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WGRC dressage divas take the top spots

Well what can I say – a fantastic day with great people and an amazing team spirit. Reading everyone’s posts there’s one word that keeps cropping up and that ‘Proud’, and that’s it … I am proud of everyone who took part, wherever you were placed. The club is a great group of people who are all there for each other, but still have a great time and a laugh. Anyway enough of the back slapping…here’s the highlights of today:

Placed 1st in their arenas: Wendy Lappington and Hollie Cowley (Hollie got the only 10 of the day!) Well deserved girls šŸ™‚

The Prelim team, 50 shades made up of Laura Watts ,(wonky) Wendy Lappington, Morgan Kent and Nicola Allen came 1st to go forward to Hartbury in August,
The other Prelim team Spots or Not : Morgan, Lottie Parkin, Abbie Robins and Claire Tobin came 7th

The Riding test team (age is just a number) came 4th (and may get a wild card entry) and The Allsorts team came 10th.

Finally the Open team of Julie Venis, Hollie Cowley, Abigail May Evans and Becky Warner came 4th.

Thank you everyone . Keeeepppp Dancing x
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Horse for Sale

Reg ISH 5yr old Mare
Connermara x TB 15.1h Bay
Broken last Sept by Ben Lund
Has competed at Hunters & Lambourn Show – Pleasure to take
3 Nice paces
Hacks out alone or in company grass or road – not known to spook but will look and needs pushing forward
She is green and needs a confident but gentle rider – so no novice or nervous riders
Not a weight carrier would suit older teenager or petite adult
Started jumping this week SJ & XC
Needs bringing on to full potential of Riding Club Horse
Selling due to change in owners health.
more videos + photos on request
No time wasters
full vetting welcome
5* home
Ā£4000 or sensible offers 07886017060 [email protected] location cricklade17098268_10156042639354062_3016554114357200027_n

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Johnathan Bowman wins again

IMG_6693Back to back wins for local rider

Johnathan Bowman, local show jumper and trainer achieved an unheard of result by winning the Welsh Masters 1.25m Championship title for the second year in a row, on his seasoned campaigner, “Marcel des Rosiers”. Marcel has been owned by Johnathan since he was three years old. Now seventeen, the spritely chestnut gelding, is kept for the big occasions. Having jumped the week previous at the Blue Chip Championships, held at Hartpury, as a warm up, the pair were fully prepared. The competition offers two qualifying rounds, starting on the Thursday, and having qualified on the first day, Johnathan saved Marcel from jumping until the Sunday when the Championship class was scheduled. The championship put forward 60 starters, thirty from each qualifier, so it really was a test of the best horses and riders. Being given a drawn order towards the end of the class, Johnathan was able to watch the best rounds, and have a plan in place. Johnathan commented “The fastest rounds all kept to same jump off route, so I knew where I had to go, we just had to ride faster, and leave the jumps up”. When it came to the pairs turn, and with the plan in mind, the pair produced a master class round, taking a massive 1.40 seconds off of Faye Adams riding Ebriolita, to force her into a second place.
Johnathan who is runs his own JB Academy for talented up and coming riders, also trains many local riders, as well as producing new horses for the future. Johnathan commented “Its amazing that Marcel still has what it takes to win these prestigious classes, and that is testimony to the excellent care that the whole team put in, as well as the support I get from NAF to keep him nutritionally in tip top condition. It’s an exciting time at the moment, I have some amazing owners who fully support the long term plan, we have some good horses coming through, we buy them as two and three year olds, many directly from Studs across the UK and Europe, and slowly produce them so that they become the stars of the future. However we couldn’t do this without the amazing support from our vets, Wessex Equine and our sponsors who make sure that the whole team, including the horses are sporting the best and safest equipment, Toggi, Woof Wear, Champion, Claudio Lugli, Antares and most recently Flying Colours.”
So what’s next? Johnathan’s next big competition will be Bicton Arena which is at the end of May, with some of the less experienced horses, and then onto The Royal International Horse Show held at Hickstead for Marcel and new ride Freule TN owned by Mohsin Mohsin, having qualified for the Winter Novice Championship.
More can be found out about Johnathan Bowman and the team by visiting www.jbshowjumptraining.com

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Marie Kent Clinic

The next Marie Kent Clinic is at Casey Sticklands, Baydon on April 30th starting at 2pm. Their are 45 min Individual sessions and 30 minute sessions for test riding for Rabson.

