Four riders from Brent Knoll Riding Club - Julie Richardson, Gemma King, Anna James and Kimberley Payne - were aiming for selection as they performed with their horses at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre on 29 September 2018.
This national quadrille competition attracted competitors from all over the UK. Each team of four had choreographed a performance to music and dressed both horse and rider in costumes to suit their theme. BKRC had originally chosen to base their performance on the Greatest Showman film, but after Sony put an out and out blanket ‘no’ on any replication of the film, the team had to quickly amend their performance.
Brent Knoll Riding Club Chairman and Choreographer Amanda Williams explained “With just 3 weeks to go to the event it was all systems go as we set about changing the music and costumes. We had costumes from our previous quadrille competition, but we wanted this to be a fresh new performance. We called it the Circle of Life and used different music selections to our last show. Thankfully Universal were quick to approve our use of music and costumes.”
Previously the team won the quadrille competition at the South West Equine Fair in Exeter.
“Our team put in long hours of practice to make this performance a success. The sudden change of direction was disappointing for them, but they worked hard and committed to the changed performance and gave it their all” said Amanda.
The team’s “Circle of Life” performance received a very creditable 8th place against tough competition.
Our thanks to all who represented the club and as ever, if you want to get involved in any of the team or club events, please contact your committee.