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Wessex Gold at the Area 9 combined training

One team and one individual competed at the recent CT event at Hartpury. Unfortunately we were all spread out times wise so we didn’t get to support each other as a team, but we did all have great fun. It was a lovely Saturday to be out competing, bright and dry. Having not been to Hartpury for a good few years, OTS (my horse), Sharon (lovely groom for the day) & I arrived in plenty of time. The event itself was extremely well run & all the helpers were very nice. My dressage test was just after a break so the large warm up area was quite quiet when I went in. OTS warmed up well, then off we went. The test itself was ok, my first ever attempt at novice which I enjoyed, I just have to remember to breath & actually ride once I’ve gone up the centre line. The SJ was in the main arena which I thought was fantastic, OTS and I have never jumped in anywhere so grand. I got caught out with the new whip rule but thankfully a lovely RC competitor lent me theirs just as I went into the ring. We did a nice clear round but gained 1 SJ time fault, so needs to be more flowing. Amy Mawson & Joanne Lumb were the other 2 team members. Amy and her lovely boy also really enjoyed themselves. Amy said her boy reverted back to his younger race horse mentality putting in a few extra shapes and manoeuvres in the dressage, and lost concentration in the SJ as it was all far too exciting being in that big main ring. Amy was really pleased with him though and is pleased that he feels well enough to still have that extra spring in his step despite being 19 not a 4 year yr old like he behaved. Jo competed on her young horse and so it was a great outing for him. Jo said Jenson found the dressage warm up a little daunting, so he never really relaxed at all but he did well in his first ever test. Jo was very pleased with him. Jo also loved the SJ, the big arena was amazing and there were loads more room to warm up in both the top arena & just outside the main arena which was fab. The course rode well and was nicely built, which is very positive for any competitor especially for those on young or inexperienced horses/combinations. The team came a respectable 15th, with a 5th place for OTS and myself.
Mia Bates competed as an individual Junior and competed in the BE90 Test 96/SJ 85 cm. Mia really enjoyed the day, thought it was really well run & the SJ fab being in the main arena. Mia came an amazing 1st, what a great start to 2020.
If you’ve never competed for the RC for whatever reason, I would definitely say give it a go. The training is really good & fun. The venues used and the running of the competitions are of a high standard, so give it a go.

Thanks to Sam for the report of the day

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Change of committee for 2020

With 2020 nearly here, and the WGRC AGM planned for the 18th of January, we are sad to say goodbye to both Sue Allen and Nicola Brown.  Both have been part of Wessex Gold for a number of years before stepping up a few years ago.  Sue was responsible for getting the competitors organised for Horse Trials, Combined Training, Eventers Challenge and Arena Eventing, as well as planning the clinics with Ben Greenwood and the planning of the WGRC Autumn Hunter Trial.  Being part of the team at Trow Lane Stud, means her days are busy and we thank her for the time she put into supporting WGRC.
Nicola was responsible for the membership forms, getting them into BRC as well as organising and collating all the passports of the competing horses, which with all the rules from BRC is no mean feat.  Nicola, who not only has two horses of her own, but who has also just taken on a new job, can no longer give the time needed to support this role.  Congratulations Nicola, we wish you well in your new job.
The club is therefore looking for new committee members to replace Sue and Nicola, so if you think you would like to be part of WGRC, let Jo Howse know.  In the meantime, Jo Howse will manage membership.

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BRC change Flu vaccination rules

In line with other affiliated associations, and some venues, BRC have amended their rules on Flu & Tet vaccinations, now being needed every six months, Plus clarification on when jabs are due pre an Area or National competition.

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Hunter Trial results September 2019

Thank you to all the wonderful helpers from today’s Hunter Trial, especially Sue Allen who takes control of the event, and the team at Rabson Manor who are always so accommodating. Below are the results from the competition. If you did not collect your rosettes, please send an SAE with £1.50 postage on to J Howse, Knappside Stud, Malmesbury Rd, Leigh, SN66RH and we will post out.

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Hunter Trial times for Sunday

Please see images of the times for the WGRC  Hunter Trial on 29th September.  Version 3

If any information is incorrect or missing, eg if you are riding for a Riding Club, on a retrained Race horse, over 50 yrs, or under 12 yrs let us know as there are special awards on offer.


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Miss the AGM but want to know what WGRC are doing or have done. Here are photos of the presentation to keep you up to date.

Discussions with those who attended detailed
1. Keep the Awards party in November. People like a posh night out, to get dressed up etc It’s not just for those who are winning an award, it’s an excuse for a good night out.
2. Also would attend a more casual night, jeans as dress code, buffet and a disco / band
3. Want talks from equine professionals and Danni Olding was suggested.
4. Competitors should pay the pre entry fee at the time of putting their name forward to prevent people changing their minds. This can then be refunded by reducing the entry fee for the competition.
5. A mixed discipline camp is wanted, and Stonar is liked but in July not August.

The audience On the night had the opportunity to give ideas etc on slips of paper which will be reviewed at the next Committee meeting. People also detailed which events they would help out at, so those who didn’t attend, we would love to know your preference.

If you have comments on the above or from the presentation, please do put your comments forward either on this post or by PM to Jo Howse. Without your ideas etc we cannot plan successful events.

