JUDITH Maneely from Castledawson, Co. L/Derry writes:
I just wanted to write to you and praise the work being done by Emma Hobson through Dressage at Home and International for dressage riders at all levels.
My daughter Emily (age 12) and her pony ‘Rosie’ have been doing the current virtual dressage league and, in the midst of Covid, it gives Emily (and other riders) something to work towards every fortnight, when all other competitions have ceased. The benefits are amazing and I don’t think Emma comprehends the positive impact this is having on all her competitors.
Children are involved in remote schooling at present and the virtual dressage diverts their attention from school work and gives them an alternative method of schooling.
Physical and mental health benefits are evident, not to mention the friendships that have been made through the online classes. The excitement on competition day is fabulous and numerous messages are exchanged, with fellow competitors congratulating everyone on their results.
We hope to start our Freestyle journey with Anna Beattie (Pegasus Dressage Music, another amazing online service) but sadly, with no lessons taking place at present, Emily’s Christmas gift of a bespoke freestyle arrangement and floor plan is slow to get off the ground!
Receiving test feedback via What’s App as soon as it’s judged is super and the stunning rosettes are the icing on the cake for all competitors. The speed at which Emma and her team of judges get the results out is superb, considering the number of competitors.
I have read the lovely articles from the league in Horse Week, but I’d love to show Emma how much I, as a parent, appreciate her dedication and commitment to all dressage riders throughout this difficult time.
Emma is an amazing lady, who underestimates the impact she is having in bringing a little sunshine to the horsey world in such dark times.