MEMBERS of a Dale riding club have ridden their way into a championship competition.

Barnard Castle and Teesdale Riding Club entered both the junior and senior sections of the Area 2 dressage qualifier for the British Riding Club in Burnhope, County Durham, on January 28.

The junior team, which was made up of Pippa Sinclair, Charlotte Merrigan Martin, Polly Nicholson and Jessica Smith Straughn rode their socks off scoring three first and third placing which secured the title and allowed them to qualify for the nationals.

The senior team, which consisted of Fiona Kearton, Shaun Malpass, Nikki Lawson and Kate Lee, also took the senior title.

The teams will now represent Area 2 at the KBIS British Riding Club's national dressage championships in April where they will compete against 22 teams from ten riding clubs across the country.

Several members also qualified as individual riders at the championships, with some competing for the first time.

A spokesman for the club said: "All the teams members were over the moon with the results, a lot of hard work and dedication has gone into this result and paid off."

Here is the BRC Grassroots League Table. 
Please note - scores earned on different horses have now been split by BRC.
Our club members are highlighted in yellow. 
Currently in the Nation top 10 are Emily Barningham, Hannah Straughan, Jessica Smith-Straughan, Phippa Morgan and Sarah Wilkinson.
Well done folks, and keep up the good work  Please click this LINK for full league table

Official results will be posted as soon as I get them but in the meantime :

HORSE TRIALS:  Perhaps I should wait till the official results are posted but I thought I'd "jump the gun" this time :) BCTRC Junior HT 80cm Team, Cara May Riley, Aaron Clark, Sammy Morgan and Amy Bowes, won today, 9 July, and qualified for Swalcliffe Park 4-6 August. Individually Sammy 2nd, Aaron 3rd, Cara 4th. Well done to them all

Another good day at Area Qualifier today for our Show jumping competitors. Sammy won 70cm class, Millie 2nd 70cm, Charlie 11th 80cm & 4th 75cm Style Jumping Clair 6th 70cm. Well done to all

Well done to everyone who competed at the Area 2 dressage & DTM Qualifier today. Our Junior team Pippa Morgan 4th, Charlie Liveredge 3rd, Polly Nicholson 2nd Team 3rd overall. Tracy Straughan 4th, Sian Whitehead 7th Novice, Isobel Burnett 8th Team 6th.   Elementary, Chloe Gosling 2nd Medium & 1st DTM. A big Thank You to our volunteers too x

BRC GRASSROOTS CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT TABLE TO DATE   For those who have competed this year in any BRC S/J 60-70cm or dressage Intro and Prelim. Please Click this LINK

VERY WELL DONE to Amy Bowes and Cara Riley on their results from Sunday 26 February,

Combined Training Qualifier  Individual:   Amy 2nd Cara 4th

Combined Training W/L individual:  Amy 2nd Cara 3rd

The official result for the Intermediate Dressage Qualifier have been published on the Area 2 website. 
Here are the results:

Junior Individual 
Cara May Riley 1st in novice 30 and Area 2 qualifier for the Intermediate championships.

Senior Team Orange unplaced
Tracy Straughan individual 4th in novice 30
Senior Team Lime unplace
Pauline Rowntree individual 2nd in novice 34

Senior Individuals
Chloe Gosling 3rd in Medium 71

Well done folks. It was a very competetive day with terrible weather conditions.


A huge well done to our grassroots show jumping teams today at West Park, you all did our club proud. Juniors once again outdid the seniors (boohoo lol ) coming 1st (BCTRC ORANGE Jessica Smith Straughan, Daniel Lowther, Amy Bowes and Sammy Morgan)and 4th        (BCTRC MAGENTA) Millie Hodgson, Francesca Stobbs, Harriet Hodgson and Aaron Clarke). Individually 1st Amy Bowes, 2nd Aaron Clarke, 4th Jessica Smith Straughan. Thanks to Hilary McKenna and her band of volunteers for all their hard work, West Park for the first class venue and their cafe staff for the butties, cakes and other goodies. A long cold but thoroughly enjoyable day of friendly rivalry


Well done everyone

NORTHER REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS at Bishop Burton 27 August 2016

Senior Team:

Helen Roff Prelim 4     4th

Tracey Fox Nov 27       6th

Pauline Rowntree Prelim 28    8th

Isobel Burnett Elem 43    2nd        TEAM 6th

Junior Team:

Katie Hook Nov24     2nd

Jessica Smith Straughan Prelin 14 4th

Sammi Morgan Prtelim 12                 4th

Pippa Morgan  Prelim 7                     4th        TEAM 4th

Fantastic results for both Senior and Junior competitors individually and even better results for their combined Team efforts.

Well done everyone :)


 Please click this LINK for full results

Area 2 Dressage, Style Jumping and Show Jumping Qualifier was held on 26 June.  We had 3 Qualified for the National Championships at Lincoln 10/11 September

Seniors :  Helen Orton   Style Jumping

   Helen Roff      Novice Dressage

Junior :    Katie Hook      Elementary Dressage


Teams also Qualified for the new Northern Regional Championships held at Bishop Burton 27/28 August

Senior Open Dressage Team  :   Isobel Burnett, Helen Roff, Pauline Rowntree and Tracey Fox

Junior Dressage Team               :   Katie Hook, Jessica Smith-Straughan, Pippa Morgan and Sammi Morgan,


It was a long day and all our competitors, juniors and seniors, gave a good account of themselves. For some it was their first experience of Area Competition and both riders and their mounts rose to the occasion.

Praise has to be given to our Junior competitors who ages ranged from 8-14, they behaved impeccably and all came away with big smiles on their faces and eager to compete again next time.

Our Club would like to thank the organisers and the vast team of volunteers who worked so hard to make the day as enjoyable as it was.



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