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EQUESTRIAN: Wins leave Melanie spoiled for choice
1:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
BEANACRE amateur rider Melanie Lawless faced a tough decision after qualifying two rides for this year’s Horse of the Year Show.
The 56 year old, riding her own Foster’s Boy, was runner up in a strong Cob Class event in Leicestershire and will compete in the South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Search For A Star Championships in October.
The NHS manager had already qualified horse, Donna Duero, for the prestigious Birmingham event – but competition rules allow only one entry per competitor.
“I never thought he would qualify, I just came along for some experience,’’ said Lawless.
She eventually plumped for Foster’s Boy, known as Hector, as her Birmingham ride and now plans to do a more shows, including the BSHA national championships, before heading to the Horse of the Year Show.
The show takes places from October 9-13, with the Search for a Star series created to encourage amateur riders to produce their horses to a high standard in the show ring.
- Reybridge rider David Doel secured his place in the British Young Rider team for the European Championships next month at the Somerford International Horse Trials in Cheshire last weekend.
The 20-year-old, along with Danielle Dunn, from Purton, are on the six-strong team for the event at Jardy, France (September 13-15).
Riding Richosea, Doel jumped clear to clinch a section victory by .2 of a mark as Dunn, who also went clear on Zocarla BLH, incurred a time penalty having led after the cross-country section.
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