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WGRC at the Area 9 qualifier 12th November

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

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Johnathan Bowman times for 13th November

Times for Sunday with Johnathan Bowman at Seven Bridges Farm
10am. 90cms
Jo Byrnes, Tara Plaister, Cheryl Muir, Sally Snowden
10.40. 80cms
Alex Solan, Jeanette Wright, Jo Jarvis
11.20. 70cms
shaun Snowden, Hamish Muir

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Marie Kent Clinic

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

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Dawn and Dessie have a star studded time at Aintree

imageimageDawn 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).

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WGRC dressage riders in the ribbons at the South West Championship

Challenging conditions at Hartpury this morning for the dressage teams with rain, wind and more rain. The showjumpers were lucky enough to be inside as was Rosemary Swadden who writing for a dressage judge in the morning.
Now for the bit you’ve been waiting for, the Riding Test team results – David Wood started us off with a satnav error and a deduction of 1% due to Fran having more than 60 BD points at Novice, getting a score of 64%. He was shortly followed by Teresa Carty who also had a sat nav error and then the judge must have forgotten to go to specksavers as she missed a movement so thought Ted had made a second error, fortunately the writer had seen it so no marks were lost but it did disrupt the flow of the test. Ted still achieved 73.2 % to come sixth in the morning session. Ted then went off to join the jumping team and the dressage support team of Rosemary and team trainer, Marie Kent had a four hour gap until the afternoon riders were on. Chloe Reeves did a lovely test to get 82. 5% and come third in the section on her lovely pony Wiggett. Finally Stephanie Swadden was the last combination to go of the afternoon. Snooze did not live up to her name and was very forward, so much so that Steph threw away her stick part way through the test. She also had satnav problems in the same place as the others (it must have been catching) and finished with a score of 62.3 %.
The team were just one mark short of being Sixth.
When Steph saw her marks she said quite loudly “dressage sucks” and Snooze wanted to gallop which had Marie and the others laughing.
Extreme thanks to Marie Kent for coaching all our competitors in the horrible conditions, getting soaked, and with a bad back too. Hope it improves soon Marie. Thank you also for all the parents, drivers and grooms who got our ladies to Hartpury, and thanks to Rosemary for this report.

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WGRC are BRC South West Show jumping champions

Having secured a third place at the Area 9 qualifier, Team Merlot qualified for the new regional championship which was held at Hartpury on the 20th of August. The team changed slightly from Leyland Court, as original member Janine and Bon Bon were unavailable, but the winner of the Jumping with Style, Ted Carty and the ever green Harley stepped up to become the fourth member. There were twenty teams entered from as far as Cornwall, from ten different area qualifiers, as second and third from each area got their chance to jump.
Team trainer Johnathan Bowman was there to support and prepare the team. The team was Tara Plaister on I win Van Orshof, Wendy Lappington on Loxley Monkey, Becky White on An Irish Knight and Ted Carty on Harley Kinski.
The horses jumped in the indoor arenas at the top of Hartpury, with the indoor warm up, which was fortunate as the weather was very wet and windy. Those doing dressage with team trainer, Marie Kent, were not so fortunate.
First to jump was Tara, who unfortunately had a refusal and time faults as her horse became spooky with so many fences in a smallish area. Becky was next with her mums big coloured, who has really stepped up over the last year to become a regular in teams for WGRC, the pair went clear. Next up was Wendy, and other regular in the teams, and they too went clear. Last to jump was Ted, after having ridden in the morning in the dressage, getting a sixth. They too went clear, so allowing for our drop score, WGRC went through on zero. Round two saw the fences rise to 85cms, and now the time spent jumping was to become influential for the team result. Johnathan briefed the team, we needed clear rounds, rather than fast times, but needed to keep the pace forward, so not to waste time. First in again was Tara who rode her socks off, there was no way that Beano was putting in a refusal this time, and the pair were rewarded with a clear round. Becky was in next, and she too rode an excellent round for another clear, so things were looking good. Up next was Wendy and Monkey. Monkey started off a little off the pace and rattled the first few fences, with the third falling. This seemed to wake him, and Wendy up and then the pair zoomed round, finishing on the 4 faults. It was now all on Teds shoulders to produce another clear round. Well what a round she rode. The rest of the team with John, Jo Howse and Lola the mascot dog, sat in the stands, riding every fence with her. Harley jumped his socks off showing age and a busy, long day wasn’t going to effect him, the pair produced the clear round we needed to go forward on zero. Now the wait began for the judges to calculate all the times. The top three teams were to be presented their rosettes mounted, so forever optimistic the team were prepared for the prize giving. All plaited up and looking extremely smart, the wait was on for the results. Local Area 9 team, the VWH were also in the running for the top spot, but as the results were announced in reverse order, and with the VWH in second, we knew that the team were to be crowned champions. An excellent result again for WGRC, having been crowned National champions only 18months previous at the same venue, with Becky White being on that team too.

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