Exmoor Pony gelding Monseiur Chapeau with owner Dawn Westcott won the LightRider Champion Bitless Ambassador. The pair were also awarded overall runner-up to the World Bitless Association Champion Ambassador, Karen Inkster and Connie from the UK.
Karen has chosen a LightRider bitless bridle as her prize for the award.
Dawn has trained her wild-born Exmoor stallion Bear (Wild Stallion Whispering) to win two world championships in international horse agility and he is ridden bitless where possible.
I’m delighted and honored to be an ambassador for this work. A big thank you to Cynthia for everything she does to make things more comfortable and enjoyable for horses and ponies."
“I love how the World Bitless Association recognises that bits are part of many people’s journeys – particularly in competition – and puts emphasis on empathetic, considerate riding, whether bitted or bitless. That’s the key – working towards the lightest possible riding and handling whatever equipment you’re using. I’m very pleased to be representing and supporting such a great association and this progressive step forwards for empathetic horsemanship globally. Along with a great opportunity to promote the Exmoor pony breed.”
If you ride bitless and are proud to do so, you can share your photos and story on the Why Not Bitless – Rosettes for Bitless Ambassadors Facebook Page where the new Bitless Boasting Board Competition is now taking entries until March 31st, 2019.