The 9th European Working Equitation Championships were held at Hartpury College, Glos on 31st August â€“ 2nd September.
Twenty five Working Equitation riders from 5 countries â€“ Spain, Portugal, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium and Sweden contested the Championships in the brand new Hartpury Arena.
Working Equitation is a discipline which brings the traditional skills of working horses in the field into the confines of the modern competition arena. This requires a high level of control and submission. The whole competition is ridden with the reins in one hand and riders wear the traditional outfit of their particular country.
The British team comprised Alex Downing, Holly Barber, Jo Evans, Diane Clough (these 4 riders are all from Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation, Norwich), and Leila Rahmatallah – chef dâ€™equipe was Sherene Rahmatallah.
The European Working Equitation Championships were held in conjunction with the inaugural Iberian Performance Show â€“ a 2 day festival of dressage, equitation and showing classes for over 70 Spanish horses and Portuguese Lusitanos.
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