Bonaparte and the Easter bunny

This Easter many young riders joined in the fun at Pinetrees Riding Centre in Almancil, while helping to raise funds for Riding for the Disabled in the Algarve (RDA).  

The day began with equitation classes of varying levels, under the watchful eye of judge Gina Munt, and the winners of the classes were awarded rosettes, with special Easter chocolate prizes for the highest places.

Young Rupert Fillingham was the first winner of the day performing an excellent walk and trot on the lead rein on Eclipse.

Then it was the turn of Olga Butento who topped the leader board in Class 2, walk and trot without a leader, on Mara. Alice Gonçalves on Segredo  and Erin  Stephens on Suan came joint top of the walk, trot and canter class.

A highlight of the day was the Easter Parade with fancy dress and Easter bonnets, organised by volunteers from the RDA. Malfada Veleia, dressed as a Pink Easter Bunny, rode Bonaparte, sporting a splendid Easter Bonnet, around the arena.

The day continued after lunch with a Clear Round Jumping event. The younger riders took turns in riding over Invisible Jumps and Cross Poles while the more advanced rode over a course of higher jumps. All competitors were awarded a rosette for a clear round.

The event raised €300 for Riding for the Disabled in the Algarve.