Kate qualifies for World Championships

The last of the four Longines Euston Park Endurance Rides, supported by Emirates Airlines, was the largest to date recently, with 81 riders starting the ride.

The four classes saw three wins for the UAE and one for Great Britain in what was the final of four rides and the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival.

Great Britain’s Kate Atkinson (19) from Clitheroe, Lancashire riding Tannasg Psyches Realm put in an amazing performance in her first ride in the popular Young Rider’s CEI2* 120km, which had a starting line-up of 15 riders. She has consistently fast times meaning she was ahead on each loop and finished first in almost exactly six hours, with an average speed of 19.95kph, earning a qualification for next year’s Junior World Championships in Italy, as well as scooping top prize in the Best Condition Award.

Kate Atkinson in action: Photo: British Endurance

Kate Atkinson in action: Photo: British Endurance

“I’ve never done that in my life!” said Kate of her average speed. “I’m still in shock. I really didn’t expect to win. I just aimed to complete and qualify for the Worlds. It’s my Mum’s horse and she let me have a ride on it! I knew when I went out on the last loop I was in first place but even then the qualification was more important than the place. But then I thought ‘this is too good to not try’. It’s just…. Wow!”

The FEI ride drew entries from 17 nations including Australia, France, Pakistan and Sweden and once again comprised four classes: the CEI1* 80km, CEI2* 120km (Young Rider and senior classes) and the CEI3* 160km. As riders set off in staggered start times from 06:45 the weather looked promising with warm sunshine, a strong breeze and plenty of cloud cover. It didn’t disappoint. Conditions remained consistent all day and the organisers’ decision to drop the yellow loop was proven totally vindicated as the rest of the course rode extremely well.

Foreign Veterinary Delegate, Gerhard Van Der Westhuizen (RSA), said: ‘It was a really successful day today from our point of view. We had no emergencies, no invasive treatments, no serious injuries and we only saw two horses for treatment in the clinic (at their own riders request.) I’d always rather see a higher rate of horses not progressing to the next round and no horses in the clinic – to me that’s a sign that the team did its job really well: And just look at the horses now after the race, you can see they’re in top condition.”

The winners of the four classes were:

CEI1* 80km – Salim Said Al Owais (UAE) riding Syamp De La Maltorne in a total ride time of 03:06:16 (average speed of 25.77kph)

CEI2* 120km – Sh. Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum (UAE) riding Ajayeb in a total ride time of 04:36:42 (average speed 26.02)

CEIJ2* 120km – Kate Atkinson (GBR) riding Tannasg Psyches Realm in a total ride time of 06:00:54 (average speed 19.95kph)

CEI3* 160km –Ahmed Salem Ali Sultan Al Subose (UAE) riding Usmir De Montegut in a total ride time of 07:22:43 (average speed 21.68kph)

The prize fund of £54,500 was, as always, awarded entirely based on FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822] and the winner of the CEI 3, Ahmed Salem Ali Sultan Al Subose, was also presented with a stunning Longines Master Collection watch.*

The top Prize Winners of the Best Condition Award in each class were:

CEI1* 80km – Kurrency MI ridden by Ahmed Yousef Al Bloushi (UAE)

CEI2* 120km – Shaddad ridden by Sh. Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum (UAE)

CEIJ2* 120km  – Tannasg Psyches Realm ridden by Kate Atkinson (GBR)

CEI3* 160km – Mont Rainbow ridden by Ahmad Mohd Ahmed Belqaizi (UAE)

Full results can be found at www.eustonparkendurance.co.uk


Lifetime ban for horse owner

A Derbyshire man has been given a lifetime ban from keeping equines after he left five ponies confined in damp, dark shipping containers with little or no access to fresh air, turnout or food.

Anthony Melland (45), of Ashbourne Road, Flagg kept two Shetland ponies, Robin and Allana, in a plastic container which had once formed the body of a van. Two other ponies, Vienna and Kiara, plus a young foal, Victor, were in a metal shipping container with no windows or ventilation.

World Horse Welfare Field Officer Rachel Andrews worked in partnership with the RSPCA, and the ponies were seized under the Animal Welfare Act in February 2016.

