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September/October 2016 • VOLUME XVI NUMBER 6

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46 Eventing News


12 The Haflinger Society

72 Feed News

14 Celebrating the Olympics

76 Show Dates

16 Riding on the Beach

79 Classifieds

18 Local riders at the Beach

82 Reader of the Month – Ellen Kelly

20 Coakham Bloodhounds Beach Ride

82 Coming Next Issue

24 Tried & Tested – Lightweight Turnouts

83 Horsey Other Half – Gary Moore

25 The history of Emerald Green Feeds

Show Reports

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43 Tongue Twisters 44 Tried & Tested – Autumn Clothing 54 Are you ready for autumn?

13 Haflinger Breed Show 27 The Longines Royal International Horse Show 30 70th Cranleigh Show

59 Lots to celebrate at Royal Windsor

50 SsangYong Motor UK Eridge Horse Trials

60 West Kent Sevenoaks Pony Club Camp

52 British Showjumping National Championships

71 What will you be feeding this autumn?

62 The El Remanso Pony Club Polo Championships

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64 RDA Carriage Driving 65 The Three Greys Sponsored Ride

10 Club News

66 Redhorse Dressage Championship Show

32 Regional Roundup

68 Sunshine Tour Championships

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his issue started at the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead where day after day we watched local riders crowned as national champions. The following few weeks were just as busy with fantastic shows and amazing results, and just as we were about to go to print Nick Skelton and Big Star won Individual Gold at the Olympic Games in Rio. The Olympics were an intensive two weeks of highs and lows of British equestrianism, which we celebrate on page 14. We had a Localrider Magazine stand at the Royal International and we are grateful to all of you who called by to say hello, it was wonderful to meet so many of you. Some of you we have got to know well over the years, whereas others we were meeting for the first time. We love to hear what you have been up to, chatting about your horses and hearing about your riding goals.


Lots of champions On Saturday afternoon we had a chat on the stand with Kate Hewson, who we first met riding her super Dartmoor pony, Newoak Jester, at the Sunshine Tour Championships in 2014. At that time she was still competing on the lead rein, but incredibly less than two years later she won the BSPS Heritage M&M Supreme Pretty Polly Championship. It has been wonderful to follow her journey and seeing stories like that unfold are one of the best bits of my job. Another pony I was delighted to see in the ring was Seamoor Lady Derby, who we first pictured back in June when she stood Supreme of Show at the SEWPCA Spring Show on her very first outing under saddle. Partnered again by Poppy Steadman and led by Oliver Burchell, they stood BSPS Mini Champions before entering the international arena for the Underwood Supreme Pony Championship. Full Hickstead report on page 27. It was another ‘Localrider’ favourite, Daintydavey, owned and ridden by Rachel Dorrell who won the British Showjumping National Club 70cm Championship at the British Showjumping National Championships at Stoneleigh. We first met Dave two years ago at the Sunshine Tour Championships and he has featured in the magazine on various occasions since then. See page 52.



Riding on the Beach Inspired by our wonderful cover shot and the Coakham Bloodhounds Beach Ride report (page 20) we invited readers to send in their favourite pictures of them riding on the beach. We have been amazed by just how many different beaches you are able to ride on around the south coast and have adored the stunning scenic shots. We hope you might feel inspired to get down to the beach too. For anyone needing more information, Camber Sands regular, Jo Thomas, has provided some great tips on page 16. Remember you can stay in touch with us via email or social media and over the coming months we will be posting lots more news and stories to the Localrider website, so do keep checking back regularly. As always if you do anything interesting, have a great win or just want to share your story, please let me know. Have Fun!

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Horse & Pet Care Service Having noticed a lack of animal care services in the Tunbridge Wells area, Angela Hardy started offering help to a range of animal owners, more recently adding horse care to the list of services she provides.

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Angela said: “I would definitely describe myself as an animal lover. I have owned and cared for horses and dogs he team at Hart equestrian in east Grinstead are organising an for almost 30 years. When Adult Gymkhana with a twist on saturday 17th september Equine in parasites to test or for; a veterinary approved my daughter wastreat very small aid of the “Willberry Wonder pony charity”. Founded by the I decided to start providing programme for healthy adult horses late Hannah Francis, a truly inspirational young lady, who gripped walking, day care and boarding for dogs from our home near the hearts of the nation with her drive, passion, amazing spirit and Speldhurst. The whole family loved it and I have done it ever determination to #kickcancersbutt. Test routinely; since, taking one or twoTreat dogs atifa required time. Later, I added cat selected teams of showjumpers, eventers, huntsmen and farriers sitting and have just decided to add horse care too. will go head to head in a series of gruelling races, mounted on WOR and my own pony, backed WOR as a yearling, then UND‘Jaygo’, LARGE IRrescued A PE M Hart equestrian’s selection of ponies, cobs and the odd donkey or two! ED M out to be an Tamazing & brought him on myself. jumper RO He turned the showjumpers have been confirmed as ben Dalton, robert and a lovely addition to the family. Through my own personal and Kate Whitaker, and ben parnaby, all of whom will be taking on experience, I know how demanding it can be to balance caring the eventers, Gemma tattersall, camilla Kruger, Francis Whittington for your animals, taking care of a home and family, as well as and sasha pemble. working full-time too. There were many times when I wished I there will be a champagne bar, drinks bar, hog roast, buffett, could pick up the phone and say to someone: “Can you help me auction and entertainment. this week, please? Walk the dog or feed the cat, perhaps turn tickets cost £20 per adult, £10 under 18’s and under 5’s go free. out, muck out, feed and water the pony.” Gates open at 2.30pm and races start at 4pm. Address: Hart equine, The basic stuff that needs doing everyday regardless. That’s High meadows, Hammerwood, east Grinstead, rH19 3Qb. whatcount I strive reliable, worm x 4toa offer year people - an affordable, EquiSal testquality x 2 a year For more information and tickets please contact: Abby Hart at service whenever they need it. abbhart@gmail.com or on 07730536985. Sponsorship opportunities Tel: 01892 862738 / 07593 266255 are still also available.


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How Hoof Proof are your feet?

Help get Danielle to Olympia

Has your horse made a good impression you? If not, you are one of the lucky ones. Of all accidents at the stables foot injuries are by far the most common.

On July 27th 10-yearold Danielle Sheehan and her Shetland pony, Ninja, achieved one of their biggest dreams by qualifying for The Shetland Grand National Finals at Olympia Horse Show this Christmas. After travelling all over the country to race, Danielle finally qualified at the Dunster County Show.

