Success for Morpeth RDA at national event

Pictured, from left, are Chloe Larkin, Emily Dougal, Kaelin Fairgrieve on Baz, Laura Winter and Eleanor Forbes.
Pictured, from left, are Chloe Larkin, Emily Dougal, Kaelin Fairgrieve on Baz, Laura Winter and Eleanor Forbes.

Riders from Morpeth Riding for the Disabled Group, who are based at the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell, achieved great success at the RDA National Championships in Hartpury, Gloucester, earlier this month.

Eight riders, along with their parents and carers, travelled more than 300 miles to take part in the prestigious three-day championships, along with staff from Active Northumberland, volunteers and three ponies.

In the junior classes, Kaelin Fairgrieve, who is visually impaired, came first in the Countryside Challenge. Lily May Henderson was placed second in her Countryside Challenge class. Kaitlyn Venus did well in a large Dressage class to come ninth.

In the senior classes, Valerie Argent came fourth in Dressage Grade 1-6. Joshua Benkhabeb-House came second in CC and sixth in Dressage and Derek Cleminson came third in CC and 10th in Dressage.

Ryan Gillespie was placed 19th in Dressage I/D.

Chloe Wyatt, 14, who was representing Morpeth RDA Group on her own pony, Billy, came sixth in both her Showjumping and Dressage classes.

Morpeth RDA Group chairman, Abby Boyle, who attended the Championships, said; “There are hundreds of riders from RDA Groups all over the country who compete during the three days and it has been wonderful to watch our riders achieve so much at this fantastic event.

“Morpeth RDA Group are most grateful to the staff from Active Northumberland who, along with two of our young volunteers, gave their time to support our riders over the weekend.

“Our three ponies have been brilliant and we could not have transported them to Gloucester without the support from Bellway Homes and St Mary’s Inn, Stannington, who we are grateful to for their generous donations.

“We were grateful to have received a travel grant thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

“Thanks also to the Wyatt, Venus, Henderson and Fairgrieve families for their fund-raising efforts.”