The containers where the ponies were kept. Photo: World Horse Welfare

The containers where the ponies were kept. Photo: World Horse Welfare

Rachel said:“The containers were dark and damp with no clean bedding and nowhere dry for the ponies to lie down to rest. There was some food available but it was mouldy and one of the Shetlands, Robin, was in a very poor state. The young foal had some conformation problems which had not been addressed and also an untreated wound.

“Shipping containers are not somewhere that any animal should ever be housed, even on a temporary basis and the terrible conditions these ponies were forced to endure were completely unacceptable. Considering that the farm is on the side of a busy main road, the ponies were invisible to anyone passing by as dark containers are the last place you’d expect to find them.

Robin in the container Photo: World Horse Welfare

Robin in the container
Photo: World Horse Welfare

“The ponies were all taken to the safety of World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre where they received the care they so desperately needed.”

Kiara, Victor and Vienna in the shipping container Photo: World Horse Welfare

Kiara, Victor and Vienna in the shipping container Photo: World Horse Welfare

Allana has now found a loving new home through World Horse Welfare’s Rehoming Scheme and Victor, Vienna and Kiara are continuing their rehabilitation.  Sadly, Robin was found to be suffering from severe dental problems and a sinus infection which did not respond to treatment so he was put to sleep a few weeks after arriving at Penny Farm.

Rachel continued:“Seeing the ponies out enjoying the fresh air and freedom in the fields at Penny Farm is absolutely fantastic and I am so pleased that they now have the chance of the life they deserve. Locked away in the containers, these ponies could have remained hidden from view until it was too late but thankfully they are no longer invisible.”

RSPCA Inspector Heather Morris investigated the case. She said:“It was absolutely appalling that the animals were shut away in these horrific conditions. The containers were humid and absolutely stank. For them to be locked away with no fresh air is absolutely horrendous.”

Anthony Melland was given a six-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £400 costs, as well as a lifetime disqualification on keeping horses. Magistrates gave Janet Melland a 16-week curfew, ordered her to pay £400 costs and also disqualified her from keeping horses for life.

The RSPCA worked with World Horse Welfare, Derbyshire Police and the local Trading Standards on this prosecution.


Memorable Goodwood weekend

A magnificent fireworks display, live music, family attractions and superb racing gave the massive crowds a truly memorable end to their summer of racing at Goodwood Racecourse over the weekend. Attendance figures far exceeded last year’s totals with 30,212 people going through the gates.

With sunshine swathing the course on Friday, guests were treated to carnival-style entertainment as Batala drummers and stilt walkers led a procession down to the front of the stands for the start of the fireworks display that provided a dramatic finale to the first day’s events. Afterwards, many people commented on Goodwood’s Facebook page that it was ‘the best display that they had ever seen.’

Goodwood Fireworks Photo: Matt Stills

Goodwood Fireworks Photo: Matt Stills

The good weather continued on Saturday and there was standing room only around the replica beach, as racegoers reclined in deckchairs and listened to live jazz music – ice creams in hands.

Youngsters enjoyed meeting a host of animals on the petting farm, a vintage fairground and a circus tent, as the Goodwood Actors’ Guild put on unique entertainment on the lawns.

The feature race of the weekend, Group 2 The Doom Bar Celebration Mile, was won in exciting fashion as Lightning Spear lived up to his name, coming with an electrifying run to land the spoils.

Lightning Spear scored a fine win at Goodwood Photo: Peter Simpson

Lightning Spear scored a fine win at Goodwood Photo: Peter Simpson

Although clouds descended on Sunday, the weather did not deter the crowds, who were treated to another seven-race card of top class racing and a feast of family fun. Opal Tiara won the Group 3 Doom Bar Supreme Stakes and Pulborough-based jockey Jim Crowley took another step towards landing the Champion Jockey’s title with a double on the day.

The brilliant Class of ’58 rock ‘n’ roll band brought the weekend party to a close.

Racing returns to Goodwood tomorrow Tuesday August 30 for the laid-back midweek racing, with another terrific midweek meeting on Wednesday September 21, when local businesses are invited to come and dine at the course in the ultimate networking opportunity.

New racecourse appointment for Charles Barnett

Charles Barnett will take up a new appointment as Secretary General of the Large Independent Racecourse Group, which represents Ascot, Ayr, Chester, Goodwood, Newbury and York racecourses.
He has widespread knowledge of the industry, having occupied a number of senior executive roles, and already represents the Large Independent Racecourses on the Racecourse Association Board, of which he is the Deputy Chairman, and the BHA’s Members’ Committee, which he will continue to do alongside this expanded role.
His highly successful racecourse management career spanning more than 30 years included extended spells at Haydock Park, Chester, Cartmel, Aintree and Ascot. He will take up this newly created position with immediate effect.
Charles Barnett: Photo Ascot Racecourse

Charles Barnett: Photo Ascot Racecourse

Barnett’s role will include representing the Large Independent Racecourses on racing industry matters and liaising with key external parties, such as the British Horseracing Authority, the Horserace Betting Levy Board (or its replacement) and the Racecourse Association, to ensure that the views of the Large Independents carry appropriate weight in industry discussions.
In 2015, the six racecourses which make up the Large Independents held 153 fixtures, (10.3% of the industry total), 56 of which were broadcast on terrestrial television, with a Total Prize Fund of £33.5m (25.3% of the total), total Executive and Sponsorship contribution of £20.6m (43.3% of the total) and total attendances of 1,838,024 (30.0% of the total). In addition, the racecourses staged 19 Group or Grade 1 races and attracted 333 overseas runners (all figures exclude British Champions Day at Ascot).
Ascot Racecourse Parade Ring Photo: Jeannie Knight

Ascot Racecourse Parade Ring Photo: Jeannie Knight

The Large Independents produced total turnover of £171.9m in 2015 and in the past 15 years have invested in excess of £400m in facilities.
William Derby, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course of York Racecourse, speaking ahead of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, said: “By any measure, the Large Independent Racecourses are a hugely significant part of British Racing. There are a number of issues vital to the future of the industry on the horizon, including changes to the fixture list, funding and race programming. We are delighted to have appointed someone with Charles’ experience and reputation to the position of Secretary General to represent us collectively.”
David Brown, Managing Director of Ayr Racecourse, one of the three tracks in the group staging both Flat and Jump racing, added: “Maintaining focus on some of the biggest race meetings under both codes and the Levy replacement are two of the vital issues on which Charles has lifelong experience that can be used to amplify our representations.”
Charles Barnett commented: “I am flattered to have been offered the opportunity to represent some of the country’s most important and influential racecourses on major racing industry matters. With so much change on the horizon, we feel that it is vital that the views of the Large Independent Racecourses are taken firmly into account as decisions about the future of the industry as a whole are taken.”

Give horses a go weekend

GIVE horses a go! Whether you have been inspired by the great equestrian medal successes at the Rio Olympics, or are just looking for a new activity to enjoy with the family, absolutely everyone is invited to get closer to horses as part of national Give Horses a Go weekend on 17-18 September.

Give Horses a Go weekend is an initiative run by the British Equestrian Federation [BEF] which sees riding centres, horse charities and equestrian events across the country offer EVERYONE, no matter age, gender or ability, the chance to get up close and personal with horses and try riding, and even carriage driving for free at the riding centres. There’s no pressure though, if you simply want to spectate or meet the horses, there is something for everyone.

Give horses a go

Last year the BEF’s inaugural Give Horse a Go event saw more than 40 riding centres open their doors to those looking to get closer to horses and give riding a go. More than 2,000 people attended the events, with 330 booking lessons on the day of the event. This year the event hopes to double last year’s attendance by widening its reach and encouraging everyone, of all ages to join in.

Whether it’s a family visit to a participating riding centre or charity to meet some of the horses, or trying riding for the first time, this year’s Give Horses a Go weekend kicks off with more than 50 venues across the country offering FREE taster sessions.

Participating riding centres will also be handing out free goodies [whilst stocks last]. A full list of participating venues can be found at: www.hoofride.co.uk/givehorsesago, and the website also contains tips on what to wear and what to expect.

