Exciting start to two new equestrian leagues

With the spring/summer outdoor run of leagues and shows well underway at Ravensdale Lodge the centre added two new leagues to its busy schedule in the past few weeks.

With the spring/summer outdoor run of leagues and shows well underway at Ravensdale Lodge the centre added two new leagues to its busy schedule in the past few weeks.

There are very few days when there are no obstacles in the outdoor all-weather fibre sand arena at the centre with Tuesday being the only day when this 100m x 40m arena is cleared of jumps in advance of competition or schooling.

With demand from riders for an outdoor dressage league, show organisers have taken full advantage of the level surface to hold a Tuesday evening dressage league on sand which is now into its third week with numbers growing weekly.

The usual line up of listed judges are assisting with the league which has a start time of 6pm while all weekly tests which run to Tuesday, July 22 can be found on the Ravensdale Lodge website.

In keeping with the centre’s policy of presenting the best prepared surfaces possible to competitors the arena is raked, rolled and watered when necessary in advance of this competition.

There is the added advantage of two indoor arenas to warm up in for all competitions if the weather is not cooperating, ensuring combinations stay high & dry before riding the perfect test.

While dressage marks the beginning of the week at Ravensdale Lodge, the second new league has been slotted in at the very end of the competition week on Sunday.

The new Moorhill Saddlery sponsored cross-jump series at the centre commenced with a burst of life on Sunday, June 8 with combinations travelling in large numbers from far and wide.

Indications had been good with feedback from competitors in advance of the event being very positive. This exciting competition comprises of a round of show jumps, typically 15, in the outdoor fibre sand arena.