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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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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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WGRC Juniors compete at Area 9 Dressage

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

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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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