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Dream win for WGRC trainer Johnathan Bowman

Johnathan Bowman, team show jumping trainer has managed to achieve a very special win on Marcel des Rosiers, a horse he has owned and produced since a three year old. Marcel who is now sixteen has been on winning form having won a big championship in April at The Welsh Masters, near Chepstow.
The Equestrian.Com Derby weekend was held over five days starting on the 22nd of June. The competition is held at the prestigious All England Jumping Course in West Sussex, which is home to the Derby where riders tackle the notorious Hickstead bank, and Devils Dyke.
Johnathan took three horses to Hickstead, his own Marcel, and two horses owned by long term supporter and friend, Steve Valente-Smith, Enamorado and Pennvad.
Many of the National classes hold qualifiers in the outside arenas, where they then put the top six through from each day to then jump in the massive main Derby arena. Marcel jumped on the Wednesday in the 1.25m qualifier; there were 120 riders in the class, and Johnathan and Marcel performed a great double clear to finish second, just 0.1 second behind the winner, so through to the Championship. With the qualification in the bag, Marcel was rested ready for the championship on the Friday. The rain had caused all manner of problems at Hickstead, with stables flooding and lorries being towed in and out, but the grass arena is one of the best in the world having been completely replaced only a few years ago, so the going was great. With twelve starters the race was on, but with a scorching double clear, the pair won by over three seconds. Johnathan commented “this win is so special, Marcel has been my horse of a life time, we have won the Welsh Masters, Scope, Hartpury Spectacular, the B&C, been to HOYS and Olympia, but never won at Hickstead. I’m over the moon with his performance, he feels amazing at the moment”.
Not to be outdone, the winning spree continued. Pennvad, a horse bought by Steve for his son, but also ridden by Johnathan, competed in the Novice Open. With 240 starters, a careful and quick performance was needed. The pair came second, again only beaten by 0.1 of a second, and through to the Championship. Pennvad, had decided too that he wanted to win one of the prestigious Hickstead rugs, so jumped his socks off to come in first. Steve’s other horse Enamorado, fresh from his win, also at the Welsh Masters, had an unlucky fence down in the Foxhunter class which had 150 starters, but was rewarded with a sixth in the 1.25m on the second day with a lovely double clear. Johnathan commented “I was really pleased with how Steve’s horses jumped, the horses are based with me at our yard at Leigh, and Enamorado is a young horse who still has a lot to learn. This is the biggest competition he’s been to, and he has taken it in his stride. We are off to France the first weekend in August to compete at Le Toucan, so this has been great preparation for them all.”

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WGRC jumping high at the Area 9 show jumping qualifier

Starting bright and early, we were all there for the Area 9 show Jumping competition held at Leyland court(19th June). Our Jumping with Style team were awarded 2nd (Lincoln) and 5th in the open section. The team consisted of Ted Carty, Steph Swadden, Wendy Lappingdon and Janine Collishaw, and we also had a junior individual, Abbie Ellison jumping the 75cms. Janine was 6th as an individual in the 85cms, Ted and Harley won the 75cms, getting pretty much nines all through through the test, so the BRC training obviously worked. Abbie was 2nd, so a good results all round, as the course proved tricky. The 80cms team competition saw us field two teams, Claret and Merlot. The first round saw many eliminated, but all our girls completed the course. Tara and Janine went clear, Becky, Lucy, Jenny and Jo had four faults, and Amy and Wendy both had twelve. However when looking at the results at the end of round one, Team merlot was in second on four faults, and team Claret mid table on sixteen faults, out of the 19teams entered, so it was all to jump for.

Well I have to say the second rounds were great, so many Fabby performances, everyone rode their socks off. We had clear rounds from Tara, Becky, Wendy, Jo, Amy, and Lucy, with Janine just getting one down and Jenny getting three down. So both of our teams went forward with zero allowing for the drop score. So Team Merlot were on four faults and Team claret on sixteen. Two other teams were on four faults so a third round jump off was needed. We were last to jump, and having watched the other two teams both have fences to both take twelve faults forward, it was nail biting stuff. It was the fourth round for Wendy and Janines horse, and both had fences down. Tara who had so far gone double clear had one down and Beckys horse had two down, so we went forward with sixteen and was rewarded third out of 19 teams, and the opportunity to jump at the new South west championships held at Hartpury in August. Team Claret ended up a very respectable 7th. Once more our riders looked the part, rode their socks off, were professional in their attitude and approach and as Johnathan Bowman commented “so many of them upped their game today, we didnt have the best horse power, but our riders got the very best out of them, and where we had problems they put the last round behind them and put it right. It was a very long day, and we had to leave Abbie and Steph to fend for themselves as John had a date with Tom Jones.
The good news was the junior riders didn’t need our support, they had their late night jumping sorted. Abbie Robins and Tonto were in the individual 95cms, and although due to jump at 5.30 due to delays was more like 6.30. However the pair rode a great first clear round and just rolled a pole in the second. Steph Cresswell and Uno did the only double clear in the 1.10 to win and qualify for Lincoln. Great results girls on a late and rainy evening. Videos of the jumping from the morning and afternoon is available on our gallery.

