Call to support charity horse show in aid of a cause close to Terisa’s heart

 

Highlighting the horse show: Organiser Terisa Jones (left) with Alison Ellis and son Flynn, and Cloudy Days

Highlighting the horse show: Organiser Terisa Jones (left) with Alison Ellis and son Flynn, and Cloudy Days

A WEST Sussex horse owner and rider is pulling out all stops to ensure that an annual charity horse show in June raises maximum funds for a charity close to her heart.

Last year, Terisa Jones organised the first show in aid of a very worthy cause- Chestnut Tree House- raising £500, and this year hopes to at least double that amount.

The horse show will take place on Sunday June 16, at the same popular venue-  Hangleton Farm Equestrian Centre, Ferring, West Sussex. The use of this excellent venue and facilities have been donated again by owners show jumper Chris Ellis and his wife Alison.

There will be showjumping,  in-hand ridden showing with championships and rosettes from first to sixth places, as well as trophies or medals to the winners of each class. Riders from all areas are welcome to take part.

There will be fun classes with their own championship, slushpupies, food, along with face painting, ice creams stalls, bouncy castles and a raffle, and  generally fun for all the family.

Terisa chose the very worthy charity, having seen at first hand the vital work it does. Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and provides specialist palliative care for children and young adults, at the same time enabling their parents to have a very necessary break.

She explained:”The reason I have chosen this charity is that I work for Lady Herries at Angmering Park and the Chestnut Tree House Hospice is nearly opposite my house, as I am lucky enough to live on Angmering Part estate. estate.The children from Chestnut Tree House often come round and feed the chickens and ducks I keep. This is a very worthwhile cause.”

Terisa used to look after the brood mares and help with foaling when Angmering Park Stud was operating. Today she helps in the stables and shares the box driving for Lady Herries’ racehorses. She also has her own horse- a remarkable horse named Cloudy Days, whose sire was a pure percheron and his dam a coloured cob, stabled at Hangleton Fram Equestrian Centre – and a horse show seemed a natural way to raise money for Chestnut Tree House Hospice.

“I wanted a coloured horse and when I bought Cloudy Days- whose stable name is Dillon- he was only 15hh. Now two years later he has grown into a gentle giant and is 16.3hh- but I hunt him in a snaffle and he competes in maxi-cob show classes,” she said.

 

Flynn Ellis (four) son of show jumper  Chris Ellis, greets gentle giant Cloudy Days

Flynn Ellis (four) son of show jumper Chris Ellis, greets gentle giant Cloudy Days

Terisa stressed: “Without the huge number of people who are helping, this show would not be possible. I am so grateful to Chris and Alison for their help- and they also supply a restaurant area with food on the day- and to Hack and Tack who are sponsoring the event.

“Other major sponsors include show farrier Andrew Tolladay,  Southdown Equestrian, Worthing Automotive Leasing of Rustington. Then there are show judges  Graham Mays,  Errol Hewlett, Maurice Peacock, Barbara Hammond, Helen Johnson, Christi Breech, Kerry Stewart, Sue Hooper, Sheila Hinch, secretaries on the day Hanna Henshaw and Sophie Peacock and helping in the show jumping ring will be Claire Winters. There are many other people involved who will all be mentioned in the schedules,” she added.

A raffle will be a major fund booster and prizes are needed for this. Please contact Terisa at the address below with any offers.

Schedules will be available from local tack shops or by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Miss T Jones, 1 South Cottage, Angmering Park, West Sussex  BN14 4EX or email terisadillon11@gmail.com

 

Jockey Hayley Turner’s thoughts on Thursday’s Goodwood card

 

Jockey Hayley Turner

Jockey Hayley Turner

Jockey Hayley Turner, who is Ambassador for Goodwood Racecourse, had studied Thursday’s card for the track- the opening day of the May three-day fixture.

Giving her thoughts on the day’s card, she said:

“In the British Stallion Stud Supporting British racing EBF Maiden at 2.00pm I like the look of Kiyoshi for trainer Charlie Hills. She was close fourth in a strong maiden last time and looks the one to beat here.

