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Bell rings up national title

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 05 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT teenager has beaten the best in the country after winning the British Riding Club Intermediate Horse Trials.

Having won the championships as a junior two years ago, Georgina Bell lifted the three-day eventing senior title at the weekend in Warwickshire.

A LOWESTOFT teenager has beaten the best in the country after winning the British Riding Club Intermediate Horse Trials.

Having won the championships as a junior two years ago, Georgina Bell lifted the three-day eventing senior title at the weekend in Warwickshire.

Riding her 11-year-old horse Norton Rene, and competing as an individual for her Beccles and Bungay Riding Club team, Georgina currently British Events at novice level all around Norfolk and Suffolk.

And this week she admitted to being “delighted” with her achievements. “We previously won the riding club finals back in 2006 as a junior, but as a senior competition it is much harder,” Ms Bell said. “The competition this year was a lot harder,” she added.

After finishing on a dressage score of 33.3, Georgina and Norton Rene led the table after the second day of competition. “The pressure was really on as we jump the final round in reverse order - and to make it worse the girl laying in second place jumped clear, which meant I had to go clear to win,” she told The Journal.

And she didn't disappoint as a clear round secured the top honour. “Rene is from Norton Marshes near Thurlton, and we have owned him from a baby,” she told The Journal.

EMMA Lacey from Mettingham has attained the UK Coaching Certificate Level Three specific to the British Show Jumping Association.

This qualification is the first of its kind for the equestrian industry and Lacey is one of the first six people in the country to attain the exam.

The UKCC is a certificate that maps across Olympic sports and focuses on the technical components of the coaching syllabus and also how the coaching is delivered.

By attaining the standard it qualifies a coach to train pupils to national competition standard.

Lacey runs a successful horse finding service called 'Horsematch' through her website www.emmalacey.co.uk where she recommends, searches and views the appropriate horse or pony for each client to suit their specific needs.

Lacey has a particular interest in show jumping but has the added knowledge of the BHS exam system and the Pony Club 'A' test.

“I absolutely love coaching riders and am extremely enthusiastic about my clients and their equine friends,” Lacey said.

“I am thrilled to have attained the BSJA UKCC Level Three and hope that though this achievement I can help riders wishing to improve their skills and broaden their knowledge,” she added. “I would also like to extend my congratulations to Tamsin Conyers who also attained the exam on the same day.”

Anyone interested in either being coached by Emma or using the Horsematch service should contact her via the website www.emmalacey.co.uk.


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