New sponsor for British Riding Clubs championship

British Riding Clubs (BRC) is delighted to announce the securement of a new sponsor for the BRC Intermediate Winter Championships 2020 with HorseHage & Mollichaff  taking over the role.

“These championships will be taking place on Friday 24 to Sunday 26 April 2020, at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Slapton, Buckinghamshire. We look forward to working with HorseHage & Mollichaff, producers of a range of high fibre forages, chaffs and complete feeds.

Past British Riding Club Champions ,Three Valleys Riding Club

“We are delighted to be able to support British Riding Clubs (BRC) through this sponsorship and recognise the importance of this organisation to the grass roots rider. We look forward to working with the team at BRC over the coming three years.” Said Chris Tar of HorseHage & Mollichaff.

The championship classes will be split over three two days, for teams and individuals, including both senior and junior riders.

Friday will include mixed junior and senior 100cm and 110cm show jumping and Novice to Advanced Medium level dressage.

Saturday will include senior 90cm show jumping and Prelim to Elementary level dressage. Sunday will include junior 90cm show jumping and Prelim to Elementary dressage.

The area qualifiers will get underway in October 2019 throughout the UK, with approximately 550 junior and senior riders qualifying for these championships. Further information on heights, course requirements and horse and rider eligibility can be found in the BRC Handbook.

“We are delighted to be working with HorseHage & Mollichaff for the next three years at BRC Intermnediate Winter Championships. These championships are now proving extremely popular with our members, with such a wide range of dressage and show jumping classes, appealing to riders competing at the higher levels.” Rachael Hollely-Thompson, BRC Manager.

RDA dressage qualifier at Hickstead

 

New sponsor for British Riding Clubs

British Riding Clubs (BRC)  has announced the securement of a new sponsor for the BRC Intermediate Winter Championships 2020 by HorseHage & Mollichaff.

These championships will be taking place on Friday 24 to Sunday 26 April 2020, at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Slapton, Buckinghamshire. BRC looks forward to working with HorseHage & Mollichaff, producers of a range of high fibre forages, chaffs and complete feeds.

“We are delighted to be able to support British Riding Clubs (BRC) through this sponsorship and recognise the importance of this organisation to the grass roots rider. We look forward to working with the team at BRC over the coming three years.” Said Chris Tar of HorseHage & Mollichaff.

Show Jumping Champions Three Valleys Riding Club at a British Riding Clubs event  Photo courtesy of British Riding Clubs

The championship classes will be split over three two days, for teams and individuals, including both senior and junior riders.

Friday will include mixed junior and senior 100cm and 110cm show jumping and Novice to Advanced Medium level dressage.

Saturday will include senior 90cm show jumping and Prelim to Elementary level dressage.
Sunday will include junior 90cm show jumping and Prelim to Elementary dressage.

The area qualifiers will get underway in October 2019 throughout the UK, with approximately 550 junior and senior riders qualifying for these championships. Further information on heights, course requirements and horse and rider eligibility can be found in the BRC Handbook.

“We are delighted to be working with HorseHage & Mollichaff for the next three years at BRC Intermnediate Winter Championships. These championships are now proving extremely popular with our members, with such a wide range of dressage and show jumping classes, appealing to riders competing at the higher levels,” said Rachael Hollely-Thompson, BRC Manager.

BHS Riding School Championships

More than 100 riders qualified to represent thirteen riding schools from across the country and were last week given the chance to compete in dressage, show jumping and stable management at The British Horse Society’s (BHS) Riding School Championships which were held at Onley Grounds Equestrian Complex in Rugby.

The one-of-a-kind, yearly competition provides riders from BHS Approved Centres, who don’t have their own horse with the opportunity to compete at a national level. This year, competitors were aged between eight to over 70 years-old and were even lucky enough to receive a special visit from a member of the Royal family, HRH The Princess Royal.