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Area Dressage

++++Calling all dressage riders (seniors and juniors)++++

The area 9 qualifier is at Rabson Manor on 14th May. It includes:
1) Prelim teams and individuals which qualifies for championships at Hartpury or Lincoln (you decide beforehand if you want to try for Lincoln BUT you can still go to Hartbury if you don’t qualify)
2) Individual and team Riding Tests as above
3) Open team which is 3x novice and 1x elementary qualifing for Lincoln only.


There is also pairs dressage and individual medium and advance medium all of are qualifiers for Lincoln.


If anyone is interseted in any of these classes please let me know…


To be put forward you MUST be able to go to the championship if you qualify – Hartpury is 19th August and Lincoln is 2nd and 3rd September and Marie Kent must have seen you and your horse recently as she puts the teams together. We are trying to arrange a clinic for this but it may be that you’ll need to see Marie privately. Your horse must be vaccinated and a copy of their passport with ID and Vaccs sent to Emma Dunkley so we can check. Horse and Rider eligibilty are in the BRC rulebook Appendix 2 and 3, please make sure that you and your horse do not fall foul of these

If you are interested, please letĀ Janet StaresĀ know what level, Team/Individual, Hartbury or Lincoln if Prelim and horses name ASAP

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BRC Area dressage at Leyland Court

Well that was a long day, Marie Kentand I (Rosemary Swadden) arrived at Leyland Court at 8.30am in order to get the first of our competitors warmed up and the necessary administration done before Amy Mawson riding Bright Spirit set the ball rolling for Wessex in the individual P7 and simultaneously Claire Tobin and Hannah were competing in the other arena doing N30. Immediately following Amy was Nicola Brown and Gulliver. The preliminary marks were tight, the winner getting just over 66%, Amy had 65.23% to come 4th and best ROR, Nicola wasn’t far behind with 61,14% but out of the placings. Likewise in the Novice 30, Claire achieved 64.81% but was out of the ribbons. Tiffany Lay with Caminito and Kim Swift with Atlas IV followed each other later in the same class. Both combinations rode well, Tiff was 7th with a score of 68.27% and Kim was unplaced with 63.27%. Back in the preliminary arena and Laura Watts caused some interest by competing side saddle! She and Cracker did a nice test to come 3rd with a score of 66.14%. We all thought Hollie Cowley did a good relaxed test but the judge thought otherwise and gave her 64.77% for 10th place.
Over in the Novice arena Kim and Tiff were back in action, marks were again very close, Tiff with 61.43%, Kim 61.19% but neither were in the placings. Stephanie Swadden and Snooze were stepping up to Novice for only the second time. Having allowed plenty of time for warm up as she has been a bit fresh recently, they overcooked it and were a bit flat in their test to get 56.9%.
Then it was back to the other side for the Elementary class. Janet Stares and Wizz did a pleasing test for 65.53% and 10th place while Dawn Baccus and Desert Sea were just ahead of Jan in 7th place with 66% and highest place ROR in that class. Finally Jan did the Medium test with, as the judge said, a much improved Wizz who came 7th with 63.23%
As you may have realised our teams were not placed in the top six but all our riders gave pleasing performances, best of all great team spirit with Amy and Claire supplying food and hot drinks, Marie and I were well looked after. Marie has to take the credit for the following photos of all our competitors.
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WGRC Awards Evening is a success for many.

