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Good day for Yorkshire at Bishop Burton
3:29pm Friday 1st February 2013 in Sport
THREE Yorkshire riders took the spoils on home territory at the Baileys Jump Training competition at Bishop Burton College over the weekend.
This pre-season series is a unique training competition where riders get to show jump under the watchful eye of a BE Accredited Coach, receive feedback on their round and then jump again.
Fifty-four-year-old Pat Atkins from York seemed to be campaigning for a best Grandma and best mother contest with her recent efforts of keeping her daughter Trish’s horse in work while she has a baby.
Pat won the BE80 section with her daughter Trish Lazenby’s horse, a nine year old bay gelding MacKenzie Friend.
The winning combination finished an impressive 13 points ahead of the runner up, 15-year-old Rob Chadwick, from Wakefield. Not to be outdone, Rob and his ride, the 16-year-old bay gelding Just Kenny then went on to win the BE90 section out of 19 runners.
Pat said: “Having the calibre of Gary Parsonage as our BE coach was just fantastic. He walked the course with us and gave us incredible guidance on some tricky parts of the course; I don’t think we would have jumped clear had he not been there to help.
“I really enjoyed the day and was over the moon to be the one in the saddle when Friend got his first ever win.
“Trish will be taking back the reins when the eventing season starts in March but for now I am keeping him ticking over and am really enjoying it.”
The BE100 section was won by another rider from York, 21- year-old Amelia Hutchinson with her horse Been Here Before, aptly-named because this is the 13 year old chestnut gelding’s third time competing at Bishop Burton.
The pair won the class a clear 16 points ahead of the runners up in a class of 21 riders.
Jump training continues next weekend, February 9, at Moreton Morrell, visit www.britisheventing.c om/jumptraining to download a schedule.