12-year-old Charlie Adkins from the Isle of Wight travelled with his 2 ponies – Roseberry Sir Henry and Daukester Hector – to compete in the NPS/Fiona Cork Saddles Supreme Dressage Championship Final 2019 at Addington on Saturday.
An early start was required to catch the ferry at 06:00 to travel in time for the first preliminary test at 10:39. Charlie and Henry were last to perform out of 18 competitors in the mini Section, but went on to score an impressive 77.05% including a 9 for the halt.
The final 6 were called through to the presentations but not knowing the result until their names were called in reverse order. Charlie and Roseberry Sir Henry were announced joint first with exactly the same marks as another competitor.
For the Novice class there was a wait until 15:41 and this time round Charlie and Roseberry Sir Henry were first to go. The Novice class was held outside and Roseberry Sir Henry once again performed consistently, gaining another great score of 70.22%.
The long wait throughout the day was well worth it as Charlie claimed the top spot in the Novice class with Roseberry Sir Henry. The achievement is all the more impressive as Roseberry Sir Henry has recently had a career change from showing to dressage. He has only been with Charlie for 10 months.
Also competing in the Novice class was Charlie riding Daukester Hector. He too tried hard, having been very ill over the winter.
Well done Charlie!