Wgrc held the first of their Awards Dinner and Dance evenings on October the 25th st the Hilton Hotel in Swindon. Lottie Parkin, WGRC Social Secretary did an excellent job in finding the venue and making sure the evening was a great success.

Much fun was had with the pre dinner “parcel parcel” which saw each table un wrap a surprise and task. One of the highlights of the night was watching Chair Person, Jo Howse and Team trainer, Ben Greenwood, dance the YMCA whilst wearing sparkly “do boppers”on their heads.

After everyone had tucked into three courses of lovely food the presentations started. Riders who competed for the club at National level were rewarded for their efforts and commitment, and ultimately their success in actually achieving the success to get to the championship. Awards and congratulations were given to;

Steph Chresswell and Sophie Reeves who not only qualified but were also placed at the Festival of the Horse National Eventers Challenge.

Rosettes were given to those who competed in the new South west championships which were held at Hartpury, for those teams who were placed second and third in the qualifiers. We were delighted to have been crowned SWRC Show jumping champions. These riders were Ted Carty, Becky White, Wendy Lappingdon, and Tara Plaister.
Our Dressage Divas were – Chloe Reeves, David Wood, Ted Carty and Steph Swadden who ended up 11th as a team, with some individual placings.

Our National Winters competitors where also thanked for their performances in the Dressage held at Bury Farm – Zoe Thompson, David Wood, Rita west, Jo manning, Janet stares, and Wendy Lappingdon.

We also had success within the summer qualifiers sending riders to each National Championship. These riders were rewarded with their rosettes and Club saddle pads sporting the Nationals Star. These riders were
For Eventing – Lottie Parkin and Amy Clapham
Show jumping with style. Ted Carty
Dressage. Lisa Sterrow
Combined training. Abbie Robins

The awards didn’t stop there. There were also new awards given by the Trainers, the Chair Person and for those horses, ponies and riders who excelled. Those nominated were

Chair persons award.
Sue Austen, Ted Carty, Lottie Parkin, Rosemary Swadden – with the award going to Sue Austen
Marie Kent.
Jo Howse, Ted Carty, Chloe Weavern – with the award going to Jo Howse
John bowman.
Lucy Rixon, Alex Solan, Tara Plaister, Jeanette Wright, – with the award going to Lucy Rixon
Ben greenwood.
Wendy Lappingdon, Jill Careless, Sophie Reeves – with the award going to Wendy Lappingdon
Pammy Hutton.
Louise Tobin, Jane Wood, Diane Kilshaw – with the award going to Diane Kilshaw
Tanya Neville.
Jenny Hughes, Michele Keefe, Lottie parkin, Alex Sloan – with the award going to Alex Solan
Katie cox.
Rosie Kinneir, Margret Howell, Anneca Storey – with the award going to Rosie Kinneir
RE trained Race Horse of the Year
Prince Zar, Royal Bruere, Five Boys, Trozulon – with the award going to Prince Zar
Pony of the year.
Stella Artois, Ready Steady Go, Peters Top Jock, Clancy’s Boy – with the award going to Ready Steady Go
Horse of the year.
Harley Kinski, Loxley Monkey, Pink House Lady, Smartie party – with the award going to Harley Kinski
Junior competitor of the year –
Zoe Thompson, Sophie Reeves, Abbie Robins, Chloe Reeves, Steph Cresswell with the award going to Zoe Thompson
Senior competitor of the year
Wendy Lappingdon, Becky White, Ted Carty, Jo Manning – with the award going to Wendy Lapingdon
Awards were also given to those “Amazing Husbands” who have helped out and supported the club, mostly for the sake of an easy life at Home, so thanks must go to – Phil, Phil, Clive, Frank, and Jason.

Thanks must go to Social Secretary Lottie Parkin, who did an amazing job arranging the venue, menu, raffle prizes and setting up the room, as well at preparing the extra entertainment on the evening. Everyone had a great time and it was great to see everyone clean and preened with their best outfits. I’m sure I am not alone in looking forward to next years event.

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