BEF Head of Participation, Anna Hall said: “Horse riding is an activity that anyone, regardless of age, ability or background can have a go at. We know that some exercise improves fitness, some relieves stress, some gets you out in the open air, but we believe that horse riding and equestrian volunteering delivers all that and more!

“It really is a sport of well-being for the mind, body and spirit and we hope to encourage as many people as possible to get involved and join the ride.

Don’t worry you don’t need lots of expensive kit, just sensible trousers and a pair of boots or shoes with a small heel. Riding centres will provide the rest, including a hat and horse! And if you have ridden before, now might be the time to get back into the saddle and pick up the reins again.”

Horse riding is one of the few sports where men and women compete equally – whether at local shows or at the Olympic or Paralympic Games and the BEF hopes recent medal success in Rio will inspire even more people to give the sport a go.

For further information about the event or tips on what to wear and expect on the day, visit BEF’s Hoof website www.hoofride.co.uk/givehorsesago.

Cowdray Park Midsummer Polo

Midsummer polo at Cowdray Park August 19-21

The Gel-Eze Midsummer 12 goal polo tournament at Cowdray Park  concluded with Gardenvale facing BHC in the Final. Playing alongside Shane Finemore in his Gardenvale team were James Harper (6 goals), England captain James Beim (7 goals) and Hugo Taylor (0 goals).  Mo Sheikh’s BHC team featured Ralph Richardson (2 goals) playing at number 2, Dirkie Van Reenen (4 goals) at 3 and 6 goaler Jack Richardson (6 goals) at Back.

Ralph Richardson scored the opening goal for BHC with James Harper for Gardenvale soon equalising.  A spot penalty taken by Harper gave Gardenvale the lead and a goal from Hugo Taylor took the team further ahead to 3-1 by the end of the first chukka.  A splendid run all the way to the goal saw Jack Richardson score a super goal for BHC to narrow the gap, but Beim scored again to keep Gardenvale in the lead 4-2 at half time.

A lively second half saw Hugo Taylor score his second goal of the match to take Gardenvale further ahead, but a penalty enabled BHC’s Jack Richardson to send the ball straight through the posts from 40 yards and lessen the gap and the scores were eventually level at 5-5.

 BHC , winners of the Gel-Eze Midsummer Cup Final Polo Match 2016. PHOTO: Clive Bennett Photography

BHC , winners of the Gel-Eze Midsummer Cup Final Polo Match 2016. PHOTO: Clive Bennett Photography

The all-action fourth chukka saw Van Reenen working all over the field and deservedly scoring the goal which took BHC into the lead on 6-5.  Gardenvale won the ball from the throw-in, Taylor leaving the ball for Beim who raced towards the goal, but his shot was blocked by Jack Richardson.

The whistle signalled an undefended shot at goal which was taken by Beim and once more the scores were even.  With the fourth chukka ending on 6-6, play went into extra time.  The throw-in saw Harper come away with the ball, but, hassled by Van Reenan, it went out over the boards. When the ball was rolled in Ralph Richardson was straight onto it and gave Van Reenan the chance to score the goal which gave victory to Mo Sheikh at 7-6.

The cup and prizes were presented by Stephen Biddlecombe of Equine Management Ltd, owners of Gel-Eze. The award for Best Playing Pony went to Sapphire owned and ridden by Jack Richardson.  Dirkie Van Reenan was awarded the prize for Most Valuable Player and was delighted to receive a gift of leather polo boots from Stephen Biddlecombe.

BHS group visits racing stables

The West Sussex branch of the British Horse Society organised a visit to Cisswood Racing Stables, Lower Beeding, near Horsham recently.

A good turnout of members enjoyed a superb morning on the gallops with trainer Gary Moore and his wife Jayne, and saw the successful training operation at close quarters

Members watched the third lot pull out at Gary Moore's racing stables

Members watched the third lot pull out at Gary Moore’s racing stables

.More than 100 horses are trained at the stables.Riding out with the string were Gary, Jayne, daughter Hayley and sons Jamie and Joshua and there was an opportunity to meet stable star Sire de Grugy.

