Show Teams and Rising Stars (STARS) - 2018

Champion of Champions

Over the weekend of 20/21st October a team of ADRC members competed at the Show Teams and Rising Stars (STARS) Champion of Champions Show at Aintree Equestrian Centre.
STARS is the brainchild of Sarah Harrison who wanted to give riding club members the chance to experience the thrill of the spotlight of big competitions and what an amazing competition Sarah & her team put on!

To qualify for STARS members competed at a minimum of 3 ADRC club shows to be crowned the end of year points champion in a range of ridden & inhand showing classes.

Representing ADRC were:

* Stacey Gee competing in the In Hand Youngstock
* Lara Davenport competing in the Lead Rein Mountain and Moreland
* Caitlin Smith competing in the Plaited First Ridden Pony, First Ridden Equitation and Best Turned Out
* Lucie Jones competing in the Senior Equitation and Ridden Hunter Pony
* Michelle Henson competing in the Ridden Hunter Horse and Riding Club Horse

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Lara Davenport







Team ADRC had a great time, some placings, and even an amazing win! Junior member Caitlin Smith was star of the team with a win in the Best Turned Out class, winning a massive hamper of goodies, a STARS embroidered rug and lovely sash, & best of all enjoyed the dream ride down the centre line under the spotlight as winner! Caitlin was overcome with emotion & later said it was the best weekend of her life!

Lara Davenport & Lucie Jones narrowly missed out on placings in their classes, but still came away with beautiful finalist rosettes & having enjoyed a fun filled weekend. Lucie said that “STARS is by far the best show we have been to, the atmosphere was amazing, all the stewards were brilliant, everyone so very helpful, a fab end to the show season”.
Michelle Henson was 5th in the Ridden Hunter Horse and 2nd in the Riding Club Horse.

There was a real emphasis on everyone having the best possible time, with lots of help & tips from the stewards, judges and even turnout demos & master classes on Friday evening. The arena was dressed with more flowers than could be imagined, the whole event was live streamed on the internet and was a massive success, an amazing achievement for the shows first year.

Aintree EC is located at the iconic racetrack, home of the grand national, and for those of us stabling on site, we were treated to the use of the amazing facilities and riding in front of grandstands alongside the track which was a treat in itself, as well as a very popular spot for a selfie or two! The organisers also arranged grand national tours, visiting the weighing room, parade ring, winners enclosure and Red Rum statue with retired stable manager Derek which were a very popular.


So all in all it is safe to say much fun and success was had. For a small team we came a very respectable mid table in the riding club standings too.

The STARS team have been heaped with praise from all clubs who attended and have already announced that next year will be a three day instead of two day show with the addition of working hunter classes on the Friday.   Hopefully we can inspire a few more to give showing a go, who knows, maybe you could be under the spotlight at Aintree next year?!


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