UK glory for three riders

A TRIO of Morpeth Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Group members are celebrating after becoming national champions.

Robyn Rowntree won the Level One Show Jumping junior competition on Domino, while Stefan Storey was awarded first place in the RDA Level 2 Show Jumping senior contest on Lily.

Their success was followed by Lilian Orde, who won her classes in the Introduction to Dressage Walk and Trot and the Combined Training competitions, riding Lily.

The show-jumping achievements at the three-day RDA National Championships event in Hartpury, Gloucestershire, were particularly impressive, because the Morpeth RDA Group only started teaching show-jumping at the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell this year.

Other group riders who took part were Derek Cleminson (who achieved two second places and a fifth in different classes), James Middleton (who was awarded two third places and a fourth place in different classes), Jess Scott, Sarah Brooks (who gained a distinction in the horse-care and knowledge competition) and Ryan Gillespie.

To round off a great weekend, artwork submitted by local rider Chloe Wyatt achieved a fifth place in her class in the Arts and Crafts competition.

Morpeth RDA Group Chairman Malcolm Haigh said: “We are delighted with the success of our riders.

“These achievements are a reflection not only of the dedication and hard work put in by the riders, but also of the wonderful support they receive from staff and volunteers, from parents and carers and from our sponsors and supporters.”

Many members of the Para-equestrian team for Paralympics GB have previously competed at the RDA National Championships.

The Pegasus Centre is a purpose-built riding facility. Each week, more than 100 people of all ages with disabilities from Northumberland and further afield take part in riding lessons, competitions and other activities.