Miniature horse breeding success

CHICHESTER area amateur breeders of miniature horses, Alison and Roger Parsons, enjoyed prestigious success at the recent Horse of the Year Show. Their stallion Spotlight Bo Diddly culminated an excellent season by finishing second and competed in the championship event in the famous International arena in the evening performance.

This event was a well-deserved accolade for Spotlight Bo Diddly. He had competed in six of the 11 HOYS qualifiers and never finished worse than fourth place. He was second at Royal Windsor, third at Royal Bath and West, fourth at Royal Three Counties, third at Kent County.

Spotlights Bo Diddly Photo:

Spotlight Bo Diddly
Photo:Roger Parsons

He won and was Champion at The Showing Register and second and Reserve Champion at New Forest and Hampshire County Show.This latest performance meant he was the winner of the prestigious Tag La Ligga Award for consistency for all Miniature Horse Stallions.

“He also took the coveted Champion of Champions crown at the British Miniature Horse Society Breed Championships. This class is only open to horses who have won a championship at any affiliated show this season so the competition was very high,” said Alison.

She added: “He is a lovely boy who just loves his job, a real professional, who pricks his ears and demands you look at him as he enters the ring. He is nine years old so at his prime. He is now roughed off and in the field for a well earned winter rest. He will come back into work in mid February in preparation to do it all again next year. ”

Alison with miniatures Buttercup and Bambi Photo: Roger Parsons

Alison with miniatures Alamos Buttercup and Alamos Violet, known as Bambi
Photo: Roger Parsons

The move into miniature breeding came when Alison and Roger celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2007 and decided to do something different to celebrate- they aimed to become involved with miniature horses and to show them at top level.

They approached the chairman of the British Miniature Horse Society who was extremely helpful and they found their first filly, Alamos Buttercup, who became their foundation mare for breeding.

Buttercup went on to reach HOYS in 2009 and their first foal arrived in 2014, and is now a yearling. They have six miniatures altogether, with three mares, Bo Diddly, Bo’s little yearling daughter, a gelding and Seamist Starlight, who is developing nicely and they hope will follow in her father’s footsteps.

“The filly foal will be really good next year. She is by Spotlight Bo Diddly, and has a good attitude with all the assets of her sire, so we are hopeful for her future showing success. Another mare, Bubbles (nine) and officially known as Apollo’s Carolina Moon,is away at stud and hopefully in foal. We also aim to put Buttercup in foal next year,” said Alison, adding: ” We have six at the moment- they are very collectable!”

Golden Inca Cross at HOYS

WEST- Sussex-based Irish sport horse, Golden Inca Cross, exceeded all hopes of owner Julie Cooper when he finished in prestigious seventh place in the TopSpec Heavyweight Hunter of the Year final at HOYS on Saturday ridden by by Karl Standing.

During the judging he received an outstanding conformation mark, with only two points between him and the eventual winner, Rockefeller, owned by Joanne Singfield and ridden by Robert Walker.

Julie, of Slinfold, had returned to the equestrian world this season after a 20-year break, with the aim of finding a hunter that she could produce to win a Championship. She found Golden Inca Cross in Ireland and bought him.

Goldeb Inca and Karl Standing competing at HOYS

Golden Inca Cross and Karl Standing competing at HOYS

 

Partnered by Karl Standing, this impressive 17.2hh seven-year-old won the Alltech Hunters Class at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead during the summer, qualifying for the Horse of the Year Show with that victory.  After that win,  Karl said: “Despite being a big horse, Inca is incredibly light on his feet and has a lot of talent and potential.”

More successes followed en route to HOYS, where Julie  said Karl was very calm and rode her horse superbly in the ring. She also praised judge Chris Gordon for his ride on her horse saying:” He just let him go, taking him at a slow pace and it was one of the best rides from a judge that I’ve seen all year. We had an absolute ball and the aim is to reach HOYS again next year and do even better. ”

 and Karl Standing with Golden Inca Cross

Julie Cooper and Karl Standing with Golden Inca Cross    Photo: Jeannie Knight

She added that Inca behaved impeccably throughout and that her group met a lot of his fans, as well as his former owner Judy Pearson, with whom they shared champagne and talked about Inca and another of Judy’s horses, Loughkeen Dancing Lord.

“We have had hundreds and good luck and congratulation messages and a few in the crowd were cheering him on, having met us at other horse shows. There were also a couple of people who had wanted to buy him- but I got there first when my husband, Royston, went to Ireland and bought him for me after I had seen a video of the horse,” she added.

Inca has accumulated a group of supporters, including Julie’s father, Charles Frankham, now 84, who had been involved with horses before here. He is a keen member of the team which travels with the horse wherever he competes- and HOYS had been the main target of the season. Julie’s husband, son, two daughter and granddaughter always go to see Inca perform.

Talking about her support team for Inca, Julie said:” I am sure Karl’s dressage training plays a valuable part in settling Inca in the ring. Also another key member of the team is James Robertson, Karl’s partner, who is groom at main shows and also drives the lorry.

