The Dressage League final was held on the 23th February, judged by Leslie MacIntosh and the day was a huge success.
Coleen Campbell is the final senior winner having been consistent in her tests. She said: “It has really kept us all going. I would not have believed Monarch would have been able to be kept so fit. I never thought we could have kept going and stayed in the leaque all the way through it.”
Bethan Forsyth won the Senior Prelim, she is a very calm headed young lady and did a great job of her tests.
Ailsa Sine Mackenzie and Abby Jo Morrison have ridden some wonderful tests over the months and their confidence and ability is really a shining example. All the children did extremely well as it is incredibly nerve-wracking being out there on your own being judged for every movement your horse makes. They all have improved which is the whole point of dressage, you take away your score sheet and work on the things that need improving on, then next time hopfully you will do better.
A big well done to all those who took part over the months, there have been tears of joy and frustration but plenty of laughs and comradeship.
There have been quite a few people who have only competed in two events so unfortunately for them their scores do not count. So we are hoping that next year, now that people realise you can compete on anything from an Eriskay to a heavy horse, that we see a big increase in the numbers right from the start.
The Prize Giving Evening will take place on 23rd March at Tong Hall at 7pm. Trophies to all winners kindly donated by Church Street Chip Shop, Salon nan Eilean, Lochs Motor Transport, Malcolm Mackenzie Marine Engineers & Allison Fellows.
Prizes to include special show rugs; two x trims kindly donated by farrier James Matthews; two x 1hour hire of the arena kindly donated by the Lochside Arena; and Vouchers kindly donated by Seaforth Saddlers and Lewis Crofters.
Pictured: Coleen Campbell who was the Senior Intro winner on Monarch.