also three visually-impaired riders taking part from the Newcastle RDA Group.

There was close competition in many of the classes, with winners and runners-up being separated by only a few marks, and for some riders their success will be a step on the route to regional and national competitions.

The rosettes were presented by RDA county chairman Pauline Harrison, who declared that she had been very impressed by the performances of the riders.

“You can all be very proud of yourselves,” she said. “And your families and everyone here is very proud of you.”

Centre manager Martin Peagam said: “We see this event today as an important part of what we do at the Pegasus Centre. Competition allows riders to see how they are progressing and the performances of senior riders provide inspiration for our younger and less experienced riders.

“We are particularly delighted that the county chairman was able to present the prizes today and that we were joined by three riders from another local RDA group.”

He went on to praise the support received.

“Everything that we have seen today is the result of the hard work and commitment shown by our wonderful volunteers and staff and the support shown by the families of our riders and those who support the Pegasus Centre and Morpeth RDA Group.

“I thank each and every one of them.”