College’s shire horse show successes

Shire horses based at Plumpton College in Sussex recently took part in the South of England Show at Ardingly, where they helped demonstrate the high quality that is always maintained by the college’s strong equine section.

The college’s Head of Equine, Michelle Johnston supervised the college’s participation in what is always a highly competitive section at the show.

The Plumpton team with their awards at Ardingly

The Plumpton team with their awards at Ardingly

The shire horses were shown in hand by Shanice and Shaneka Reid, who are both studying on the Foundation Degree in Equine Studies, and Tanisha Lee, who has just completed a level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horse management and is continuing next year on to the Extended Diploma offered at Plumpton.

The college’s new shire filly Kings’ Barmaid (stable name Desi) won the class, with some very promising comments for the future from the judge, with Magnum coming a good fifth, with Dick sixth in the same class.

The horses then went on to drive in the pairs driving class with Michelle Johnston and in the singles the following day.

A Plumpton college horse taking part in the parade at Ardingly

A Plumpton college horse taking part in the parade at Ardingly

The students did an outstanding job preparing the horses and harness ready for the show and were a credit to work with on both the days.  The horses were in action at again at the weekend at Cranleigh show.

If you would like to find out more about the wide range of courses at Plumpton College then go along to the next information afternoon on Thursday June 25, from 3pm to 7.30pm, or visit the website, www.plumpton.ac.uk

Jockey Club continues RoR sponsorship

The Jockey Club is to repeat its partnership this year with Retraining of Racehorses to stage the Jockey Club RoR Novice Thoroughbred Ridden Show Series this year, providing the series champion with the opportunity to compete for the RoR Supreme Champion Elite Prize of £2,500.

The series highlights the successful second careers that ex-racehorses can have in other disciplines following successful retraining. Last year’s series was won by West Sussex-based Abi Drury.

Open to Thoroughbred mares or geldings, who are at least four-years-old and who have all previously raced in Britain, more than 20 qualifying classes have been confirmed to date. The qualifiers, which begin in March, lead up to the Novice Championship Final at Aintree Racecourse’s RoR National Championships 29 – 30 August 2015.

To qualify for the championship competitors will need to be placed within the first three at one of the qualifying classes taking place at locations throughout the country.

Abi Drury, and Hero Worship,

Abi Drury, and Hero Worship receiving their award from Jenny Pitman last year

Abi, who is based at Dragons Green, near Horsham, was 2-14 Novice Champion with her horse Hero Worship. She said:“Hero Worship loved the atmosphere in the indoor arena at Aintree, it was a great confidence building experience for both of us and that feeling of winning and competing at the Aintree Show ring last year was amazing.”

For the qualifiers, The Jockey Club’s sponsorship provides rosettes and £150 of prize vouchers per show awarded in addition to the standard prize money on offer. The Championship’s overall Champion and Reserve will win money and prizes in kind as well as then be eligible to compete for the RoR Supreme Championship Elite prize of £2,500.

Simon Bazalbette group chief executive The Jockey Club said: “At The Jockey Club, the welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses after they retire from horseracing is a consideration we take seriously in line with our mission to act for the good of the sport.

“As the success of last year’s Series proved, many retired racehorses go on to have fulfilling second careers and I was delighted by the positive response we received on our partnership with RoR. I’m grateful for everyone who participated in our novice show and I hope we will see further examples that racehorses can have successful careers once they retire from the spotlight during this year’s show.

“As the success of last year’s Series proved, many retired racehorses go on to have fulfilling second careers and I was delighted by the positive response we received on our partnership with British racings dedicated charity, RoR. I’m grateful for everyone who participated in our novice show and I hope we will see further examples that racehorses can have successful careers once they retire from the spotlight during this year’s show.”

Sunshine Tour UK Championships for Hickstead

Many of the world’s most famous equestrians have competed at Hickstead, and now hundreds of unaffiliated riders will have the chance to follow in their footsteps. For the first time, the finals of The Sunshine Tour series will be held at this All England Jumping Course in West Sussex.

