More success for trophy-winner

A SEAHOUSES rider, and 2011 Gazette Sports Personality of the Year, has notched yet another success.

Para-dressage star Gayle Bloomfield has qualified for the Para-Dressage Championships at Hickstead in June.

This follows her victory in the Restricted Grade 2 Class at the Winter National Championships to become national champion in March.She qualified while taking part in an event at Richmond Equestrian Centre on Saturday, April 21. Gayle was riding her horse Bartie and achieved two first places with scores of 76.11 per cent and 73.8 per cent.

“We had a great day,” said Gayle. “Bartie really enjoyed himself and performed superbly.”

And Gayle, who took up para-dressage after she developed multiple sclerosis, will be one of those taking part in a qualifying event at the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell, near Morpeth, for riders hoping to compete in the RDA National Para-Dressage Championships.

On Wednesday, May 9, riders with disabilities from across the North East and Cumbria will convene to take part in a number of competitions and hopefully impress the judges sufficiently to qualify for the championships, which will be held in July in Gloucestershire.

The riders will include seven riders based at the Pegasus Centre, as well as riders from the Washington Riding Centre in Durham and from further afield.

Centre manager Martin Peagam said: “We are delighted to once again be hosting this important event.

“Our aim will be to ensure that all those taking part have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

“It is of course particularly pleasing to everyone at the Pegasus Centre that so many of our riders are taking part in this event.

“It is certainly a tribute to the commitment and dedication shown by the riders and to the wonderful support they receive from staff and volunteers.”

Pegasus Riding Centre is a designated centre for the Riding for the Disabled Association and the home of the Morpeth RDA Group.