Dressage

Despite riding for several years as a child, dressage was never particularly high on Lizzie’s radar until she joined the RDA. Within a week of starting, Lizzie was recruited to ride in an RDA Quadrille team at the East Region SUPRA Conference in October 2014. A couple of months later, she took part in her first dressage competition – a BD Para Intro class. Despite having learned the test ‘upside down’ (envisaging ‘C’ as ‘A’) and other first-timer bloopers, Lizzie scored the second highest mark in a group of experienced para riders. A week later, she took part in her second competition riding an unknown horse and came first against entirely able-bodied opposition.

Since then she has competed in a number of competitions against both disabled and able-bodied competitors. Her best success to date came in July 2016 when, continuing a winning record established with RDA horse Boysie in able-bodied dressage competitions, the pair became RDA National Champions in what was the largest class of the three days of competition.

Anne (Jola), Olivia (Jacko), Eleanor (Rolo), Lizzie (Victor) quadrille 2014
RDA Quadrille 2015, with Lizzie on the right riding Victor

Lizzie trains with Fiona Peck (dressage rider and owner of Springhill Stables, Cambridge) and with instructors at the College of West Anglia (Milton Campus, Cambridge). This allows her to train with the same horses on which she can compete in RDA competitions and in unaffiliated dressage and jumping events against able-bodied competition. Lizzie is fortunate to have benefitted from a number of excellent instructors who have pushed her to develop her skills and confidence, have helped her with all the things that are difficult with a disability, and who have helped her to expand her repertoire of more advanced movements.

11 nov 6
Riding Oscar at a CURC competition

Over the next year, Lizzie hopes to bring more finesse to her performances in dressage. As she is currently working better without stirrups in all three paces, she would like to establish a good trot rhythm with the younger horses or the ability to ride with stirrups without her legs cramping. She will continue to compete in RDA and able-bodied dressage competitions and would like to do some more Freestyle to Music competitions.

5 may 2
Warming up with Beethoven at the RDA East Region show

Competitive record

  • January 2018 – Dressage Anywhere RDA Qualifier (RDA Grade 2 Intermediate Test) – 1st, Rolo (70.56%)
  • November 2018 – CURC Dressage Cuppers (BD Prelim 7) – 1st, Bailey (score tbc)
  • July 2017 – RDA National Championships (RDA Grade VI Walk and Trot, Senior section) – 7th, Rolo (62.77%)
  • May 2017 – Dressage Anywhere RDA Online Championship (RDA Intro to Dressage Test 3) – 1st, Rolo (72.19%)
  • May 2017 – RDA East Region Show (RDA Grade VI Championship test) – 1st, Boysie (69.7%)
  • May 2017 – RDA East Region Show (RDA Grade VI Walk and Trot) – 1st, Rolo (70.8%)
  • May 2017 – RDA East Region Cup for highest overall dressage score
  • March 2017 – Dressage Anywhere RDA Qualifier (RDA Intro to Dressage Test 3) – 1st, Rolo (71.88%)
  • March 2017 – CWA Unaffiliated Dressage (BD Prelim 12) – 2nd, Boysie (66.37%)
  • March 2017 – CWA Unaffiliated Dressage (BD Intro C) – 1st, Boysie (73.56%)
  • February 2017 – CWA Unaffiliated Dressage (BD Prelim 7) – 2nd, Boysie (63.86%)
  • February 2017 – CWA Unaffiliated Dressage (Intro C) – 1st, Boysie (67.6%)
  • December 2016 – CWA Unaffiliated Dressage (BD Prelim 14) – 1st, Boysie (61.73%)
  • December 2016 – CWA Unaffiliated Dressage (BD Intro B) – 3rd, Boysie (61.3%)
  • November 2016 – CURC Dressage Cuppers (BD Prelim 7) – 1st, Oscar (70%)
  • November 2016 – CURC Dressage Cuppers (BD Intro B) – 1st, Oscar (78%)
  • July 2016 – RDA National Championships (RDA Grade V Walk and Trot, Senior Section) – 1st, Boysie (73.61%)
  • May 2016 – RDA East Region Show (RDA Grade V Walk and Trot) – 2nd, Beethoven (66.1%)
  • May 2016 – RDA East Region Show (RDA Grade V Championship Test) – 3rd, Beethoven (65.6%)
  • February 2016 – CWA Unaffiliated Dresage (BD Intro A) – 1st, Boysie (68.26%)
  • February 2016 – CURC Dressage Cuppers (BD Prelim 7) – 2nd, Oscar (72%)
  • December 2015 – CWA Unaffiliated Dresage (BD Intro B) – 1st, Boysie (66.08%)
  • December 2015 – CWA Unaffiliated Dresage (BD Intro A) – 1st, Boysie (66.08%)
  • July 2015 – RDA National Championships (RDA Dressage Freestyle, Senior Section) – 4th, Rolo (67.5%)
  • July 2015 – RDA National Championships (RDA Grade V Championship Test, Senior Section) – 8th, Rolo (67.6%)
  • May 2015 – RDA East Region Show (RDA Dressage Freestyle) – 2nd, Rolo (71%)
  • May 2015 – RDA East Region Show (RDA Grade V Championship Test) – 2nd, Rolo (67.6%)
  • February 2015 – CURC Dressage Cuppers (BD Intro B) – 1st, Ash (63.91%)
  • January 2015 – BD Para Intro (FEI Para Equestrian Grade III Test 31) – HC, second highest mark, Rolo (68.5%)