In pictures: Riders compete in BCA horse trials

In pictures: Riders compete in BCA horse trials

Lucy Elder

In pictures: Riders compete in BCA horse trials

Staff and students worked together to run two days of horse trials at Berkshire College of Agriculture in Hall Place on Tuesday  and Wednesday yesterday.

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About 180 students helped to run the affiliated event, which had more than 500 entries in total.

Those studying equine subjects helped with duties such as dressage writing, painting cross-country fences, scoring and building the showjumping course.

Public Service students were on hand to direct traffic and to man crossings.

Speaking on the first day of competition organiser Amanda King said: "It has gone very well, the students have been fabulous. Every year we run it gets a little bit easier."

The competition was split into sections with about 35 competitors in each. Each horse and rider combination complete a dressage test and a showjumping round before setting out over solid obstacles on the cross-country phase.

Famous faces mingled with grass roots competitors more than 250 combinations took part on the first day.

New Zealand event rider Lucy Jackson, based in Thame, had two horses competing and Olympic bronze medallist Andrew Nicholson had also entered.

Two regional finals took place as part of the competition and the top six combinations from each qualified for the national grass roots championships.

These will be held at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May 2014.

Emily Watson, 16, from West Sussex, made the long journey worth while as she took top honours in one of the regional final sections.

"He felt so amazing," she said of her mount, My Prince Charming. "I felt sick this morning I was so nervous."

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