Wester Deanhead hosts inaugural dressage contest

Theresa McCaffrey

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Wester Deanhead's equestrian centre has undergone a series of changes in the recent times and has now hosted its own dressage.

The Dunfermline-based centre has been through a huge transformation thanks to the presence of international rider Annie MacLennan. It reached a pinnacle moment over the past weekend (November 2nd) when the facility played host to the MacLennan Dressage show which displayed the very best in young talent training at the centre.

Riders were given the incentive of claiming prize money of £50 for each class winner along with rosettes and sashes. The Courier reported that the stand-out performer was 13-year-old Carenza Dickens who claimed two class wina riding her horse Doonagore Boy. The Dollar Academy pupil told news provider she was used to a career in the show ring but has since fallen in love with dressage.

Her mother Cindy Dickens was over the moon to see her daughter winning the Prelim 19 class and the Novice 30. Both of her scores topped 70 per cent with the former total of 74.5 per cent being the highest of the entire day.

Ms Dickens told the news provider: “We were also so pleased with the beautiful rosettes and sashes. The show was welcoming and friendly and we look forward to doing more dressage with them.”

Carenza was not the only youngster going home a champion as Kitty Johnson took home the Intro A title while Lorna Littlejohn and Karen Young achieved the first place in Elementary 53 and Medium 71 respectively.

Despite dressage not being the most appealing discipline within the world of horses it seems like the MacLennan show is encouraging more and more youngsters to try their hand at the discipline. The sport has also been boosted in popularity thanks to Team GB's overwhelming success at the London 2012 Olympic Games where they won both the team and individual gold medals.