“Lamusawama would be my pick in the Winner Plant UK Stakes at 2.35pm. He won last time out on his return to the all-weather and looks like he could go close. George Guru beat a few of his rivals today over course and distance last time out and should be respected in the 3.10pm, the Wright Joinery Company Stakes.

In the 3.45, the Height of Fashion Stakes, Trapeze would be my tip. She was unlucky in a handicap here at Goodwood last time and the step up to 1m2f should suit her. I like the look of Cosmo de Medici in the Hippo Stakes at 4.20pm. He won this in 2011 and showed some promise last time out.

In the last race at 4.55pm, the Construction Raceday Apprentice Stakes, I think Commandingpresence has a chance as she has run well here at Goodwood.

 

Contradict is aiming to scale the Height of Fashion at Goodwood’s May Festival

Top class racing at Goodwood's May Festival

Top class racing at Goodwood’s May Festival

 

 Goodwood’s May Festival gets underway tomorrow, Thursday, May 23, with the fillies taking centre stage in the £40,000 Height Of Fashion Stakes (3.45pm), which has attracted 11 runners.

The Listed contest, run over just shy of 10 furlongs, has proven a springboard for future stars since being introduced in 2007, with Royal Ascot winners Michita and Moneycantbuymelove featuring in the roll of honour along with dual Classic winner Snow Fairy.

This year’s renewal should feature several unexposed fillies including the Mick Channon-trained Contradict, who bids for a quick return to the winner’s enclosure after posting an impressive six-length success in a 10-furlong fillies’ handicap at Salisbury on May 16.

The daughter of Raven’s Pass, who was bred by her owner Prince A A Faisal, stayed on well to take third in a handicap, run over the course and distance of the Height Of Fashion Stakes, at Goodwood’s opening Saturday fixture on May 4.

Ted Voute, racing and bloodstock manager to Prince Faisal, commented: “We were very pleased with Contradict’s victory at Salisbury last week. Mick is always bounding with enthusiasm and he was very sweet on her beforehand, but it’s nice when they go and do it on the racecourse.

“She is a slight filly, who probably doesn’t take a lot of racing, but we saw this race as a good opportunity to get some black type. She’s rated 81 and deserves her chance in a Listed contest.

“She was with Sir Michael Stoute last year and was placed a few times for him before coming back to our stud. She had a stomach ulcer over the winter but we had it treated and I think that’s part of the reason for her improvement so far this season.

“We have always felt that she could win a race and getting black type would be a bonus. She ran well over the course and distance at the start of the month and we are hopeful that she can make the frame.”

Elik, from the stable of Sir Michael Stoute, was an unlucky fourth in the Listed Cheshire Oaks, while Irish trainer Ger Lyons sends over Harmonic Note, who was also fourth in Listed company on her latest start.

The in-form trainer/jockey combination of Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes are represented by Heading North, who was second to leading Investec Oaks contender Liber Nauticus in a mile maiden at Goodwood in September.

Valtina, who made a winning debut for William Haggas at Haydock in April, aims to bounce back from a disappointing recent run in a Newbury Listed contest while John Gosden has declared Trapeze, who was runner-up in a mile fillies’ handicap at Goodwood on May 9.

The line-up is completed by Contradict’s stable companion Harbinger Lass, Of Course Darling (Ed Dunlop), Glenreef (Mark Johnston), High Time Too (Hugo Palmer) and Starlight Symphony (Eve Johnson Houghton).

Thursday’s card also features the £20,000 Wright Joinery Company Handicap (3.10pm) and a field of 10 is expected to contest the seven-furlong contest includes Chandlery, who won the Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in 2011. Other contenders include Betfair Summer Double International Heritage Handicap winner Field Of Dream and course specialist The Confessor.

Future QIPCO 1000 Guineas heroine Sky Lantern made a winning debut in the £6,000 British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (2.00pm, nine runners) last season. Her trainer Richard Hannon saddles the unraced pair of Mildenhall and Royal Connection this year.

