Having only joined BRC in June of 2015 – 2017 is the first time that we have competed at Area level to qualify for National Championships.
Our first event was the dressage qualifier held at Moreton Morrell on the 11th February. With 35 teams the standard was very high with our teams coming 19th and 33rd overall
Our second event was show jumping held at Solihull. This was the first time we have ever fielded junior teams with two going at 80cm and one senior team also at 80cm. It was a challenging course for the juniors with one of the teams coming 5th however it is worth noting that our teams included riders as young as 10 yrs of age up against riders aged 17. The senior team of Jazz O’Mahoney, Charlotte Jones, Joanna Dunford and James Hoban fared much better. At the end of two qualifying rounds three teams were tied for the 2nd qualifying place on 4 faults – with the fastest combined time Alvechurch qualified for the KBIS Winter Championships held at Keysoe near Bedford on the 1st April.
The Championships are a huge affair with clubs from across the country competing in dressage and show jumping. In each discipline over 25 teams competed. It involves an overnight stays with stabling for over 100 horses on site and multiple arenas. Our team was the same as qualifying and they did us proud ending the first round on only 8 faults with Joanna Dunford and Charlotte Jones going clear. Jazz’s horse Oli managed to lose a shoe between fences 7 – 8 and sadly had a couple of fences on only three hooves.
Once reshod the second round was a 12 faults with Charlotte Jones one of only 8 of 100 riders going double clear. Again a number of teams were tied on 20 faults but our speed demons were once again the fastest and finished placed in 7th place. It was a very proud moment watching them receive a National Championship rosette at only their first attempt.
The teams would like to thank everyone who supported both at qualifiers and at the championships – Gill Cure for organising the junior teams and doing training for the seniors, all horse owners, parents, partners, grooms, friends and family. There was no doubt that everyone at the event now knows who Alvechurch are and for those who competed we are all very proud of you.