Riders from the Morpeth Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) group achieved great success in the three-day RDA National Championships, with three of its riders becoming national champions.
Two of the successes came in show jumping competitions whilst the other was in the Countryside Challenge and Combined Training disciplines.
The show jumping successes were particularly impressive as the Morpeth RDA Group, based at the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell, only started teaching show jumping this year.
Eight riders from the Pegasus Centre were amongst the hundreds of competitors from across the country who took part in the three-day RDA National Dressage Championships at Hartpury in Gloucestershire.
Robyn Rowntree won the RDA Level 1 Show Jumping Junior competition on Domino, whilst Stefan Storey won the RDA Level 2 Show Jumping Senior competition 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.
Other Morpeth riders who took part were Sarah Brooks, who gained a distinction in a horse-care and knowledge competition, Ryan Gillespie, Derek Cleminson, who achieved two seconds and a fifth in different classes, Jess Scott, and James Middleton, who achieved a two thirds and a fourth in different classes, and 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.
“We are delighted with the success of our riders,” said Malcolm Haigh, Morpeth RDA Group chairman, who accompanied the riders to Hartpury.
“This success is 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.”
The RDA National Championships are the largest event of its kind in the world with more than 450 competitors.
The RDA National Championships has proved a springboard for the Paralympics, and many members of the Para-equestrian team for Paralympics GB have previously competed at the RDA Championships.
The Pegasus Centre is a purpose-built riding centre which enriches the lives of people with disabilities. The Centre came about through a partnership between the Morpeth Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association, Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure and Northumberland County Council. Each week over 100 riders of all ages with disabilities, from throughout the region, take part in riding lessons, competitions and other activities.
The Pegasus Centre operates as a charity and depends on funding from grants and sponsors– the Centre is always interested to hear from companies and individuals interested in supporting its work.