Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 85

EQUESTRIAN The winning team left to right: Dawn Webster, Hayley Webster, Karen Begley and Sharon Waghorn IW riders create history Four riders have created history by combining to form the first ever Isle of Wight team to win the British Riding Club’s Open Showjumping Team Championship. Months of hard work and dedication paid off for Dawn Webster, Hayley Webster, Sharon Waghorn and Karen Begley when they travelled to compete in the prestigious event at the Lincoln Showground. It was a real family affair as Sharon and Karen are sisters, while Dawn is the mother of Hayley. The quartet qualified for the Championships at an area qualifier held at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Showground earlier in the year. Then it was off to Lincoln for Dawn riding Lamiro, Hayley riding Pedro VIII, Sharon riding Mondriaan III and Karen riding Dubai Star. It proved to be a real nail-biting affair as after the first round the Island riders were one of only two teams still on a zero score. So the pressure really began to mount in round two as they realised they had a chance of winning the competition if they could only repeat their performance from the first round. Dawn, Hayley, Sharon and Karen kept their cool to hold off a strong challenge from 10 other teams to win the title outright, just ahead of the Stoneleigh Riding Club team of Karen Bennett (Tuesday), Philippa Gibbs (Easy Breeze), Rhianne Petiro (Butler’s Flash) and Joanne Owen (The Twilight Zone). Sharon, who also finished ninth in the individual event, said: “We are all delighted because although we have qualified several times before, we didn’t really expect to win. In the past there has usually been a mini-disaster, although we did finish eighth a couple of years ago. However, this time everything went according to plan.” Sharon and Karen were also in the Isle of Wight team, along with Lorrie Simms and Sarah Holmes, that won the National Novice Horse Trial Championships at Aston le Walls, Northamptonshire recently. Again, it was the first time an Island had lifted the title. Sharon finished fourth overall in the individual event, while Sarah took the under-25 championship to add to the success. 85