It’s an exciting new departure for Hickstead, which is able to host these popular unaffiliated championships on September 18 2015  after the recent addition of new facilities, including a spectacular all-weather arena and new hard-standing for parking.

Hickstead will host the Sunshine Tour  Championships

Hickstead will host the Sunshine Tour Championships

“Thanks to the support of a Hoof Capital Funding award and investment from the family, we have been able to extend our season and ensure that many more people benefit from access to the wonderful facilities at the All England Jumping Course,” said Hickstead director Edward Bunn.

“We are delighted to be hosting The Sunshine Tour UK championships, which will offer hundreds of unaffiliated riders the opportunity to compete here.”

Sunshine Tour local rider Rachel Dorrel with Buckaroo Bob Photo: Sunshine Tour

The Sunshine Tour is a national series that encourages grassroots and unaffiliated riders to participate in competitions in the disciplines of dressage, showjumping and showing.
The 2015 Tour will be held at various venues throughout the UK between January and September. Riders who finish in the top six places at their event will qualify for the Championships at Hickstead.

Local rider Dulcibelle Lineher with Dukeshill Diamontelo Photo: Sunshine Tour

Local rider Dulcibelle Lineher with Dukeshill Diamontelo
Photo: Sunshine Tour

In 2014, more than 600 riders took part in the Championships, qualifying at equestrian centres, riding clubs, show centres and Pony Club events around the UK. Rebecca Stansfield, Director of Sunshine Tour UK, is now working to expand the series even further.

“The Sunshine Tour offers a fabulous opportunity for unaffiliated riders to experience the fun and excitement of competition. We want to welcome as many people as possible, so we’re keen to team up with more venues right across the country,” Rebecca said.

Qualifying events are already underway, and riders who wish to enter should visit the Sunshine Tour UK website at www.sunshinetour.co.uk



Broken Arrow and Heather have qualified for Olympia

BROKEN Arrow, the most outstanding traditional skewbald cob in the country, is still going strong at the grand age of 16 and has qualified for Olympia this year.

Produced and shown by Heather Linfield from her base near Rowlands Castle, this remarkable gelding has achieved yet another impressive season this year, scooping a remarkable array of top championships, both at County Shows and other events. The season has culminated in him qualifying for the Grand Final Championship for home produced senior ponies and horses at Olympia.

Broken Arrow with Heather Linfield following one of his championship wins

Broken Arrow with Heather Linfield following one of his championship wins

Heather bought Broken Arrow when he was just eight months old and he has gone on to reward her shrewd judgement by consistently achieving notable victories. These have been both under saddle and in hand since she started on the show circuit with him as a youngster.This year has been no exception and Heather has continued to combine a full showing season with her job of 33 years with SSE Energy company, where she is income offices manager.

She said: “A major highlight of this year was at the British Show Pony Association’s World Of Colour Championships at Houghton Hall in Bedfordshire, where he was awarded a Merit of Honour for being  so successful over the years. I felt extremely honoured that this special presentation was made to him.
“At that show, after such a magnificent award, I retired him from coloured horse showing. He has won a phenomenal amount but still has a lot to offer and I will continue showing him next year, but only in veteran and senior showing classes, where I am sure he will continue to do well. The week before the Merit of Honour Award,  I was thrilled when he was named as Champion Traditional Horse at the CHAPS Championships in the Performance Awards.

Broken Arrow: Photo by Pam Clingan FTCPhotography, FredTheCat.co.uk

Broken Arrow: Photo by Pam Clingan   FTCPhotography, FredTheCat.co.uk

“We were very lucky to take part in the London Riding Horse Parade held on Rotten Row,  when Arrow was Champion Coloured Horse and my nephew Pete Linfield, who is an apprentice farrier, received top marks for Arrow’s shoes.We have done a few other things too in the last 12 months, including barrel racing and agility courses, and some low level dressage, all of which have been great fun.”

