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Winners Day with Natasha Baker ‘Dancing Queens’

We had a fantastic day at our rider Natasha Baker’s yard with a few of the winners of the British Riding Club Verdo Horse Bedding Dressage to Music Championships. The championships, which took place back in October consisting of a full three days of competition, with 7 Championship classes, plus warm-up classes too.
One of the winners who enjoyed the day with Natasha was Senior Novice Points winner Alison Wheelock who was inspired by the 2012 Olympics to get back into riding. She hadn’t ridden for ten years but watching the dressage gave her the motivation to get back on board. Her horse, Y Matilda, a 13-year-old 14.3hh mare is by British Warmblood Medoc and out of a Welsh Cob mare. A member of Calderdale Saddle Club, Alison is hoping to move up to Elementary level over the winter. Their music featured the theme from the Archers, All that Jazz and An English Country Garden and actually came with Matilda when Alison bought her from the owner and breeder, Andrea Smith.

Another winner attending was Amanda Bettle, winner of the Pairs class from Three Rivers Riding Club and Steph Woolley (Winner of the Senior Novice 0 Points) who came to the Natasha Day, with her friend Tessa Alford who also found it extremely informative. Steph had lots of questions for Natasha, about music choices, if they hack their horses (Yes, Natasha and her team do!) and much more!

Junior Preliminary & Novice winner – Naomi Young came to the Natasha day with her Mum Janet Douglas and Naomi’s friend Hannah Vincent. They are both junior BYRDS riders and a number of questions for Natasha: How to remember a test, what preparation is required. Naomi won last year and came to the Natasha Day last year, but they were so pleased that they could come again this year.

The winners were treated to a private training session on Sooki St James and then an informal catch up with Natasha over lunch and afternoon tea, where Natasha gave us all an insight into her busy life, how she trains horses into world-class winners and gave all the winners some great competition advice and training tips.
All the winners had a brilliant time, as summed up by Alison “We had a great time, and Natasha and her family were lovely and so down to earth.”

And we would have to agree – thanks Team Baker!