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Virtual equine excellence boosts King's Lynn hospital's coronavirus fund




Horse riders, whose competition plans have been hit by the coronavirus lockdown, have still been able to win rosettes and, at the same time, make a contribution to the NHS.

Emma Openshaw, a dressage trainer from Terrington St Clement, has sent the QEH Covid Response Fund a donation of £280 raised by her first online dressage competition.

She said: “The competition season would normally be in full swing now and everyone is missing being able to go to shows.

Maddie Kirk, from Marshland St James, with Bramshill Bouncer won the special prize for the best junior rider. (34635441)
Maddie Kirk, from Marshland St James, with Bramshill Bouncer won the special prize for the best junior rider. (34635441)

“My aim was to give them one way to set themselves a goal without breaking the stay at home rules and also check their training is on track ready for when they can get out and about again.

Riders entered by sending videos of themselves riding their chosen dressage tests.

These were judged and winners received rosettes and also some cash prizes which a number of the riders donated straight back to the funds.

“There were entries from local riders and some from much further afield helping to raise money for the NHS which was really what prompted the idea in the first place,” said Emma.

Her second online dressage competition is now open for entries with information available on her Big Black Pony Dressage Facebook page.

This time money will go to West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled.



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