In Part 6 of My Favourite Hack mini series I’m catching up with the lady behind the hugely successful online dressage competition series – Dressage Anywhere. For those of you that aren’t aware of Dressage Anywhere is the only Online Dressage competition thats run in co-operation with British Dressage.
The process is so simple as you film from home, so no travel issues, upload to the site and your test is judged by BD or FEI listed judges. They operate a monthly competition but there are also some very prestigious championships throughout the year, including Pony Club & RDA. Plus classes just for ex-racehorses and Veterans too.
So, now you know a little more about the company, it’s probably time to delve in and discover more about Ruth Chappell!
Ruth Chappell & Geoff
Hello, I’m Ruth Chappell and I’m the co-founder of Dressage Anywhere, the worldwide online dressage competition website. I grew up in Gloucestershire, where I learned to ride and my passion for horses began. After a career in publishing, I set up Dressage Anywhere with two colleagues to provide more opportunities for people around the globe to take part in competitive dressage without leaving their yard. Dressage Anywhere currently has members from over 60 different countries and has judged over 10,000 dressage tests! I now live with my husband and Henry the dog in Hampshire.
Tell me a little about the horse/s in your life, what you do with them and if you have any specific aims (competitive or non-competitive) with them for 2018:
There are two horses in my life, Geoffrey and Claude. Geoffrey is my 14.2hh Cob X and Claude is my husband’s 18hh Holsteiner. I compete in dressage with Geoffrey and although I love him to bits, my riding partnership with Claude was short-lived – he’s just so big, so I leave that bit to my husband and the yard manager.
I’d love to hear about your favourite hack location. Where is it & what makes it such a great place.
We’re really lucky with our location for the horses as there’s some quiet road and off road hacking available to us. In Spring and Summer when the ground is firmer, we’re able to use some field margins as canter tracks, great for fittening work but also fab for a quick blast to blow the cobwebs away.
One of our adjacent fields has a bridleway running through the middle and it’s lovely to wander through here when it’s knee deep in barley. The bridleway gradually goes downhill and then uphill so it’s perfect for a canter. As a bit of a control freak I find the gradual incline and collection of trees at the end makes stopping a bit easier!
Can we see a photo?
Yes! This is the field I mentioned before with my husband and his horse Claude. Although the crop has gone in this particular image hopefully you can see just how perfect a place it is for soaking up the countryside.
Finally, do you have a message for anyone taking part in The Brooke #MyHackathon this year?
For anyone taking part in The Brooke #MyHackathon this year, enjoy exploring your local area on horseback. Remember that it’s a great opportunity to have a change of scenery to break up your training and schooling.
If you are interested in taking part in competitive dressage events without leaving home, then head to Dressage Anywhere and discover how you can easily do so and win some really fantastic prizes each month. Honestly it’s so simple, once you’ve done it you’ll be back for more!
Don’t forget to keep up with Brooke and their #MyHackathon campaign. Last year they raised over £20,000 with this hugely simple but effective way to fund raise. Let’s see if we can raise this sum again…
Have a fabulous day!