It all happens in a flash of a second, often resulting in, at best a bruise and at worst, broken toes. Yet wearing properly constructed boots with toe protection would eliminate most of the risks. Boots made to the correct safety standards can withstand a compression in excess of 1000 kilos, which is more than the weight of most horses. With Equitector long and short boots you will feel safe and comfortable, plus they have many other unique features too. www.equitector.com

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ired of the usual arena photos? Unique photography business sports motion photos are now available to hire as your personal yet discreet photographer for the duration of your event. tacking up, grooming or celebrating, the bond between you and your horse will be captured in stunning and memorable unique photos. www.sportsmotionphotos.com

The Shetland Grand National runs to raise awareness and funds for the Bob Champion Cancer Trust and only the best ponies make it to the Olympia finals. Each jockey is asked to raise £1,000 for the charity once they qualify, and for Danielle the charity has a special connection, as she lost her beloved Nan to cancer. Anyone wanting to sponsor Danielle can do so on her Just Giving page, where you can donate directly to the Bob Champion Charity on her behalf. The details are www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ Danielle-Sheehan1

Cool Under Pressure! No need to get hot under the collar in the competition arena this autumn, with this gorgeous jacket, new for this season at retailers Dressage Deluxe. the equiline Aria Women’s competition Jacket is a beautiful technical jacket styled in an ‘X cool evo’ fabric, which not only gives you the ultimate in clothing climate control with its outstanding breathable properties but keeps true to traditional tailoring. the flattering cut of the jacket also embraces the a clever ‘3D Air mesh’ ensuring you are kept dry and comfortable in the saddle as well as ensuring the perfect fit without compromise in freedom of movement. Also available in a tailcoat version. www.dressagedeluxe.co.uk

Lillico Attlee Open Day On 1st of October 2016 both of the Lillico Attlee Stores (Dorking and Aylesford) will be running an Autumn Open day. It is a chance to view the new season’s stock and colours, as well as a great opportunity to pick up a bargain at the same time. They will be offering 20% off a huge range of everyone’s favourite designer brands, including Weatherbeeta, Horseware, Toggi, Mountain Horse, Champion, Ariat and Mark Todd to name just a few. Offers will be spread over Hats, Clothing, Rugs and Footwear. www.lillicoattlee.co.uk

VOLUNTEER The RDA RIDING INSTRUCTOR needs needed for 1 to 4 hours on a Thursday afternoon at you! Shedfield Riding for the Disabled. We are also looking for volunteer helpers!

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Don’t miss the opportunity to save £££s on the price of tickets. Your Horse Live takes place 12-13th November at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. The 2016 event will be bigger and better than ever before and here’s why... • S  pectacular showman, Lorenzo the Flying French Man, will wow the crowds in his thrilling, action packed show – nowhere else in the UK can you see this performance! • A  longside Lorenzo there’s a fantastic line up including Olympian athlete Charlotte Dujardin, firm favourite Geoff Billington plus Karen Dixon, Jay Halim, Jason Webb and many more. • T  here’s more shopping, more choice, more stands and more brands to browse. This means more equipment, kit, accessories, gifts and bargains on offer. It’s the UK’s biggest equestrian retail village all under one roof. • M  eet, greet and take selfies with loads of horses and gorgeous rare breeds – there promises to be oodles of horses and ponies just waiting for you to fall in love with each and every one. • L earn from the very top experts in the equestrian world. They will be on hand giving talks, demos and ready to give advice and answer any questions you may have. • T  he family ticket (2 adults 2 children or 1 adult 3 children) costs £52 when purchased in advance. That’s over a 10% saving or £7.00. • S  tandard adult tickets cost £18.00 when purchased in advance, buy four or more and the price drops to £16 per ticket. Visit www.yourhorselive.co.uk for event details and a complete list of ticket prices.

KM Elite Polo Belt The KM Elite Polo Belts are made from the highest quality buffalo leather. They are available in eight different colour-ways, two different widths and sizes ranging from 75cm -105cm. www.kmeliteproducts.co.uk

he makers of Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet, British Horse Feeds has launched an exciting new Customer Loyalty Scheme available to customers in the UK and IRE. Look for the rosette tokens on bags of Speedi-Beet or Fibre-Beet. Collect 20 tokens and receive a free bag of either Speedi-Beet or Fibre-Beet absolutely free! To redeem your tokens, go to the British Horses Feeds website, fill in the token form and then post it, along with your rosette tokens, to the address provided. British Horse Feeds will send a voucher that will be redeemable at your local stockist. www.britishhorsefeeds.com

Classic Boots New for this season is the Spanish Riding Boots Tall Classic from The Spanish Boot Company, which have been designed with a longer length leather upper to ensure long legs get the love with their popular Classic boot. Featuring a sturdy flat welted Good-Year rubber sole they feature a full length zip with leather tassel detail, brogue detailing around the cuff of the boot and around the zip line with a sleek and slim silhouette! www.thespanishbootcompany.co.uk

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in rosettes and prizes with www.horsephotoshows.com Simply upload your picture, enter online and if you are a winner, your rosettes will be delivered to your door. Classes include: Best Head Shot, Horse Selfie, Best Jumping Shot, Wet, Wet, Wet, Best Friends, Happy Hacking, Best Cross Country Picture and Yard Dog, as well as lots more too. The pictures featured here show a selection of the rosettes and prizes which can be won. Each month the schedule will alter slightly and different prizes may be awarded. The winners from each class will be judged alongside each other and a Champion’s rosette, sash and Harriet Glen model will be awarded to the overall Champion. There is also a site devoted entirely to dogs. Win rosettes and prizes at www.dogphotoshows.com Classes include: Calendar Shot, Wet, Wet, Wet, Having Fun, Best Friends, Scruffiest Dog, Judge’s Favourite, Cutest Puppy, Muddy Monster, Golden Oldie and Best Action Shot. Entry is simple, you can even do it from your mobile phone. Good Luck!

