Sixth Hunter Trials prove a real success
MACC & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB
SMALLWOOD Livery Centre was alive with activity last Saturday as around 160 competitors took part in Macclesfield & District Riding Clubs annual Hunter Trials.
This is the sixth year running of the event, this year kindly sponsored by Mercedes Benz, Macclesfield and a fence sponsored by Easi Bed, donated by Hadfield wood recyclers
The club extended a big thank you to Mercedes and Hadfield’s for all their support as sponsorship makes a huge difference.
The competition involved 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 – this 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 – pairs, two horses and 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 time between the first, second and third placed riders.
Pictured are the winners of the pairs event, mother and daughter team Debbie and Beth Clegg.