Saddled for success
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