Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 83

EQUESTRIAN Somerton proves a stern test Enthusiastic riders and their horses were out in force to compete in the annual Somerton Cross-country, generally accepted as the premier competition of its kind on the Island. Around 100 horses took part in the two-day event, which was being held for the 24th successive year and proved as popular as ever for competitors and spectators alike. The first day saw the dressage and combined training at minimus, novice and intermediate levels, with seven cross-country classes taking place the second day. Some riders took part in all three elements while others just chose to test their skills over the cross-country course, which includes a water jump, and stretches down from Northwood to the River Medina. Indee B