Whitby riding instructor takes honours in national horse final

Anthony Turnbull won Royal Windsor Horse Show''w112009a'Picture: Ceri Oakes
Anthony Turnbull won Royal Windsor Horse Show''w112009a'Picture: Ceri Oakes

WHITBY’S Anthony Turnbull took the honours in a prestigious national final for British Horse Society Registered Instructors at Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday.

The Martin Collins ‘Instructors Challenge’ is a combined training competition open to all BHS registered instructors.

Anthony Turnbull won Royal Windsor Horse Show''w112009a'Picture: Ceri Oakes

Anthony Turnbull won Royal Windsor Horse Show''w112009a'Picture: Ceri Oakes

Competitors earned their place in the final at a series of regional qualifiers held across the UK.

The competition is run according to British Dressage Combined Training rules at Novice Level. Competitors cannot have ridden internationally within the past 10 years and must be listed on the BHS Register of Instructors.

Anthony, who teaches at a riding school in Ugthorpe, received his prizes – including a cheque for £800 – from Captain Mark Phillips.

Speaking after the presentation, he said: “I came last year with a different horse but didn’t get placed.

“I never thought I’d do so well this year.

“It’s been a great experience.”

Anthony rode Rebel Storm Dancer, a stallion owned by Gladys Jordan.

He has been riding the stallion for around two years and the pair went to their first novice BE event on Sunday, finishing in second place.

He said: “I’m just over the moon with the horse, chuffed to bits with him.

“I’m really looking forward to the future, he’s a cracking horse.”

Sally Robinson, a freelance BHSI from Alnwick, Northumberland, took second place, riding Sunday School, her own seven-year-old grey gelding. Third place went to Jo Roberts BHSII, who runs Hill Farm, a BHS Approved Riding Centre in Somerset, on Vivante, a 10-year-old Warmblood.