Horse riders achieve proficiency awards

Janice Kerrigan (left) Sally Belzone-Champollion (right) presented with their proficiency awards by chairman, David Summers and Wednesday coach, Alison Nicholson.

Two riders from Richmond & Catterick Group Riding for the Disabled (RDA) have achieved proficiency awards.

Janice Kerrigan and Sally Belzone-Champollion were presented with their stages 1, 2 and 3 proficiency certificates for riding and horse care by the chairman David Summers and Wednesday Group coach, Alison Nicholson.

Riding skills included learning dressage moves such as accurately ridden circles, smooth transitions from one pace to another and work over poles.

As well as horse care in the stable and field, there were tests of practical skills such as tying up a horse correctly and putting on a saddle and bridle.

In addition, Janice and Sally had to learn the markings and points of equine anatomy and tack as well as horse care equipment, such as the different types of brushes used.

Alison Nicholson, group coach, said: “I am delighted at the achievement of Janice and Sally in earning these prestigious awards.

“I have seen first-hand, the commitment these two riders have shown during two months of hard work – both in improving their riding, but also their knowledge of horse care.”