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British championship glory for equestrian duo
6:00am Monday 12th August 2013 in Sport
A PAIR of horse riders from north Hampshire are celebrating after winning medals at the National Riding for the Disabled Association Championships.
Kelly Jarrett and Harvey Matthewson, who are both members of Dummer and Wellington Riding for the Disabled, travelled to Hartpury College, Gloucester-shire, for the championships.
Both competed in the walk-only dressage and it proved to be a trip well worth making as Jarrett won silver in the senior class and Matthewson claimed bronze in the junior class.
The pair qualified by winning regional events in May, giving Dummer and Wellington their first-ever competitors at national level.
Jarrett, who is 32, scored 66.4 per cent to finish second in her class, just four per cent behind the winner – while Matthewson was even closer to overall victory. The 15-year-old’s score of 64.7 per cent earned third place, but he was less than three per cent behind first place.
Both riders competed on Domino, a pony bought with money given to Dummer and Wellington Riding for the Disabled by AWE Aldermaston.
Bob Jenner OBE, group chairman of Wellington and Dummer Riding for the Disabled, said: “I am so proud of them and delighted that they have managed to do this. It really is a great achievement.
“You can never tell how things are going to pan out. It was the first time both they and the pony had been in an arena like that so to have done so well is brilliant and we are all thrilled.
“As their levels of ability go up, they can move up in class, but it’s all about how far the pony can take them and the other way around. It’s very much a joint effort.”
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