Heather’s plan for this season had been to do a few senior showing classes and hopefully try and get to Olympia, where she has been simply a spectator for many years at what is the best show of the year. Her dreams came true when Arrow  qualified for the Olympia finals in the In Hand section, where he will be one of 28 finalists. They will be travelling up the previous day, ready for his class in the main arena on Friday December 19 at 10am.
She said: “Even the drive through London will be exciting, though a little daunting. If my father Peter, who died this year at the age of 84, was still alive, he would be over the moon. It really is a dream success and he would have been very proud of Arrow. I am lucky that I have a good family and friends that help, in particular Jackie Brown, who spends her life scrubbing Arrow clean, and my mother Ginnette, who sorts out all the washing when we come back from these shows.”

Broken Arrow being shown by Heather Photo byu Pam Clingan, FTC Photography.co.uk FredTheCat.co.uk

Broken Arrow being shown by Heather :Photo by Pam Clingan,, FTC Photography.co.uk, FredTheCat.co.uk

Over the years Arrow has acquired quite a fan club among spectators and competitors alike and Heather said: ”  He truly is a horse of a lifetime.”

Outside showing Heather finds time to help run Manhood Riding Club, which has had some extremely successful shows, and net year she hopes to do a lot more judging. At the moment she is on the panel of the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association and the Donkey Breeding Society and next year she hopes to qualify for the CHAPS and BSPA panels.

 

Nicole Pavitt wins championship at Horse of the Year Show

West Sussex-based Nicole Pavitt was crowned EquestrianClearance.com Senior Newcomers Champion for a second time yesterday at the Horse of the Year Show – and then revealed that a forty-five year-old bit proved key to her success.

Nicole triumphed two years ago with Our Duchess, and this time it was the seven-year-old French mare Tia Semilly, owned by Old Lodge, that came up trumps for her.And a bit loaned to her by former British international showjumper Malcolm Pyrah helped Nicole plot a victory path, although she admitted: “I’ve got to give it back now!”

 

Nicole Pavitt and Tia Semmilly winning at the show. Photo: E.S.Photography

Nicole Pavitt and Tia Semilly winning at the show. Photo: E.S.Photography

The combination clocked 32.51 seconds in a seven horse jump-off to win by more than a second from Anthony Condon and Balzac, with Daniel Moseley and Dexter X third.

“It is a great education for the young horses to come to a big show like this one, and to be able to cope with the atmosphere, it’s fantastic,” Nicole said. “This is my twelfth year competing at HOYS, and it is still just as good as the first time.

“This horse has got a really bright future. She is by Diament De Semilly, who is known to produce grand prix horses, and in my eyes she has real Grand Prix potential. For me, this was her class. I woke up this morning with a feeling she was going to win it. She is quite a naturally fast horse, so I just let her keep coming forward, which suited her.”

Nicole Pavitt and Tia Semilly were joined by Lorraine Meadowcroft, Managing Director of EquestrianClearance.com in the prize-giving and they were presented with a Championship Rug and winners awards.

EquestrianClearance.com Senior Newcomers Championship results:

1 Nicole Pavitt & Tia Semilly – 0/0 – 32.51 seconds

2 Anthony Condon & Blazac – 0/0 – 33.56 seconds

3 Daniel Moseley & Dexter X – 0/0 – 35.44 seconds

4 Graham Babes & Calvade VD Pikkerie Z – 0/0 – 39.27 seconds

5 Pippa Allen & Grenoble – 0/4 – 35.97 seconds

6 Richard Howley & Westpoint Baros – 0/8 – 31.95 seconds

 7 Graham Gillespie & Casino Royal VII – 0/8 – 35.12 seconds

8 Danielle Ryder & Happy Boy – 4 – 57.71 seconds

 

South East RDA carriage drivers win places in 2015 Nationals

Carriage drivers from the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region were out in force at Sands Farm, Warnham,  this week in the annual qualifying competition for the RDA National Championships in 2015. Drivers from RDA driving groups from across Surrey and Sussex went head to head in the three combined disciplines of dressage, cones and obstacles.