“He always seems to have a calming effect on horse, rider and owner, and is usually best-turned out groom in the ring and is an accomplished  rider himself, having qualified for and ridden at HOYS.”

Julie added: ” Top HOYS competitor Katie Jerram, who has had prolific showing wins, was an enormous help before HOYS, when we needed another saddle because Inca had outgrown his. Katie had many placings in the Lightweight and Middle classes at the show.  We really appreciated her help.”

Looking ahead to 2016, Inca has already qualified for the 2016 Championship at Alexanders Horsebox National Supreme Hunter Championship at Stafford but HOYS will again be his main target.


					

RDA regional Warnham event

Carriage drivers from the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region braved the torrential rain at Sands Farm, Warnham on Tuesday in the annual qualifying competition for the RDA National Championship in 2016.

Drivers from across Surrey, Sussex and Kent went head-to-head in the three combined disciplines of dressage, cones and obstacles. Only the top two places in the Open, Intermediate and Novice qualified.

The Carriage Driving Groups represented included East Sussex’s Heron’s Ghyll (Whitesmith) and Kipling County (Chalvington), Happy Landings from Horsham, West Sussex and Stella Hancock’s group from Worplesdon, Surrey.

In an exciting finish through the obstacle course, Amanda Hardy from Happy Landings drove a swift Serenade to a decisive win in the Novice class against her ‘stablemate’ Sally Jones driving Misty. In the Bertie Bassett Intermediate, only a handful of points separated winner Lee Chivers and Dennis of Kipling County from Sarah Pain driving Eddie from Stella Hancock’s Group .

Sarah Pain with Eddie of Stella Hancock RDA tackles the cones Photo: Joanna Sale

Sarah Pain with Eddie of Stella Hancock RDA tackles the cones Photo: Joanna Sale

The Open was won by last year’s intermediate winner, Joanne McNicoll of Kipling County driving Dennis, comfortably leading all the way in each discipline while Tracey Spencer recovered from fifth after the dressage to finish in second place.

In the Assisted Whips Class points were close again between Chris Collins in first place and Lorraine Mercer in second, both of whom were driving Bertie Bassett and both from Heron’s Ghyll.

Sarah Goad from Regional Sponsors, Cowan Architects, presented the awards. She was impressed by the speed and agility needed from the carriage drivers in the three disciplines. “This has been really inspirational to see the skill and dexterity required from these incredible drivers. I’ve been amazed today” she commented at the end of the day.

Chairman of the RDA South East Region, Lindsay Correa gave thanks to the hard work of the team behind the scenes in putting the event together saying\: “I take a lot of pride in the events that we offer to our regional members and the team work hard to make them happen. We’re also very grateful to our wonderful judges led by Sara Howe, who herself has just returned from the World Championships in Holland with a bronze medal for Team GB. Congratulations, Sara”.

Golden Inca heads for HOYS

AFTER a 20-year-break from horses, Julie Cooper of Slinfold decided she wanted to become involved in the equestrian world again. She had originally ridden and also run the Rowfold annual horse show for many years- and the search for a suitable horse began.

She explained: “I decided I wanted a hunter, with the aim of competing and had seen quite a few that simply didn’t make the grade. I wanted a horse that I could produce to win a Championship and wanted to buy something capable of getting to that level.  Everybody thought I was barking mad!”

Julie Cooper and Golden Inca Photo : Jeannie Knight

Julie persisted with the search for the right horse. She had seen so many horses that did not match their photographs that when she found Golden Inca Cross in  Ireland, still only seven, she asked for a video clip of him in action.

“I knew after watching it that he was the one for me and since I couldn’t go to Ireland to buy him, my husband,  Royston, who knows nothing about horses, went over and bought him for me from Judy Pearson.

“Judy has an excellent track record. She also owned Loughkeen Dancing Lord, who is a prolific hunter winner.

“Inca arrived here a few days later and I soon realised that he was so good that he needed an experienced show rider, and not me in the saddle.

Golden Inca being put through his paces by Karl Standing  Photo: Jeannie Knight

Golden Inca ridden by Karl Standing Photo: Jeannie Knight

“I entered him in the Alltech Hunters Class at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead, with Karl Standing riding, which he won, and has qualified for Horse Of The Year Show  with that victory,” explained Julie.

Karl is renowned for his quiet approach and success with horses, and also competes at dressage, and is Inca’s regular partner in competitions. He said of Inca:” He is a big horse and stands at 17.2hh but is incredibly light on his feet and has a lot of talent and potential.”

Karl putting Golden Inca through his paces Photo: Jeannie Knight

Karl putting Golden Inca through his paces Photo: Jeannie Knight

Julie’s father, Charles Frankham, now 84, had been involved with horses before her, and is a keen member of the team which travels with Inca whenever he competes. Recently they went to a very wet Stafford and got through to the final of the hunter class, which was an evening performance.

