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WGRC qualify for Eventers Challenge Champs

Just got in the door from a very eventful day . 7.30 start helping Area15 set up.I would just like to say I do love this job great riders and there horses. We started with the team 80 senior and they put there mark on to a very tricky oversized in some places but they went out and rode brilliant and with this they came 2nd only being beaten by 2 seconds. Our individuals went and again they rode brilliant both coming home safe.Juniors next and as always great team spirit unfortunately it wasnt to be for the team of only 3. Individual Tara Plaister 4th and Jo Byrne 5th. Individual junior Morgan Marie Kent 1st. Unfortunately the radios went down unfortunately it was then delayed 2hrs for the 90 to start the 90 team were also only running with 3 the course was again tricky but they did there best in the conditions . Individual 90 went to winner winner chicken diner Amy Smith. Unfortunately Ben Newman who still went round didnt get placed today . So a very well done to all riders and there steads. Big thank you goes to Ben Greenwood massive thanks to Rosemary Swadden Nicola Brown Heather Beresford Elizabeth Long and Claire Tobin just got to wait to see if the team and Individuals get to go to the Festival of the horse xxx. Thanks to Sue Allen for the report.

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WGRC hunter trial results

Thank you to all of those who helped and competed at the WGRC hunter trial today. Thank you to Rabson Manor, who once again supported the club by allowing us to use their lovely facilities, as well as the great support they give in making sure everything is prepared, which takes out a lot of work needed. The results are detailed below. There is one change since the results on the day, which on discussions with the start controller were rectified, so Class one shows two winners, the one awarded on the day, and the placings given, plus the actual winner, showing the correct faults.

It was great to see so many WGRC members doing so well, especially our juniors.




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Hunter Trial times for 24th September

Please see the times for the Hunter Trial on Sunday held at Rabson Manor. There are some spare spaces for any last minute entries, please contact Jo directly if you would like one of these so they are not over sold. Please remember your deposit if you need to hire a number bib, these are available from the secretary’s tent. Medical arm bands are compulsory, and Hat 2 Hoof, our on site saddlery have these in stock if you are yet to get one. See you all Sunday, and hope you all have a great time.

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Dressage to Music

Would you like to try dressage to music but don’t know where to start – we’re offering to help you do it.

Janet Stares would do your music and then you’ have an hours session with Marie Kent to put together a floorplan for you for £85.

Contact Janet if you’re interested

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WGRC show jumpers clean up at the Area 9 trials

The WGRC juniors are flying high at the moment, having won the Area 9 Show jumping qualifier at Leyland Court. The team consisting of Ben Newman, Morgan Kent, Sophie Barnes and Rebecca Cockleton, jumped their socks off to finish after two rounds on a score of 4 faults. The team have qualified for the National Championships at Lincoln at the beginning of September. Team trainer, Johnathan Bowman was thrilled with the result saying “for such a new team, they all supported each other and that confidence brought the result we worked for”.

Morgan Kent also won the unaffilted section of the Jumping with Style at 85cms, on his lovely grey pony Levi.

The Seniors also collected a collection of rosettes. The 70cms team (Lottie Parkin, Lizzie O Connell, Sally Snowden and Jo Manning) took first place in the unaffiliated section. This is a new class added to BRC and it proved to be a great stepping stone for new horses and riders. The 80cms Team (Steph Swadden, Alex Solan, Jeannette Wright and Becky Warner) took 3rd place in the BRC qualifer, which was a great result for this team who have put the work in and reaped the rewards.

Tara Plaister and her new horse Cortynan Vivendi Girl rode a fantastic triple clear to win the 90cms individual in the non qualifier.IMG_7249

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WGRC horse trials success

IMG_7425Ben Newman who won the Junior Individual 80cms Horse trials at the Area 9 qualifier at West Wilts in July, went on to win at the National Championships, held at Swalcliffe. Ben and his horse Midnight did an excellent dressage test to score 28.5, before jumping a fabulous double clear, adding only 0.8 time faults cross country.

The Area competition saw Morgan Kent collect an individual third placing, having also completed a double clear, with a few speeding points…..

The junior team, which included Sophie and Rebecca collected a 3rd place.

The senior event team, sported the new WGRC colours thanks to Trow Lane Stud. The 80cms team consisted of Jo Manning, Wendy Lapingdon, Becky Warner’s and Kathy Hancox came in sixth, with an individual third for Jo Manning and Llanbabo Liberty.

Lottie Parkin and Abbie Robins both competed as individuals in the 90cms and Abbie and Adrian the second were sixth.

Amy Chapham and Trozulan competed in the 100, and although the pair made light of the cross country the show jump phase was not their friend.
WGRC also took control of the scoring with a team in the office and Phil Howell on the quad.


what a team….


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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 🙂

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
Written by Janet StaresIMG_6831


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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
£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

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