Goodwood maiden winner Zamoyski heads eight probable runners for the £10,000 Winner Plant UK Handicap (2.35pm), while talented stayers Montaff and Cosimo De Medici are among a field of 14 for the day’s longest race, the £10,000 Hippo Handicap (4.20pm) over two miles. The racing action is completed by the £5,000 Construction Raceday Apprentice Handicap (4.55pm, 13 runners).

The three-day May Festival at Goodwood continues tomorrow, Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25.

Special family offer to enable everyone to enjoy Goodwood racecourse’s three day May Festival

 

Top action promised at Goodwood May Festival

Top action promised at Goodwood May Festival

Three thrilling days of horse racing at Goodwood’s May Festival start tomorrow (Thursday May 23)- when there is a special family offer to ensure that children and families are not forgotten.

A brand new playground, presented by Butlins, makes sure it is a fun day, and Goodwood has a special offer for the Bank Holiday weekend of racing, with a half price entry for grandparents aged over 60Turn up on the day with your grandchildren and a picnic and not only do they get in free but it is just £10 to get in for four.

The new playground will be situated in the family-friendly Lennox Enclosure, fully accessible to visitors in all enclosures, and will include a balance pole, climbing log challenge, roundabout, basket swing and the Goodwood bespoke play unit with slide.

 

Part of Goodwood's new play area

Part of Goodwood’s new play area

Children aged between 4 – 12 years old will be welcome to enjoy this new play area and at key family fixtures there will be other complimentary entertainment in the form of vintage fairground attractions, ‘chairoplanes’ and a classic Hall of Mirrors.

As well as enjoying all the fun of the fair, families can of course head off to enjoy some of the leading horse contenders who be go head-to-head with their rivals at this important racing fixture which invariably highlights the ‘ones to watch’ later in the summer at Glorious Goodwood.

Adam Waterworth, Goodwood Racecourse Managing Director, said: “Families are really important to us and entry for under 18’s is complimentary at all of our afternoon meetings. With our Grandparents offer and free funfair, this is an attractive and affordable family day out.”

Adult tickets start from as little as £8 in advance online, and guests can also bring their own picnics and make the most of the open green spaces, letting the children run free and enjoying a good day out.

To book tickets and hospitality for the May Festival, please visit www.goodwoood.com/horseracing or call 01243 755055

Bramham Horse Trials is in its prime- celebrating its 40th year

Expect top action at this top event Photo: Bramham Horse Trials

Expect great action at this top event
Photo: Bramham Horse Trials

 

Bramham International Horse Trials will be celebrating 40 successful years as Yorkshire’s premier equestrian fixture next month.

From June 6-9 there will be a feast of action there, with eventing, showjumping, showing and mounted games.  The venue will combine top class spectacle with shopping, a festival of food, adventure area,  displays and children’s entertainment zone.

More than 500 horses are expected to grace the coveted turf in a range of competitions over four days in the Yorkshire Park.  The feature classes will be the three eventing competitions; the Equi-Trek CCI3* takes centre stage while the future stars will contest the Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3* and  the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* attracts top combinations plus those working their way up the ladder.

The number forty will feature in Ian Stark’s cross country course this year and he has some ingenious fences planned to test horse and rider.

There is also top-class action over the coloured poles over the weekend including the Bramham Classic, the Yorkshire Post Open, a new class which will be a crowd favourite, the Pairs Relay, where showjumping stars pair up in a fast and furious relay, and the finale, the Wetherby Skips Grand Prix with a first prize of £1500.

In the showing ring, the Dodson & Horrell Hunter classes will earn winners a coveted spot at the Horse of the Year Show while there are young stock and breeding competitions supported by Trot 2.com.  With an eye on the future, the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Qualifiers for four and five year olds are looking for the next stars.

Visit the rural crafts marquee for something different and pay the food hall for gourmet treats, local produce, artisan delicacies.  You could bring your own picnic and find a spot in the park or you’ll be spoiled for choice from our range on-site caterers including a licensed bar.

For tickets see www.bramham-horse.co.uk and follow the link or ring 01937 846017 but remember, the Box Office closes on 29 May.  Tickets will be available on the gate plus £5 per car for parking.