Sarah Howe presents Sue Sherlock, winner of the Open class, with her award   Photo: Angie Figgis

Sarah Howe presents Sue Sherlock, winner of the Open class, with her award Photo: Angie Figgis

 

Only the top two places in the Novice and Open classes qualified. The RDA Groups represented included East Sussex’s Heron’s Ghyll (Whitesmith) and Kipling County (Chalvington), Happy Landings from Horsham, West Sussex and Stella Hancock’s team from Worplesdon, Surrey.

Tracey Spencer and Bertie Bassett of Heron's Ghyll RDA tackling the cones Photo: Joanna Sales

Tracey Spencer and Bertie Bassett of Heron’s Ghyll RDA tackling the cones Photo: Joanna Sales

In an exciting finish through the obstacle course, Linda Clark driving Dennis of Kipling County won the Novice by one point from Steven Evans also of Kipling County.. Kipling County took the top spot again in the Intermediate, with Joanne McNicol driving Alan, beating Sarah Pain driving Eddie from Stella Hancock Driving who had to settle for second place for a second year running.

Sarah Pain  Sarah Pain, driving Eddie from Stella Hancock driving group (Worplesden, Surrey) through the obstacle course to come second in the Intermediate. Photo:Joanna Sale)

Sarah Pain, driving Eddie from Stella Hancock driving group (Worplesden, Surrey) through the obstacle course to come second in the Intermediate.
Photo:Joanna Sale

Also for a second year running, the Open was won by Sue Sherlock of Happy Landings with Serenade who beat Tracey Spenser of Heron’s Ghyll with Bertie Bassett.

Sue Sherlock and Serenade tackle  the obstacle course  Photo: Joanna Sales

Open winners Sue Sherlock and Serenade tackle the obstacle course Photo: Joanna Sales

Chairman of the RDA South East Region, Lindsay Correa said “it was fabulous to see such a high level of skill from all the competitors as carriage driving is never easy. We’re also very grateful to every one of the volunteers who make this possible and to our judge and commentator Sara Howe, herself one of the UK’s top carriage drivers”.

Carriage Driving in the RDA is nearly 40 years old, having been offered since 1974 at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst when donkeys were used. Competitors ride with an RDA Whip as an instructor who has to pass rigorous and vigorous assessments to be qualified, as do the ponies.

Successful horse show aids equine grass sickness work

ARUNDEL Riding Club was significantly affected by the equine grass sickness outbreak earlier this summer and recently held a horse show at Wicks Farm in Ford Lane, near Arundel to raise money for the Animal Health Trust’s work on equine grass sickness research and vaccine programme.

Val Hall presenting show champion award to Lizzie Deacon and Leafycroft Price Tag: Photo Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Val Hall presenting show champion award to Lizzie Deacon and Leafycroft Price Tag: Photo Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Some club members have been personally affected by grass sickness, which causes such devastation. Club committee member Carolyn Basham lost a beloved five-year-old pony named Teddy to the disease in March, and one of the show judges, Jan Allen, had six horses die of the disease some years ago and, with the help of sponsors, the show went ahead and raised £500 for the trust’s research into the dreadful disease.

The club has thanked all sponsors for their contributions, both financial and with prizes for the raffle- these included :The Arundel Equine Hospital, Leafycroft Stud , EMS Animal Feeds, LRG Photography, SPR Animal Feeds,Christina Dodd Bowen Therapist,Teresa Jones, Jewels Stables, Topline Property Services, Festival of Horsemanship, Gaston Farm 30-31 August 2014 and Kamala Rosettes. The show programme included ridden classes and in hand classes for competitors.

Successful competitor Tommy Green with his pony Charm Photo Luke Gee , LRG Photography

Judges on the day were Jan Allen ( in hand) and Patricia Hoal (ridden) . There was  a particularly good turnout with large entries for the In Hand ring. Following early rain, the weather cleared to a fine morning, though a heavy shower at lunchtime lowered entries for the afternoon’s show jumping and gymkhana.

Overall Supreme Champion and In hand Champion was Lizzie Deacon with Leafycroft Price Tag, while the Reserve Supreme Champion and Ridden Champion was Annabelle Harvey-Mason with Garshall Gethin.

Annabelle Harvey-Mason with Grashall Gethin, Reserve Champions Photo Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Annabelle Harvey-Mason with Grashall Gethin, Reserve Supreme and Ridden Champions Photo Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Equine grass sickness is a predominantly fatal disease affecting grazing horses, ponies and donkeys and Britain has the highest incidence worldwide. The current theory is that EGS is a toxico-infection involving Clostridium botulinum type C and other diseases involving this are successfully prevented by vaccination, implying that it should be possible to prevent EGS by vaccination.

The Animal Health Trust is trialling vaccinations involving 1100 horses for a two-year period from premises previously affected with a high incidence disease. Proof of reduced disease incidence in vaccinated horses would provide a major breakthough in the prevention of EGS.

Fundraising  achieved by this and another local show this summer is vital to help this research continue. For more information see: http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/egs

 

Annual South East RDA show is major success

Carriage Drivers from the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region were out in force at the annual show at Felbridge Show Ground, East Grinstead drawing a larger than usual entry as the sun shone brightly. Entrants from RDA driving groups across Surrey, Sussex and Kent went head to head in the three disciplines of dressage, cones and showing.

The RDA Groups represented included Heron’s Ghyll (Whitesmith) and Kipling County (Golden Cross) from East Sussex, Cobbes Meadow, from Canterbury, Kent, Happy Landings from Dunsfold, West Sussex and Stella Hancock’s team from Worplesdon, Surrey.

Ros Smedley from Cobbes Meadow won the Condition and Turnout with Jacko.

Ros Smedley from Cobbes Meadow won the Condition and Turnout with Jacko. ALL PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE BY JOANNA SALE

The day started with Ros Smedley from Cobbes Meadow winning the Condition and Turnout with Jacko. She only started driving six months ago and said “It has changed my life”.

The Showing Classes were judged by Louise Woodward where Linda Clarke of Kipling County won the Assisted Whips class with Smokey and Emma Capon from Happy Landings won the Novice Class with Serenade on her first outing.

Linda Clarke of Kipling County won the Assisted Whips class driving Smokey with Judge Louise Woodward.

Linda Clarke of Kipling County won the Assisted Whips class driving Smokey with Judge Louise Woodward.

 

The Open Driving was won by Pat Hammond of Cobbes Meadow with Jacko also winning the Stan Bellamy trophy for large horses. The Sylvia Bellamy Cup for small horses was won by a very happy Jay Bonner of Kipling County with Prince of Orange, who also came second.

Novice Whip winner

Novice Whip winner Emma Capon from Happy Landings and Serenade receives first prize from Clare Chisholm, Master of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights who sponsored the event

The dressage competition was won by Amanda Hardy from Happy Landings driving Karina. In the Novice cones, Joanne McNicol won from Kipling County, while in a nail-biting Open Cones there was a joint first for Tracey Spencer from Heron’s Ghyll and Beth Allsopp from Kipling County, with exactly the same score and time.

Dressage competition winner,  Amanda Hardy from Happy Landings, receives her first prize from competition organiser Carol Porter (right) and Lindsay Correa (Chairman, RDA South East).

Dressage competition winner, Amanda Hardy from Happy Landings, receives her first prize from competition organiser Carol Porter (right) and Lindsay Correa (Chairman, RDA South East).

Smokey from Kipling County was judged as the day’s most ‘Workmanlike’ Horse and won the ‘Little John’ cup.

“My thanks have to go to the wonderful work of the teams behind the competitors, who are tireless in their time and support as well as our sponsors, The Worshipful Society of Wheelwrights” said the RDA South East Region’s Chairman, Lindsay Correa.

Carriage Driving in the RDA is nearly 40 years old, having been offered since 1974 at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst when donkeys were used. Competitors ride with an RDA Whip as an instructor who has to pass rigorous and vigorous assessments to be qualified, as do the ponies.