Fine facilities at Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre

Phillipa Kemp, Stage 4 Accredited Professional Coach at Kimblewick Equestrian Centre in Norfolk said “My students may never have a chance to do something like this ever again and so they all arrived with the attitude that it doesn’t matter where they are placed, just so long as they enjoyed themselves. The BHS championships enable riders to experience competing as if they’re riding their own horse and this enables them to get a feel for the industry; I wish there was something like this when I was younger.”

Molly, who is eleven years-old and rides at Cottage Farm Stables said “It was my third year taking part in the championships and I loved every minute of it. This year was extra special because my younger sister, Lucy also got to take part for the first time and I felt very proud of her.”

Her younger sister, Lucy, eight-years old added “I had a really good time at my first championships and I think I did really well, especially in my dressage test. We even got to meet HRH The Princess Royal; she was so lovely. I can’t wait to come back next year!”

Oonagh Meyer, Head of Approvals at The British Horse Society said: We had another great year at our annual riding school championships; once again, it was lovely to see so many riders competing, who wouldn’t usually be given this opportunity without having their own horse. The BHS Approvals team would like to congratulate all those who took part and thank both Champion and Careers in Racing for kindly sponsoring this year’s competition.”

For a full list of results, visit:

https://www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/events-and-competitions/events/national-riding-schools-comp/2019-bhs-national-riding-schools-championship/bhs-national-riding-schools-championships-2019-results

Southdown Hunt West Open Spring Show

The Southdown Hunt West Open Spring Show  takes place on Sunday April 28 from 8.30am-5.30pm.
The venue is the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead and it is hosted by the Southdown Hunt West Pony Club.

Pony Club Spring Show takes place at Hickstead

Tickets for the event are available from sdhwpc.org
It is an event not to be  missed and bound to attract plenty of entries for this
pony club is highly competitive and last year took part in a tetrathlon at
Hickstead,  with 23 youngsters competing and all classes contested.
Definitely a date for the diary.

 

SEIB Novice Winter Championships

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.

South Durham Saddle Club senior dressage team winners

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.

Junior Individual Champion Charlotte Lane riding New Oak Thyme from Ingatestone & Blackmore Riding Club

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:

http://www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/british-riding-clubs/brc-championships/winter-championships

New British Riding Clubs’ championship

A new arena eventing championship for British Riding Clubs in 2019 has been kindly sponsored for the first time by HorseQuest UK, whose the team will be welcomed at  the first of this season’s exciting BRC Championships.

These will be taking place at Aston le Walls in Northamptonshire on March 9 and 10. The senior and junior riders, competing in teams and as individuals, have already pre-qualified in their areas across the UK.

These area qualifiers have been a great success and have resulted in more than  470 riders coming to this year’s inaugural event.

Arena Eventing action
Photo: British Eventing

They will be contesting a range of classes which will run across the two days as follows:

Saturday March 9 – 70cm (mixed), 80cm (juniors), 90cm (juniors)

Sunday March 10 – 80cm (seniors), 90cm (seniors), 100cm (mixed)

“This brand new Championship was originally introduced as a result of member feedback, and it will give clubs another chance to compete and have fun together,” said Rachael Hollely-Thompson, BRC Manager.

Arena Eventing is now proving to be extremely popular throughout the UK, especially during the winter months. The BRC Championship classes will consist of a course of show jumps immediately followed by cross-country fences, and will finish with the last fence as a show jump, called The Joker.

This key fence will be set at a discretionary 10cm higher than the rest of the course. There will be a maximum of 20 jumping efforts,  nine show jumping, ten cross-country fences as well as the joker show jump fence.

British Riding Clubs will welcome everyone to Aston le Walls for the climax of this new Arena Eventing series, where visitors will be able to browse the latest adverts on its tradestand, and find out more about our membership club HorseQuest Advantage.

Plus there will be the chance to win a show jumping lesson with its Ambassador Bex Mason, which will subsequently be featured in the BRC Rider magazine.

