Area 6 Dressage on Saturday 21st July at Lincolnshire Showground, Grange de Lings. 


In the week leading up to the Area Dressage the weather was horrific and our riders were worried the event might be cancelled due to heavy rainfall. However, the show ground dried out a bit and the sun shone all day. 


The Burghley Pony Club entered 4 teams and 2 individual riders. 


The Junior Team consisted of Kira Crompton, Olli Lee, Courtney Philips and Alice Hunns. Courtney's pony Woody had to bail out as he was lame and Alice's lorry broke down. Therefore Kira and Olli had to manage together. Kira came 7th individually competing against 16 other riders, so well done. Olli and Fred did a wonderful job, scoring 7 and 8's and moving beautifully till Fred had a fright (which was "well sat" out),  the test became a bit rushed and marks dropped, however Olli really enjoyed himself. Olli and Kira must have been the youngest Junior members representing the Burghley ever at an Area Dressage competition. Well done to both and "keep training".


The Burghley B Team consisted out of, Lucy Daly and Yasmin Peach who both came 8th individually, Louise Bodily and Lottie did not go as well as they can, but are consistently improving. Imy Gwilliam's Mia was not a happy horse on the day and quite tense, however Imy and Mia are improving all the time and very much becoming a "team" and I have no doubt next year will be completely different. 


The Burghley A Team consisted out of, India Ward (2nd in her Arena), Maddie Price (3rd in her Arena and on a new pony) and Sophie Warrener (8th in her Arena). Ross Hemmings did not have a good day as Chrissy did not like being at the end of a row of arenas. The girls all three scored 68% and the team overall came 3rd. They competed against 23 other teams and should there have been one more team they would have qualified for the Championships. It has been a long time since the Burghley had a Novice Dressage team achieving 3rd place at an Area Dressage, congratulations the hard work did pay of


The Burghley Intermediate team consisted out of: Jessica Varley (2nd in her arena), Lisa Reid (6th in arena),  Bethany Fitt (9th in arena on a borrowed horse) Coral Herbert (9th in arena). Rachel Dinwoodie competed as an individual with a new horse. Overall the team came 5th out of 21 teams. Jessica went to the Pony Club Championships and rode a very good test, unfortunately her score did not reflect the quality of the test. This sometimes happens and is very frustrating particularly for a combination that consistently produces good dressage scores. Well done all!!!


Diane Bevan represented our pony club in the Open class and came 2nd with a score of 67.42%. Diane went to the Championships and had exactly the same score as she did at the Area 6 competition and was 5th. Well done!! 


All and all a very good Area Dressage and next year will be even better. Dressage takes a lot of concentrated effort from both the horse and rider. Dressage is an art, it's a sport, but the bottom line is, it's training, it is essential training for a horse to be successful in any riding sphere. Once one has experienced how ones horse goes beautifully (athletically, effortless, smooth, listening, enjoying himself) you will know what I mean. Some of you have started experiencing this in small doses and are aiming for more. So keep coming to training and train at home. 


See you soon. 


Josien Chalmers