Riders help the heroes

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April Fool’s Day dawned brightly and the sun shone all day at Rugby Riding Club as it collected money for this hugely worthy cause.

Starting with showing classes in three rings and then show jumping in two more, the Club grounds were teeming with horses, ponies, young and old riders and all their supporters. Spectators are always welcome.

The driving force behind the show was Kay Smith – whose son George was deployed to Afghanistan last week, with his battalion – 1st Grenadier Guards – for six months. All at the club wish them well and a safe return.

The showing classes covered a broad spectrum – including miniature horses and Shetlands, Mountain and Moorland, Coloureds, Veteran, Turnout and much more.

Each section ended in a Championship and these Champions then went forward to be judged for Supreme Champion.

The fun classes were full and ‘Best Six Legs’ had an excellent turnout.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Ashlawn Road clubhouse, show jumping in the main ring included a Scurry and Pairs Relay.

Onlookers lounged on the grass in the sunshine in front of the Help For Heroes stand, ably run by Alec and Margaret Murray and Marilyn Barnett who reported that they had taken £400 on the day.

Donations were also generous and the final sum is still to come, but everyone agreed it was all worthwhile and all the judges, stewards, workers and competitors are to be congratulated!