Epworth Equestrian Centre, Lincs | Yorkshire Riding Centre, North Yorks
Nicola Nisbet upped her game this week, moving up to level she never thought she’d reach.
A year ago, Nicola was struggling to get her mare Raincheck to deliver a confident test without stress.
But this week she moved up a level and won her first medium test at Epworth.
“I’ve spent ages taking her to compete at new venues, and going to clinics to get her used to going out, but it was always in the back of my mind that she was going to misbehave,” said Nicola, who trains with Peter De Cosemo, and has been having extra lessons with Jess Roisin Dunn.
“I think the turning point was doing the inter-regionals in May, where she behaved like an angel. I took a long look at myself and change my mindset and ride her as I do at home,” she added
“I think both Peter and Jess were surprised when I said I wanted to try a medium, but they were supportive and we did it!”
Pip Parsons also set herself a target — exceeding the 70% barrier with her Accondy mare Ruby Tuesday IX. She achieved a personal best of 70.77% to win a prelim section at Yorkshire Riding Centre, and she also won the other prelim class overall.
“What I love about dressage is that the affiliated structure pushes you to do your best, and the results are very visible,” said Pip, a marketing manager. “I’ve worked really hard in training with Cathy Burrell this month, and it has paid off. My next goal is to move up to novice as I think we’ve qualified for the winter regionals.”
Pip took up riding again after a break for university and work, and bought Ruby Tuesday four years ago. At first, she concentrated on riding club competitions but affiliated last year.