Foundation News January 2014
Strictly Come Dressage and Extravaganza' weekend was a great success in mid November held at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre. Saturdays classes were well supported and all the competitors had a great time and loved their fabulous rosettes, sashes and prizes so many thanks to our sponsors for the day – Ricky Gache Farriers, Four Elms Equestrian, Area 8 Side Saddle Association and 'Stacarto Playgrounds'.
On the Sunday our classes were full for the Strictly Come Dressage Championships and as usual the costumes were amazing and very entertaining!! Judges by our Celeb panel of judges which consisted of Emile, host Vicky Winfield, Genesia Rosato – Prima Ballerina from the Royal Opera House Ballet and Tim Hatley – West End Theatre Set and Costume Designer !
The standard was incredibly high and our overall winner was Katheleen Botting with Bristol Blue who performed an amusing display of becoming a Dressage star form a Milk Maid , her display included a clever costume change mid- way and was performed side-saddle, Pas De Deux former 2012 Champions Amy and Buddy Williams repeated their success and won yet again!!
Quadrille Champions performed their version of 'My Fair Lady' ridden n Ex Racehorses and were delighted to win their Glitter ball!! The Gala afternoon also consisted of displays from Luistanos' showing their skills, Moat View Riding Club gave a display of their 2012 National Championship routine and to the delight of the crowd a very amusing Panto horse performed a hilarious dance routine. The audience were also treated to a short Masterclass with Vicky and Emile taking her horse through Grand Prix movements.
Emile was delighted that one of the EFFs projects from the Coop Academy in Stoke made the long journey down with a number of children who were thrilled to meet Emile and enjoy the day at Oldencraig.
A huge thank you to Ian and Vicky who yet again let us use Oldencraig's, facilities for the weekend and to all their great staff! Thank you to our Main Sponsor for the event Catherine Pearse and John Sankey Furniture Manufacturers – Bespoke Furniture Designers, also to Sally Dernie Interior Designs, Equine Sun- Switch and Mirror 4Training.