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Police Rider Wins At Bluelight Horse of the Year

Inspector Tracy Day of Bedfordshire Police has won two competitions in the Bluelight Horse of the Year Show held at Aintree Racecourse over 23rd July 25th July.

Inspector Day (39) rode her horse Carrello to victory in the Novice Dressage and the Combined Training (Novice) competition (a mix of dressage and show jumping). She was pipped for top place in the Elementary Dressage by just two points. Riders from blue light services around the Europe took part in the Show which ran over three days.

Tracy started riding aged 4 and began competing in Oakley pony club events aged 10. This is the first year she has competed on her current horse. She joined the Police in 1993 and is now an Inspector based in Bedford.

Tracy said: -It’s great to have won these events and I’m really proud of my horse Carrello. This is the first year we have competed at Elementary level and we were beaten by a horse that normal competes above this level by 0.67% or two marks.

-Everyone was really friendly and the event was good fun. To compete in my uniform on behalf of Bedfordshire Police was a real privilege and I felt very proud to have done so, winning was a bonus and to be presented with prizes in a huge arena in front of hundreds of people was an amazing experience. I was particularly pleased because I won against the German competitors who are renowned for their dressage talent.

-Dressage is a great test of the bond between rider and horse and we have a great time working together in these competitions. The Bluelight Horse of the Year has only been running a few years but now attracts riders from blue light services from around the country.

Tracy explained the roots of dressage: -Dressage dates back to the Renaissance and develops a horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to perform. The idea is to guide a horse through its routine with the minimal outward signs so it smoothly responds to the rider while they remain relaxed and it all appears effortless. It looks simple but it does require a great deal of work by rider and horse to make it look that easy!

The Blue Lights Horse of the Year show is a unique event created and supported by the Police, Fire and Ambulance services in Merseyside held at the world famous Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, in their purpose built International Equestrian Centre.

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