National RDA Championship win for Sue and Serenade

A West Sussex woman, who has been battling ME and Lymes disease for 18 years, has achieved a major success winning the Open Carriage Driving Class at the Riding for Disabled Association’s National Championships at Hartpury, last week.

Sue Sherlock of Ashington, and her pony Serenade, went into the lead after the dressage and cones, going on to fly round the obstacle course, with Serenade loving every minute of it, finishing well ahead of all the other competitors.

Sue Sherlock driving       to victory in the Open Class at the National RDA Championships

Sue Sherlock driving Serenade to victory in the Open Class at the National RDA Championships

Sue said: “Serenade is a fantastic and  very special family pony. My grandchildren and friends ride and drive her as well, while I compete with her in open competitions.”

A member of  RDA Happy Landings Carriage driving group, Sue was quick to point out that they wouldn`t even have been able to get to Hartpury without the help and support from friends from the Group and family members .

“It is very much a team effort, not only at the championships, but also with the people who help me drive her and keep her fit even in the terrible winter weather,” added Sue.

Eighteen years ago her life had changed dramatically.  Sue had always led an extremely active life, ranging from riding horses to climbing Ben Nevis. Suddenly she was struck down  and spent almost nine years flat on her back, but actively campaigning for more recognition of M.E. and Lyme Disease.

She said of her victory: “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think anything like this could happen.” When I was bedridden, I thought I would never be able to have anything more to do with horses, and certainly nothing like this.”

Sue’s steadfast courage and determination never to give in has been a significant factor, but Lancelot, Sue’s canine partner has played a major part since he joined her four years ago. Lancelot was part of the group which went to Hartpury and he has been instrumental in tranforming her life.

” I would never be able to manage without him. At the end of that day  I  was  absolutely exhausted, but  he just pulled my clothes off and I flopped into bed. We stayed there two nights and when we got home, we both slept for most of the next two days,” said Sue.

Lancelot not only helps her undress  also takes coats but he picks things up when she drops them, and brings her the phone when it rings. He opens and closes doors and gets her shoes out of the cupboard and helps her to transfer from  wheelchair to bed. He accompanies her on our RDA outings, where she is a regular competitor.

Swingkeel scores unique double- from Royal Ascot win to showing class victory

An ex-racehorse which won the Queen Alexander Stakes at Royal Ascot three years ago is now in winning form in local dressage and showing classes. Swingkeel, previously trained by John Dunlop at Castle Stables, Arundel, is now competed by his former stable girl, Emma Grainger of Bognor Regis- and scored a remarkable double at the weekend.

Winning performance by Swingkeel and

Winning performance by Swingkeel and Emma Grainger Photo:Luke Gee, LRG Photography

The nine-year-old chestnut won in his first ridden show event with Emma- the thoroughbred class- at Jewels Open Show in Crossbush, near Arundel, winning exactly three years to the day since he scored his Royal Ascot win.

Emma was thrilled that former trainer John Dunlop was there to see the gelding’s victory and hopes to go on eventually and compete Swingkeel in Retraining of Racehorses classes.

John Dunlop with Swngkeel and Photo: Luke Gee, LRGPhotography

John Dunlop pictured with Swingkeel and Emma Grainger Photo: Luke Gee, LRGPhotography

Swingkeel, by Singspiel won four flat races and was placed nine times on the level. He also won one race and was placed twice over hurdles, trained for a short period over jumps by Nigel Twiston-Davies. He won more than £86,000 in win and place money and  was John Dunlop’s last Royal Ascot winner.

It had always been Emma’s dream to have Swingkeel, and to tackle the challenge to successfully retrain him so that he has a competition future.  He had suffered some injuries during his racing career, including a fractured cannon bone, but recovered from that to return to racing for three races before retiring.

Jewels StablesOpen Shows in Crossbush, near Arundel, are becoming really popular for the relaxed family armosphere, and a mixture of classes to appeal to a range of riders. The next show is on August 9. For more information contact 07789 800 756 Website: www.jewels-stables.co.uk