The winners began their day watching Kitty ride Vendredi Biats (aka Froggy) in a jump lesson, where they were able to discuss the training of their own horses and hear from Kitty about the importance of preparing for competitions and assessing performance at home with their coaches.
The group learnt lots of useful tips to assist them with their training, including the benefits of square oxers, how to judge related distances and ideas for making a course of jumps from just a small number of fences.
After lunch the riders were treated to a session covering feed and fitness of the event horse, before a tour of the yard where they were introduced to the horses including Kitty’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games mount, Ceylor LAN.
The group were then presented with their prizes which were generously provided by Open Eventing League sponsors, Likit. Prizes included training bursaries, rugs, rosettes and Likit products, and Kitty very kindly arranged for additional goodies from her sponsors.
The 2017 Likit League saw hundreds of horse and rider combinations compete at events up and down the UK, but it was 23 year old Alice Turner who took the top spot riding Weston Warlord for the Burghley Branch.
“Winning the Likit Open Eventing League was a fantastic end to an amazing 2017 in Pony Club with my horse who always tries his best. Thank you Likit!”
Based in Scotland, Likit manufacture a wide range of stable toys and treats. Brand Manager, Lindsay Gall, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to continue to support The Pony Club and sponsor the Likit Open Eventing League. Our brand ambassador Hayley Young loved meeting many of the winners at Kitty King’s yard and hearing firsthand how much they enjoyed participating in the league. A number of our current and past #teamlikit ambassadors have been active members of The Pony Club and this has had a huge impact on their progression with their horses and ponies.”
Pony Club Branches whose events include PC110 (open) Class, are eligible to register for the League, and entrants can gain points for places and double clear rounds. The horse and rider combination with the highest number of points at the end of the season wins, with further placings being awarded to 10th place.
A full set of 2017 Likit Open Eventing League results can be found HERE