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Area Dressage teams announced

The Dressage teams for Rabson on 17th July are
Senior Prelim – Wendy Lappington, Josephine Manning, Stephanie Swadden and Megan Field with Madge Claridge and Teresa Carty riding as Individuals.

Senior Open – Abigail May Evans, David Wood , Tiffany Lay and Emma Dunkley with Janine Collishaw as an individual

Lisa Sterrow will be riding in the Individual Medium class

Juniors (RT team and junior team) – Abbie Robins, Chloe Reeves, Louisa Tobin, Katherine James, and Morgan Kent. (each junior will get to ride in at least 1 team but the final line-ups will be announced next week)

Well done everyone – it is lovely to see so many come forward to represent the club.

You can pay for your entries on the website (£15 per class). There is also 2 unaffiliated classes is anyone wants a warm-up but you will need to enter these yourselves (the schedule is on the BRC area 9 website).
As always – Emma must have a copy of your horses passport to check vaccinations.

Any problems please let me know ASAP

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WGRC name show jumping teams for Sunday

The teams are as follows

Jumping with style senior team
75cms. Ted Carty on Harley and Steph Swadden on Pink House Lady
85 cms. Janine Collishaw on Ballygriffin Bonbon and Wendy Lappingdon on Loxley Monkey

Junior individual jumping with style at 75cms Abbie Ellison on Royal breure

Senior 80cms teams

Team Merlot
Wendy Lappingdon on Loxley Monkey
Janine Collishaw on Ballygriffin Bonbon
Tara Plaister on I Win Van Orshof
Jenny Hughes on Indie

Team Claret
Jo Manning on Llanbabo Liberty
Becky White on An Irish Knight
Lucy Rixon on TBA
Amy Clapham and Trozulon

Junior 95 individual. Abbie Robins on Adrian the 2nd

Junior 1.10m individuals. Sophie Reeves on Filly Rouge and Steph Cresswell on Uno

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WGRC host Area 9 demo day

Wessex Gold hosted the Area 9 training day using the BRC training grant on the 1st of May. The day was held at Rectory Farm, a well known and central equestrian centre, who have excellent facilities. Jonathan Canty, BRC judge and trainer attended to talk the riders and those watching through what the classes consisted of and what the judge was looking for to gain maximum marks. All clubs within Area 9 had been invited to attend the day, and put forward some riders for each section. Unfortunately numbers were low throughout, so Wessex Gold took advantage of the situation and put forward five riders, two of which were junior riders. The low numbers allowed those riding to have a more in depth training based session. In the Jumping with Style, the group walked the course with Jonathan as he explained the pitfalls that the course builder may include, and what was required as they rode the course. Each rider then rode the course, received feedback and then rode the course again. Each round was recorded, and over lunch in the pavilion, the rounds were played on the TV and discussed within the group. This part of the training was of particular interest , as Jonathan explained what mark he would give and why. He also explained how extra marks could be gained, with changes to position or the tempo of the canter. The afternoon session welcomed those to the Riding Test. Again the tests, score sheets and series of marks were explained, before the riders warmed up to ride the test. After each test, recommendations were made and the rider got to ride it again, taking these on board. Both tests were recorded and then discussed after all the sessions over coffee and cake.
Those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the day, so thank you to those riders from Cotswold Edge, VWH, Swindon and Wessex Gold. It was such a shame that more from the area did not attend, as the day was very informative, even for those watching. The day was planned to introduce and explain these classes to those in Area 9, and with the area event planned for this weekend, Wessex Gold are pleased to have one senior team, and a junior individual entered. Thanks must go to those of Wessex Gold who put the event on, Rectory Farm for their great facilities and Jonathan Canty, who proved to be an excellent trainer, and certainly promoted the classes.

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WGRC Dressage Champoinships

Watch this space – we’re going to run a Dressage Championship at the WGRC show on a surface.

There will be classes for members from W&T to Elem and the member with the highest score will be Champion. There will also be champions at each level. Details to follow

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Riders required for the Area 9 Dressage Qualifier

Calling all members – The Area 9 Dressage qualifier is on July 17th at Rabson Manor

There are classes for Senior and Juniors, Teams or Individuals, Prelim to Adv Med, plus pairs and Riding Tests so something for everyone.