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WGRC awards Dinner and Dance

Members of WGRC enjoyed an evening out at Chiseldon House Hotel on the 17th of November.  Planned by social secretary, Lottie Parkin, everything was prepared for a fun evening.  This year the food was excellent, so an improvement on the year before, so the move to the new venue was a good choice.  The staff at Chiseldon House were very attentive, providing great service throughout the evening.  Although the perfect excuse to all get together, enjoy good food and have a dance, the evening also saw awards presented to those who have competed and helped out throughout the year.  When members compete within Qualifiers and then go onto the National or Regional finals, WGRC give rosettes to reward the efforts of these riders and those horses.


  • BRC Nationals at Lincoln – Hollie Cowley
  • Winter Dressage Team at Arena UK – Tiffany Lay, Becky Warner, Laura Watts and Hollie Cowley 
  • Dressage Riding Test Team – Bex Greenwood,  Hollie Cowley, Claire Maidment, Morgan Kent
  • Dressage Team at SWWRC – Bex Greenwood, Nicola Allen, Claire Maidment, Morgan Kent
  • Dressage to Music Championships- Tiffany Lay and Morgan Kent

Show Jumping

  • Winter Show Jumping Championships at Bury Farm – Becky White, Tara Plaister, Hollie Cowley, Lottie Parkin
  • SWWRC Championships and National Champions
  • Tara Plaister
  • Hollie Cowley
  • Becky Warner
  • Keiron Kent

Horse Trials

  • BRC National Championship Team Junior 80cms – Sophie Barnes, Kieron Kent, Morgan Kent
  • BRC National Championship Team Junior 90cms – Sophie Barnes, Mia Regular, Morgan Kent

Eventers Challenge

  • BRC National Championships at Aston le Walls
  • Amy Smith
  • Tara Plaister 
  • Becky Warner 
  • Lottie Parkin
  • Morgan Kent 

Combined training

  • BRC National Championships at Aston le Walls
  • Laura Watts and Chapalowe Bee a Star
  • Well done to all those who qualified for these National Championships, it is an amazing achievement to get placings and win again at the SWWRC.

Awards from the Trainers were also given:

  • The nominations for the Pammy Hutton award
  • David Woo
  • Bex Greenwood 
  • Katie Palmer
  • And the winner is…..  Bex Greenwood
  • The nominations for the Johnathan Bowman award
  • Sally Snowden
  • Tara Plaister 
  • Becky White
  • And the winner is…… Sally Snowden
  • And the nomination for the Marie Kent award
  • Claire Maidment
  • Diane Green
  • Frances Stokesberry 
  • And the winner is…. Frances Stokesberry
  • And the nominations for the Ben Greenwood award
  • Sophie Barnes
  • Kieron Kent
  • Amy Smith
  • And the winner is…. Sophie Barnes
  • And the nominations for the Tanya Nevile award
  • Jenny Hughes
  • Chloe Woodcock
  • Sarah Gray
  • And the winner is…. Sarah Gray
  • And the nominationfor the RoR award
  • Dessert Sea
  • Every Last Penny
  • Bright Spirit
  • And the winner is…  Every Last Penny
  • And the nominations for the Pony of the Year
  • Helens Lads
  • Clanceys Boy
  • Rivervalley Roxanne 
  • And the winner is… Clanceys Boy
  • And the nominations for the Horse of the Year
  • My Friend Jackson 
  • Chapalowe Bee a Star
  • Caminito 
  • And the winner is…. Chapalowe Bee a Star
  • And the nominations for Senior Competitor of the Year
  • Tara Plaister
  • Becky Warner
  • Hollie Cowley 
  • And the winner is… Tara Plaister
  • And the nomination for Junior Competitor of the Year
  • Kieron Kent 
  • Morgan Kent 
  • Sophie Barnes
  • And the winner is… Kieron Kent
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Every WGRC member should give time throughout the year to help out.  Every BRC Championship we attend we need to send helpers to so we can compete.  Our fund raisers all need helpers.
  • There are some members who are always first to offer.
  • And the winner is… Chloe Woodcock
  • And the last award, The Chair Persons Award
  • To a person who has shown, Outstanding achievement,  Belief ,a true shining star,  an inspiration to others
  • And the winner is ……. Bex Greenwood

Thank you to to everyone who attended, and if you didn’t get to come this year, please do join us next year.  It is an amazing night, it’s not all about those who have won awards it is about a great night out, good food, too much wine and some interesting dance moves, what is not to like …


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Many of you will have received numerous emails concerning GDPR and how companies are going to change how they manage their communication with you.  Clubs and associations need to abide by the same European rules, and so WGRC have produced the attached Privacy Policy which adhere to these requirements.  We will also be emailing out for you to confirm or unsubscribe to our news letter which advises members of upcoming events, results and awards, so we hope you continue to allow us to communicate to you in this way.

This has been a mammoth task to undertake, so I would like to take the opportunity to thank those in the committee who have been involved.

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Here come the girls

WGRC sent an all Ladies team to jump in the 90cms Intermediate Class at Tumpy Green Hosts of the Area qualifier. Under the guidance of Team Trainer, Johnathan Bowman, the team who comprised of Tara Plaister, Becky White, Lottie Parkin and Hollie Cowley, won having completed the first round on a team score of 8 penalties, and second round all going clear, so a team score of zero. Hollie and her mount, My Friend Jackson were also awarded individual second, having jumped double clear with a quick time. The team will now compete at the Championships held at Bury Farm at the end of April.

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