Both Gary and Jayne talked about various horses while they worked and gave members a most interesting insight into the running of a large racing stable.

Stable star Sire De Grugy meets BHS members

Stable star Sire De Grugy meets BHS members

The friendly staff answered the many questions put by the group.

More than 40 people attended the event and proceeds were shared between BHS West Sussex branch and Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, at Slinfold, near Horsham which does such an outstanding job in retraining former racehorses so they can go on to lead a life outside racing.

Great action at Pony Club Championships

THE Pony Club Championships, kindly supported by Berkeley Group, saw an array of action recently at Chomondeley Castle, Cheshire. It was a day jam packed with action, with competitors showing their skills in Dressage, Show Jumping, Polocrosse, Mounted Games, Horse and Pony Care and Dressage to Music.

In the Vibac 3D Worming Open Individual Show Jumping it was a win for Lucy Morgan (22) from the Monmouthshire Branch with Cannavaro. “I am absolutely over the moon, as I just missed out last year, and it’s probably my last year in Pony Club, so I decided to just go for it!” said an excited Lucy, who also called Cannavaro her horse of a lifetime. Lucy went on to comment that being a part of The Pony Club Rider Development Pathway had also been a fantastic opportunity, and also thanked her Branch District Commissioner, Area Rep and coaches Andrew Williams and Helen Dawson.

Lucy Morgan with trophies Photo: The Pony Club

Lucy Morgan with trophies Photo: The Pony Club

The NAF Superflex Open Dressage saw the Old Berkshire Hunt Team of Max Warburton (17), Jack Whitehead (18), Sasha Hargreaves (15) and Siobhan Heneghan (14) take the top slot, with Jack Whitehead winning his respective arena (B) individually. “We are all really shocked!” said the team who didn’t realise their success until they arrived at prize giving.

In the NAF Superflex Open Individual Dressage it was tight at the top and, after the Ride Off of the top 12 from the earlier arena placings, it was Maddi Briggs (17) from the Garth Hunt riding Real Dancer who resisted the pressure and produced the solid winning score of 72.71%.

There was also success for Matilda Haley (14), who made sure the long drive from the Deeside Branch paid off, taking the top honours in the Open Individual Freestyle Dressage to Music Competition, supported by the Worshipful Company of Loriners. Finishing on a score of 77.14%, well ahead of her competitors with Watch Me! Matilda commented “I am so excited and pleased, Watch Me! was amazing. I am hoping to go to Sheepgate Equestrian for the U25’s championships next, then it’s home to Scotland to train for the 2017 season when I hope to move up to Advanced Medium level. Thanks to my Cathy Burrell and of course my parents for driving me all the way here”.

In the NFU Mutual Polocrosse the North Warwickshire Branch team Katie Loutsiou (18), Danny Woodward (18), Chris Milburn (25), Fin (14) and Tegan (12) Bristow and Theo Cornforth (14), fought hard to take the Malden Championship; involving teams of three Junior and three senior Members, to help encourage and support younger players. The team thanked Chris Milburn for coaching them and North Warwickshire Polocrosse manager Gill James; Chris Milburn extended his thanks to The Pony Club and noted how great it was that Pony Club Polocrosse as a discipline had grown so much in recent years.

The Blue Cross Junior Horse and Pony Care Championship saw a closely fought final, with the Sir Watkin Williams Wynns team of Naomi and Pip Young and Kate Rutherford coming out on top on a score of 486, just one point ahead of their nearest rivals from the Chipping Branch.   “We were 5th last year so to come back and win a year later is unbelievable” commented the team; who also thanked thanked Tonia Rutherford who helped coach them to the win.

The Stonar Novice Eventing saw the Essex Hunt North team of Ella Caton (16), Emily Pohl (15), Georgie O’Connor (14) and Alice Caton (14) clear of the competition to take the top slot. The team was absolutely ecstatic and said the win was unexpected and ‘a lovely surprise’ before thanking their parents, Branch District Commissioner and their horses.

