Gillian Duckworth and Lisa Egan each won a section of the British Riding Clubs BE80(T) Championships at Brooksby Melton College yesterday.

Northamptonshire-based Gillian Duckworth, a veteran member of Cherwell Valley Riding Club, rode six-year-old grey mare Red Bog Lady to finish on their dressage score of 27.5 in section J.

Gillian said: “The competitors were all very diverse [in my section]. Chelsea Round who finished second to me is only 13 and was riding a 14.2hh.”

Lisa Egan and Conrad VI also went double clear finishing on 28pen to claim section K. Lisa rides for Wittering Academy Riding Club and comes from Peterborough.

Lisa said: “It was the first time I’d competed him in weather like that, so I was a little apprehensive of how he would cope. He really rose to the challenge and locked on to every fence with his little ears pricked; the course was inviting, but quite technical, and he just kept trying his best.”

The BE80(T) Championship is only open to BRC members, although non-members can compete in the qualifying classes.

Photo courtesy of Adam Fanthorpe.