When we're not busy Hobby Horsing around, we run monthly online dressage competition and training classes. And one of our highlights in our schedule is the British Dressage Online Championships!
We're looking back through our 2019 champions and celebrating their successes. Qualifiers for our 2020 BD Online Championships opened in January and have been paused temporarily, but we're looking forward to reopening qualifying classes - all you'll need is three scores at 62% or above and it's open to BD members and non-members.
In this Born to Shine on the Centre Line feature we meet Rowan Moore from Todmorden in West Yorkshire. Rowan and Mole placed 4th in the Introductory Restricted Class.
I started riding aged three and have been hooked ever since! I rode at riding schools and for other people until my late teens, started off in the showing world at my local riding club with my first love, a friend's Connemara called 'Molly'. I went on to study a degree in Equine Science and a PhD in Veterinary Preclinical Science where I focused on researching and developing a blood test for ragwort poisoning in horses. I got my own horses finally after my studies, a Welsh D mare and foal. Unfortunately both have since passed and I now have a four year old ID x 'Mole' (Bowland Eternity) that I am enjoying training and competing in Dressage Anywhere competitions and local unaffiliated dressage. We're also learning to jump and my goal is to one day do a one-day-event!
Too many to list, ha! She is very nosey, loves any attention, spits out cake (I made her a carrot cake for her 4th birthday and sang to her!), will destroy anything you leave near her with her teeth and hooves (grooming kit, buckets, tack, coats, bales of shavings...the list goes on!). Just this week I went to the feed room and heard hooves, turned around and she had somehow become unclipped from her lead rope in the stable (head collar still on, rope dangling unbroken in stable), opened her stable door (bolt was on but not kick bolt) and just stood there looking at me. No explanation for that one!
I compete Introductory-Preliminary.
To get a 70% score either at Intro or Prelim! Or just to move onto Prelim officially would be enough to be honest!
Time. I have a demanding job that takes me all over the world, plus 2 young boys. Fitting in my hobby and passion is important for my sanity and performance in other areas of life, but it’s a constant juggling act!
Owning my own horse!
The lack of competition day pressure and the ability to try the next level without any stress or fear of judgement (apart from the obvious being judged!)
Smile, enjoy it and take time to understand the judge's comments to improve next time.