Will Furlong crowned Askham Bryan U21 Champion

In an extremely competitive field of both established British Youth team regulars as well as rising young talent, 19 year old Will Furlong from Battle in East Sussex topped the leaderboard to take this year’s Askham Bryan National U21 title at the EQ Life Houghton International Horse Trials (Norfolk, 22-25 May 2014).

On an influential final day, when just four horses left all the poles in their cups, Will moved three places up the leaderboard to claim the title riding his own German-bred dark brown 11 year old gelding, Livingstone II. Will is no stranger to the podium having an received individual bronze medal at the 2013 FEI Junior Europeans with his mare Pioneer Silvie as part of the Racesafe British Junior team.

Will Furlong Photo:British Eventing

As part of his raft of prizes at Houghton, Will also won the use of a Suzuki quad bike for 12 months, thanks to Suzuki ATV plus a bridle from the Worshipful Company of Saddlers.

Sophie Beaty (18 years old from Northamptonshire) also climbed up the leaderboard with just one rail down riding her own and Alison Booth’s bay Dutch-bred 15 year old gelding Stanly to take the runner up spot while Isabella Innes Ker (19 years old from Roxburghshire) dropped one place to third, with two jumps down, riding the Duchess of Roxburghe’s Irish-bred grey nine year old gelding, Rosses Captain.  There had been disappointing news in the morning with the withdrawal of overnight leader Navigator, also ridden by Sophie Beaty. Having enjoyed a fabulous cross country day, the only combination to complete on their first phase score, Sophie did not present Navigator at the final vet inspection.

Chairman of the British Young Rider Selectors Alex Colquhoun commented on the weekend’s highlights; “It was a glorious competition at Houghton with a very exciting finish. Will Furlong showed good maturity and coolness under pressure to produce a solid performance to take the Askham Bryan National U21 Championship title.

“It was also good to see some less experienced riders perform well in their first two star competition with some surprises among them.”

Askham Bryan College

Askham Bryan provides testing courses for young event riders   Photo: Askham Bryan College


Philip Grant, Deputy Principal of Newton Rigg College [part of Askham Bryan, sponsors of the U21 Championship] said: “It’s our pleasure to be able to be associated with the Under 21s and support the up and coming riders as they progress in the sport. The weekend has been a great success and very enjoyable.”

The combinations selected to represent Britain in the Askham Bryan Young Rider British Team at the 2014 FEI Young Rider Europeans in Vale Sabroso (Portugal, 17-21 September)  will be announced soon shortly after Somerford Park Horse Trials (15 – 16 August).



Supermodel Edie Campbell to be official Ladies’ Day Ambassador at Glorious Goodwood

Supermodel Edie Cambell will take in the role of official Ladies’ Day Ambassador at this year’s Glorious Goodwood meeting, the racecourse has announced

The event, often considered the pinnacle of the sporting and social season, takes place from Tuesday July 29 through to Saturday August 2 and will once again confirm itself as the British summer event not to be missed.

Model Edie Campbell pictured at Glorious Goodwood last year: Photo John Simpson

Model Edie Campbell pictured at Glorious Goodwood last year: Photo John Simpson

As part of her role of Official Ladies Day Ambassador, Edie will race in the Magnolia Cup, the celebrity ladies charity race and has also chosen one of the two official charities this year’s competitors will be riding forThe Reading Agency.

Edie’s love of horses and ability round the racetrack helped her win the inaugural Magnolia Cup race in 2011 and this year will see her compete against fellow high-profile jockeys Tricia Simonon, Maggie Buggie and Megan Nicholls as she competes for the winning title.

She commented;“I am thrilled to take on the role of Official Ladies Day Ambassador for Glorious Goodwood. The Magnolia Cup has established itself as one of the most exciting races of the event and in doing so has raised significant funds for worthy causes. The Reading Agency is a charity close to my heart and I am honored to race on their behalf this year.’

This year’s Magnolia Cup’s charities areThe Reading Agency, a charity dedicated to giving everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident readers ,and Best Beginnings, a charity dedicated to ending child heath inequalities in the UK, will benefit not only from spectator donations on the day but proceeds from the glamorous, annual Regency Gala Ball hosted by Lord and Lady March at Goodwood House on Wednesday July 30.

RDA Regional Challenge Day was a success despite torrential rain

Riders representing 10 RDA groups from across the South East converged on East Grinstead’s Felbridge Show Ground for  their annual Challenge Day. Nearly 60 young riders braved the torrential rain to display their riding skills in a range of activities including the Countryside Challenge, a qualifying event for the RDA National Championships in Hartpury, Gloucestershire in July.

Brandan Witham winner of the Handy Pony at The South East Region of the RDA Challenge Day Photo: Joanna Sales

Deian Prescott (five) negotiates an obstacle in the rain in the Handy Pony competition    Photo: Joanna Sales

Enduring the relentless downpour, riders from West and East Sussex, Kent and Surrey went head-to-head in dressage, tack and turnout, handy pony and a number of gymkhana games. The event ended with a fancy dress competition featuring an ‘Animal’ theme.

The Countryside Challenge followed a simulated course where the riders put their skills to the test by tackling obstacles and tasks they might find in the country. These included going through a gate, crossing a ‘road’, entering a farmyard, picking an apple from a tree and collecting eggs from a chicken. Although great fun, this also tested their steering, balance and confidence.


Qualifying this year in the Juniors were Nancy Davies of Hope in the Valley RDA (Plumpton, East Sussex), as well as Adam Lester and Emily Wetergaard-Belcher both from East Park RDA (Newchapel, Surrey). Ellen Chapman and Barbara Westbury, both from Chichester RDA (West Sussex), qualified in the Senior class.

Tom Longley, Director of Architecture of sponsors, Cowan Architects, awarded the prizes. “It’s always such a treat and an honour to participate in these inspiring events.The weather was atrocious but there were still smiles all round,” he said.

Wet competitor and dog Photo: Joanna Sales

In the South East there are 35 groups across Surrey, Sussex and Kent with more than 2,000 riders of all ages. They are able to enjoy the experience of riding, carriage driving, show jumping, dressage endurance and western style, with opportunities to learn a new skill, enter competitions or even take a holiday.

This can bring a new dimension to necessarily restricted lives, encourage independence and does much to improve a wide range of medical conditions. There is the commitment of more than 1,000 volunteers who regularly and cheerfully give up their free time. Instructors work closely with physiotherapists and other health professionals to encourage every individual to aim for attainable goals – some modest, others far more ambitious.

Cowan Architects, is a Sussex based practice that has been working across the South East for more than 30 years. It has been sponsoring the RDA’s South East Region for nine years because it believes it shares the same synergy to inspire as they do.

It offers innovative and award-winning designs across a breadth of disciplines and can transform living spaces for those with a wide range of disabilities and is committed to continued support of the work of the Riding for the Disabled.

Crawley and Horsham Hunt South Pony Club enjoyed highly successful annual Hunter Trial

Members of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt South Pony Club again enjoyed an outstanding course in Arundel Park for the club’s annual Hunter Trial, held recently. There was the usual high standard layout, with a range of testing obstacles on a track which had varied terrain and superb surroundings.

All ages were catered for in this open event, where there were classes from lead rein to intermediate, as well as two popular classes for pairs. The day was an outstanding success with some fine achievements by riders from a wide range of ages and a variety of horses.


 Emily Legg and Lennie Little Legs winners of the      Photo LRG Photography

Emily Legg and Lennie Little Legs winners of the Mini Mini class
Photo: Luke Gee  LRG Photography See www.lrg-photography.co.uk for more pictures

Results: First five places in each class.Mini-Mini. 1, Emily Legg – Lennie Little Legs. 2, Verity Leggett and Tatty; 3 Eden Davey and Myrtle; 4 Sophie Zahra and Prince; 5 Emilie Williams and Alfie. Mini.1.Megan Fletcher – Elliot; 2 Jodie Moore and Wolverton Winnie The Pooh; 3 Leanne Lampard and Summer; 4 Abbi Smith and Romeo; 5 Leni Dowling and Highland Harvest. Mini Pairs- 1 Helen Rockall and Bonnie with Faye Mitchell and JJO; 2 Terri Germaine and Azzia with Naomi Khan and Fernella Bella; 3 Fran Armitage and Clyde with Becky Paye and Guinness; 4 Ann Black and Billy with Sam Hinks and Jeffrey; 5 Lucy Quaile and Connor with Zoe Vallance and Brandy.

Novice Section A- 1 Amy Little and Thistle Forest Lady; 2 Matthew Perry and Cisco; 3 Hannah Mudd and Rohans Wolf; 4.Abby Lebus and Billy; 5 Rory Leggett and  Flyer. Section B-1.Lucinda Langhorne – Howard; 2, Amelia Brown and Thistleberry; 3.Letty Hill and Beantrice. 4 Rebecca Kennett  and Burberry;5.Karen Ibberson and Valentino Rossi.

Novice Pairs: 1 Audrey Watson and Jack with Les Watson and Archie; 2  Charlotte Baxter and Giltowns Princess with Ellie Bielski and Corky; 3 Rebecca Kennett and Burberry with Jenna Bennett and Saffie; 4 Oona Hickson and Aggie with Nina Murphy and Bud. 5 Emily Legg and Smith with Joanna Inglis and Timmy.

Intermediate: 1 Eleanor De a Fuente and Lakeside Black Panther; 2 Clare Brotherhood and Fleur De League; 3 David Cox and Maisie; 4 Fiona Charman and Uvin; 5 Michael Emeny and Fairyhill Convict.


Rain stopped competition but busy club went ahead with egg hunt and hat contest

Arundel and District Riding Club had to cancel its recent planned gymkhana because of artrocious wet weather- but organisers decided not to allow the elements to totally spoil the day for enthusiastic youngsters.
They went ahead and had an Easter egg hunt and an Easter bonnet competition for them instead and he rain did not dampen their enthuasium to find the eggs hidden in the show ground.
A few might have been missed but most were found. The Easter Bonnet competition was won by two-year-old Eva Deacon, who had  helped her mother, Lizzie, make the hat.
Eva Deacon in her winning Easter Bonnet, with mother Lizzie Photo by Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Eva Deacon in her winning Easter Bonnet, with mother Lizzie : Photo by Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Meanwhile Arundel and District Riding Club’s next event is on Sunday May 4, which is the start of the club’s show jumping series.
This will be followed on Saturday May 10 with a Childen’s Fun Show, including an afternoon gymkhana and on Sunday May 11 with an In Hand show- and big entries are expected for both.
Then West Sussex Riding Club will be holding its Ridden Show at the Arundel and District Riding Club’s showground on Sunday May 18, when classes are expected to be well-subscribed.

Get an MOT for your horse at a special event organised by the BHS West Sussex committee

DO you have a service history for your horse? Now is the time to have one, or to update a previous one, thanks to the West Sussex Committee of the British Horse Society, which is holding an MOT Day for Horses on Sunday June 15 at Brinsbury Campus, North Heath, Pulborough, RH20 1DL.

A satisfied owner and horse, with vet Camilla Woodward following the worming session with

A satisfied owner and horse, with vet Camilla Woodward following the worming session at last year’s event

This excellent event, open to both members and non- members of the BHS, follows on from a highly successful similar day at Albourne Equestrian Centre in West Sussex last year. It will cover advice from experts, including a personal session with your horse with each expert, covering saddle-fitting, worming, teeth and diet.

Master Saddler Ellie Martin of The Bespoke Saddle Company will discuss how your saddle currently fits your horse/pony and rider, while Matt Waterhouse MRCVS of Arundel Equine Hospital will advise on your horse’s worming regime. Westgate Laboratories Postal Worm Egg Count Service are generously supplying each participant with a worm egg count kit and information pack, completely free, including return postage and packing

Weighing a horse at the special day

Weighing a horse at the special day

Turning to diet, Isabel Harker from Spillers will weigh your horse, using a portable weighbridge and supply record cards, information packs. feed advice, a free weight tape and Spillers money off vouchers

.This useful MOT programme costs only £25, but if you book early by May 15, there is a reduced fee of only £20. Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity and to make sure of your place, contact Sheila Woodward on: 07801599518 or Sharon Stahlberger on: 07779247533 or email at: mail@sheilawoodward.plus.com

Inspired Facilities Grants of more than £200,000 awarded to six equestrian centres

In the latest round of Sport England Inspired Facilities Funding, six equestrian centres have been awarded grants to refurbish and improve their current facilities. A total of more than £200,000 will be given to the successful applicants for their projects, aimed at improving accessibility and increasing participation in equestrian sport.

RDA groups have benefited

To date the project has funded more than 1,300 projects that have improved and refurbished sports clubs and transformed non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sports facilities.

Those to benefit from this latest round of funding are:Friends of Landlord Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Group Wigan; Northern Racing College in Doncaster; Chiverton RDA Group, Truro;, Tyne and Wear RDA Group; Barrow Farm RDA Group, Chelmsford, and Ferring Country Centre  near Worthing in West Sussex.

Barrow Farm RDA group  members compete regularly

Barrow Farm RDA group members compete regularly

The grants will support the development of new arenas, improvement of training facilities, provision of lighting as well as construction of mounting and dismounting areas for disabled people.

Tyne and Wear RDA Group is updating its stable facilities to deliver a wide range of horse care courses for centre users in a safer and more accessible environment. “We are so grateful to Sport England for their support of our project, as we would not have been able to raise this level of funding on our own,” said RDA Volunteer, Eileen Curley.

“We have always been dedicated to ensuring that all of our riders receive a high standard of professional tuition, tailored to their personal capabilities and to help them achieve their potential, however, many of our riders also want  to understand how to care for the horses too.

Tyne and Wear RDA riders will enjoy improved facilities

Tyne and Wear RDA riders will enjoy improved facilities

“The upgraded stable block will provide a wider range of horse care courses in a safer and more accessible environment, primarily for the benefit of our RDA clients, and with the aim of moving the Centre forward to a first class educational establishment ” continued Eileen.

“Sport England’s commitment to improving facilities for disabled people who want to get involved in equestrian activities is hugely welcome,” said RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher. “Demand for riding and carriage driving among people with disabilities far outstrips current capacity and each of the projects supported by Sport England will make a big difference for people in these communities across the country.”

Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s legacy programme, has been working in partnership with the RDA to increase the number of riding opportunities for disabled people through the development of the Accessibility Mark. The Accessibility Mark project aims to provide training, assistance and accreditation to riding centres, schools and clubs to enable more disabled people to participate in horse riding activities.

The Inspired Facilities funding is open all year round; the next decision meeting will take place in September 2014 for all applications received prior to June 6 2014.


Arundel Riding Centre celebrates a major victory in national championships

Arundel Riding Centre is celebrating a major victory for its team at the British Horse Society National Riding School Championships where it won the coveted team trophy in the face of strong opposition from across the country.
Arundel Riding Centre team photo with Megan on Flyer and Janet on Charlie - with the centre's Chief Instructor Laura Oakley

Arundel Riding Centre team photo with Megan on Flyer and Janet on Charlie – with the centre’s Chief Instructor Laura Oakley

