13 July 2015
YOUNG CHARD AND DISTRICT RIDER PREPARES TO COMPETE IN RDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jason Inchley, 19, from Chard, Somerset, is preparing to compete for the first time in the Dressage at the Riding for the Disabled National Championships at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire which takes place between 17th and 19th July.
He has been riding since he was seven years old despite the many challenges life has thrown at him including three major heart operations.He will compete in the Grade 1b Championship test at 11.40 am on Friday 17th July.
Jason rides regularly with the local Chard and District RDA group at Drakes Farm, although for the National Championships he will ride under the banner of North Cornwall RDA as his horse, Buster VIII, has been kindly lent to him by the Group who have also supported his training.
Marie Parker, Chair of Chard and District RDA, said:“We couldn’t be more proud of Jason’s achievement in qualifying for the Nationals.I am sure he will greatly inspire all our other riders as much as I suspect he may have been inspired himself by meeting equestrian Paralympic gold medalist, Deb Criddle, at our recent AGM.We all wish him and Buster VIII the best of luck on the day and look forward to celebrating with him back at Drakes Farm on his return.”
The RDA National Championships is RDA’s flagship event, bringing together hundreds of competitors of all abilities in events including Dressage, Countryside Challenge, Vaulting, Horse Care & Knowledge, Arts & Crafts, Best Turned Out and Musical Ride.
The Championships has grown year on year and is now bigger than the Paralympics and Para World Championships combined. In previous years it has proved a springboard for the Paralympics, with many of the current Team GB having competed at The Championships.
RDA National Championships:http://www.rda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/national-championships-2015/
Background on Dressage discipline:http://www.rda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/dressage/