Georgie Williams and Klatascha BR pulled off a super double clear to finish on their dressage score of 34.1 and earn the Welsh National Championship title at Howick (2) 1-2 July.
Georgie has owned the eight-year-old mare by Global Express and out of Atascha B since a five-year-old.
“It was my first BE victory, so it was a great one to win,” said Georgie who works part time at a doctor’s surgery. “She is called Cheeky because she is only 15.2hh but has quite a lot of personality. She’s jumped out of her field on numerous occasions and did once have to be rescued from the swimming pool at our house by the fire brigade.”
The pair have enjoyed a successful season so far, not finishing out of the top 20 in all five of their runs.
“She has been very consistent this year with mostly double clears,” added Georgie. “Howick is our local event and one we’re very keen to support. They did a great job of the ground and the course had a few questions which is great when you’re trying to move up the levels. It’s a nice step-up event. It’s great for spectators too, as you can see all the course at once.”
Georgie hopes to move up to intermediate now.
“I fell off her three times last year because she was quite sharp, so my main aim this year has just been to stay on, which we’ve managed so far,” she said. “She will step up to intermediate and the aim is to do Bicton 3* at the end of the year. She is very capable but it’s whether she is brave enough – we’ll find out soon enough! I owe a lot to my mum Suki Fairweather, who helps me and part-owns Cheeky. She used to event and is the reason I love it so much.”
The Novice Welsh National Championships runs at Intermediate Novice level. Eligible horses and riders can qualify for the Championships by:
- Any combination placed 1st through 10th in a Qualifying Class in Wales OR
- A Horse owned or ridden by a resident of Wales who has been placed:
o 1st through 10th at any Qualifying Class within Great Britain
o Top 20% at any CCI2*L
Find out more here: www.britisheventing.com/compete/championships/scottish-welsh-championships
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