West and Central Scotland
Riding for the Disabled Carriage Driving Scottish Qualifiers at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh 24th May 2018
For the second year running, it was a blisteringly hot day at Hopetoun House for the RDA Qualifiers. Teams from Garioch, Forth Driving, Argyll and Annandale & Eskdale produced some close competition.
West & Central qualifying success came for Alison Colvin (Forth Driving ) was 2nd in the Open Qualifiers, driving Rosie, Linda Farquhar (Forth Driving) was 1st in the Intermediate Qualifiers, driving Rosie and Emma Hunter (Forth Driving) was 2nd in the Novice, driving Ozzy. Unfortunately, only two Forth drivers are able to go down to Hartpury and as Alison has been twice before, this year will be the turn of Linda and Emma.
The Fliskmillan Trophy is for new comers to competition or for those that love to compete but are struggling to remember a dressage test or learn the cones/obstacle course. Ellen Kennedy, Jamie Buckley, and Holly Cartwright, all from Argyll and Lizzie Jackson from Forth Driving , put in tremendous efforts for West & Central. They all put aside their competition nerves and faced the dressage section. Then it was back in again to focus on the very challenging obstacles and cones course. We were thrilled to watch and I hope that they were all thrilled with their achievements. The winner of the Fliskmillan Trophy was Lizzie Jackson from Forth Driving.
The RDA Challenge Trophy for the group achieving the Highest Cumulative Score in the RDA classes, was won by Annandale & Eskdale. They were delighted to receive the trophy from Mrs. Sam Orde, RDA Chairman. Sam had a lovely day meeting and chatting with everyone involved. She was very impressed by the inclusion of the RDA in the larger competition, giving everyone a real sense of the preparation, excitement and atmosphere of this wonderful event, in such a wonderful setting.
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