Looking back on a fantastic 2022
Bath Riding Club have had a fantastic 2022 for Team competitions with a huge number of teams entered for every area competition and great success at Championships which of course led us to win the Riding Club of the Year Award.
There is always a fantastic team spirit amongst the members, both at Area and National competitions, and we really would encourage you to put your name forward and take part if you have not done so before. Competitions cater for all abilities and are all inclusive, if you want to be on a team you will be.
Qualifiers round up- 2022
The 2022 competition year started off with the Winter Show Jumping at West Wilts which was run by
ourselves, a big thank you to all the members who assisted in helping with the smooth running of
this competition. We had lots of teams entered of which many qualified for the winter
Following the show jumping qualifiers were the dressage qualifiers where again we secured places in
the Championships both in the Junior and Senior sections.
The area combined training again had a huge uptake from Bath RC members which meant that we
were able to enter multiple teams and gain some amazing results, again sending both junior and
senior team and individual representatives off to the championships.
For the combined challenge qualifier we had teams entered but unfortunately the event was
cancelled (we did however qualify some members by ballot).
A big area 9 event is the Horse Trials event at west wilts, where again we are extremely thankful to
those members who were able to give up their time to help the smooth running of the show jump
ring. Again, we had a good set of results and were able to send members off to the championships
later in the summer.
The dressage to music area competition is always well supported by Bath RC members again with
many top 6 placings and qualification for championships in 3 out of the 4 classes.
The last of the area competitions was the busy qualifiers for the National Championships in both SJ
and Dressage at Lincoln. I think that this year we had a record number of Bath teams qualify for the
Championship round up 2022
The first BRC championships of the year was the arena eventing at Aston Le Walls, it was a successful weekend with one of our 70 teams placing 4 th and an individual placing of 4 th for me!
The junior 80 team also did well finishing in the top 10 in 9 th place. The Novice championships were a phenomenal weekend for team bath. The senior dressage team were crowned champions with individual placings to all 4 of the team riders. Kate Raynor 1st , Georgina Bryce 3rd ,Chantelle Bucknell 4th and Chessie Bentley 7th . The Juniors carried on the success with some fantastic
riding in the show jumping finishing in a nail biting jump off to secure the win. Team members were
Zara Bucknell, Meredith Martin, Archie Bryce and Katie Hathaway. Lola Straffen put in a great
performance to place individual 7th in the dressage.
The intermediate championships also resulted in sashes and rosettes being won by Bath RC. The
senior dressage team of Chantelle Bucknell, Kate Raynor, Jill Holt and Kim Walker placed 3 rd , with
Stacey martin also securing an individual 5 th in her elementary test. The intermediate SJ team
followed suit the next day with a team 5 th .
The challenge championships at Aston continued the success for Bath RC with sashes and silver wear being collected. It was a senior team win in the combined training with Kate Raynor placing 1 st ,
Georgina Bryce 2 nd , Alice Tollworthy 4 th , Alexis Symes 6 th and Hollie Cowley 10 th . The juniors also did us proud with individual placings in the combined training Meredith Martin 3 rd , Archie Bryce 4 th, Olivia Tucker 3 rd , Faith Loveridge 5 th and Zara Bucknell 7 th . The junior challenge team then went on to finish 2 nd overall.
Bath team riders had a thirst for the silver wear by now and so moving onto the horse trials
championships they decided to carry on the success. The senior team won with individual placings of
1 st Kate Raynor, 3 rd Alice Tollworthy and 5 th Luke Bull. The senior 80 team finished with a very good 8 th and the junior 80 team finished 5 th with an individual placing of 4 th going to Zara Bucknell. As I mentioned before we had a record number of teams and individuals qualify for Lincoln this year
with fantastic results across the board. Junior success was had in the 70 SJ team finishing 2 nd with an individual win for Zara, the 80 team finished 4 th , the style team 6 th and the junior 90 team finished 2nd . Some top 6 placings were also picked up by Darcy Selman 1st Riding test, Zara Bucknell 6 th style jumping, Emma Long 2 nd prelim dressage and 6 th 90 SJ. The seniors also had a good haul with Chantelle and Jill collecting 2 nd for pairs dressage, The riding test team coming 7 th and Prelim team 8th . Top 6 individual placings went to Chantelle Bucknell 5 th in riding test, Gemma Holdway 6 th Prelim and Gina VP 4 th in the open 80 SJ. To finish the season Georgina Bryce and Alexis Symes headed to Bury Farm for the dressage to music championships, with only a couple of practices squeezed in Domino and Barney danced together to win the pairs championship by a large margin. Alexis then rode to secure a 2nd in the Prelim and I came 2nd in the Novice. What a year, great fun, team spirit, plenty of gin, patient parents and lots of miles travelled and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you to all of our members for such a memorable year.