THERE was a lot of praise from competitors and their restricted number of supporters for the two-day Pegus Feeds Festival run by the Northern Region of Dressage Ireland last weekend at the wonderful venue of Castle Irvine, Necarne.

It was good to see riders from other regions supporting the Festival and one of these, Sarah Mellor, recorded a Big Tour and Small Tour championship double. The Enfield-based Australian native landed the former on her 11-year-old Oldenburg mare Let’s Dance (by Donnerhall) and the Small Tour with Hot Shot, her year-younger home-bred Hotline mare.