 New for 2016 This is not just a qualifier for Lincoln – there’s now a separate Prelim team and RT Championships at Hartbury on August 20th for BRC areas in the South West and South Wales. You need to decide up front if you want to be considered for Lincoln (September 10th to 11th), but this does not stop you going to Hartbury if you do not qualify. The full rules and schedule are available on the area website


The Classes are:

SENIOR Prelim DRESSAGE TEAM & Individuals & SWWRC Qualifier Teams of 4 riders all riding Prelim 14(2006) best 3 scores count

JUNIOR Dressage Qualifier & SWWRC Qualifier Teams of 4 riders riding P7 (2002) ; P12(2005); P14(2006) &N24 (2010)

JUNIOR Pairs Dressage (BRC Pairs 5(2014)

SENIOR Pairs Dressage (BRC Pairs 5(2014)

JUNIOR Riding Test & SWWRC Qualifier teams of 4 riders all riding BRC Prelim RT(2014)

SENIOR Riding Test & SWWRC Qualifier teams of 4 riders 2 x BRC Prelim RT(2014) 2 x BRC Novice RT(2016)

SENIOR OPEN Dressage Teams of 4 riders: N24 (2010) ; N27 (2007) ; N28 (2009) and E43(2006)

JUNIOR Elementary 43(2006) INDIVIDUALS ONLY 20×60

PYO Medium 69(2005)or Adv Medium 91 (2016) INDIVIDUALS ONLY, Open to Seniors & Juniors 20×60

Prelim & Novice tests will be on grass, while the Elem, Medium & Adv Medium will be on a surface in a 20×60 arena.

If you want to be put forward, please let Janet Stares ([email protected]) know ASAP. She needs you and your Horse’s name and class(es) that you want to be considered for and if you want to be in a team for Lincoln or Hartbury, or ride as an Individual.

As always, BRC rules apply to both you and your horse so please let me know if you have any (and how many) BD points you have and what BD group rider you are. For example to do a prelim, a horse cannot have any BD points, To do Novice <124 and elem <199.

Your horses’ vaccinations must be up to date and Emma Dunkley will also need a copy of its’ passport to double check this.

We endeavor to give everyone a chance to ride for the cub, but to ensure that we put the right people together Marie Kent, our Team trainer must have seen you and your horse in a clinic or at a private lesson. See the website for clinics and her contact details.


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Times for Marie Clinic 21st May

The times for Saturday at the Old Kennels Cirencester are:

1pm Poles session

Ted Carty; Margaret Howell;  Claire Tobin and Amy Clapham

2pm Flatwork

Shaun and Sally Snowden

If there’s any problem parking in the lorry park, you can go down to the bottom and park there

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Area 9 competitions

Being a member of WGRC means that you can put yourself forward for the Area 9 competitions, throughout the year.  They run competitions at various heights and levels in Dressage, Show jumping, Eventers Challenge, Horse Trials, Dressage to Music and Combined training.

Dates for these competitions are detailed within the calendar of WGRC and also on the Area 9 website (

All the rules and restrictions for horse and rider are detailed on the BRC website, or you can ask the Chef d equip from WGRC.

Those wanting to compete, must email a copy of their horses passport to [email protected] (front pages and all the vaccination pages), and any winnings / points at BE, BD, BS must be detailed to the Chef d equip.

WGRC pay, on competitors behalf, the prelim entry fee which goes to BRC (one per competition for DTM) but team and individuals competitors, are to pay their own entries on the WGRC website.  Prelim entries are sent to BRC a month pre to the competition, and once we have committed to compete, WGRC are liable for the entry fee, regardless of if we send anyone, and BRC do not refund entries under any circumstance. Once the selection has been done by the Team Trainer, the Chef d equine will advise the competitors of the selection, and reserves will be advised.  These selected riders will then need to pay their entry to WGRC. In the event that a rider needs to withdraw, if it is outside of 7 days pre the competition, and there is a reserve, the reserve rider will pay the entry fee, and the original rider will be refunded.  If it is inside of the 7 days, the original rider will not be refunded, and the reserve will ride free, as compensation for being called to ride at the last minute.

In the event that a rider chooses not to ride, or does not turn up at the competition, and cannot produce a vet or doctors certificate, the committee can choose to charge that rider the Prelim entry fee.

Riders wanting to compete for WGRC, must attend at least one training session.  This is a stipulation as WGRC send a team trainer to the competition to support the team (at no cost to the member) so it is essential that the trainer sees the horse and rider, so that the training on the day suits the combination, to achieve the best result possible.

We also ask for competitors to attend training as we believe that creating a team bond, is key for a good performance as well as a good, fun day out, which is what Riding Club is all about, fun and friendship.

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