Sad­dled for suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - EQUES­TRIAN

SMALL­WOOD Liv­ery Cen­tre was buzzing with rid­ers and horses champ­ing at the bit for the An­nual Hunter Trial.

Around 150 com­peti­tors took part in the sev­enth com­pe­ti­tion, hosted by Mac­cles­field and Dis­trict Rid­ing Club and spon­sored by Mercedes Benz of Mac­cles­field, for which the club ex­tended their thanks.

The com­pe­ti­tion in­volves the horse and rider com­plet­ing a course of cross-coun­try fences, in­clud­ing ditches, steps and the chal­lenge of a wa­ter com­plex.

They are timed, but it isn’t the fastest time that wins, but the clos­est to a pre-set op­ti­mum time, which is made harder as the rid­ers are not al­lowed to wear watches.

There are three classes, with fences at dif­fer­ent heights and lev­els of dif­fi­culty, and a fourth class in which pairs of horses and their rid­ers go round to­gether and their joint score counts to the re­sult.

Com­pe­ti­tion was very tight through­out the day, with the fi­nal re­sults of most classes com­ing down to just a few seconds be­tween the first, sec­ond and third-placed rid­ers.

The class win­ners were as fol­lows:

●● Morag Molyneux re­ceives her awards from club chair­man Ali­son Geary and Kerry Brown from event spon­sors Mercedes Benz

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