Dressage event to be held at Etal Manor

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The Etal Charity Show, which has been running for over 30 years, is an unique event in the dressage calendar.

The old walled garden, the pretty white painted and thatched buildings in Etal village, a game of cricket being played over the road and the history of Lady Elisabeth Joicey and her horses all go together to make this the most special place in England to compete in this popular sport.

This year the show takes place on May 30-31, by kind permission of Lord and Lady Joicey. Judges include two top class ‘List 1’ judges, Debby Lush and Judith Harris. Debby is well recognised as a top class teacher and held in high regard.

As well as carrying out judge training on both days of the competition she is running a training clinic at Etal on Monday 1st June . Another is Dermot Cannon from Ireland (‘List 3a’), with a number of other local, listed judges also supporting the show this year. Sadly Margot Tiffany, a favourite judge at this event who was due to attend, recently passed away. As a mark of respect show programmes will be sold, by donation, in her memory with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.

Commenting on the event Fiona Campbell, show secretary, said: “We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support, and in particular Galedin Vets for their very generous donation. Without this support the show would not go ahead.”

Etal Dressage entries close May 25. All profits from the show go to nominated charities which for 2015 are “Dare to Live” and the Arthurshiel Rescue Centre.