Lauren Wheeler and Coolin Magpie in the jumping ring. Picture by Robin Crossley.
AROUND 170 riders flocked to Brickfields last Sunday for an emotional last show at the equestrian centre, which is for sale.
It was a poignant day for both competitors and spectators, with several families having more than one generation in competition during the day.
These included rider Emma Tharme, who has showjumped at the centre for many years and whose young daughter, Scarlett, won one of the championships.
It was also an emotional day for show secretary Sue Lacey, who has organised horse shows at Brickfields for the last 13 years.
Sue rode at the first show at Brickfields about 30 years ago and her daughter Vicky, 29, was competing last Sunday.
Sue said: "I am proud to have been a part of Brickfields over the years and it was lovely to have been involved in both the very first and the very last show.
"There was a fantastic level of entries, all three rings were full, and in the in-hand and ridden showing ring, the judge Nick Williams started at 9.30am and handed out the final rosettes at 7.10pm.
"It was heart-warming to see all the car parks full up and to see those people who had competed at Brickfields at the beginning and had returned to watch the final event. The level of support on Sunday really was phenomenal and although it is sad to be losing Brickfields, it made us realise how much Island riders really appreciated the centre and all our efforts in putting on the shows."
Innovative wild-card championships were also introduced at the final show and judges were asked to nominate riders who did not necessarily have the best horses, but had put in lots of effort during the day — and these championships proved a popular addition.
Brickfields was established in the 1970s by the late Phil Legge and his first wife, Pam, who built up a successful farriery, saddlery and horse feed business, prior to opening the equestrian centre.
As well as being the venue for thousands of horse shows, it has played host to demonstrations and lessons by some of the equestrian world’s top riders, including British showjumpers Geoff Billington and Tim Stockdale.
• Full results in the Friday, October 4, County Press.
• Pictures from our online gallery www.iwcpgallery.co.uk below.