Showing is a completely new activity in RDA with it being a progression from the already established Best Turned Out competition at the National Championships.

Showing is about making a horse look beautiful, elegant and obedient. It teaches great attention to detail, builds confidence and character. It teaches you how to ride, put in a performance as well as how to be judged and accept criticism without being defeated by it. Showing can become addictive and tremendous fun! It’s also a great start for a horse’s education, teaching them manners and exposing them to the show environment without the exacting pressure of going a dressage test or show jumping round.




At the 2016 National Championships we piloted a showing demonstration with help from South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) to see if showing has a place within RDA. The demonstration was a complete success and we have now launched showing as an activity within RDA.

2017 RDA SEIB Showing Championships 

On Thursday 7th September, 8 riders from across the UK travelled to The British Show Horse Association Championships which was being held at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire for the first SEIB RDA Showing Championship Class. All 8 riders had successfully competed against hot competition at 3 of the qualifier venues, Osbaldeston, Vale View & Hartpury. Competition organisers invited 3 new judges to put our finalist through their paces, which included a familiar face in Jane Holderness-Roddam.

A huge congratulations to Kathryn Wheelock from Otley & District RDA on Westpoint First of Many for taking 1st place.

1st Kathryn Wheelock

2nd Lizzie Bennett (4)

2nd place went to Lizzie Bennet from Cambs College RDA who was riding sidesaddle on Rolo.


3rd Kayla Pratt (3)

3rd place went to Kayla Pratt from Stokesley riding Hunky Dory.

4th Imy Darke (3)

4th place went to Imy Darke from Erme Valley RDA riding Chandaem My Guy.

5th place went to Vicky Nutcombe riding Fabrication from the Mount Group.

6th place went to Gabriella Blake riding The Rose of Derry from South Notts RDA.

7th place went to Brooke-Leigh Johnson riding Wentnalls Showmans from the Unicorn Centre.

8th place went to Lee Lawrence from Cotswold RDA riding Whisper.


Huge congratualtions to all the competitors in this years class! SEIB will be running the class again next year with qualifiers at more venues! Keep an eye on their website by following this link: 

Page Last Updated: September 18, 2018