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.
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
Jo Howse, Ted Carty, Chloe Weavern – with the award going to Jo Howse
Lucy Rixon, Alex Solan, Tara Plaister, Jeanette Wright, – with the award going to Lucy Rixon
Wendy Lappingdon, Jill Careless, Sophie Reeves – with the award going to Wendy Lappingdon
Louise Tobin, Jane Wood, Diane Kilshaw – with the award going to Diane Kilshaw
Jenny Hughes, Michele Keefe, Lottie parkin, Alex Sloan – with the award going to Alex Solan
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.
It was a lovely day – crisp and sunny which makes a change from the usual howling gale we get at Leyland Court. The junior competition was not the busiest as several clubs (us included) have had some of their team move into the seniors but we still had Abbie Robins and Louisa Tobin riding for the club as individuals.
Abbie and Tonto have improved a lot since I last saw them and if Tonto hadn’t decided to be a giraffe in the trot would have been placed much higher in their first test. They still got 67% for 4th place in P2. Tonto went better in his 2nd test for 64% (tougher judge) and came 2nd.
Louisa and Hannah also went better in their second test (N30) for 65% and 2nd (which apparently is usual for Hannah) but they still came 7th in their N27 with 61%. Hannah isn’t easy but Louisa did a good job getting some good work from her.
Hopefully next year we may be able to get some more juniors interested so that we can send some teams again. There’s always a good atmosphere and everyone is really friendly so come on kids join WGRC
Area dressage at Summerhouse today got off to a damp start, but at least by the time our ladies were competing the light drizzle was drying up and so it stayed all day overcast with the odd drizzly shower. The morning saw the four Prelim riders compete in rapid succession with Wendy Lappington and Monkey again pulling out all the stops to score 68.3% and come 8th in her arena. Louise Kelly Ramaer was in the arena by the spooky hedge and got 63.4%. Stephanie Swadden and Snooze overcame an overnight colic scare to achieve 64% and Jo Howse with Paulbeg Miss Miller had a slight satnav error to get a score of 59.1%.
We then had a break before the Novice competitors did their warm up class. The three who did this class all went better in the main class later although the marks from one of the judges were consistently low! In the warm up Class Anneka Storey was 3rd, Janet Stares 4th and Kim Swift 8th.
Finally the Novice results: Anneka Storey 69.1% and 4th in her section, Janet Stares 64.6%, Kim Swift 60.2% and Abigail May Evans 67.0%.
Congratulations to Kennet Vale Riding club who won today and Swindon RC who were second. Wessex Gold Aurum were seventh, just out of the rosettes and Wessex Gold Oro were 19th.
It was a lovely day but just not our day. All our horses behaved and worked well so lots to look forward to. Many thanks from all of us to Marie Kent who warmed everyone up and stood in to call for Abigail as I was at that time calling for Kim.
Not to forget Janet Schooling who did a steady individual test for 61%.
Glad this is a written report as I called seven tests today and not sure how much voice I have left 🙂
Kindly written by Rosemary Swadden – Chef d equip
Times for Sunday with Johnathan Bowman at Seven Bridges Farm
Jo Byrnes, Tara Plaister, Cheryl Muir, Sally Snowden
Alex Solan, Jeanette Wright, Jo Jarvis
shaun Snowden, Hamish Muir
There’s a new clinic at Casey Sticklands on October 30th from 10am-1pm. 45 minute individual session cost £35, shared hour session £25. Can be used to train or practice a test in a short or Long (by arrangement arena. Book your place now via the calendar
Dawn Wilkins reports from the ROR National Championship show at Aintree over the bank holiday weekend she attended with her ex race horse Dessie. A four day event this year, with the showing classes runnning on both the Saturday and Sunday. With over 200 ex racehorses competing and with the delights of Bank holiday traffic, Dawn and the team experienced a 6.5 hour drive on the Friday, but Aintree was really welcoming and they had the lovely surprise on arrival, that Dessie had been allocated the stable used by Red Rum, Ballabriggs and Amberleigh House when they won the National. ROR and Aintree work hard to create a championship atmosphere and Dawn had great fun riding down the horse walk in front of the stands to the arena. Not quite so much fun for her support team (husband Kevin) as it is about a third of a mile each way for him to walk. On the plus side there is a Toby Carvery right by the entrance to Aintree so the excuse of it not being worth cooking in the lorry, resulted in a weekend off from washing up and cooking, so we’ll worth going all that way. On the serious side, Dessie competed in two classes for horses to have won over £70,000 racing, being placed second and third, in very good company as those in the top places have both shown at HOYS. The pair also secured a strong sixth in a huge amateur class, as well as being placed in the Saturday evening championship which rewarded them the opportunity to then join the parade in the “Always a Star Parade” on the Sunday, meeting the race horse, Lord Gyllene who won the National the year of the bomb scare. He looked fabulous for being 28 now. To round the weekend, the pair did the glamour stakes – this is where the horse is the accessory, hence Dawn wearing a dress, a wedding hat and sandals (which makes for interesting walking on a surface, with hooves about), whilst Dessie was sporting a red ribbon in his tail and red diamantes in his mane. It was judged by Jilly Cooper and won by someone with the most fabulous hat decorated with racehorses (what else).