Nicky’s wildcard call for national championships

Nicky Butters on Weltano Watson. (S)

Nicky Butters on Weltano Watson. (S)

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Head of PE at Harrogate Ladies’ College Nicky Butters has qualified to compete in the National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh in September after a wildcard phone call from British Dressage.

Nicky thought she had missed the chance to compete at Stoneleigh after she placed third in the Northern Regional Finals where only the top two qualified for Nationals, but a phone call from the British Dressage this week gave Nicky a rare opportunity.

She had been selected through the wildcard system in which the best runners-up from all the regions are invited to go to the Championships.

This is the chance of a lifetime for Nicky who has been riding since she was six. The current horse she is training is Weltano Watson.

Nicky bought him when he was three years old and broke him in herself, although she is now having regular training for dressage from Northallerton-based Ian Brown.