Julie said: ” Inca performed superbly with not a foot wrong. In the end it was down to the judge’s choice and we came seventh out of 11 in a very strong class. We beat prolific winner Katie Jerram, who was eighth, so we were extremely pleased with both of Inca’s performances.

Julie, Karl and Golden Inca with some of the prizes he has won Photo:Jeannie Knight

Julie, Karl and Golden Inca with some of the prizes he has won
Photo:Jeannie Knight

More success followed at Buckinghamshire County Show on Thursday, rewarding an early start at 4.30am. Golden Inca finished third in the Hunter Class and won the Blue Chip Flat Ridden Sport Horse class, qualifying for the 2016 Championship at Alexanders Horsebox National Supreme Hunter Championship at Stafford.

Julie said: “I’m so pleased with the whole team yesterday and couldn’t do it without Tina Pendel, who gets everything ready, washed and packed in the days before the show, helps to get the horse ready and accompanied us to most events.

“I’m sure Karl’s dressage training also played a valuable part in what was a great day. Next stop Edenbridge and Oxted.”

She added: “Also, a key member of the team is James Robertson, Karl’s partner, who comes to main shows as a groom and also drives the lorry. He turns Inca out to perfection and always seems to have a calming effect on horse, rider and owner.

“He is always best-turned-out groom in the ring and is an accomplished rider himself, having qualified for and ridden at HOYS.  He runs a hunter livery and gives up a lot of free time to help us on our crusade.”

Most shows are a real family outing, with Julie’s father, husband, son, two daughters and granddaughter going along.

But Julie added: When we go to HOYS I think between Karl and I we have about 60 friends and family coming along to support team Inca!”

Family side saddle history

Collection of family side-saddle items and photographs spanning seven generations Photo: Belinda Wilkins

When Belinda Wilkins of Walberton, West Sussex turned to side-saddle riding this summer at the age of 62, she belatedly made family history by completing seven generations of side-saddle riders in her family. 

She was the one gap in family records, where six generations of side saddle riders went back two centuries- and there could be more unrecorded.

Although Belinda had never ridden side saddle, she had encouraged her daughter Caroline to compete on her New Forest pony Tiptoe Bracken II using the saddle that Belinda’s mother Daphne has used on her new forest pony Springaway.

Collectiion of family side-saddle items and photographs spanning seven generations Photo: Belinda Wilkins

Collectiion of family side-saddle items and photographs spanning seven generations Photo: Belinda Wilkins

Since those early days, Caroline has enjoyed competing and hunting in the discipline both nationally and internationally. This summer Belinda decided that she ought to try riding side-saddle, if only to fill the gap in the family tradition- and just over eight weeks ago decided this was the time to do it.

She put a side saddle on Ladydown Amadeus, originall trained to side saddle by Caroline- but now just used as a hack- and walked round the school slowly, feeling extremely strange at first. After two days of accustoming herself to the new mode of riding, she attended a clinic run by Side Saddle Area 8, instructed by Peta Roberts.

” Peta is well known for her excellent ability to give confidence and just three days after first trying side-saddle I entered my first competition at the Fortune Centre, which involved only walk and trot and was place third,” said Belinda.

Belinda Wilkins riding Ladydown Amadeus Photo: Nicholas Collins

The moment was recorded in photographs and the family tree of seven generations of side saddle riders was finally complete. But this was not the end, for Belinda enjoyed it so much that she wanted to do more- and also felt that one competition was not enough to earn her a proper place in the family side saddle history.

She entered the mature riders’ class at the Side Saddle Area 8 Summer Show at Ardingly, and finished second with a special rosette for being over 60. Then, wearing a costume she had originally made for Caroline- a copy of the Hussars uniform worn by Princess Vicky- with Amadeus also in ceremonial costume, she won the novcice costume class.  On that day another piece of family history was made with mother and daughter competing at the same show.

The family has some fine reminders of the side saddle tradition.  A pale turquoise  riding skirt belonging to her great, great grandmother, Annie Morris, who was at school in Quorn, is on display in Bexhill Costume Museum.

Florence Lewis

Florence Lewis, great-grandmother of Belinda, riding a hunter side saddle

 

In her family collection, Belinda has a striking photograph of her great-grandmother, Florence Lewis, in a black Victorian habit riding a hunter.Florence’s daughter,  Winifred Dunphy is shown hunting in the New Forest with her husband Dr Brian Whitehead MC, both riding army remounts and wearing the thick habit jacket Belinda used as a teenager.

Belinda’s mother  Daphne ( Winifred’s daughter) used to love talking to Caroline and her about taking part in the display at the 1934 International Horse Show at Olympia, titled ‘Riding and Driving in Regency Times.

Carline Wilkins competing in Aachen 2014 on Etoile du Matin Photo: Natascha Hasenbein

Now the tradition is being carried on with no gaps. Belinda is looking forward to the side saddles classes at The Hickstead Sunshine Tour Championship and Caroline is preparing to take part in the ‘Glorious Siide Saddle Display Team’ next month at the Opening Ceremony of the European Equestrian Games in Aachen.

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