RDA Forth Driving Group celebrate successful day at Hopetoun

RDA Forth Driving Group celebrate after a very successful day competing at Hopetoun on 25th May.

The sun shone and the Hopetoun parkland looked stunning as all three drivers representing Fourth Driving came away with red rosettes. Competing for the first time, Emma Hunter was delighted to record the best dressage score of the day, and win the Fliskmillan trophy.

Above: Alison Colville (left) and Emma Hunter (right)

Above: A jubilant Linda Farquhar after her win in the Intermediate class.

Linda Farquhar won the Intermediate class qualifying for the first time for the Riding for the Disabled Championships in Gloucestershire in July.  Experienced driver Alison Colville won the Open class and is delighted to have qualified for the second time for the Championships.  Forth Driving also won the David Brown trophy for the group with the best average score.  Forth Driving competitors and supporters rounded off their day with a lavish picnic, with Hopetoun House as a glorious back drop.

Above: Members of RDA Forth Driving Group celebrate their successful day.

The Group’s success is well deserved.  The Group trains hard, fundraising over the winter made it possible to buy a new carriage and the competitors are supported by a fabulous team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.  Many Congratulations to all.  Ozzy the pony deserves a special mention.  As well as carriage driving, he has qualified for a dressage class at Championships, ridden by Millie Smith of Forth Valley Group.  As a member of the support team commented “Ozzy knows how to turn on the charm in the ring!”

Above: Time to party!

Very best of luck to RDA Forth Driving at the Championships!

RDA would extend a big thank you to Hopetoun Horse Driving Trials for allowing RDA yet again to come to the event which is very much appreciated by all the Scottish RDA driving groups and to Coxhill Event who sponsored the RDA classes.  The only disappointment was the lack of competitors from some areas due to unfortunate transport problems.  However the support from groups who came to cheer on the competitors was appreciated. It is hoped that more drivers willl make it to this fantastic event next year.

If you are interested in volunteering or want to loan a pony to your local RDA contact: Gillie Drapper on 01360 860 243

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