Horse riding to be featured in a club survey for the first time in this country

 

Riding to be included in major survey

Riding to be included in major survey

The Sports and Recreation Alliance is featuring questions on horse riding in its biennial Sports Club Survey for the first time.

The purpose of the survey is to identify how community and grassroots sports clubs are faring post London Games. The decision to include riders comes after the huge increase in interest around equestrianism as a sport following the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The survey, which will be followed and completed by BHS Affiliated Bridleway Groups and British Riding Clubs, includes questions such as:
• What opportunities, challenges and barriers do you face as a sports club?
• How are you coping financially, and in terms of sustaining or growing your membership?
• Are you feeling the squeeze of local authority cuts?
• What training and support would you like to see offered by non-profit organisations to clubs in the future?

The information gathered by the survey will be used by both The British Horse Society and the Alliance to campaign to achieve the best deal for equestrians and improve the environment for sports clubs.

Heather Clatworthy, Senior Executive for Access and Rights of Way at The British Horse Society, said: “We are grateful that equestrians have been included in this survey for the first time and look forward to studying the findings. Contributing to surveys such as these give us hard facts and figures to help lobby for more for equestrians, so I encourage people to take part and help us make a difference”.

Annette Falkingham added on behalf of British Riding Clubs: “I’m looking forward to receiving the survey results, as I believe that many of our British Riding Clubs are not fully aware of funding opportunities currently available to them.

“I’m hoping that this survey may highlight this and steer clubs towards finding some of these funding streams. British Riding Clubs will also help to promote and support clubs with future funding awareness.”

The Sports Club Survey can be filled in between April and June this year, and results will be revealed in October. Visit sportandrecreation.org.uk/policy/SSC to find out more.

For more information please contact the Junior Researcher at psparham@sportandrecreation.org.ukor telephone 0207 976 3921.

Exciting May Festival starts at Goodwood on Thursday this week for three days

Horses leaving the paddock at Goodwood

Horses leaving the paddock at Goodwood

Goodwood plays host to the exciting May Festival of horseracing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 23, 24 and 25.

The three-day meeting was re-introduced to the programme at Goodwood in 2012 after a hiatus of six years and, with four Listed contests plus a host of competitive handicaps, the May Festival offers top-quality action.

 Adam Waterworth, Managing Director of Goodwood Racecourse, commented: “We were delighted with the success of the May Festival in 2012 and now look forward to building on that foundation this year.

 “With record prize money of £374,000 on offer, we are keen to make the May Festival the early-season highlight at Goodwood, offering three days of high-class racing.”

 One of the Festival features is the Listed CASCO EBF Cocked Hat Stakes (3.45pm) over a mile and three furlongs on Friday, May 24. The £40,000 contest, restricted to three-year-old colts and geldings, has been a good pointer to future stars with the last three winners – Michelangelo (2012), Masked Marvel (2011) and Rewilding (2010) – all going on to win or be placed at Group One level.

 Another horse who could reach those heights is the Eve Johnson-Houghton-trained Spillway, who is unbeaten in three starts this season and was last seen annexing a competitive 10-furlong handicap at Sandown on April 27.

Johnson-Houghton, who does well with her runners at Goodwood having saddled two winners at the course last year, said: “Spillway is a possible runner in the EBF CASCO Cocked Hat Stakes. He is also in a handicap at Newbury on Saturday but we have thought about the Cocked Hat and it will depend on ground and things like that.

“He has been in good form since his win at Sandown and I have been really pleased with his progress this season. He has always looked nice and worked well at home but he just does enough and has kept on improving.”

The May Festival starts on Thursday, May 23, when the highlight is the £40,000 Height Of Fashion Stakes (3.45pm) over just short of 10 furlongs for three-year-old fillies. Since its establishment in 2007, the Listed contest has been a tremendous guide to future success at the highest level with the 2010 heroine Snow Fairy going on to capture the Oaks at Epsom on her next start plus a further five Group One contests around the world.

