A team from the Deeside branch of the Pony Club, consisting of Olivia Woodes Rogers, Tegan Hartley, Carmen Gammie and Alice Strang Steel recently competed at the prestigious Pony Club National Championships.
They qualified for the championships by winning the open dressage at area 1 interbranch, held at Auchlishie Farm, Kirriemuir on 25th July. Alice finished first and Olivia fifth in one arena, with Carmen first and Tegan second in the other arena. Morgan Hartley also qualified as an individual for the Intermediate dressage.
The championships at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire. 1600 competitors took part in the event, representing 200 Pony Clubs from across the country and it was enjoyed by 5000 spectators. The team were delighted to finish ninth overall and sixth in the turn-out competition against 25 other teams from the rest of the UK and Ireland. In the concurrent open and intermediate individual competitions, Alice and Morgan were both seventh in their respective arenas. By finishing nd in her arena, Carmen qualified for the individual ride-off. She followed this up with a second place overall, narrowly missing out on the championship title by less than one percent.
Morgan and Carmen also competed in the dressage to music class. Inspired by Team GB success at the Olympics, they rode outstanding tests with Carmen winning the open title and Morgan the intermediate title. In the ride-off, Carmen took the gold medal position with 79% and Morgan also made the podium in third place.
The girls were incredibly grateful for the generous sponsorship they received from John Crawford of Hayfield Equiworld, Strutt & Parker and Jason Sim Farriery.