The weather did it’s best to stop our riders competing at Moreton Equestrian Centre on Sunday 23 February and despite the very wet and windy start to the day the organisers persevered and our riders stayed positive, riding really well in the trying conditions.
Two Leweston teams contested the Dorset County Dressage qualifier with Team Leweston Steel taking the title and Team Leweston Royal placing 3rd. We are delighted that this will be the third consecutive year Leweston has headed to the NSEA Schools County Championships with a team representing Dorset for the Dressage finals, which are being held at Hartpury College this year in April.
Congratulations to the Champions, Team Steel:- Molly C (2nd), Coco S (3rd), Issy C (5th), and Flora M.
Flora SB, Maisy M, Madeline RS (6th) and Charlie W were in the third placed team, Leweston Royal, showing the depth of strength we have with our dressage riding.
Coco S, on her young horse Masha’s Grey, was delighted to achieve 2nd in the Novice Individual qualifier and Issy C on Herbie was Individual 5th. Year 8 rider Maisy M rode in both classes and is one to watch for the future!
Alongside the Dressage Leweston took part in the Arena Eventing Qualifier for Hickstead, finishing with team wins at 80-85cm and 1m and a 2nd placing in the 90-95cm. Leweston riders went with the intention of gaining a few more individual qualifications for Hickstead so it was great to see May S, Jessica W, Madeline RS and Sacha GD achieve these elusive qualifications.
One of the highlights of the day was witnessing birthday girl Henrietta’s (year 6) ride her first 90-95cm Eventers Challenge course which consisted of 20 fences (combinations of show jumping and cross-country fences) and watching her achieve a clear round.
A massive well done to all of the Leweston riders, who should all be very proud of their continuous achievements.