Sarah ElliottTeam & Merchandise
Sarah has ridden and owned horses for many years being a regular on the local show jumping scene in her youth. Now with her own business “U Name it” Embroidery, as well as being an Equine Touch Practitioner, Sarah still manages to find some time to ride her black mare, Tiddler
Sarah has enjoyed success in BSJA with her old mare Spangles, before selling her when she was expecting her son Ryan (now all grown up). Getting back into riding she still enjoyed show jumping, but began to move her alliance to showing and dressage when she had her coloured gelding Diesel. She then bought Melody, to compete in Dressage and Showing, and had success in both, especially affiliated Riding Horse classes. With the start of Sarah’s business, Kirsty Freeth took over the reins, where they then discovered Melody’s love for Show Jumping. Melody and Diesel became regular Team show jumping horses for WGRC, with Kirsty at the reins and Sarah in the collecting ring. The unfortunate passing of Melody, resulted in Sarah taking on Tiddler a young TB x Welsh Cob, and although inexperienced the pair have competed successfully in dressage, being part of the BD Team Quest dressage, as one of the Pink Unicorns. Tiddler as also proved herself to be quite a jumper, and has already been a team horse in 2015 with Kirsty on board. Sarah is responsible for Team merchandise and was one of the original members who set up the club.
[email protected] 07810 867321
Lottie ParkinSocial Secretary
Lottie Parkin (Social Secretary and Safe Guarding Officer) After jumping ponies as a teenager, Lottie went into Carriage Driving and later started to train her own horses and ponies to drive aswell as ride, she has spent time with the British Driving Society but in the last few years moved back towards the jumping and Riding Club activities. Lottie is most known for her collection of spotted horses, she currently owns 3 along with a couple of others. On Smartie Party and his son Roulette she enjoys jumping and eventing and with Orion’s Chino a bit of dressage. Lottie joined Wessex Gold Riding Club not long after it formed but didn’t become the Social Secretary until the middle of 2013, having met and made so many friends from joining a riding club her main aim as the Social Secretary is for other new members to join in, make new friends, have fun and hopefully find the enjoyment from the club that she also receives. Now her late 30’s, Lottie’s other enjoyments in life include being the happy person on the end of the phone to her delightful older customers at Wiltshire Farm Foods. After work and horses, she is also a Rainbow Leader (next one down from the Brownies).
[email protected] 07749 540574
A late developer within the horsey world, Jo did not start her life with horses until she was 16. Realising just how addictive they were she went on to work with them and train as a groom and riding instructor. After taking 6 years to realised that the industry was not for her Jo vowed to give up horses and left everything behind her, including all her coats, jackets and hats. Fate was not meant to be for a certain golden Welsh D named Bella who refused to be left behind without her partner in crime.
After being gifted to her by her previous owner and rebuying a whole wardrobe Jo and Bella became regular on the local show jumping scene competing for WGRC at the Nationals in Lincoln, rising through the ranks and competing nationally in showing, flying around team chasing and generally travelling at 100mph together, generally cackling away. In conjunction, Jo grew her partnership with her chestnut mare Bryony. The horse that originally taught her how to ride and continued to teach her how to ride, Bryony enjoyed showing her when she was doing something wrong with a good chestnut mare buck, preferably mid-air over a jump.
Sadly over the past two years Bryony lost her fight to a two year battle originating from mud fever and Bella, after recovering from liver damage developed ring bone, ending her career but ensuring that she was and still is the most expensive and beautiful lawn mower in all of Wiltshire.
When one door closes a window opens and Jo decided to double her herd. Along came Libby, a 6 year old 15.1 Welsh D x TB who had never been off the island of Anglesey and has a penchant for bread. In the 15 months that Jo and Libby have been partnered she has rebroken her and produced her. She has very rarely been out of placings since her very first show - To date she is currently competing at 2’6-2’9 showjumping, has just completed and was placed in her first novice dressage test and was placed 6th and then 5th in her first two 80cm ODEs this summer. With a love heart on her forehead and four white socks Jo has high hopes with this little mare.
Jo joined WGRC from the very beginning eventually joining the committee to develop the showing side of the club with the experience that she had picked up through showing with Bella. This position soon developed into becoming Secretary for the club.
[email protected] 07780 464084 Montrose Station Road Minety Wiltshire. SN16 9QY
Jenny has ridden since a young age, where she enjoyed a pony filled childhood participating in a variety of equestrian disciplines. She was an enthusiastic member of the pony club, representing them in a variety of team events. Jenny still has her first pony whom she shared with her sister Anna. Although well into her 30s Chrissie at 12.2hh is still a handful at times and regularly has the human family running around the yard trying to catch her.
During her teenage years Jenny moved onto horses. She has generally bought and brought on young horses, included several ex-racehorses. During this time she acquired a 15.3hh Chestnut warm blood mare, Carmel. Known as Millie to her friends, she could be a very tricky ride. However she and Jenny struck up a great bond which was to last 10 yrs, until Millie sadly passed away. During this time they competed successfully, acquiring many wins, in Show Jumping, Eventing and Team Chasing. Millie built up quite a reputation locally as being quick against the clock in Show Jumping. However, her first love was cross country and in the ten years they competed, Jenny and Millie only had faults in this discipline twice. Jenny and Millie represented Wessex Gold Riding Club on numerous occasions
Jenny currently has two horses, Eddie and Indie. Eddie is a 16.2hh ex racehorse who is currently beginning to compete at a low level having been off injured. Eddie is quite a character, described by one instructor as a lovable idiot!
Indie is a 7yr old 16.3hh ID/TB mare. Indie had done very little when Jenny purchased her two years ago and has been brought along slowly since then, being aimed at Show Jumping ad Eventing. Indie has proven to be talented but quirky, and has presented many challenges along the way. On one occasion being eliminated for rearing up, spinning round, bolting off and jumping a fence backwards – all before the bell had rang! In recent outings, Indie has managed to control her nerves and shown a marked improvement all round.
Jenny juggles her horses with a career in e-commerce, where she works for a local environmentally friendly gardening company.
[email protected] 07780 464155 Montrose, Station Road, Minety, Wiltshire, SN16 9QY
Janet StaresDressage Chef d Equip
Janet worked for a local building society for 27 years until they had enough of her and made her redundant. Since then she has been freelancing (as long as it’s legal, moral, doesn’t involve kids or housework she’ll consider it!) doing mainly animal sitting and dog walking.
Her horse, Wizzrd is an Anglo Arab diva who has been very challenging. Janet does mainly dressage having competed up to Advanced Medium on her old mare Molly and Medium on Wizz. She also does Dressage to Music, doing her own compositions and helping other club members to do their own. She has also done some showing on Rose Swaddon’s New Forest pony Willow who lives with Wizz.
Janet organises the clinics for Marie Kent and also the club Dressage Teams and wants to get as many people involved as possible in pony dancing!
[email protected] 07890 629161
Jo HowseChair Person & Show Jump Chef d Equip
Jo fits her riding around working for NAF as an Area Sales Manager, running Knappside Stud, as well as fitting in some time for her husband Simon, and Jack Russell Lola.
The stud keeps Jo busy with both her own horses and ponies and the young stock and foaling liveries. Jo mainly rides Mylee, and although mostly rides for fun, hacking around the local roads and tracks, she does still attend some clinics and loves going to camp each year.
Jo was part of the original team who created Wessex Gold, taking the club to BRC affiliation. Jo has taken the role of Chairperson for Wessex Gold RC since its conception and takes the responsibility for the show jumping teams.