After a very long trip up from Cornwall, the majority of the team and individual riders for TWRC arrived at the lovely Swalcliffe Park in Oxfordshire at about 4pm. After declaring and getting stables organised, they took their horses for a leg stretch around the roads and tracks and were able to admire the XC course from afar. Once back again and horses settled properly, the course walk began. It was a lovely XC course and flowed nicely. That said, the fences came up quickly and you needed to be on the ball to ensure you had your horse set up for each fence. At first walk it seemed fairly straightforward, but it turned out that it caused many problems throughout the day.
The competition day dawned bright and sunny and all team members were really looking forward to the run. Sadly on warm up Ali Felton's horse was found to be slightly lame and had to be withdrawn. With 3 remaining team members and one running as an individual, TWRC were still in the hunt. Our first team riders of Dawn Evans on Ballycasey Gold and Margaret Latham on Willow both did good tests to earn 39 and 38 and jumped good rounds of Show jumping, with just an unlucky pole for Dawn. Sophie Port on Jumbalina followed and put on an outstanding dressage performance scoring 22 followed by a classy clear round to put the team right up there. All 3 members then rode fantastic rounds of cross country with clear rounds inside the time for all of them - a great result given the problems the course was causing. Rosie Pearson who was competing as an individual for TWRC club did a good dressage on 'Red' although he wasn't so keen on the the arenas grass surface which seemed alarmingly slippy on top. They followed this up with a very stylish round of show jumping with just one pole rolling in a very unlucky fashion and then stormed round the cross country within the time. Sophie won in her Arena and was also the Overall winner by finishing on her score of 22. Margaret also finished a very creditable 7th in her Arena.
The team were absolutely delighted, as was Club Chairman Heather Child who had travelled up with the team (bringing two of the horses!) with everyone's performance, but not for a moment did we think we might have won. When the results finally came out, everyone was ecstatic - what a way to go Cornwall! The mounted prize giving was a very proud affair with all the horses clearly enjoying the limelight. Ali Felton also joined in to get her rossette and sash, and her horse clearly thought everyone had turned out just to see him. With the great winning result secured by Newquay Riding Club over the weekend it was a really incredible show from the Cornwall teams and everyone involved should be very proud.