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BRC KBIS Novice Winter Championships Get Off to a Great Start

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by Heather Dodd

BRC welcomed back KBIS British Equestrian Insurance for a fourth consecutive year as title sponsor of this year’s BRC KBIS Novice Winter Championships, on 14 and 15 April 2018, which kicked of the BRC season in great style at a new venue to BRC, Arena UK in Grantham.

This was a two day competition, for senior and junior riders, with over 450 competitors taking part in team 80cm show jumping championships and dressage championship classes for both teams and individuals. The weather was really kind to us over the weekend, with the four dressage arenas bathed in sunshine on the Saturday.

Emma Prest, from KBIS British Equestrian Insurance: “We always enjoy sponsoring the BRC Novice Winter Championships, it has a lovely atmosphere and the standard of competition was very good. All competitors looked to enjoy using the wonderful facilities at Arena UK, we hope that fun was had by all!”

This year’s winners were:

Senior Novice Winter Dressage Team Championship

First was Atherstone & District RC from Area 5, who finished on a team score of seven, five points ahead of Frampton Family RC in second place. Davinia Kickham riding Divine San Siro and Matthew Watts riding Sandro Pit both won their closely contested, respective arenas.

“I am still in shock and cannot quite believe that firstly I won my P12 arena with a +70% score and then our team went on to lift the title. All I can say is that my hard work and practise in the run up to this Championship has really paid off.” Davinia Kickham.

The overall individual winner was Jill Bransby riding Hardi Van Het Vijverhof from Solihull RC, also from Area 5. Jill has only recently returned to competing for her club. She was thrilled with how they both performed their P12 test, having only competed at unaffiliated level in the build-up to this event.

Senior 80 Winter Show Jumping Championship

Nick Staines once again built a bright, exciting championship show jumping track, which saw two teams finishing on four faults after the two rounds, requiring a jump-off. Clydach RC from Area 21, in West Wales, kept their cool to post three more excellent clear rounds and maintain their overall team score of four, making the long journey to Grantham worthwhile. Saffron Walden & District RC took second place. The team included Jodi Romanello riding Goodun Pale Brook Starshine, Hanna H Lewis riding Canyon Van Erpekom, Olivia Morris Trew riding Spring Surprise and Jessica Crees riding Floris, who she had borrowed from a junior team member, as her own horse was unable to take part.

Junior Novice Winter Dressage Team Championship

Longton RC from Area 3, lifted the junior title, finishing on a team score of eight, ahead of Cherwell Valley RC, from Area 5 on 13. All four team riders produced excellent individual tests and were so pleased with this result.

The overall individual junior champion was Francesca Crawley riding Highburren Daybreak, from Mynydd RC in Area 15. Francesca and her stunning grey pony produced a beautiful, expressive individual P12 test to finish on a superb score of over 77%.

Junior Novice Show Jumping Championship

This year saw North Ryedale RC from Area 4, in North Yorkshire repeat their success of 2017 by winning once again, finishing on a team score of four faults. The girls were so excited to clinch this title for the second year running. Frampton Family RC finished in second place on a team score of eight.

BRC would once again like to thank our sponsor KBIS British Equestrian Insurance and all the tremendous volunteers who helped made this such a successful weekend.

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