The Back on Track Oval Dog Bed The Back on Track Oval Dog Bed is a comfortable bed to take anywhere for your dog. Made from Welltex® fabric with infra-red technology, the Oval Dog Bed will help support circulation and wellbeing. It features a non-slip underside, perfect for at home, in the car, or at the yard. All Back on Track products are made of their revolutionary Welltex™ fabric which is infused with ceramic particles. These ceramic particles cause long wave infra-red heat to radiate back towards the body. The body responds positively to the infra-red wave, increasing circulation, which can relieve joint tension, maximise performance and help avoid injury. Back on Track products are available for horses, humans and dogs. The range extends from horse rugs to travel boots and human base layers to knee and wrist wraps. The canine range includes everything from dog beds to leg braces. www.backontrack.com/uk/home/ 8 Localrider september/october 2016

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International and local riders competing at different levels throughout the weekend. With the CIC** International competition culminating on Sunday afternoon Each day starts with the dressage at 9am with the first competitor on the cross country course at approximately 10am A great day out for all the family. Trade stands, catering and licence bar Only £10 per car including all passengers



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Horse Owner Seminar Wednesday 7 September 2016 From: 18:30 followed by a canapé and drinks reception Venue: Tonbridge School, Kent TN9 1JP To book your place email: events@warners-solicitors.co.uk

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CLUB NEWS Left to right: The HillTop Riding Club Team of Louise Edwards, Parys Chapman and Jade Powell, seventh from 121 teams at Hickstead.

Parys Chapman and Carga Socks, fifth at Kent County

Rachel Champkin and Rose

Great season for HillTop Riding Club Pictures by Jayne Golding, Gemma Page and Laila Houghton

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ased near Canterbury, Kent, HillTop Riding Club was founded at the end of 2014 and achieved provisional affiliation in October 2015. In this, their first year of competition as British Riding Club members the HillTop Riding Club Show Jumping team has already competed at Kent County, as well as entering three teams in the inter club show jumping at the Royal International at Hickstead. Club Member Jayne Golding said: “Our members and their horses, some of which were young horses just venturing out this year, jumped fantastically at both events. At Kent County in the individual semi rustic jumping one of our members, Parys Chapman, with her own Carga Socks, jumped an amazing round, finishing in fifth place. Parys produced Socks as a youngster and three years on she has started jumping in British Showjumping classes, being placed first and second at her first event and winning at every affiliated show since. The Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead was the first time a lot of people would have heard the name HillTop Riding Club and all of our members did the club proud. We had three teams competing and unfortunately the weekend didn’t go without mishaps. These included taking a fly veil off, to find whole bridle also came off, whilst the rider was onboard, a couple of the horses deciding they would rather do cross country in the ring than show jumping and another deciding she would quite like a tour of the showground!” One of HillTop’s three teams jumped three amazing rounds to finish on four faults and in seventh place, from a total of 121 teams. The team included Jade Powell on August I, Parys Chapman on Carga Socks and Louise Edwards on Femke 111. HillTop Riding Club holds regular training for both flatwork and show jumping, an annual riding club camp, cross country hire, hacks and BBQ’s. Jayne concluded: “Our main aim as a riding club is to have fun and enjoy our horses.”

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Petra Ingram is new Patron for The Haflinger Society

Mick and Petra Ingram with Alfy and Freddie

Petra’s young filly, Fantasie


etra Ingram, Chief Executive of Brooke has been inaugurated as Patron of the Haflinger Society of Great Britain. The Society exists to preserve the Haflinger breed of horse, which Petra has owned and showed for 15 years. She was chosen to be Patron for being committed to demonstrating the wonderful versatility of the breed. Petra, who lives in Andover, has been a horse lover all her life, started riding at the age of six, spending many hours at the local riding stables with her favourite pony, Fleet. Now she owns three of her own Haflingers – two teenage boys, Freddie and Alfy, and a yearling girl called Fantasie. Despite a professional background in accountancy, Petra has immersed herself in the world of horses, volunteering with local riding clubs, organising shows and training, and is also Chairman of the West Sussex County Committee for the British Horse Society. In 2009 she achieved her ambition to work with horses and took on a job at Brooke, first as Finance Director, then moving up to Chief Executive six weeks later. “Horses are my life – they’re part of my work and part of my home life, but in different ways. After becoming Chief Executive for Brooke, the opportunity to become a Patron for the Haflinger Society is another dream come true for me, I couldn’t think of a better breed to support and I will be doing my very best to promote them.” The history of Haflingers, with their caramel complexion and bright blonde manes, dates back to the late nineteenth century, and the Society was established in 1970. Elizabeth Doran, Secretary for the Society welcomed Petra: “Petra is an enthusiastic ambassador for the Haflinger breed. Her enthusiasm for Haflingers, combined with the wonderful work she does with Brooke make Petra the ideal Patron for our Society. We were thrilled when she accepted our invitation and are looking forward to working with her more closely.”

Petra learning to ride on Dougal Petra riding Spring Mead Aberdare (Freddie)

Right: Petra pictured with a donkey in Kenya. Petra often travels in her role as Chief Executive of the Brooke, an international animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of working horses, donkeys, mules and the people who depend on them. Petra presenting a trophy to Tom Crane OBE, President of the Haflinger Society. The picture shows the Stuber trophy, which is for the British registered stallion whose progeny achieved the highest marks at inspection. Tom and his wife Susan also won the Simon shield, which is for the owner of the filly who attained the highest mark and finally they won the Breeders Trophy, which is for the breeder of the highest pointed animal at inspection. To find out more about Brooke, go to www.thebrooke.org To find out more about the Haflinger breed and the Society, visit www.haflingersgb.com

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44th National Breed Show Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell • Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016 Pictures by Eastern Light Photography “It is the highlight of the year for any Haffy owner, it’s like a huge pony party for people who love their Haffies - competing, sharing, celebrating, supporting. For 362 days of the year we look forward to it and then for three days we’re in Haffy heaven!” is how Petra Ingram, Patron for the Haflinger Society of Great Britain describes the National Breed Show. A small contingent from the South East travelled to the 44th National Breed Show held at Warwickshire College, returning with a wonderful collection of rosettes, sashes and trophies.

Spring Mead Monet Since winning at royal Windsor in may Joy Irvine’s three-year-old Spring mead monet has been long reined, lunged and had tack on, in preparation of his ridden career. The work on the ground could only be a good thing ahead of the National Show and the gelding who has never been placed lower than fourth all season, including third at royal Norfolk continued to catch the judge’s eye. He won the Three-year-old Gelding class, the Fancy Dress, the Youngstock Points Award and the Team Challenge, was second in the most Handsome Gelding class and Youngstock Turnout, third in the Potential rDA class and fourth in the rDA Long reining class.

First timers For Becky Gordon and her 13-year-old mare,

Anna, it was their first time at the Breed Show. Becky said: “I have had Anna since December 2013. We have just been getting to know each other over the last few years and only got our own transport this year. The breed show was our fifth outing together. This year was our first time at the Breed Show and we were very nervous, but we had a brilliant time and made loads of new Haffy friends.” Anna stood third in the Novice mares In-Hand class.

