Special Olympics East Midlands were holding a local Special Olympic Equestrian Competition at Scropton Equestrian Centre near Derby and the four adventures headed off for a rekey and Kirsty was entered for Dressage and Working Trails.
Kirsty would be competing in the A level and had a set routine to remember for both dressage and Working Trails.
We were all introduced to BABS the horse Kirsty would be riding which we hired from the stables. BABS seemed a calm and gentle horse and Kirsty was given half an hour to ride her in the warm up arena to get to know her better.
The routine for Dressage is quite long so a lady was allowed to call for Kirsty while she completed the routine. From the outside Kirsty rode a beautiful ride. She then went straight into Working Trails.
This consists of a riding in a school set out as if there were obstacles and exercises to complete i.e posting a letter in a post box, opening a gate, picking an apple off a tree. Kirsty looked confident and finished the trail with a big smile.
After Kirsty was finished we all went for a well earned cup of tea.
When everyone had finished, the presentation took place and in Kirsty’s A level division she finished a very proud 3rd.
It had been a great day out for everyone and we felt we had learned a lot about Special Olympic competitions which we will bring back to the club and hopefully be able to enter more riders next time. But a very big congratulations goes to Kirsty Butcher who was very brave to enter the competition and who did so very well. WELL DONE KIRSTY