Club enjoys its presentation night

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Ripley Riders’ club presentation evening was held on November 24.

Around 200 members, families and friends enjoyed the annual event at the Post Mill Community Centre.

Polly Mallender, a local judge, who also competes on a regular basis, came along to present the prizes.

The Supreme prize was awarded to Mayon Dorning on Vimpenny Commander II. Only two years ago, Mayon won the Lead Rein Championship on her previous ride Tinky Tiny Trouble. She has gone from strength to strength and is a very capable young

rider. Reserve Supreme was a surprised but delighted Leah Capewell on Rhydespence Madam, another rider who is really doing well.

The Lead Rein Championship was won by Holly Evans riding Leo. The Evans family featured several times with younger brother Ross collecting the trophy for the Youngest Young Handler. Tap Dancer, his pony, took the trophy for the oldest horse/pony.

Reserve Lead Rein went to Maisie Fletcher-Bates with Guywood Panache. The Fletcher-Bates’ are another family of riders and younger sister Libby took several prizes, as did mum Linzi. The lead rein classes were very well supported throughout

the season, so Holly and Maisie can feel truly proud of their achievements.

The Razzamatazz Memorial Trophy for the Most Improved Horse in Jumping was presented to Cathy Reeves with Jenson’s Flight, who unfortunately was unable to be there on the night. The Most Improved Rider prize went to Jessica Betts, who only

started riding at the beginning of the year but is now competing in Show Jumping and Games. Jessica has improved steadily throughout the season. The Youngest Rider accolade went to Harriet Hopkinson.

The club’s ‘boys’ didn’t give the girls a clean sweep as they picked up several prizes across all disciplines. All winners deserve whole-hearted congratulations and thanks for supporting the club through the somewhat disrupted season.

Club secretary Ann Kitson said: “Thank you to Trudy Trafford Photography who came along and took some lovely photos of the prize-winners and also Savi Catering who once again put on a lovely spread to keep us all going throughout the evening.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the committee and helpers who have worked extremely hard throughout the difficult season to put the shows on and, of course, to all our members who supported us. Judges always graciously give

their time to come and offer their views and for this I offer them the thanks of the committee and members.

“Thanks go to Tasty Treats for providing the catering at shows and thank you to Knighton’s Mobile Toilets.

“Showstoppers provide the rosettes throughout the season and for our Presentation. The trophy table always looks brilliant and I would like to thank them for all their hard work on Presentation day and throughout the season. I would also like to thank them for their patience when having to deal with a rather distraught secretary when I forget things.

“Thank you to everyone who generously donated to the raffle – £169 was raised for the Air Ambulance. A special thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle.”

The club AGM is on January 29 at the Three Horse Shoes, Leabrooks at 8pm.

A full list of prize-winners can be viewed at www.ripleyriders.org.uk