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EQUESTRIAN: Lapworth riders scoop honours.

Byline: KATE HEALEY

THE Lapworth based Swallowfield Riding Club took home a major title at the British Dressage Championships, held at Solihull.

The club was competing in the Horsesense Riding Club inter-branch dressage competition and they finished ahead of the South Warwickshire team and Huntingdon Riding Club from Cambridgeshire.

The team was led the Jo Swain, who rode the impressive German bred five- year-old Lord of the Rings.

This duo also claimed second spot in the Bailey's Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle final at the championships, where riders perform a test of their own devising to music.

"I used a selection of rock and classical music and the crowd loved it," said Jo.

"We gained our best marks for choreography and music and I was also third on my other ride Donnerklein, a six year old Oldenburg horse, with a very different range of music that included Neil Diamond. Unfortunately Donnerklein developed an allergy to the working-in surface used at Solihull and he couldn't take part in the Riding Club class."

Jo's winning team-mates were Felicity Scott, who rode Jessica Hudson's horse Brigadiers Choice after her own horse had to be withdrawn, Sally Chadwick on Eric and Rachel Smith, on Ard Powerful.

Another Swallowfield team finished in fourth place, with Emma Castle on Vlacq Arroch, Emily Preston on Forever Ella, who came down from Preston to take part in the competition, Janet Evans on Digby IV and Rebecca Rudd on Jack Spratt.

Emma Castle finished ninth and tenth in the Preliminary Championships at Solihull on Vlacq Arroch, a five year old chestnut Warmblood horse she has broken and trained herself.

The second placed South Warwickshire team was Karen Arnold, on Troy, Emma Ross on Broadstone Delight, Lorna Rackstraw on Summer and Melissa Jardine-Paterson on Finnbrook Ace.

A team from the Stoneleigh Riding Club finished sixth. Team riders were Ashorne's Naomi Cross, on Trident Hazy Daze, Long Itchington's Sam Neale, who was riding the 15.3hh chestnut Hedges for Ansty owner Michelle Hale, Gwen Martel on Letsby Avenue and Claire Panek on Weston Sandpiper.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 24, 2004
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