Horse shows in Shoreham ‘huge success’

Awaiting the results at Happy Valley Riding School
Awaiting the results at Happy Valley Riding School

Riders of all ages and abilities have taken part in two horse shows at Happy Valley Riding School in Shoreham.

There was a variety of classes, ranging from best mane and tail to the horse or pony the judge would like to take home, at each of the fun shows, one of which was held in August and one in September.

Owner Sue Priddle with her pony Winnie

Owner Sue Priddle with her pony Winnie

Carla Pay, organiser and riding instructor, said: “Both fun shows were a huge success, the riders were able to put their hard work into practice and all looked fantastic in their show outfits.

“This was our second year of running this horse show and was even more popular than last year. Congratulations to all our winners.”

The competition heated up during the afternoon, when riders battled it out with gymkhana games, cheered on by the crowd of spectators.

It was an afternoon of fun, speed and skill at Slonk Hill Farm and to end the day, a clear round was entered by the riders who put their practice to the test.

Holly riding Little Miss Morgan

Holly riding Little Miss Morgan

The weather was perfect for both days, so the crowd was able to enjoy refreshments and a barbecue in the picnic areas.

Happy Valley also ran two summer camps over the school summer holiday for its younger riders.

The children slept in tents and learned many equine skills, including plenty of riding over the beautiful Sussex Downs.

Carla added: “Each week, Happy Valley Riding School also ran Stable Days – a perfect way for our younger riders to learn all the aspects of looking after a horse and then the best part of having a riding lesson.”

Jasmine riding Maisie

Jasmine riding Maisie

Stable Days are run every school holiday. The next one is Wednesday, October 26.

Happy Valley offers riding lessons for everyone from the age of four. To book, telephone 07836358307 or 01273 464537.

Visit the website www.happyvalleyridingschool.co.uk for more information.

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Liveries battling it out in the gymkhana races

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