A cracking card on the Saturday has two Listed contests. First up is the £40,000 32Red Festival Stakes (2.05pm) over just short of 10 furlongs, which boasts the likes of Ile de Bourbon, Rainbow Quest and Sixties Icon on the illustrious roll of honour.

The second Listed contest on Saturday, May 25, is the £40,000 Tapster Stakes over a mile and a half. A thrilling finish to this race last year saw Sea Moon get the better of Dandino, with the winner progressing to take the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot next time out.

Saturday’s richest race is the new £50,000 32Red Handicap (3.35pm), a seven-furlong contest for three-year-olds.

 

Dressage at Hickstead to host a rare CD103* event this year, thanks to the Bechtolsheimer family

Director of Hickstead, Dane Rawlins, riding Lady Harris's horse Sydney

Director of Hickstead, Dane Rawlins, riding Lady Harris’s horse Sydney

Thanks to the Bechtolsheimer family, Dressage at Hickstead in collaboration with the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) is pleased to announce that it will host a CDIO3* 1-4 August 2013.

Along with the Royal International Showjumping, this now makes the show a CHIO; one of only three in the world.

The FEI has devised a new format for this competition, in that the Nations Cup Team event will take place during the Freestyle competition instead of the Grand Prix.

The changes will make for an even more exciting spectator experience in the Freestyle as well as opening up the Grand Prix class to competitors not riding as part of a team. The same show will also host International FEI Pony, Junior and young rider classes, as well as Prix St George and Intermediare classes.

Thanking the Bechtolsheimer family for their support, show organiser Dane Rawlins said “We owe so much to Wilfried and Ursula, their support for Dressage in the UK is remarkable and this competition provides an exciting and innovative platform to showcase the sport.”

Dressage at Hickstead is still able to offer attractive sponsor packages and hospitality options for this year’s event – for more information contact Dane Rawlins on 01444 882150.

Changes to Pretty Polly classes at Hickstead’s Longines Royal International Horse Show

Changes in some Hickstead classes

Changes in some Hickstead classes

The British Show Pony Society has made some changes to the Pretty Polly classes for the 2013 Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead.

Following a joint review, and due to a decrease in the number of competitors in the qualifying rounds, the Pretty Polly plaited Lead Rein and First Ridden classes will be dropped from this year’s RIHS schedule.

These classes will be replaced with Pretty Polly Mountain and Moorland Lead Rein and First Ridden pony classes, which have significantly grown in popularity and proved to be extremely well supported by the membership.

Pat Pattinson, National BSPS chairman said: “We are delighted to be able to respond to exhibitors’ wishes and amend classes to reflect the change in demand.

“The BSPS is now a leading Society for the Mountain and Moorland exhibitor and we believe these classes will be extremely popular in 2013 and beyond, with exhibitors and shows alike.”

The Royal International Show starts at Hickstead in Sussex on July 30 and runs to August 4 inclusive.

 

Farlington School continues its strong reputation for equestrian success

Successful intermediate team Grace Durkan, Chloe Mariani and Clarissa Burnell-Price (who was also individually placed third in a strong field), on her pony Snickers

Successful intermediate team Grace Durkan, Chloe Mariani and Clarissa Burnell-Price (who was also individually placed third in a strong field), on her pony Snickers

FARLINGTON School, Horsham, has always had a good reputation for equestrian successes. The school encourages pupils with horses to compete in different events and always fields one or two teams for the Inter Schools event at Hickstead every summer.

This year, riders from the school have had a good early success at a recent competition at Great Bookham.  The school’s dressage team won and has qualified for the Championships.

The winning team comprised Gaby Eltham, who was also third individually, Ella Bubb, Chloe Mariani and Grace Durkan who won as an individual.

The school’s show jumping entries also went well with the Mini Team consisting of Holly Fletcher ,Ella Bubb, Lily Heron and Millie Bubb, placed fourth.

In addition, the Novice team finished a good third, consisting of  Holly Fletcher, Clarissa Burnell-Price, Lily Heron and Ella Bubb.

The school was delighted when the intermediate show jumping team won, consisting of Grace Durkan, Chloe Mariani and Clarissa Burnell-Price (who was individually placed third in a strong field).