Haffy go at everything Claire Gray and her versatile mare majorie aka Honey took part in dressage, show jumping and showing at National Breed Show. Claire said: “ We did three dressage tests, one BD, and two riding Club Tests, including my first Novice test, and we came third in each one. I also entered my first show jumping competition, since I had a horrible fall six years ago, and we came sixth. We then came fifth in the Potential rDA Fun class, third in Pre-Veteran showing and we won the Novice Handler. my little blonde pony makes me so proud each day.” Joanne Colcutt has owned her 15-yearold mare, Jana Jarisa, since Christmas 2011, when she bought her as a Christmas present for herself. The pair had great fun at the Breed Show taking part in a variety of classes. They were third in Western Pleasure and Western Trail, fourth in Pre-Veteran In-Hand, sixth in ridden Turnout and seventh in Concours d’elegance.

A true Handy Pony

Petra Ingram took two ponies to Warwickshire, Spring mead Aberdare (Freddie) who’s been to the show for the past 13 years and three-year-old oxnead odette. Petra said: “Freddie is 18-years-old, so my main focus this year was the veteran classes. Not only did he win the Pre-Veteran ridden and come second in-hand, he was overall reserve Veteran Champion. I was thrilled, he was a super star! Freddie is a typical Haflinger and will have a go at anything, so I was delighted when he also won the Potential Driving for Disabled, was second in riding for the Disabled and overall reserve Champion. This is a great class because it’s full of scary obstacles, it demonstrates the importance of having a great relationship with your horse and is something you can easily train for at home. This year he missed the dressage and show jumping, but he got placed fourth in the Intermediate Working Hunter Pony. And to top it all, after 13 years of trying, he finally won the Handy Pony Yipee! odette is only three-years-old, and she was mainly there for her society inspection and grading. As a filly, I wanted her to be good enough for breeding, and yes, she made it with flying colours. But what made me really happy was her calm temperament that shone through during the weekend, giving her a first place for the In-Hand rDA, following in Freddie’s footsteps. Next year she’ll be under saddle so that will be a whole new dimension.” SEPTEmBEr/oCToBEr 2016 Localrider 13

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olympics report Charlotte Dujardin retained her Olympic title, whilst posting a new Olympic record with her brilliant partner Valegro.

Spencer Wilton and Super Nova II

The British Dressage Team won Silver, left to right: Fiona Bigwood, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Spencer Wilton

Celebrating the Rio Olympics 2016

There have been tears of joy and tears of frustration at the Equestrian Games, but Team GB had lots to celebrate when first Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro won Individual Gold in the dressage, to add to their team Silver and then 58-year-old Nick Skelton produced three faultless rounds on Big Star to win Individual Gold in the Show Jumping. Pictures by Jon Stroud Media/BEF. Additional photography by Richard Juilliart (1), Dirk Caremans (2) and Arnd Bronkhorst (3 & 4) courtesy of the FEI.

Pippa Funnell and Billy The Biz, member of the British Eventing Team

Fiona Bigwood and Orthilia, Fiona said: “I really like the music, it’s quite fun.”

Carl Hester, had a busy week both competing and training the other members of the British team. He produced a lovely test with his twelve-year-old ride Nip Tuck, finishing in individual seventh place.1

Tina Cook and Billy The Red, was the travelling reserve for the British team. However, the combination did ride the ‘Guinea Pig’ test in the eventing dressage.

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William Fox-Pitt and Chilly Morning led after dressage and jumped clear in the show jumping, but an error cross-country saw them finish in twelfth.

Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V

Christopher Burton and Santano II, finished individual fifth and won a Team Bronze medal (Australia).3

Kitty King and Ceylor LAN

Brothers, Michael and John Whitaker were both jumping for Team GB.

Ben Maher and Tic Tac went through to the individual competition.

Camilla Kruger and Biarritz were the first ever combination to compete in the equine events for Team Zimbabwe.2

Michael Jung and Sam FBW retained their Individual Gold title and won Team Silver (Germany).4

Nick Skelton was crowned the Individual Jumping Olympic Champion with his ride Big Star, and with it became the first British athlete to win an equestrian jumping individual Gold medal for Team GB. Nick becomes the oldest gold medallist, aged 58, for Team GB since 1908. september/october 2016 Localrider 15

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Riding on the


Many of our readers are fortunate in that they stable their horses within hacking distance of the beach, and for others it is no more than an hour’s travel by lorry. We know you love taking your horses to the beach and we are delighted that so many of you have shared your wonderful pictures, most of which have been taken at the wonderful beaches along the south coast of Kent, Sussex and Hampshire. Jo Thomas has been riding on the beach at Camber Sands for the last 28 years and here she gives her tips on making the most of the experience.

Parking You can park in the public car park on Old Lydd Road, TN31 7RH. Remember plenty of coins for the Pay & Display ticket machine. You have to pay for each parking space you take up so may have to buy several tickets for your vehicle. Most important of all, always clear up all muck and hay from the carpark. Camber is a vast beach and there is room for everyone, but a few basic manners should be adhered to. Remembering that not all people like horses, I try to stay away from everyone, especially loose dogs.

Be prepared Throughout the year you could come across kite surfers, dog walkers, sunbathers, picnickers, bait diggers, and windsurfers close to the shore, all perhaps sights that your horse hasn’t experienced before and which might frighten it. Also, many horses find the beach extraordinarily exciting so it’s always prudent to take along a quiet equine friend to give your horse some extra confidence. As you’re not allowed to ride on the beach at high tide it is always pertinent to check the tides before you leave home, so that you can arrive at the optimum time in order to have the largest area of beach to ride on. The Rother District Council website has a link to the BBC tide times website. You need to look at Dungeness which is the nearest point to Camber on this page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ coast_and_sea/tide_tables/9

Try and walk the route first

Jo Thomas & friends enjoying Camber Sand (and all pictures to the right)

Many people want to take their horse to the beach for a good gallop, and why not? Camber is a great beach for that as there is so much space and the sand is usually firm and even, but, sometimes it is not. I find the going can get deep near to Rye harbour wall (to the right as you’re facing the sea) and becomes pebbly far to the left towards Dungeness. So, without fail if intending to have a gallop I walk the route I intend to take and then only gallop on top of my horse’s hoof prints. Also, if you think you might have issues with your horse’s brakes, then maybe only have short bursts of gallop in an area where there is plenty of available space to circle and pull up.

