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 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 – in which Lizzie scored the second highest mark in a group of experienced para riders. A week after this, she took part in her second competition riding a horse she met for the first time on the day 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. A highlight came in July 2016 when Lizzie and Boysie became RDA National Champions (Senior category) in what was the largest class of the three days of competition.

Lizzie is fortunate to have benefitted from a number of excellent instructors who have pushed her to develop her skills and confidence and have helped her to adapt her riding school to match some of the difficulties posed by her disability.

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Competitive record

  • July 2018 – RDA National Championships (Grade 1-6 Canter Championship Test) – 5th, Boysie (68.52%)
  • July 2018 – RDA National Championships Musical Ride Competition – Team 1st place
  • May 2018 – RDA East Region Cup for highest overall dressage score
  • May 2018 – RDA East Region Show (Grade 1-6 Walk/Trot Championship Test) – 1st, Boysie (71.39%)
  • May 2018 – RDA East Region Show (Grade 1-6 Canter Championship Test) – 1st, Rolo (69.12%) (A late entry rider who scored 69.41% was treated as HC and we were awarded joint 1st)
  • May 2018 – RDA East Region Musical Ride Competition – Team 1st place (this is a drill ride which was performed with four other riders from Cambs College RDA)
  • April 2018 – Dressage Anywhere RDA Online Championship (RDA Grade 2 Intermediate Test) – 2nd, Rolo (71.94%)
  • 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%)