RDA National Championships 2016

Morpeth RDA was proud to take 9 riders to the RDA National Championships to compete at the impressive Hartpury College near Gloucester on 16th and 17th July. They had an amazing experience taking part in the largest event of its type in the world with over 400 competitors from all over the UK.

Daniel Hayton a young visually impaired rider was delighted to win both his classes and after getting a huge cheer at the prize giving said: ‘I’ve had a great day, Midnight was brilliant. I especially enjoyed the Countryside Challenge. I never expected to win, but it was awesome!’

Daniel Hayton, winning both of his classes

Our other riders in the Countryside Challenge also came away with rosettes with Jordan Hartley 5th combined on Rusty and Rhys Elson 6th on Midnight.

Morpeth RDA had more riders than ever before qualify in dressage and it was brilliant to see them performing well and holding their own in large, competitive classes. Lloyd Hartshorne, Chloe Wyatt, James Middleton and Jess Scott rode very well on the ever faithful Midnight. The Morpeth team watched with fingers crossed to see how new horse Humphrey would go in strange, buzzy surroundings in front of a crowd for Sarah Brooks and Emily Kelly. They rode lovely tests and all were delighted with their performances.


We are delighted with the achievements of our riders, after all the hard work that they and others have put into getting to the RDA Championships. It was a brilliant experience for all involved.

Morpeth RDA Chairman Malcolm Haigh

Icing on the cake for the Pegasus staff Sophie, Emily, Laura and Caitlin who had got up at the crack of dawn to get ponies ready was a 4th place in the tack and turn out with a glistening white Humphrey!

It was a brilliant weekend for the Morpeth RDA team who came away really happy and appreciative of all the support received to get us there! We are extremely grateful to C4Sightcare for sponsoring the transport, to CC Horse Transport for support and excellent service, to all who contributed funds and supported riders – including the charity Useful Vision who has supported RDA National Champion Daniel Hayton in his riding!

Thanks to Malcolm Haigh who, along with Chris, looked after the riders and their families during the weekend!