Main image by Alan Bond Photography


iding on a beach with your favourite horse is just about the most amazing experience. I’ve been riding my horses on Camber Sands for the last 28 years, usually visiting once or twice every winter season. Camber Sands is in Rye on the East Sussex coast and is managed by Rother District Council. So your first port of call when considering riding on this beach is to check the Councils’ website for the rules and any news: http://www.rother.gov.uk/article/1472/Horse-riding-CamberSands The website states in what periods riding on the beach is allowed and what you can and can’t do while you’re there. From 24th March to 2nd October 2016 you’re restricted to riding on weekday early mornings before 8.30am and after 7.00pm, whilst bearing in mind that in the school holidays, on sunny days and Bank Holidays the beach is likely to be busier than normal. From 3rd October 2016 round to March 2017 you’re allowed to ride on the beach at any time in daylight hours apart from at high tide (when the sea is into the shore).

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Phillipa Ruben sent this picture from Ashdown Riding’s day at Camber Sands. Phillipa said: “It was an amazing day and all the horses and riders had such fun!”

The same care requirement goes for pools and tributaries that form as the tide goes out and comes in. One of my earliest memories of riding on Camber Sands is of my friend and her pony falling headlong into a small pool of seawater that looked shallow, but wasn’t. My mare is usually pretty excited on arrival at the beach, so I walk out, find a bit of space and do some flatwork in trot and canter until she feels calmer, and then we go to the sea shore and paddle about.

Fear of water

A lot of horses are genuinely frightened of the sea, especially the waves. It has taken my horse many visits to overcome her fear of the waves ‘chasing her’, but she’s now happy to splash about and canter through the shallows, giving a lead to a nervous horse if necessary. I’ve never taken her into the sea beyond girth level, as I don’t ride bareback, but a lot of people can and do. Be a little careful when going in deep enough to swim your horse, as they can get disorientated and swim out to sea, especially if their rider falls off. Having had a couple of good gallops, splashed around in the sea, taken photos and perhaps some video footage, my friends and I walk our horses off to cool them down and then amble back to the carpark.

Cooling down

It’s often extremely windy at Camber, so I take various rugs along. I brush the worst of the sand off my horse with a soft brush and offer her water. We all try to load our horses fairly quickly as you’re often jammed between parked cars, and there are comings and goings that might spook the horses. Once the horses are safely tucked up in the box with their haynets we then sit either in the car or on the sand dunes depending on the weather, and have a picnic. We do a final sweep up of loose hay and droppings and set off for home, hopefully having had a fantastic day!

What to take when visiting the beach with your horse:

• Spare warm clothes – in case you fall off or in the water • Warm rugs for your horse – it’s often much colder and more windy on the coast than inland • Cooler sheet – if your horse has sweated up • Ample fresh water for horse and human • Large haynet(s) • First Aid kit • Mucking out equipment including somewhere to put all those droppings you pick up • Plenty of change for the car park • Camera • A picnic SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 Localrider 17

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FEATURE Annabelle Harvey-Mason and Griashall Gethin, with their friends on Bognor Regis Beach in West Sussex.

Bognor Regis Beach Annabelle Harvey-Mason said: “You don’t have to pay for Bognor beach. I would highly recommend it and it’s a great place to have a nice long stretch of gallop or just to simply school your pony/horse. Everyone is friendly down there and love seeing livestock and children having fun . Most people we pass take pictures or selfies with us and the horses. We usually park outside the beach huts or in the car park in west park you don’t have to pay to park either. In the winter you can go at any time but in the summer it is always after 6pm due to it being quite busy and lots of little children about.”

Blythe Britton and Sandy riding on Camber Sands.

Bet Wright and Claire Yearsley riding on Camber Sands on a March day, when there was a wind chill of minus 1. Claire said: “The combined ages of both horses and riders is 137!”

Local riders at the Beach Kent, Sussex and Hampshire all have wonderful sandy beaches which are perfect for riding on. We have been sent some stunning pictures by readers of their favourite beaches for riding and we hope you enjoy the following images as much as we have. You might even be tempted to try riding somewhere new and if you do, remember to send us a picture. Picnic at Sandwich Bay Beach with Hemi Spinney and Bobbin Jarman.

Helen Francis and Bruno at Goring Beach.

Niamh Langan and friend on Jubilee and Flash at Camber Sands

Hollie Leathem and Red Ruby at Camber Sands.

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Isabelle Sheehy on Whintor Fiery Brown and Joanne Sheehy on Dymock Ice Dancer at Sandwich Bay in Kent.

Jourdan Collison and Teddy at Margate Beach.

Sandwich Bay Jamie Sheehy said: “You can ride at Sandwich Bay before 9am and after 7pm between 1st May to 1st October and at any time outside of those dates. There is a toll gate and the cost is £10 (if being manned) with plenty of parking all along beach. You can ride when it is low tide and half way between high tide and low tide. It’s best to park closer to the Golf Club Hotel as there is more sand down there, just watch out for the odd nudist!”

Josie Crew and Zebedee at Camber Sands. Josie said: “We went in the early morning, just before Christmas last year.”

Phoebe Harvey-Mason and her Pony Club pony in the sea at Bognor Regis.

Sam Scarett with Brodie and her dog, Poppy, at Sandwich Bay in Kent.

Claudia Hammond and Tilly at Camber Sands.

Pic by Frog and Field

Kim Taylor and Millie at Normans Bay. Kim said: “I love taking my horses to the beach as it’s a great way for them to let off steam, whilst having a great time. Both my horses love the water and it’s an amazing experience feeling them swim underneath you.”

Kerry Woodhouse and friends at Camber Sands.

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At the Beach

Nicola Price sent this beautiful picture of Balmedie Beach in Aberdeenshire.


Whilst it would appear Camber Sands is one of the most popular beaches for local riders to visit, others have included: Pevensey Bay, Sandwich Bay, Margate, Bexhill, West Wittering, Lancing, Climping Beach, Goring Beach, Ferring Beach, Brean Sands, Hayling Island, Bognor Regis, Bracklesham Bay and Normans Bay. Plus we have some pictures from further afield too.

Robert Wakes with his daughter, Morgan, and their family pony, Artie, at Lancing Beach in West Sussex.

Pic by Janet Burden

Stephen Tick and India at Camber Sands.

Michelle Snelling’s twin daughters riding their six-yearold Welsh Section D stallions, who are also half-brothers, Blaencrymlyn Winston and Blaencrymlyn Hywell.

Nicky Earland and Drummer, with canine friends at Normans Bay in East Sussex.

Sister, Izzie and Livvy Randell riding on Ferring Beach. Their mother said: “It is a bit stony and not so easy to park, so not one that I would probably recommend as a first choice.”

