Beth Barnett is the Suregrow Fertiliser Restricted Advanced Medium Champion
On the eve of her 24th birthday, Beth Barnett claimed the first title of the 2013 Espayo National Dressage Championships when she won the Suregrow Advanced Medium Restricted Championship. Beth, who works as a part-time administrator to fund her horses, was drawn in the middle of the class with her own Sheepcote Delight and their score of 68.84% proved unbeatable. The partnership has been together since the mare was just 18 months old and Beth backed her and has brought her through the ranks with the help of David and Serena Pincus, who bred the horse.
The combination hasn’t had the best build up ahead of their trip to the National Championships, as Beth, from Hereford, had a bout of ‘flu and Sheepcote Delight suffering a few lameness issues but the duo were back on form when it mattered! A happy Beth commented afterwards; “I’m so pleased with her today! She was focused and really listening, which I don’t always get – she can be quite nervous. Some of my trot work felt really nice and I got my changes which was a bonus! I came here aiming for a clean test and that’s what I got!”
Beth is part of the Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent programme which gives her access to top training and advice and she was quick to praise the scheme. “It’s definitely improved my riding and skill; if any young rider has the chance to apply and get on the programme, bite their hand off! You won’t regret it!” said Beth.
It was a really Barnett family effort today with dad acting as lorry driver, mum as psychologist and boyfriend as groom and it looked like some early birthday celebrations were in order once Sheepcote Delight was safely tucked up!
September 27, 2013 | Share: