South African sponsorship for new Group 3 Stakes at Glorious Goodwood

The Group 3 L’Omarins Queen’s Plate Stakes, a competitive seven furlong contest for fillies and mares aged three and upwards, is to be run on the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood this year- Friday August 1.

Top class racing aat Glorious Goodwood

Top class racing at Glorious Goodwood


The L’Omarins Queen’s Plate meeting is one of South Africa’s most high profile racedays, taking place at Kenilworth Racecourse every January. For the first time this year,  the Grade II Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Stakes was run at this prestigious South African Raceday, alongside the L’Oramins Queen’s Plate Stakes.

Adam Waterworth, managing director of Goodwood Racecourse said:“Following on from the very successful  Queen’s Plate meeting at Kenilworth in January, we are pleased to be hosting the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Stakes on the Friday of Glorious Goodwood.

Kenilworth Racecourse

Kenilworth Racecourse

“As one of South Africa’s most high profile racedays we feel it is a good fit with our brand and look forward to the inaugural running of the race this year.”

Gaynor Rupert, sponsor of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Stakes said: “L’Ormarins is very pleased to be sponsoring a race at Glorious Goodwood this year.  With the five day festival being one of England’s most iconic race meetings and social events it is a great opportunity to align two very similar international brands.”  


West Sussex BHS committee’s successful annual MOT day for horses

West Sussex British Horse Society Committee held its annual MOT Day for Horses recently at Brinsbury Equine Unit, by kind permission of Chichester College. The day was supported a range of top equine professionals who gave invaluable advice and help to the group of horse owners, seeing them on a one-to-one basis.

Ellie Martin in the indoor school

Ellie Martin in the indoor school

Elllie Martin, a Master Saddler of the Bespoke Saddle Company and Nicky Smith, a Master Saddler of the Bespoke Saddle Company  both assessed each horse under saddle and gave advice/recommendations on how the saddle fitted.  Good saddle fitting is vital for both a horse’s welfare and also to enable that it is able to perform to its best without any discomfort or ill effects.
.Matt Waterhouse, an equine vet and a director of the Arundel Equine Hospital, who gave worming information tailored to each individual while Westgate Laboratories generously supplied each participant with a worm egg count kit worth approximately £11 completely free of charge for each horse.
Nat Heal, a qualified equine dentist, who with his assistant assessed all the horses’ teeth and discussed each individual’s requirements. Horses need annual dental checks and to have rough edges filed off their teeth and sometimes what is thought to be bad behaviour can be a sign of a dental problem.

Each horse/owner combination spent 20 minutes individually with four different experts and in addition to the worm egg count kit, received vouchers, free weigh tape and other goodies from Spillers and a BHS information pack and rosette.

“We were blessed with good weather on the day and have received many recommendations and thanks from those taking part regards the high quality of the information receivedWe would like to thank the professionals who took part and Brinsbury Equine Unit and the various helpers, for giving their time to make this an enjoyable and informative day,” said Sheila Woodward of the West Sussex British Horse Society committee.

These BHS MOT days for horses have been rolled out in different parts of the country. They are informative and educational, aiming to get to grass roots horse owners, and non BHS members are welcome and are encouraged to attend to help their horses benefit from the expert advice.

Bronze mare and foal maquette by renowned sculptor to be sold in aid of RDA group

A Mare and Foal bronze maquette, with unique artist’s proof, by renowned sculptor Marcus Cornish, is to be sold to raise money for Ashdown Forest Group of Riding for the Disabled Association.

The bronze mare and foal  sculpture that is for sale Photo: Spidge Event Photography  01444-413110

The bronze mare and foal sculpture that is for sale
Photo: Spidge Event Photography 01444-413110

The sculptor is renowned for a commission which led to creating a series of bronzes portraying animals on sites in central London, including life size horses. His work has been recognised in a number of awards and featured in national newspapers and magazines.

The Ashdown Forest RDA group, based at Chelwood Gate, was visited by HRH The Princess Royal this month,  who met both those who run the group, and the riders themselves.

This bronze was on display that day and it is hoped it can be sold to raise much needed money towards the running costs of the group,enabling it to continue its high standards.

All of the money raised by its sale will be donated to the Ashdown Forest RDA group, which is run by Alison Remmen, and does such vital work in enabling its members to benefit from riding.

For further information, or to buy this magnificent sculpture, please contact Rosalind Bowlby 01892 653722 or Email:


West Sussex Riding Club’s successful annual show

WEST Sussex Riding Club held its annual ridden and jumping show at Arundel and District Riding Club’s field this year. The event, held in good weather, was a qualifier for Cricklands, Sunshine Tour and Equifest and attracted a good entry. Show jumping was from 2′ to 3’3 and there was a working hunter ring and a ridden show ring.

The event was organised by Patricia Hoal, a member of WSRC for 20 years and who has competed for the club on many occasions.  She has been running shows for the club for around 15 years and is now retiring from horse ownership and show organisation.
 Leafycroft Masterpiece ridden by Sam Metcalf. Photo:Luke Gee,  LRG Photography

Leafycroft Masterpiece ridden by Sam Metcalf.
Photo:Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Supreme Champion at the event was  Karl Standing and Creevagh Sam. Reserve Champion was Steph McInnes and Ardlea George Penny. Karl Standing also won the Working Hunter Championship with Creevagh Sam and Reserve Champion was Sam Metcalfe with Leafycroft Masterpiece.
Results: Minimus Showjumping- 1 Katie Inigo-Jones and Yaz; 2 Maria Beves and Daisy; 3 Andy Edginton and William; 4 Alison Kimmins and Fudge.
Pre-Novice Showjumping- 1 Sam Metcalfe and Leafycroft Massterpiece; 2 Joel Hopkins and Wish; 3 Eleanor Petrie and Seafully; 4 Izabelle Cartwright and Nasta. Novice Showjumping- 1 Jenny Ramsey and Yaz; 2 Paris Maria Johnson and Maylin-Rose; 3 Madison Melie and Nookside.
Intermediate Showjumping- 1 Paris Maria Johnson and Maylin -Rose; 2 Madison Melia and Nookside.
Working Hunter Pony- 1  Sam Metcalfe and  Leafycoft  Masterpiece;  2  Eleanor Petrie and  Seafully.
Working Hunter – 1 Karl Standing and Creevagh Sam; 2 Jo Stamp and King’s Breeze; 3 Karl Standing and Fen’s Will.
Ridden Hunter- 1 Karl Standing and Creevagh Sam; 2 Sarah Barnett and Romeoo; 3 Charlotte Pexton and King’s Breeze.
Open Ridden Mountain and Moorland- 1 Leanne Mills and Harry; 2 Christina Dodd and Sowermire Jo; 3 Samantha Noble and Nutcherscopse Benita.
Lead Rein Mountain and Moorland- 1 Ayla Isgooren and Caecoed Iwan; 2 Brooke Stote and Dewland Rolex; 3 Amelia Parkes and Rosie; 4 Mia Adsett and Julius. Ridden Show Ponies- 1 Samantha Noble and Nutcherscopse Benita.
Lead Rein  Ridden Show Ponies- 1 Amelia Parkes and Rosie; 2 Mia Adsett and Nutboourne Time Bandit.
Riding Horses- 1  Sophie Wratting and  Lala Rumba; 2 Lynne Chapman and Remix; 3 Freda Courtnage and Joseph. Ridden Cobs- 1 Steph MacInnes and Ardlea George Penny; 2 Angela Jones and The Pie; 3 Millie Hopkins and Socks.
Ridden Piebald / Skewbald- 1 Vicky Parkinson and Remmington Steele; 2 Michelle Stote annd Sir Charles; 3 Steph McInnes and Ardlea George Penny.
Veteran Ridden or In Hand- 1 Paige Ayling and Marbel. Novice Showing  Class- 1 Leanne Mills and Hary; 2 Millie Hopkins and Socks ; 3 Mollie Murray and Tilly Bean.
 Caption: Leafycroft Masterpiece ridden by Sam Metcalf.

Two Sussex RDA groups perform for Princess Royal and Ardingly crowds

TWO Riding for Disabled groups from the South East stole the show in the main Ardingly ring on the opening day of the South of England Show, when Heron’s Ghyll and Kipling groups gave a display of their carriage driving skills in front of HRH The Princess Royal and impressed a large crowd.

A team from Kipling County negotiating the obstacles Photo: Joanna Sale

A team from Kipling County negotiating the obstacles
Photo: Joanna Sale

The two East Sussex-based groups , with Heron’s Ghyll sporting blue tops and Kipling wearing green, clearly enjoyed performing the musical ride, which they had been practising for enthusiastically in preceding weeks- and it was the chance for both of groups to impress the crowds as well as the Royal visitor, who is such a great supporter of the work of the RDA.

The Princess Royal presenting rosettes to one of the Herons Ghyll teams Photo Jeannie Knight

The Princess Royal presenting rosettes to Heron’s Ghyll team
Photo Jeannie Knight

They went on to go head-to head in a competition of driving round obstacles and making tight turns through cones, showing their speed and agilty skills.applauded by the crowd.

Kipling County RDA members putting in a good performance in the ring  Photo: Joanna Sale

Kipling County RDA members putting in a good performance in the ring Photo: Joanna Sale

Winners of this contest were Joanne McNicol, driving Prince (with Companion Whip Fiona Drewe) from Kipling County. The Princess Royal, who is a staunch supporter of the RDA, presented red rosettes everyone and chatted to members from both Kipling County and Herons Ghyll.

Members of Herons Ghyll clearly enjoying the occasion  Photo: Joanna Sales

Karen Tritton of Herons Ghyll clearly enjoying the occasion
Photo: Joanna Sale

All competitors clearly enjoyed the chance to perform before the public and to meet the Royal visitor.

Competitive racing is promised at Brighton tomorrow in unrivalled setting by the sea

Not been racing at Brighton this season?Then tomorrow, Tuesday June 3, is the ideal time to to enjoy action at this popular Sussex track, on the South Downs overlooking the English Channel for seven competitive races on good ground, with first race starting at 2.10pm.

Plenty of action promised at Brighton races tomorrow

Plenty of action promised at Brighton races tomorrow

Top trainers Charlie Appelby and Richard Hannon have two runners each in the opening Maiden Stakes at 2pm, with final declarations still to be made. Richard Hiughes is down to ride Will It End, which finished third of six runners in a debut run on the all-weather at Kempton Park, gaining valuable experience. Charlie Appelby’s Barchan finished ninth of 18 on a debut run at Newmarket and has Martin Lane in the saddle. His other runner, Pinter, finished last of seven when running very green on a debut at Goodwood- but also had to contend with very soft ground after a deluge.

The feature race of the day will be in the 3.10pm Janes’ Solicitors Fillies Stakes over six furlongs where local trainer Amanda Perrett and jockey Jim Crowley, who has a tremendous record at this track, team up with dual Goodwood winner Saucy Minx, who is making her debut at Brighton. Trainer Mick Channon has entered Al Manaal, ridden by Willy Twiston Davies, which beat Saucy Minx by just a head over seven furlongs at Lingfield last time out. Both horses will be having their first run over six furlongs.

Jim Crowley has also been booked to ride West Sussex trainer Steve Woodman’s Highly Likely in the Brighton and Hove Streamline Taxis Handicap over one mile on furlong at 4.10pm while trainer Gary Moore, who has a good record at Brighton, has entered Gaelic Silver in the one mile one furlong handicap, and this horse will be out to improve on a second place at the April meeting at this track, ridden by Hector Crouch.

For those travelling by train there is a free bus service from Brighton station from midday. Otherwise the track is easy to reach by road and the recommended route is The Racecourse is easy to reach from the A27 Brighton bypass. If you are approaching Brighton on the A23 you need to go east on the A27. Head for signs directing you to Sussex University and take the B2123 to Woodingdean, turn right at the traffic lights and the Racecourse is approximately one mile on your left hand side. Car parking is free and childen under 18 admitted free.

Star-studded entry list for Goodwood’s Group 1 QIPCO Sussex Stakes next month

Europe’s leading three-year-olds Night Of Thunder and Kingman feature among the star-studded entries for the £300,000 Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes, run over a mile on the second day of Glorious Goodwood, Wednesday, July 30.

Top action at  Goodwood's Bank Holiday meeting

Top horses coming to Glorious Goodwood Photo: Jeannie Knight

 The pair, trained by Richard Hannon and John Gosden respectively, have already clashed twice this season with the score currently at one all. Kingman was four and a half lengths superior in Newbury’s Greenham Stakes on April 12, but a combination of faster ground and a step up to a mile saw Night Of Thunder touch off his rival by half a length in the first Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3.

 The form of the Classic has been franked with Kingman recording a five-length victory over Shifting Power(Richard Hannon), who was fourth at Newmarket, in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on May 24. Kingman and Night Of Thunder are set to meet again in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

Night Of Thunder Photo by John Simpson

Night Of Thunder
Photo by John Simpson

 Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Night Of Thunder’s owner Saeed Manana, said: “As soon as we get over Royal Ascot we will see what happens, but I’m sure the QIPCO Sussex Stakes is a race we will be looking at for Night Of Thunder.

 “He has been going very, very well since Newmarket. He has not done much galloping because he is a horse who doesn’t require a lot of work, but we are very happy with his progress. We thought he was a good horse before Newmarket and he has now proved that he is a good horse. The result in Ireland at the weekend with Kingman and Shifting Power only makes his form look stronger.

 “The rivalry between Night Of Thunder and Kingman is exciting and you have to take on good horses if you want to win good races. Night Of Thunder has got a favourite’s or second favourite’s chance at Ascot and I don’t think he will be going off at 40/1 anymore – those days are long gone! I think the ground might be more important to Kingman than it is to us, but then again John Gosden would probably say that’s not the case. It’s a good talking point but we will only know after the race.”

 Three-year-olds have dominated the QIPCO Sussex Stakes in recent years, annexing five of the last six renewals, and the Classic generation could also be represented by last year’s champion two-year-old Toormore (Richard Hannon) and Dewhurst Stakes hero War Command (Aidan O’Brien). John Gosden has also entered French 2,000 Guineas fourth Muwaary, while Godolphin’s sole entry is the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf scorer Outstrip (Charlie Appleby).

Olympic Glory's recent victory Photo: John Simpson

Olympic Glory’s recent victory
Photo: John Simpson

 Richard Hannon’s formidable six-strong entry also includes three of Europe’s leading older horses. Olympic Glory saw off his rivals comfortably in the mile Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 17, while last year’s QIPCO Sussex Stakes hero Toronado and four-time Group One heroine Sky Lantern are both set to reappear at Royal Ascot next month.

 Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien also has six contenders, headed by War Command and exciting US import Verrazano. The son of More Than Ready notched up two Grade One victories on dirt for Todd Pletcher in 2013, including a near 10-length demolition in the Haskell Invitational, and shaped with promise when third to Olympic Glory on his turf debut in the Lockinge at Newbury. O’Brien, who has four QIPCO Sussex Stakes successes to his name, could also rely on Darwin, Giovanni BoldiniIllusive and the unraced but highly-regarded Cougar Mountain.

Soft Falling Rain in winning action Photo John Simpson

Fellow Irish handler Tom Hogan has entered stable star Gordon Lord Byron, who started 2014 in fine style with a narrow victory in the mile Group One George Ryder Stakes at Randwick, Australia, in March. International interest comes in the shape of Soft Falling Rain, who was an impressive winner of last year’s Group Two Joel Stakes at Newmarket for South African handler Mike de Kock, Prix d’Ispahan runner-upAnodin (Freddy Head) and Chopin (Andreas Wohler), trained in France and Germany respectively.

 Adam Waterworth, Managing Director of Goodwood Racecourse, commented: “We are very pleased with the QIPCO Sussex entries and are looking forward to another superb renewal of Goodwood’s top race which is one of Europe’s leading mile races. There is a good mix of three-year-olds and older horses entered – which is what the QIPCO Sussex Stakes is all about.”

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.