Dressage: Rebecca’s more than at Home on international stage

Rebecca Blackman, 16, of Haxey, with her horse Broomfield Phoenix. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rebecca Blackman, 16, of Haxey, with her horse Broomfield Phoenix. Picture: Andrew Roe

A teenage dressage rider has continued to cause a stir on the international circuit - and she only got her first pony six years ago.

Rising star Rebecca Blackman, 16, has recently been competing for England in the Home International Dressage competition at Keysoe, Bedfordshire, and recorded impressive results.

It’s been quite a year for the Haxey student, who is part of the British Young Riders Dressage Scheme, after she also qualified for the finals of the National Schools Equestrian Association.

Gaining the highest score in qualifying with her horse Broomfield Phoenix (Gu), Rebecca will now compete in October at the prestigious finals at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in Buckinghamshire.

She came first in the novice class with a massive 70.83 per cent and was fourth in the elementary class, winning two rosettes, a sash, a medal and a trophy for the highest scoring British Dressage Northern Region rider.

Following her success, the John Leggott College student has also been boosted by additional elite coaching from England Olympic rider Darryl Thickitt.

“I’m really pleased with everything I have achieved so far, it has all been a really enjoyable experience,” said Rebecca, of High Street.

“The qualification was an event where I didn’t really go into it expecting anything but knowing that I always try my best. So to come out with the highest score and being over 70 per cent was a real achievement, I could not have asked for anything better.”

Rebecca, who has been riding since the age of three, trains four to five times a week and was the founding member of her college’s dressage team at the beginning of this year.

She trains with college teachers and team managers Gemma Lamb and Lisa Auchterlonie and now, under the guidance of Thickitt, Rebecca told the Bells that she is excited for her international future.

“I’m enjoying every single step of my learning and trying to do as much as I can to continue on an international front,” she added.