Big Smiles for Riders at West & Central Scotland Regional Qualifiers

Big Smiles for Riders at West & Central Scotland Regional Qualifiers

Big Smile all Round for Riders

Riding for the Disabled Dressage and Countryside Challenge Scottish Qualifiers, Glasgow

28th May 2019

On a 28th May Glasgow RDA once again kindly hosted the West & Central Scotland Regional Qualifiers.  On a day of very mixed weather, even the heavy rain showers couldn’t dampen the terrific atmosphere of fun and excitement of the day which saw riders with their coaches and volunteers come from across West & Central Scotland to compete for an opportunity to qualify for the RDA National Championships in July 2019, the largest para-equestrian event of its kind in the world, bigger than the Paralympics and Para World Championships combined.

This year’s Regional Dressage and Country Challenge Qualifiers was well attended and after weeks of preparation, spectators were treated to some excellent displays of dressage riding throughout the day.   Carys Marie Williams (Gareloch RDA) came out on top in the Dressage Qualifying Class, riding Oillie to scoop the Lindsay Trophy, while Gill Rankin (Glasgow RDA) riding Rupert trotted off with the Jean Gardner Trophy.


 Mhairi Dawson, Carys Marie Williams, Gill Rankin, Millie Boo Smith, Brody Lawson (front)

This year also saw the return of the Countryside Challenge back in the field, going great guns and providing enjoyment for all involved, to the delight of the Regional committee, riders, coaches and spectators.  Success came for Mhairi Dawson (Equi-Power RDA) riding Laddie, who won the Punchbowl Trophy in the Intermediate Countryside Challenge Class and Brody Lawson (Winton RDA) riding Splash, winner of the Jean Masson Trophy for the Novice Countryside Challenge Class.


 Gill Rankin, Millie Boo Smith, Carys Marie Williams, Mhairi Dawson, Brody Lawson

Equi-power RDA, won the Strathclyde Police Cup for the Tack and Turnout class, with Millie Boo Smith an Equi-power rider collecting the cup on behalf of the group.

The annual Arts & Crafts competition had a record number of entries with a variety of very imaginative works, making judging very difficult.  Winning works go forward to take part in the National Arts & Crafts competition, which is part of the National Championships.   The winning entries were Greg Honeyman (Gareloch RDA) for his painting of Bosun, Sophie Bhalla (Glasgow RDA)  for her collage of Sparkle and last but by no means least, Carys Marie Williams (Gareloch RDA) for her photograph, entitled My Shadow.



Sparkle -Arts & Craft Winning Collage Class


Bosun - Arts & Craft Winning Paint a Picture Class


Photography Class

At the end of the day all hard work, preparation and effort of all involved was clear to see, with everyone enjoying the day, especially as this year marks RDA’s 50th anniversary.  To commemorate 50 years of RDA, each this year each rider was presented with a special golden rosette to mark the 50th Anniversary of the RDA.