In a close-fought competition, Delerie Chambers and her five-year-old Thoroughbred, Paris III, won the senior Riding Club dressage to music championship at Solihull.
Delerie, a livery yard owner from Yeovil, Somerset, and a member of the South Western Dressage Group, won the class by virtue of her artistic marks, putting South Warwickshire member Felicity Scott and New Toy into second place, while East Yorkshire’s Joyce Fearn with her own Rochford Danzia was just one mark behind in third.
Delerie has only recently began to specialise in dressage and the 17.2hh Paris III, was originally bought to event.
By Devils Jump, a son of HIS sire Abergwiffy, Paris was bought from Somerset breeder Pam Wills. His dam – Cantelo Juno – also produced last year’s Wembley-winning heavyweight hunter Tiny, owned by Cornish comedian Jethro.
Second-placed New Toy, ridden by Felicity Scott, is also only five-years-old. Linda Pinnock’s Dutch-bred gelding by Hamilton, a son of Nimmerdor, was also the runner-up in the novice 30 at the RC Championships at Malvern and has qualified for both winter and summer regional finals.
Longton member Rachael Graham, had a clear win in the junior section with Anne Clegg’s 10-year-old Hopwood St James. Rachael, the equitation champion at this year’s Royal Lancashire Pony Club Championships and also an arena winner at Malvern.
Saffron Walden, last years runner-up in the riding club quadrille at Olympia, were among four teams to qualify for this year’s final. West End, Reigate and Faversham also gained their place at Olympia on 16 December.