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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 šŸ™‚

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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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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Marie Kent Clinic

The next Marie Kent Clinic is at Casey Sticklands, Baydon on April 30th starting at 2pm. Their are 45 min Individual sessions and 30 minute sessions for test riding for Rabson.

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Area Dressage

++++Calling all dressage riders (seniors and juniors)++++

The area 9 qualifier is at Rabson Manor on 14th May. It includes:
1) Prelim teams and individuals which qualifies for championships at Hartpury or Lincoln (you decide beforehand if you want to try for Lincoln BUT you can still go to Hartbury if you don’t qualify)
2) Individual and team Riding Tests as above
3) Open team which is 3x novice and 1x elementary qualifing for Lincoln only.

There is also pairs dressage and individual medium and advance medium all of are qualifiers for Lincoln.

If anyone is interseted in any of these classes please let me know…

To be put forward you MUST be able to go to the championship if you qualify – Hartpury is 19th August and Lincoln is 2nd and 3rd September and Marie Kent must have seen you and your horse recently as she puts the teams together. We are trying to arrange a clinic for this but it may be that you’ll need to see Marie privately. Your horse must be vaccinated and a copy of their passport with ID and Vaccs sent to Emma Dunkley so we can check. Horse and Rider eligibilty are in the BRC rulebook Appendix 2 and 3, please make sure that you and your horse do not fall foul of these

If you are interested, please letĀ Janet StaresĀ know what level, Team/Individual, Hartbury or Lincoln if Prelim and horses name ASAP

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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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