Normans Bay Nicky Earland said: “Normans Bay is a quiet beach with not very many visitors, as people prefer to go to Eastbourne or Pevensey - there are no facilities or shops at Normans Bay, so it is dog walkers/walkers/riders usually. The beach is very good at low tide, but there are areas of “soft” sand that are darker than other areas and these are to be avoided as they can catch you unawares. There are no restrictions at all to ride. You can park right at the top of the beach just off the road and walk down the shingle onto the sand. There is no other way to reach the sand apart from walking down the stones.”

Sammy Tarrant and Mac at Hayling Island Beach.

Ros Jones sent this picture of Magnus, her 26-year-old Shetland, who went for an eight mile beach ramble from Brean to Berrow to find the Berrow shipwreck recently. Ros said: “It is a great beach for horses, I will definitely have to go back one day with my riding horse.”

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Alex Randell, DC of the Chiddingfold Farmers’ Pony Club sent this selection of pictures from the club’s beach ride on Hayling Island. Alex said: “We organised a couple of beach rides to Hayling Island and had the most amazing time on both occasions. There are some restrictions as to when you can ride, but we have managed it perfectly on both occasions.”

Sandra Bernstein and 26-year-old Seamus at Bracklesham Bay in West Sussex.

Clare O’Neill and Grace with her friend on Jack at Camber Sands. Claire said; “This was taken at Camber Sands (just the best beach), this January and it was their first time at the beach. We don’t get to go that often, as it isn’t that close, but well worth the trip, and makes beach rides even more special.”

Emily O’Dell and Flynn at Hayling Island.

Pic by Andy Bennett

Tracey Whittington sent this picture of Tracey on Trevor (skewbald) Riz on Otto (chestnut) and Dawn on Comet at Camber Sands.

Lewis Collins on Damsel at Camber Sands.

Rachael Tarrant and Lilly at Hayling Island Beach.

Charlie Collins on Solo at Camber Sands

Jo Prowse riding Rico, a grandson of the show jumping stallion Darco, in Kos in Greece.

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Coakham Bloodhounds Beach Ride

Normans Bay, Pevensey, East Sussex • Sunday 3rd July 2016 • Pictures by Nigel Goddard Alexandra Draper and Briony Clark

Cherie Weston and Jess Collishaw

Dinty Steains, Claire Owen and friends

David Bosher and Claire Owen

Harriet Bambridge and Amber Pryor

Ship Ahoy!

Anna Taylor and friend

Time to chill!

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Smart Cobs

Harry Chapman, Jess Davies and Celia Savell

Jess Chapman and friends

Everyone has fun at the beach!

Jane Baker and Harry Chapman

Micky Head and Donna Richards

Tasha Brigden and Sian Littledyke

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Lightweight tried&tested


We have been testing a selection of lightweight turnouts. Rugs with no fill, which are perfect for warm autumn days, as well as those with fill, which are great for cooler days and if your horse is staying out at night.

Horseware Rambo Duo The Horseware Rambo Duo has a 1000 denier ballistic nylon waterproof and breathable outer, with 100g of fill. It comes with a removable 300g liner, which has an anti-static and anti-bacterial outer, with thermobonded fibrefill. It comes with a matching 100g hood. The rug features Horseware’s Surefit neck design, V-front neck closure, leg arches, reflective strips, wipe clean tail cord, hood and liner loops. Plus three secure cross surcingles and shine enhancing polyester lining. Colours: Brown with Brown & Cream, Navy with Baby Blue & Brown and a Limited Edition - Green with Red. Sizes: 5’6” - 7’3” RRP: £324.95 www.horseware.com LR Comment: An incredibly versatile rug. The outer rug and detachable neck cover come with 100g fill and there is a 300g liner, which simply clips into place as the weather gets colder (Other weight liners are available). It is a top quality rug, which fits well, looks good and has extra secure fittings at the front.

Bucas Irish Turnout Light

Mark Todd Autumner Rug

The Bucas Irish Turnout Light is a performance rug that offers flexibility for your horse. It provides 50g of insulation, while being fully waterproof and breathable with a 1200 denier rip-stop outer fabric. It is silk-lined and the shoulder darts ensure an excellent fit and plenty of shoulder room. The rug includes a comfort front with a secure front strap with hook and loopover closure. Attachment points are included for the Combi Neck.

Offering a touch more warmth than a standard lightweight rug, the Autumner is ideal for those unpredictable variations in climate, as well as helping make the transition between seasons. Features include a 600 denier waterproof outer shell with a 150g filling, plus shoulder pleats, quick release breast fastenings, a generous pleated tail flap and a nylon lining that polishes the horse’s coat. Neck cover sold separately. Colour: Ink/Grey Sizes: 5’6” - 7’0” RRP: £88.99 (neck cover £42.50). www.wefi.co.uk

Colours: Black & Gold, Navy & Gold Sizes: 5’6” – 7’0” RRP: £100.00 Combi Neck: XXS – XL RRP: £47.00 www.bucas.com

LR Comment: A generous fitting rug with pleated shoulder darts, which allow for plenty of high jinks in the field. It fitted well and I liked the 150g fill, which gives it added flexibility if we have a mild winter. It has a detachable neck cover too.

LR Comment: This is a great midseason lightweight turnout. It has 50g of fill, which makes it perfect for cooler days or if your horse is staying out at night. It fits well and has the added versatility of a removable neck cover.

JHL Lightweight Turnout Rug This practical rug from Jumper’s Horse Line is ideal for warmer days or for those horses that just need a little bit of extra protection. Manufactured in 600 denier ripstop polyester, the rug has a mesh lining with nylon anti-rub panels at the shoulder. The design includes quick release front fastenings, cross surcingles, leg straps and tail flap. Neck cover sold separately. Colours: Red/Black, Navy/Burgundy Sizes: 5’6” - 7’0” RRP: £56.99 (neck cover £28.50) www.wefi.co.uk LR Comment: This rug will take you from spring to autumn and just in case you put it on in the morning and the day warms up, it has a mesh lining, which helps to keep the air circulating on these occasions. A great value rug, which fitted well and was generously sized.

WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic Combo Neck The WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Plus Dynamic Combo Neck Medium/Lite (110g) comes with great features, which include, super strong and durable 1200 denier triple weave outer shell with repel shell coating that is both waterproof and breathable, memory foam wither relief pad that contours to the horse’s shape and lifts the rug off the wither to reduce rubbing and provide added comfort and Ezi-Clip front closure, which is fast and easy to use. It has traditional side gussets for natural movement, elasticated, adjustable and removable leg straps for a secure and comfortable fit, as well as reflective strips on each side at the front and on the tail flap for added visibility. It has twin low cross surcingles and a large tail flap for additional protection. Colour: Purple/Black Size: 4’0” - 7’3” RRP: £84.99 www.weatherbeeta.com LR Comment: 1000 denier with 100g fill, this is a cosy robust rug, with a combo neck design. It fitted well and would offer great protection on cold wet days.

