DRESSAGE competitors Chris Watson and Chris Collier are riding high after receiving trophies for being the most successful riders over the season.
Watson and her Connemara pony, Chocolate Chip, and Collier with his Dutch warm-blood, Nilot, were top of the league of a series of dressage events held by Reaseheath College's equine unit in Nantwich throughout 2006.
Watson, a community paediatrician from Crewe, and her 18-year-old dun pony were the most successful combination to compete in the restricted preliminary section, which is open to amateur riders who do not compete at affiliated level.
They received the Sweet Meadow Feeds trophy from sponsor Ken Wooster of The Feed Store, Doddington, part of the Youngs Animal Feeds Group.
She said: 'I only learned to ride six years ago and I had never competed before I came to Reaseheath's competitions.
I found the relaxed atmo-sphere gave me the confidence to have a go and I've had a lot of fun.'
Civil servant Collier, of Kelsall, and his 11-year-old chestnut gelding were presented with the Ashworth Memorial Trophy for the horse and rider who amalgamated most points in open sections over the season.
Collier, who works for the MOD at RAF Sealand, won the restricted trophy last year - his first year of competition.
He said: 'I was a complete newcomer to dressage two years ago but we've progressed hugely, thanks to regular training sessions at Willington Hall, Kelsall, where Nilot is kept at livery, and to Reaseheath's regular competitions.'
Reaseheath College's equine unit promotes dressage among non-professional riders by running monthly outdoor unaffiliated dressage competitions. It also runs affiliated competitions, from preliminary to elementary level.
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