Special Sussex racing evening

EVER wondered how the handicapper system works?  Why a certain horse received the mark it did? How did the handicapper come up with this rating? What was their reasoning?

Successful syndicate group Heart of the South Racing is giving racing enthusiasts the chance to learn the answers to these questions at their ‘An Evening With the Handicapper’ event on this Wednesday, August 24.

Fruity O' Rooney with jockey Jamie Moore and members of the Heart of the South Racing Group Photo Jeannie Knight

Fruity O’ Rooney before his retirement with jockey Jamie Moore and members of the Heart of the South Racing Group Photo Jeannie Knight

Open to all, this unique evening gives racegoers the chance to understand how the handicapping system works and realise why horses receive certain ratings, whether they win or lose.

There will also be a Q&A section so people can ask questions about specific horses they follow or have backed in the past.

Channel 4’s Simon Holt will be chairing the event, and senior handicapper Dominic Gardener-Hill will be leading the proceedings. It promises to be such an informative evening and is a must attend for anyone wishing to widen their knowledge about this incredible sport.

The event takes place at 7pm at Cisswood House Hotel (Lower Beeding, Horsham) which a stone’s throw away from Gary Moore’s training yard. Gary is actually opening at his yard from 5.30pm to 6.30pm so people can view his superb facilities before the handicapping event.

Tickets are just £18 per person, with proceeds going to local charities Sussex Air Ambulance and Moorcroft Rehoming Centre.

Please contact Heart of the South Racing on 01403 891403 or email info@hotsr.co.uk to book your place.

Heart of the South Racing manages 18 racing syndicates. As well as the thrill of going racing, they like to add ‘Owner Events’ to their long list of benefits.

One of their successful syndicate horses was the renowned Fruity O’ Rooney, which is now enjoying a happy retirement after an illustrious racing career.

Sometimes these are hospitality racedays, sometimes summer BBQ’s celebrating winners, occasionally overseas trips, but they also hold events where owners can expand their knowing of this mesmerising sport, thus enjoying their ownership experience even more


Charity Horse Show success

The 2016 Charity Horse Show, organised by Terisa Jones and held at Coombelands Equestrian Centre, Pulborough, has raised £1,505 for Chestnut Tree House Hospice at The Dover, near Arundel.

Terisa thanked everyone who helped make the event such an outstanding success.
She said :”A huge thank-you goes to our judges Gary Keywood, Toni-Maree Langridge and MandyJack, for this event could not have taken place without them giving up their time- as well as our amazing secretaries on the day- Sarah Ribbans and Gilly, along with the help of Laura Webber and her friend.

“In addition we really cannot thank Gaye Harwood and the rest of the Harwood family enough for allowing us to use their fantastic venue. A big thank-you goes to Ben for setting up our rings and delivering the showjumps. Without all these people this event could not have been run. We are grateful to all competitors , family and friends that came and supported this fantastic cause. Hopefully we will do it all again next year.”

Charity Show Ridden Champion Penchesco and Charlene Smith with Reserve Champion Photo LRG Photography RESERVE CHAMPION CLOCHARD DUSTY- HOLLY MAYLING

Charity Show Ridden Champion Penchesco and Charlene Smith with  Reserve Champion Holly Mayling
Photo LRG Photography  www.lrg-photography.co.uk


Emily Legg with Photo: LRG Photography

Emily Legg with Paddy Photo: LRG Photography  www.lrg-photography.co.uk

Charity Show Results:  Class 1- 1 Savannah Williams and Bobby Dazzler; 2 Lorna Leatherdale and Jamie; 3 Phoebe Harvey Mason and Scooby. Class 2- Hollly Mayling and Greenholme Yabadabadoo; 2 Phoebe Harvey Mason and Scooby; 3 Phoebe Dallyn and Prince. Class 3-1 Emily Legge and Paddy; 2 Florence McKenzie and Whizz; 3 Lucy Andrews and Sancho. Class 4- 1 Rosa Grimes and Rathkeale Baby Boy; 2 Dan Winnett and Brambles. Class 5- 1 Rosa Grimes and Rathkeale Baby Boy; 2 Dan Winnett and Brambles.Class 6- 1 Beccca Booth and Jacko; 2 Lydia Elland and Allanahs Girl; 3 Lydia Kirby and Prince.

