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Easter Events @ Mount Mascal Stables – the Challenge & Dressage
The Easter holidays at Mount Mascal Stables were busy, happy and successful with action and fun every day. Culminating in two calendar highlights over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Firstly, the Mount Mascal Challenge on Good Friday. This unique, one and only annual event is Director, Alison Window’s personal favourite. Alison says ‘I absolutely love the Challenge. It’s different and it’s brilliant. A start the season, show and cross-country style jumping opportunity. Around two arenas with a straw bale link fence between the separate courses. With three classes on offer, true beginners and the more experienced can all have a go. Every competitor did really well this year and we had the best entry numbers for the event since it started. Plus, it’s fantastic fun for spectators and supporters. The gallery and our friendly Clubroom were buzzing with excitement and the Show Specials Menu choices - like the tasty Challenge Wrap - were very popular too. The last class was an edge of your seat affair with just 0.4 of a second between the winner and runner up. A really exciting end to Challenge 2014.’
To finish the Bank Holiday weekend and make the most of the extra days off, the Easter Dressage Competition took place on the Monday. Ever increasing enthusiasm for this discipline at Mount Mascal Stables was reflected by the high entries. Lots of new faces and it was lovely to welcome so many riders from local neighbour yards, as well as our own clients. Numbers meant that Class 1 Intro was split. Junior winner was Amy Collins riding Parisian Eire. First place in the Senior section went to a delighted Janice Reid who rode a very pleasing first test with her new bay mare - Life Valley, a former Mount Mascal Stables riding school horse. Special mention to the Camm sisters, Rosabella riding Mr Blue and Olivia riding Keane Lady. They rode well to gain 4th & 5th places respectively and were very happy with their lovely family ponies.
At Prelim level, Judge Alan Light noted that most competitors had prepared and were confident to ride accurately without a reader. Particularly good to see among the younger riders. Junior Prelim winner was Lauren Withey riding Averons. Senior section first place went to Michelle Johnson riding Teyha who also took the Novice class.
Judge Alan Light said ‘Congratulations to everyone who took part. While the competition atmosphere was friendly and welcoming, competitors had clearly taken trouble with their preparation. There was a professional standard of turnout and good performances overall. I would encourage everyone to enter the 2014 Summer Series which starts on Sunday 18 May. Entries can compete in single rounds or the complete series.’
To round up, our thanks go to all the staff – including the maintenance team for their contribution to the inventive jump designs and course building for the Challenge – judges, stewards, readers, scorers, volunteers, competitors and supporters. www.mountmascalstables.co.uk t 020 8 300 3947