BRC welcomed a new title sponsor for this year’s event, SEIB Insurance Brokers, who have been involved with BRC sponsoring both the Quadrille and the Horse Trials Championships in previous years.
This year’s BRC SEIB Insurance Brokers Novice Winter Championships, took place on March 30 and 31 2019, at Arena UK in Grantham, Lincs.
This was a two day competition, for senior and junior riders, with almost 500 competitors taking part in team 80cm show jumping championships and a range of prelim and novice dressage championship classes for both teams and individuals.
The weather was superb over the weekend, with the five dressage arenas bathed in glorious sunshine all day Saturday. This year BRC also introduced several direct entry dressage classes for both veteran horse and rider, grassroots intro and native type dressage at prelim and novice level.
Nicolina Mackenzie, SEIB Insurance Brokers Marketing Manager was on hand all weekend to present rosettes and sashes: “SEIB are delighted to be sponsoring these Championships this year, it gives riders something to look forward to, and compete in, during the long winter. I have been very impressed with the overall standard of the competitors and their lovely horses and ponies.
“This is the first time we have been involved and it has been a great experience, I have really enjoyed chatting to the riders. SEIB are the complete equestrian insurance broker offering cover for everything from the horsebox and trailer to horse and pony, riding school, livery yard and private home with stables.”
This year’s winners were: Senior Novice Winter Dressage Team Championship 1, South Durham Saddle Club from Area 2, which finished on a team score of 12, just one point ahead of last year’s team winners Atherstone & District RC from Area 5. Dawn Dalby riding Myshall Travis won her arena with Helen Williams riding Secretly Unique and Caroline Tough riding Trevoulter Silver Replica continuing in great form following their tremendous successes last year. Victoria Parker riding Thornbeck Andrew, also put in a great performance to finish fourth in her arena.
“We did well at the qualifier and we have four consistent horses but you never know what will happen on the day or how you will compare as everyone who is here is really good,” said Victoria Parker. “To win overall is fantastic and we will definitely be having a night out to celebrate.”
The senior overall individual dressage champion, Kerry Tyrell riding Himoons Spellbound – New Forest RC in Area 17 was absolutely thrilled with her homebred, gelding.
“My biggest problem is remembering the test so when I went down the centre line at the end I was so happy to have got that far that I forgot to set up for the halt and we fell into it,” said Kerry.
“I only have a field to work in so we mainly hack out and only tend to canter at competitions or during lessons. Recently he has been really struggling when transitioning from canter to trot as he nosedives because his back end is so powerful but today I managed to put my leg on and ride him into it and it was one of the best tests we’ve ever done.”
Senior 80 Winter Show Jumping Championship
Nick Staines once again built a bright, exciting championship show jumping track, which saw two teams finishing on eight faults after the two rounds, requiring a jump-off. Finn Valley RC from Area 14, kept their cool to post slightly quicker jump-off rounds to lift this year’s title. Longton RC from Area Area 3 took second place and Bath RC finished third.
The overall individual winner was student, Kayleigh Bowen riding her 14.2hh, Welsh, light bay, mare, Blaencwn Brenhenis from Cwmaman RC in Area 21, producing the fastest clear round jump-off time, from the ten double clear rounds during the day.
Junior Novice Winter Dressage Team Championship New Forest RC in Area 17, lifted the junior title, finishing on a team score of nine, two points ahead of an Area 9 team on eleven. All four New Forest RC team riders produced excellent individual tests and were so pleased with this result. Both Matteo Lallo riding Morrigian Bernardino and Callum Robertson riding Ferro Curry won their respective dressage arenas.
The overall individual junior champion was Charlotte Lane riding New Oak Thyme from Ingatestone & Blackmore RC Area 8. Charlotte and her diminutive bay pony produced a beautiful, expressive individual N24 test, which also helped her team to finish third.
“All I can say is ‘wow’,” said Charlotte. “I’m really proud of his test – particularly of the medium trot and the stretch in his walk – and of him, he tried so hard and was just brilliant today.”
Junior Novice Show Jumping Championship
This year saw Barnard Castle & Teesdale RC from Area 2, in County Durham secured the win, finishing on a team score of eight faults. The girls were so excited to clinch this title. Penistone & District RC and Billericay & District RC were second and third respectively, both on 16 faults, but Penistone had the quicker team round times.
The overall junior individual winner was 18 year old Sarah Endean riding her 23 year old ISH coloured, gelding, Bunnow Magpie from Tendring Hundred RC in Area 8, who finished in the quickest jump-off time, with three clear rounds.
BRC would once again like to thank sponsor SEIB Insurance Brokers and all the tremendous volunteers who helped made this such a successful weekend.
All results can be found on the BRC website: