Equestrian: Lara Dyson eyes national title hat-trick after historic regional triumph
HEALING rider Lara Dyson is targeting a third national dressage title after making history with a quadruple regional triumph.
Dyson has qualified her six-year-old horse Cyden Cadans M into four classes at the British Dressage Winter Championships.
Previously, a rider-and-horse combination had won no more than three classes at a regional competition.
But at the Northern Regional Winter Championships, held at Bishop Burton, Dyson topped the podium in the Novice Open, Elementary Open, Novice Freestyle Open and Elementary Freestyle Open categories.
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And her score of 75.09 per cent, in the Novice Open Freestyle section, was the highest posted on the day in the Northern Regionals.
"I'm still a little shocked," said Dyson, who won the 2011 Medium Restricted national title and the 2012 Advanced Medium Petplan Championship crown on-board Cyden Perplex.
"With the recent wintry weather, I wondered if we'd even get to the regionals – my horse had to have nine days off a week before it because of the snow and frost.
"But he is a super horse – I could see his potential when I bought him last year. He hadn't competed before when I bought him, and I knew having a stallion was going to be a different challenge.
"It has taken six months of training to get him to the level he is now, but it's a fantastic boost looking ahead to the nationals knowing that he is unbeatable in the northern region at these levels.
Dyson, a full-time quality manager at Cyden Homes, bought Cadans through findadressagehorse.com last May.
She added: "5am starts and 10pm finishes seem much more bearable when you pull off results like these.
"Cadans used to be in Holland and there are around 40 foals by him. We have two this year so I am looking forward to their future. One of the judges also commented that Cadans is a "serious horse for the future".
The Healing competitor rides three horses and three ponies before and after work, and is grateful her company allows her to compete at regional and championship events during the week.
She thanked those who support her riding, adding: "I have a fantastic team of girls in the yard, especially Roberta Jennings and Jessica Martin, and a lovely group of close friends and family that help me for competitions."
The amateur rider is sponsored by Fur Feather Meds and Alltech Lifefore Formula, and also receives support from Mojo Wristbands, Espayo equestrian clothing, the Adam Gibson Sports Fund and Evison Equestrian.
Dyson runs Inspiring Minds Equestrian Coaching that deals with riders' nerves and worries. She is also a British Dressage Northern Region Members' Representative. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cydendressage.com