The centre took eight riders (Hannah Stuart, Rebecca Stone, Charlotte Beadle, Maisie Hobbs, Polly Hobbs, Emily Chalfont, Megan Fletcher and Janet Boulton) and four horses (Charlie, Tatty, Flyer and Bobby) to Warwickshire College, Warwickshire to participate in this annual event.
The event is unique because it is for riding school riders mounted on riding school ponies. Each rider has to compete in the three disciplines – dressage, show jumping and theory. The Arundel team was delighted to win the team trophy in the face of such strong opposition.
 In individual performances, Megan Fletcher riding Flyer, an 11-year-old 15.2hh welsh chestnut, achieved third place in the 18 years and over category. This builds on Megan’s successes in previous years in the junior age groups. Meanwhile Janet Boulton, partnering  Charlie, a 13.2hh  grey New Forest pony aged eight, was a good fourth.
Also, Arundel was ably represented in the 13 – 17 years age category  with Polly Hobbs riding  Bobby , a 15 year old 13.2hh Welsh bay placed fifth, Maisie Hobbs, also partnering Bobby, was placed seventh while Charlotte Beadle riding Charlie and Emily  Chalfont with Flyer also competed in this class.
In the youngest age group of 12 years and under Hannah Stuart and Tatty, a remarkable 26-year-old 15hh Welsh chestnut, came ninth and Rebecca Stone gained experience competing with Tatty.
Tatty takes part in the dressage

Tatty takes part in the dressage

Alison Leggett – joint owner and proprietor of The Arundel Riding Centre said: “It’s wonderful to be able to take such a large team of riding school horses and riders to this unique competition and compete in all of the age categories. Megan and Emily had competed at Warwick before but it was a new opportunity for the other riders – and also for Charlie and Tatty.”
Alison Leggett gives advice  to the team on tackling the jumps

Alison Leggett gives advice to team members on how to tackle the jumps

For details of Arundel Riding Centre see http://www.arundelridingcentre

Trainer Gary Moore completes a Bank Holiday 467-1 four-timer across the board at Huntingdon and Plumpton

Horsham trainer Gary Moore completed a 467-1 across-the-card four-timer on Easter Monday initiated by Joseph Akehurst and Should I Stay, 9-4 favourite at Huntingdon in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

Gary Moore and son Joshua

Gary Moore and son Joshua

The wins continued at Plumpton when youngest son Joshua initated a treble there, winning the Juvenile Hurdle with Flute Bowl at 3-1.
Brother Jamie continued the winning sequence at Plumpton in the two mile five furlong handicap hurdle with a nine length victory with 5-1 Auld Sthock, and followed up with a 5-2 win with While You Wait in the Novices Handicap Hurdle.

Jamie Moore- treble of his own

Jamie Moore- treble of his own

Jamie went on to enjoy his own treble at Plumpton on board Ballyvoneen at 7-4 in the final handicap chase over three miles two furlongs – and he made sure of his treble, because, aptly, all three of his wins were by nine lengths.

Group’s South Downs endurance ride is a great success

COMPETITORS enjoyed almost perfect conditions for the recent endurance ride on the South Downs near Findon, organised by the South East Group of Endurance GB.  It offered well-subcribed classes ranging from Pleasure Rides of 16km up to Graded Endurance Rides of 80km, attracting almost 100 entries.

A rider tackling the South Downs endurance ride amid spectacular scenery Photo: Luke Gee, LRG Photography

A rider tackling the South Downs endurance ride amid spectacular scenery
Photo: Luke Gee, LRG Photography


After pre-vetting to ensure soundness and fitness of horses, riders negotiated the course following maps and route markets, aiming to finish within a set minimum and maximum speed.
They also enjoyed spectacular views along an interesting route from which there were spectacular views on an exceptionally clear day. At the end of the ride, all horses were re-vetted and marked according to time taken to complete the route and the final heartrate of horses, resulting in plenty of coveted Grade I marks, showing that riders had prepared both themselves and their horses well for their class in this popular ride.

The South East Group covers Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex with endurance rides coupled with pleasure rides, and social events throughout the year. Its programme for 2014 incorporates 17 rides, including a two-day event.

Also, it has plans for two training weekends and an MOT day. You can find out more about local endurance riding events by visiting the South East Group’s website at www.endurancegbsoutheast.co.uk