Sixth Hunter Tri­als prove a real suc­cess

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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.

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