Forth RDA at Hopetoun Driving Trials

Forth RDA at Hopetoun Driving Trials

RDA Forth Driving Group are celebrating after a very successful day competing at Hopetoun on 25th May.  What a day!  The sun shone and the Hopetoun parkland looked stunning.  A big thank you to Hopetoun Horse Driving Trials for allowing RDA yet again to come to the event it is very much appreciated by all the Scottish RDA driving groups.

Thanks also to Coxhill Event who sponsored the RDA classes.  The only disappointment was the lack of competitors from some areas due to unfortunate transport problems.

However the support from these groups who came to cheer on the competitors was appreciated. Hope to see you all next year. 

All three drivers representing Forth Driving came away with red rosettes.  Competing for the first time, Emma Hunter was delighted to record the best dressage score of the day, and win the Fliskmillan trophy.  Linda Farquhar won the Intermediate class qualifying for the first time for the Riding for the Disabled Championships in Gloucestershire in July.

Experienced driver Alison Colville won the Open class and is delighted to have qualified for the second time for the Championships.  Forth Driving also won the David Brown trophy for the group with the best average score.  Forth Driving competitors and supporters rounded off their day with a lavish picnic, with Hopetoun House as a glorious back drop.

The Group’s success is well deserved.  The Group trains hard, fundraising over the winter made it possible to buy a new carriage and the competitors are supported by a fabulous team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.  Many Congratulations to all.  Ozzy the pony deserves a special mention.  As well as carriage driving, he has qualified for a dressage class at Championships, ridden by Millie Smith of Forth Valley Group.  As a member of the support team commented “Ozzy knows how to turn on the charm in the ring!”

Very best of luck to RDA Forth Driving at the Championships!