Riding: Mollie's Dressage Successes Continue
Bede's pupil Mollie Freeman recently took part in the NSEA championships after winning her qualifier at Mayfield earlier on in the year.
This meant that Bede's for the first time sent a representative to the NSEA dressage competition.
Mollie said of the experience, "Despite having been to two other national championships this year, I felt that this was our biggest challenge. The atmosphere was completely different. It felt like much more of a big show!"
"First up was Novice 39, and for the first time in ages I came out of the arena genuinely pleased with our performance. I was right to be happy, and we scored a massive 73.45% which left us in the top 3 with a few left to go. We had a tense wait and were extremely happy to have been placed 5th, which meant I'd be needed for the prize giving in the main arena."
Mollie couldn't celebrate or relax for too long however, as she had her Elementary test to get through. Thankfully, her horse Titan didn't struggle with the harder work, despite his tiredness.
"We scored 62.65%," said Mollie, "which left us in 10th place amongst very good company! The unmounted prize giving followed after my Elementary test and it was a lovely experience. The judge was very complementary of my horse and said he would be one she would remember for a long time!"
Mollie has subsequently gone on to enjoy further success on the affiliated circuit.
"Most recently," said Mollie, "we were placed 1st at Royal Leisure Equestrian in two Novice tests, with one test scoring 72%! The scorer is slightly harsher in affiliated competitions, so to still be scoring in the 70's is a great achievement."
"Finally," adds Mollie, "we were placed 2nd in our first affiliated Elementary class, scoring 68.96%, which is our best score at this level so far!"
Everyone at Bede's wishes sincere congratulations to Mollie and hopes for her continued success.