Amateur horse owner Colin Cousins, from Lynn, has become the 2015 In Hand Sports Horse Showing Champion at the prestigious SEIB Trailblazers National Championships at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
Trailblazers is an equestrian extravaganza taking place between July 17-26.
The Championships are the culmination of the hard work put in by every amateur rider that has qualified through the two rounds of qualification competitions at over 65 venues throughout the UK.
Colin took the champion title with his own 10 year old gelding Darius.
He has owned the chestnut gelding for three years and bought him with the intention to show him in hand.
This year the pair attended the Trailblazers first and second qualifiers at Moorhouse Equestrian Centre, in Doncaster. Colin was thrilled to qualify and was excited to make his annual 150 mile journey to the Championship.
Darius has competed at the Trailblazers Championships many times before in dressage and in showing classes.
“Trailblazers is like Horse of the Year Show for me. There are no other classes like this for us to compete in, so it’s a fantastic opportunity,” said Colin. “The Championships is one of the best shows put on.”
The pair’s long journey and efforts paid off when they took the Champion title. Colin was delighted and hopes to qualify Darius for the 2016 championships and along with his second horse, Easy Wonder.
With no registration fees for horse or rider, Trailblazers is increasingly popular across the country. Classes at the Championships include showing, dressage, show jumping and combined training. First round qualifying competitions are already underway for the 2016 Trailblazers National Championships.
To find out more about the range of classes available and qualifying dates and venues please visit www.trailblazers championships.com.
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