The 2nd World Working Equitation Championships were held at the Sociedade HÃpica Portuguesa, Campo Grande, Lisbon on 27th â€“ 29th October. Countries represented were Portugal, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico and Great Britain.
Great Britain was represented by Alexandra Downing on Mafioso, Holly Barber riding Galan, Diane Clough riding Queluz and Leila Rahmatallah with Morena. Alexandra Downing, with Mafioso, was the highest placed UK rider, finishing in overall 15th place; Holly Barber also gave very good performances and finished in 17th place in the individual competition.
The obstacle/style section was the strongest section for the British riders â€“ at the end of the first 2 parts of the competition , the flatwork and the obstacles (style), the British team stood ahead of the French team.
In the speed section the fastest UK riders were Alexandra Downing (17th) and Holly Barber (20th). Prior to the start of the cattle test, Great Britain had put in a request to compete in this section hors concours â€“ the British team was down to 3 riders also, as Morena had been withdrawn due to the lameness.
This request by the British team was met with approval by several key members of the competitionâ€™s organisation but was refused by the judges, so the decision was taken to withdraw the UK team from this section.
The II World Working Equitation Championships reflected the excellent organisation of the APSL and the Sociedade HÃpica Portuguesa, and the warm hospitality shown towards all visiting riders was very much appreciated. Representatives of working equitation in Belgium and in Sweden came to watch the Championships, and attended the meeting of WAWE (World Association of Working Equitation) which took place in Lisbon, and expressed their intention to send riders to future championships.