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Athlete Profile: Charlotte: British Dressage Regional Championships

Charlotte, Year 12, Bowes House.

Qualifying for the British Dressage Regional Championships by gaining a certain amount of points in competitions, is a huge achievement, which I did over a period of time this winter. In “Dressage”, and my other discipline “Showing”,  I have to ride against all age groups and often find myself to be the youngest competitor. We travelled four hours to Morris-Equestrian Centre, just south of Glasgow, on Saturday the 24th of February ready to compete early on Sunday Morning.  I was delighted to finish 10th overall and the highest placed Youth Rider, with my horse Solaris Dwenqua. I have had Dwenqua for almost four years now and I am proud that I have done all the schooling and training by myself in order to reach these performance levels.  We recently qualified, with the highest score of the whole competition to represent my area and Barnard Castle & Teesdale Riding Club in the British Riding Club Championships, which will be in April.

I also compete with her in Showing, which is a highly skilled and competitive discipline and I am looking forward to competing at the Royal International Horse Show in Hickstead in July and trying to qualify for the Horse of the Year Show for the fourth consecutive year.

I have recently set up a School Equestrian Team with the support of Mr Pepper and friend Lilia Schaible and will be proud to represent our school with the aim of qualifying for the National School Equestrian Association Championships.

Written by Charlotte, Year 12