In Hand Showing: Class 7- 1 Willoway Loyal Lady and Paul Armitage; 2 Patricks Perfection and Kate Shaw. Class 8- 1 Patricks Perfection and Kate Shaw; 2 Tiger Lily and Zoe; 3 Lucy and Gabby Shaw.  Class 5- 1 Vimpenny Saphire and Eva Deacon; 2 Moleview Celebration and Natasha Gillen-Howard; 3 Hammy and Theo Aimela. Class 10. 1 Willoway Lady and Paul Armitage; 2 Bronheulog Cherry and Matilda Marshall; 3 Moleview Celebration and Natasha Gillen. Class 11 – 1 Sean and Elisabeth Gorringe; 2 Tiger Lily and Zoe Caldicott; 3 Zamiras Dream and Hayley Vickery.  Class 12- 1 Bronheulog Cherry and Matilda Marshall; 2 Gucci and Molly Strakes; 3 Vimpenny Sapphire and Eva Deacon. Class 13- 1 Danish Pastry and Jess Smart.   In Hand Champion- Bronheulog Cherry and Matilda Marshall. Reserve- Willoway Lady and Paul Armitage.

Class 14- 1 Clochard Dusty and Holly Mayling; 2 Leafycroft Masterpiece and Lizzy Deacon; 3 Greenholme Yabadabadoo and Nicola Mayling. Class 15- 1 Penchesco and Charlene Smith; 2 Al Khawaneej and Victoria Joye; 3 The Cool Sandpiper and Sue Scott-Collis. Class 16- 1 Penchesco and Charlene Smith; 2 Alkhawaneej and Victoria Joy; 3 Its Hollywood and Camilla Mulholland.  Class 17- 1 Marble Arch VII and Barry Smith; 2 Marrows Magic Man and Claire Dinning; 3 Rocky and Izzy Reynolds. Class 18- 1 Lagioa and Lyn Adams; Class 19- Marrows Magic Man and Claire Dinning; 3 Lagoia and Lyn Adams. Ridden Champion- Penchesco and Charlene Smith. Reserve Champion – Clochard Dusty and Holly Mayling.

 Below: Reserve Ridden Champion Clochard Dusty and Holly Mayling Photos: LRG Photography www. lrg-photography.co.uk

One of the show Champions- Clochard Dusty and Holly Mayling  
Photos: LRG Photography www. lrg-photography.co.uk

Fun Classes:  Class 25- 1 Iona and Amelia Gifford; 2 Cherry and Matilda Marshall; 3 Storm and Chanel Brazil. Class 26- 1 Leo and Lauren Christie; 2 Tinker and Victoira Joye; 3 Leo and George Gifford. Class 27- Rocky and Izzy Reynolds; 2 Maverick and Emma; 3 Storm and Chanel Brazil. Class 28- Rocky and Izzy Reynolds; 2 Leo and Lauren Christie. Class 29- 1 Leo and George Gifford; 2 Leo and Lauren Christie; 3 Iona and Amlia Gifford; 4 Storm and Chanel Brazil. Class 30- 1 Leo and Amelia Gifford; 2 Jeepers and Imogen Allan; 3 Starlight and Elsa Allan.

Coombelands Equestrian is a cross-country schooling course which is open from January to November and set in the beautiful surroundings of Pulborough, West Sussex. There are more than a hundred fences and the facility caters for all standards. The fences range from 2ft-3ft 6in. Show jumping schooling facilities, dressage arenas on grass and all weather gallops are also available for hire.

There are a number of One Day Events, Hunter trials and clinics which are held throughout the year as well as a British Eventing Horse Trials with classes from BE80 to Novice Standard in October with top  equestrian photographers, LRG Photography covering competitions there.

A big range of fences and the courses available including some smaller fences, minimus 1’3-1’6 in an enclosed area , as well some schooling fences that are BE Novice Standard.  More information is available from Gaye Harwood on 01798 872796; mobile 07810653 899. Or email gaye@coombelands-stables.com