John Whitaker Union Jack Water Resistant Turnout Rug This traditional John Whitaker Lightweight Turnout Rug is ideal for autumn showers. It has a thin inner fleece lining that will help to keep you horse warm on cooler days. Colour: Navy Sizes: 5’3” – 6’9” RRP: £80.00 www.johnwhitaker.com LR Comment: I smile every time I see this rug with the Union Jack fabric in the shoulder pleats. It looks great and fitted well, a perfect rug for the start of autumn.

Masta Avante 170 Turnout Medium weight standard neck turnout rug made from 600 denier oxford polyester outer fabric, with PU waterproof/breathable coating. It has taped seams, soft feel lining and 170g poly fill insulation. There are twin front fastening and low cross surcingle’s, tail flap, fillet string and rear D-rings for optional leg straps. Colours: Navy, Royal Blue Sizes: 4’6” - 7’6” RRP: £65.00 www.masta.co.uk LR Comment: This is a well-made rug, which is perfect for when the days start to turn a bit cooler. It offers great value for money too.

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hen Albert Poucher bought Lodge Farm over 100 years ago, you can be sure he didn’t foresee that his great grandsons, David, Peter and Mark and great great grandsons, Howard and Ian, would be running a successful horse feed business as well as the family farm. Once a dairy and mixed livestock farm, Lodge Farm, still resides in the hamlet of Bardney Dairies and now with the cows long gone the farm is entirely arable with the additional enterprise of green crop drying. Long before any of the current generation of the family were born, the installation of the first drier took place in 1945. This side of the business has grown significantly over the years and with new equipment and drying and harvesting methods developed it is far more efficient than those early days.

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Family Brand

In 2012 cousins, David, Peter and Mark, the current partners in the farm, decided to develop their own brand of horse feed, Emerald Green Feeds. As a new brand in the market, everyone worked hard to get Emerald Green Feeds out there and establish a desire for it. As with all family businesses it was all hands to the deck to do this. So while the men were farming it was down to the women and children to get out there and promote the products. They started out at Lincolnshire Horse Trials with a borrowed exhibition unit and some quickly designed leaflets, with the attitude of just wanting to get to the show and tell people about what they had to offer. Things have come a long way during the last four years, the immediate and extended family has worked around the clock to not only continue the arable side of the farm, but develop and grow the Emerald Green Feeds brand.

One site process

Emerald Green Feeds is fairly unique in the feed business, probably in any business sector; in the fact that the whole process the feed goes through is dealt with on one site. Growing the crops, harvesting them, and then returning them to the drying plant where they are dried for either pelleting or chop, following that it is bagged or baled

and the feed is ready to be delivered to the customers. Sarah Poucher said: “At Emerald Green Feeds we are lucky enough to be able to say that once tried our feeds sell themselves, we attend several of the larger horse trials and a few smaller shows and events each year and we give away samples of feed in our goodie bags. People love this and often return to the stand to find out more information about where they can get Emerald Green Feeds products from. As a relatively new brand in the equine feed sector we are trying to develop a network of stockists across the UK and Europe so that at every show we attend we can point our customers in the direction of feed merchant or tack shop near them. Because we are a family business and it is our name on the bags we feel it is even more important to be able to offer a consistent and quality product to people.” For more information on our feeds call 01526 398236 or visit www.emeraldgreenfeeds.co.uk

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Prepping a young horse for Humansville Words by Kathy Baar 4 Star Senior Parelli Professional


hen I look ahead to our foal’s future, I get excited about all the things I can and want to teach her. She is so young and has so much potential ahead of her, with this being her yearling year. However, in reality, I often have limited time with her and I want to focus on things that will set her up for success in the future. Most of the things she needs to learn from me at this stage have to do with surviving and thriving in “Humansville.” As we prepared to head out for our summer teaching circuit, I wanted to leave her with the best possible preparation for the “Possible, Probable, and Inevitable.” I decided that while I was away, there were five things it would be useful for her to be skilled in. I put them in order of importance: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Catching Veterinary Prep Trailer Loading Overcoming Separation Anxiety Tying

Most of these things are important in the event that something unplanned happens. In general, our yearling will be outside in a large pasture with hills, creeks, ponds, trees, and a herd of mixed horses to help teach her the ins and outs of being a horse. If everything works perfectly, she will get to stay in the pasture, being a horse, and she’ll be waiting for me when I come back. However, there is the possibility that something could happen to her while I am away. It’s probable that at some point she will need to be caught to move pastures or check an injury, and it is inevitable that at this stage I’ll be hundreds of miles away and someone else will need to care for her. With this in mind, I have played my way through these five things to help prepare her for that time.


If the unthinkable were to happen, the first thing a yearling would need to know is a positive pattern of coming to humans when they show up. Basically, she needs to have a positive perception of humans so that she wants to be near them, versus trying to flee. This is a theme that I have focused on influencing since she first arrived at our farm. By setting up situations where I can provide things she likes (food, scratches, water, fresh grass, etc.), I have started a positive pattern of her view towards humans. I followed this up with a session or two in the round pen to help her find the comfort and release with me. Each day that I interact with her, I focus on doing something that reinforces this pattern, and attempt to leave her each day with a positive feel from me.

Veterinary Prep

Again, in the event that the unthinkable happens, it is possible that my yearling would need to see the vet. One of the big things I incorporated into helping her get ready for this situation was needle prep. I used a programme of confidence-building with veterinary simulations to help her understand the process and what her job was during the process. For example, it was important that she realised that when I run my hand down her neck and simulate a needle with pinching or a toothpick, her job was to relax. While teaching her, each time she relaxed, the “needle” would go away. The goal being that when the vet did need to draw blood, she would revert to the pattern I had created and relax, and in no time the vet would have the needed blood or have given a shot if necessary. By teaching her to relax in settings like these, it sets her up to have a good experience on the day the vet must take her blood.

Trailer Loading

In the unfortunate event that something serious enough to warrant a visit to the vet hospital were to happen, I need to know that she understands how to load, feels confident while loaded, and even likes loading. If I can accomplish these things in a relaxed setting, then when the moment arises where she must load, she will be set up for success. As I was developing this pattern, I used several things to make the trailer a good place for her, including playing the Seven Games in and around the trailer, offering her rest, molasses water, and feed in the trailer, and starting by including one of her buddies in the trailer. In the beginning, I wanted to make the trailer as good as it possibly could be. As her confidence progressed in the trailer, I also started loading her from both sides, just to keep things equal and to prepare for an emergency situation. Also, I know that she will need to load on her own and be comfortable by herself in the trailer without experiencing separation anxiety. This is something I built separately, away from the

trailer, and then recombined so that she was able to stand confidently by herself in the trailer.

Separation Anxiety

In the event my yearling were to be injured, she would need to be treated away from her herd. With any horse, leaving the herd can be traumatic, particularly a young horse without much experience. To help set her up for success in this situation, I made a programme of providing her needs away from the herd. Basically, I needed to give her safety, comfort, play, and food away from her buddies. By doing this, I created draw to myself and humans, and built her self-confidence away from the herd.


This is a great skill for youngsters to understand for their future; they could get away with not knowing how to tie, but it is such a useful skill for a horse! The best way to prepare her for tying is to help her understand the Porcupine Game: yielding from pressure. After she understood how to yield from pressure, my next goal was to get her to like the hitching rail/tie-up area, food and rest are great motivators in this situation. As I leave to travel and teach over the next few months, I not only feel confident that my horse is in good hands, but that if anything happens to her or the property, she is set up to handle the situation in the best way possible. Not only will these skills serve her in an emergency, but they will also come in handy for the rest of her life. Many of the things that serve our horses in nature are the opposite responses they need to have in order to survive in our world. By helping them understand how to respond appropriately, not only will you make your vet, farrier, and caregiver happier, but you will help your horses have a better experience.

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A victory salute from Billy


illy Twomey and David Simpson claimed Britain’s two most historic trophies for Ireland at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead, when Twomey raced away with the Longines King George V Gold Cup on Lizziemary by a fraction of a second and Simpson rode an inspired round on another brilliant mare, Chessy 17 to take the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup by two seconds to give himself an early wedding present. As this issue of Localrider went to press David was tying the knot with partner Louise Pavitt and the Cup winnings were helping to fund the wedding party. “I have to keep winning classes to pay for it,” said David. He describes Chessy 17, an 11-yearold, as “an incredible mare, a bit like a cross between a pony and a motorbike, but with no brakes.” David sold her last year to the States to pay for the farm and yard with 30 horses he has at Coolham, West Sussex with Louise. “Luckily for me they wanted me to have her back to use her this summer, but I think they will probably sell her.” David’s victory showed that he had successfully regained his bond with the German-bred Chessy 17, whom he had for three months last year before selling her, and had only had back to ride for some four weeks before the Royal International. “She doesn’t have the jump of the other horses,” he said, “but she fights to the death and thinks she can jump anything.” David Simpson, 28, grew up in Derry where his father was a chemical engineer, he used to go hunting with the Donegal Harriers and after coming to Sussex and spending five years learning about show jumping with Shane Breen at Hickstead, he often returns to Ireland during the winter with Shane, to hunt with the Scarteen.

Longines King George V Gold Cup

The Longines King George V Gold Cup, with £57,000 to the winner, was a very well deserved prize for Billy Twomey, who was in outstanding form throughout the show. Riding the 10-year-old chestnut mare Lizziemary, who was making her debut in the aweinspiring Hickstead arena, he said later: “I am delighted at how she performed and very proud. She has managed to win one of the most prestigious classes in the world.” Billy, who grew up in Cork, hunting with the South Union, spent some five years with Michael Whitaker and now lives near Nottingham with his wife, three children and three dogs. Billy

Billy Twomey and Lizziemary winners of the Longines King George V Gold Cup

RoxAnne Tierney, PR Manager for Longines UK, presenting Billy Twomey and Lizziemary with the King George V Gold Cup and a Longines watch.

Longines Royal International Horse Show

The All England Showground, Hickstead, West Sussex Tuesday 26th to Sunday 31st July 2016 Words by Julia Longland

continued: “I must say a big thank you to Lizzie Bunn for letting me bring my family here. Lizziemary, who came from Kim Barzilay’s dealing yard in London, is not the easiest of horses, she is very much a chestnut mare. I was following her as a young horse and Kim gave her to me last October on sale or return, so I am very grateful to her and to (British rider) Emma-Jo Slater, who did an unbelievable job producing her originally. But I feel I have finally got over the line with her now.” Billy bought the mare in partnership with Bertram Allen’s father Bert. Drawn last in the 13 strong second round, the enthusiastic crowd sat silently as Billy and Lizziemary set out around the course. Could they? They did not realise that Billy was having a struggle heading at racing speed for the fifth of the seven fences, the triple bar. “I got a loop of rein caught around my stirrup,” he said, “and I was pulling the mare in the mouth to the gate. I don’t think it looked the most classical round so there is more credit to her for putting up with my riding.” The crowd erupted as Billy and his chestnut lady Lizziemary shot through the finish 0.46 seconds ahead of Dutchman van der Schans. His superlative form at the show with other rides Thomas and Diaghilev which brought prize money of nearly £78.000, means he can have a holiday with his family, “I have been going at it so hard I will have to re-introduce myself to them,” said one very happy Irishman.

Pic by Sian Hayden/Hickstead

David Simpson and Chessy 17 winners of the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup

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Longines Royal International Horse Show continued… Riders spend all year trying to qualify for the Longines Royal International Horse Show. The horses, ponies and riders competing at the show already are the best and to stand champion in any class is a privilege and great achievement. Here we share some of our favourite moments from the 2016 show. Laura Mantel wins SEIB Winter Novice Championship

Laura Mantel and Funnycan lead James Emblem and Skelwith Lady Delilah in the lap of honour for the SEIB Winter Novice Championship. Jayne Ross and Time 2 Reflect, British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Champions for the second year running.

Laura Mantel beat twenty-three other strong competitors to win the SEIB Winter Novice Championship. Qualifying for the SEIB Winter Novice Championship began last October and continued all the way through to March. Eleven qualifiers were held at venues all over the country and horses and riders travelled the length and breadth of the country to secure a place in the prestigious Championship. The last chance to qualify was at Hickstead on the day before the Championship. Laura, who is from Reading, Berkshire claimed her Championship title on board Funnycan, a six-year-old bay mare owned by New Priory Stud. Laura and Funnycan achieved their qualification after winning the qualifier at Solihull Riding Centre last October. Riding with great accuracy and speed, the combination delivered an unbeatable double clear in a nine horse jump-off and finished 2.15 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. James Emblen from Woking, