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news RoR Regional Northern Dressage Championships take centre stage at Myerscough Collage

22nd June 2022
Julie Frizzell & Namibian, RoR Northern Regional Medium Champions, images courtesy of Becky Swallows Photography

On the 18th and 19th June, 48 former racehorses headed to Myerscough Collage in Lancashire to compete in the RoR Regional Northern Dressage Championships.

The new format was designed to encourage regional activity and RoR has introduced four Regional Championships. This event is a qualifier for the new National Dressage Championships at Aintree International Equestrian Centre, in August.

The Championships kicked off with the Introductory and it was Pippa Norris and York Racecourse’s equine ambassador, Goldream, who were crowned the 2022 Champion. The Group 1 winning sprinter is now based at New Beginnings, the Yorkshire charity that retrains and rehomes former racehorses.

Catrin Plumpton and Girl of Dreams took second place in the Introductory Championship with Kirsty Harkness and Carlitos Bay finishing in third place.

The Prelim Championship went to Alice Allsop on the 7-year-old gelding Doctor Jazz, who was previously trained by Michael Appleby before retiring in 2020. Samantha Jarvis and King’s Coinage were second, with Jade Taylor and Some Kind Lama finishing in third.

The strongly contested Novice Championship was won by Laura Gibson aboard Net De Treve, a 9-year-old gelding, who was formerly trained by Tom George. During his racing career Net De Treve, ran in a total of ten races were he only won on one occasion.

Amber Major with Honourable Howard were the Novice runners up but scored victory in the Elementary Championship. The 14-year-old gelding was formerly trained by Cherry Coward and owned by Lord Daresbury before he retired in 2015.

Finishing in a close second was Laura Watson and Sir Arthur with a score of 66.67% and third was Molly Hawkins and Global Village.

Medium victory went to Julie Frizzell and Namibian, a Royal Ascot winner when trained by Mark Johnston in 2011. Under the tutelage of Julie Frizzell, a retired RAF Wing Commander who is now a leadership and coaching consultant, Namibian quickly adapted to his second career. The pair have been selected to represent Great Britain on three occasions.

RoR Chief Executive, Di Arbuthnot said: “Huge thanks to Myerscough for kindly hosting this event and to the judges, stewards and the rest of team. All of our competitors enjoyed themselves and the standard of competition has been very high. It is a wonderful regional championship and makes for a great target for members to aim for.”


1st GOLDREAM – Pippa Norris
2nd GIRL OF DREAMS – Catrin Plumpton
3rd CARLITOS BAY – Kirsty Harkness
4th SKEAPING – Claire Howie
5th = BATTLE COMMANDER – Nicola Porter
5th = SOME KINDA LAMA – Jade Taylor


1st DOCTOR JAZZ – Alice Allsop
2nd KING’S COINAGE – Samantha Jarvis
3rd SOME KINDA LAMA – Jade Taylor
4th BLEWIT – Claire Edwards
5th = FLASHY KING – Imogen Marsh
5th = SKEAPING – Claire Howie


1st NET DE TREVE – Laura Gibson
3rd POP THE CHAMPERS – Kathryn Pickering
4th DOCTOR JAZZ – Alice Allsop
5th = KING’S COINAGE – Samantha Jarvis
5th = ROLAND SONG – Debbie Atkin


2nd SIR ARTHUR – Laura Watson
3rd GLOBAL VILLAGE – Molly Hawkins
4th BOTHWELL CASTLE – Melissa Fawcett


1st NAMIBIAN – Julie Frizzell
2nd BOTHWELL CASTLE – Melissa Fawcett

The full results and scores can be found here:

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