RIDING: Princethorpe host two-day event

Princethorpe College hosted the two-day riding event over the Bank Holiday
Princethorpe College hosted the two-day riding event over the Bank Holiday

Riders from 18 clubs and 22 schools competing

PICTURED: the Stoneleigh Riding Club 80cm winning team with the chairperson of Stoneleigh RC

Stoneleigh Riding Club

Stoneleigh Riding Club

(Left to right) Wendy Bleloch, Naomi Cross, Helen Foster, Jo Marston and Wendy Bell presenting the trophy.

The annual Stoneleigh Riding Club two-day event held over the Bank Holiday weekend was hosted by Pincethorpe College and attracted representatives’ from 18 affiliated riding clubs and 22 schools from all over the UK who took part as individuals or in teams.

This is one of only a very few ‘long format’ horse trials in the UK. It is organised by Stonleigh Riding Club in partnership with Princethorpe College, who provide a truly stunning venue that lends itself perfectly to this event.

Some 225 combinations of horses and riders performed a dressage test and a round of show jumping on Saturday followed on Sunday by two timed sections of roads and tracks plus a 1K steeple chase course - before tackling a most inviting cross country course, in all about 9km.

The course was constructed by local course builder Lloyd Hunt and used the undulating terrain of the college to great effect over 80, 90 and 100cms courses.

Stoneleigh Riding Club teams won the 80cm and 100cm senior classes and the team from Flint and Denbigh Riding Club, who had travelled from North Wales the 90 cms class. The schools 80cm team class was won by Park View, the 90cm by Headington school and the 100cm by a joint team from Abbey Gate College and the Grange.

The two days went smoothly with competitors and spectators alike enjoying the refreshments, trade stands and ice cream.

By the end of the day, the organisers’ phones were ringing with thank-you messages. Saying “thank you” and “see you next year!”

The Riding Club Committee, led by Andy Ruyssevelt and assisted by Alex Darkes from Princethorpe College with the school’s estate management team and 130 volunteers were required to run this event.

We are most grateful for their help without which it could not run. The headline sponsor was Trendgrey Construction Ltd. And many local enterprises, business’ and individuals including Catterills Coaches and Listers sponsored individual cross country fences section rosettes and trophies.

Andy Ruyssevelt