Sunday 14th August 2016
Tara Byrtt takes the National 1.15m Members Cup Championship
It was a very competitive first class of the day in Championship Arena 2 for the National 1.15m Members Cup Championship and with just 12 riders through to the jump off it proved to be a tough course for some. It was 16 year old Tara Byrtt from Weston-super-Mare who jumped to victory riding her 14 year old mare Valerie b, 3 seconds quicker than second place Emily Moris with Ultimatuim II.
Catching up with Tara’s mum Lisa after the class, she said: “Tara began riding Val about two years ago when she was owned by Tamsin Conyers. Val is a stunning mare and she took Tara to the Children on Horses Europeans where they got Team Gold in Bonheiden. The mare then went back to Tamsin after Scope last year and Tara was unable to ride for most of last season due to ill health. Towards the end of the year Tara was feeling much better but she really missed Val so we spoke to Tamsin and were able to buy Val as a Christmas present for Tara. Since then they have had a ball; they were second at Devon County and won children on Horses at Hickstead and now she has won here today. They have a very special partnership and I know Tara is delighted to have her mare back.”
Image caption: Tara Byrtt with Valerie B, National 1.15m Members Cup Champion
Image credit: 1st Class Images