 

 

 

 

Riding Club’s success

West Sussex Riding Club (WSRC) is associated to British Riding Clubs and provides an ideal place for horse riders in the West Sussex area to further their training, compete regularly and enjoy their riding.

The Club has been established for a long time and has a variety of members from different backgrounds from single horse owners to professional riders.

WSRC offers many events throughout the year in all sorts of disciplines such as cross country, show jumping and dressage, as well as its annual show.

There are both senior and junior sections which can compete to qualify for the annual championships – from Club, Area and National levels.

 

Its popular Winter Dressage series has begun at Boxgrove and results on September 22 2018 were: Class 1-1a: 1 Di Collins and Rubie 67.17; 2 Tina Merritt and Regal Dancer 63.04;  3 Tabitha McCaskie and Hector 59.34; 4 Michelle Robinson and Spartacus 52.82. 1b 1, Anna Tuck and Rayning Diamond 60.43.

Class 2a- 1 Lexi Solaja and Dragonfly Six  66.84; 2 Sonya Smith and Village Beauty 62.10; 3 Chloe Fairston and The Dancing Dun 59.47; 4 Tabitha McCaskie and Hector  53.52 Michelle Robinson and Spartacus, 53.15.

Class 3- 1 Charlotte Tarrant and Silken Eve 3 68.27; 2 Amanda Bazley and Alfie Moon, 3 66.89; 3 Lexi Solaja and Dragonfly Six 3 63.79; 4 Sarah Parkes and Choc a Bloc 3 62.06.

Class 4/5- 1 Edna Petter and Harry 4&5 64.64; 2 Dawn Wattis and Bowerbrook Belle, 4&5 57.17.

Class 5 PYO- 1 Paula Broadhurst and Magyar Sotet Lovag  5 67.50; 2 Paula Broadhurst and Magyar Sotet Lovag, 5 65.97; 3 Carolyne Allen and Harristown Bear 5 62.50 3; 4 Elaine Whitcomb Trenwheel and Bonnie, 62.50. 5 Dawn Wattis and Bowerbrook Belle, 5 61.50; 6 Val Hall and Sway Molly Moon 5 59.32.

 

Goring and District Riding Club sponsored ride

Moorcroft demonstration of long-reined and ridden horses

A demonstration of long-reined and ridden horses takes place at Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Huntingrove Stud, Slinfold, West Sussex on Saturday September 1.

The centre has an outstanding reputation for its immense success in retraining ex-racehorses so that they can have a bright future when they leave racing- going on to lead fulfilling lives in new, caring homes outside the sport.

The event starts at 10.30am and refreshments will be available. Book your place now, at £12.50 per person by contacting manager Mary Frances on 07929 666408 or email moorcroftracehorse@gmail.com

Some of the horses currently receiving expert retraining at the centre include Don’t Stare, Irving, and Zigger Zagger.

Don’t Stare, born in 2010, is a bay gelding who arrived at Moorcroft after he had keyhole surgery for painful kissing spines that had stopped him racing. He is currently enjoying his schooling.

Irving is relaxed and enjoying his retraining
Photo: Mark Beaumont

Irving, born in 2008, arrived at the centre in February this year. He too had keyhole surgery for kissing spines and is being given expert help with other issues.

A third horse enjoying his time at the centre is bay gelding  Zigger Zagger, born in 2009 and previously trained by Richard Rowe.

Zigger Zagger is retraining well for a life outside racing
Photo: Mark Beaumont

Mary said: ” Zigger Zagger is loving his time here and will give someone a really good time as a very safe hack and he is a horse that loves to school. He is good looking, strong and resilient with much to give.”

Don’t forget to get tickets for Moorcroft’s annual charity raceday at Plumpton on Monday October 22. It is this worthy charity’s most important annual fundraising event and this year it is hoped to exceed last year’s record sum raised for charity.

For more information on tickets ring Allison at Plumpton on 01273 890383 or Mary at Moorcroft on 07920 666408 for information about events and essential fundraising work for this centre of excellence.