Congratulations to Fred MacDonald for coming 9th in the Pony Club Dengie Winter League Championship last weekend.
The Championship is for ponies and riders who have been through two rounds of qualifiers and was held at Addington Equestrian Centre in Buckinghamshire. Riders could be up to 21 years old and most were 16+.
Fred came 9th out of a field of 73 starters, with only 16 making it through to the jump off. The first round was a 1m course and the jump off went up to 1.10, and it looked huge! An unlucky 4 faults set Fred and Minnie outside of the top 3 to finish 9th and to receive a plate for the highest placed u12 rider in the competition. A huge achievement for this pair who have only been together since August last year and had only ever jumped one 1m course before, a week earlier at Pyecombe.
There was only one other competitor from our area, a member of SDHW who also made it through to the jump off, the overall field came from every part of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.