Dressage duo qualify for double national championships

It's An Honour and Anne Keith
It's An Honour and Anne Keith

Creebridge-based equestrian ace Anne Keith and her stunning 10-year-old gelding It’s An Honour will take part this Friday in the British Dressage Scottish National Dressage Championships at Rockrose Equestrian Centre in East Lothian.

Anne and It’s An Honour, who is a 16.2hh Belgian Warmblood, also qualified this season for the British Riding Clubs Five Star National Dressage Championships at Lincoln, but they unfortunately can’t compete there as both championships are over the same weekend.

Both horse and rider have reached this level of performance despite injury set backs, and Anne says she is particularly grateful to both farrier Kevin Ball and Academy Vets, Stranraer, whose knowledge and skills have brought ‘Barney’ back to a full recovery.

nne, who has been riding since she was three, is thoroughly looking forward to the competition.

She said: “I must say a big thank you to my trainer Gaynor Ranshaw, who has been helping me for about a year now. We are competing in the prelim bronze level and we qualified at two shows for these championships, at Barstobrick and at Muirmill in Ayrshire. We have only been competing at this level since May, but we have done dressage locally for a couple of years. But the biggest thank you off all must go to my husband Gordon who has to put up with lots of cold days at horse show helping me!”