Northern Ireland Youth Dressage going from strength to strength with the award of the NIYD Most Improved Rider going to Lucy Toombs
The Northern Ireland Youth Dressage Training scheme has been running for two years and is now an established, successful and popular training programme for all young riders to become involved with. The programme was set up and is co-ordinated by Alison Mastin Moore. Training sessions are held monthly at Danescroft Equestrian Centre in Lisburn.
The 2014 winter programme came to a close with the final session taking place on Monday 8th December. As well as riders taking part in their regular training lessons with Alison, the much sought after and coveted “Most Improved Rider” winner was also announced and the winner was presented with their award. For 2014, the recipient of the award was local young rider Lucy Toombs. Lucy is 13years old and lives just outside Maghaberry. She is a keen and dedicated young rider who began her equestrian career at the age of 6 years, attending a local riding school before getting her first pony. Lucy’s current pony is called Little Miss May, and the partnership has made excellent progress and show real potential for the future. Lucy got her first taste for dressage when she entered a local dressage league and won the Intro class on her first time out competing. Lucy is also a member of Killutagh branch of the Pony Club and show jumps for her School Team Hunter House. Upon hearing about the opportunity to join the NIYD training scheme, Lucy felt this would give her a fantastic chance to improve her riding and dressage ability further. Lucy has attended the training sessions since the start of the scheme and has really taken on board the advice and tips given to her by Alison, she has really seen herself and her young pony improve. Lucy now plans to compete in some Working Hunter competitions and Show Jumping, but will also keep focused on her dressage career. She has already continued her success with placings in local Dressage Leagues and a fantastic recent win at the Dengie dressage qualifier held at Gransha Equestrian Centre. Next step for Lucy and Little Miss May, will be to compete affiliated in the New Year and to enter the Silver Spurs Dressage Competition later in 2015. All this will also take place under the watchful eye of Alison as Lucy will continue her training and development with the NIYD scheme in 2015.
The NIYD scheme will re-commence in Spring 2015 with a new programme of dates for training being announced soon. The scheme is open to all young riders across Northern Ireland aged between 8 years to 25 years. Regardless of discipline, whether Dressage, Show Jumping or Eventing, Showing or Working Hunter, any young rider wanting to take part can benefit from the opportunity to train in both ridden and theory lessons with Alison Mastin Moore, a BD List 1 Judge and extremely experienced coach and trainer to riders of all levels, from Preliminary to Grand Prix. Taking part in the Youth Dressage Scheme will give all young riders a great opportunity to improve their flatwork skills.
Anyone interested in taking part in the next series of training sessions can find further details on the Northern Ireland Dressage Website. Thanks to Richard McCracken for taking the photos on the night.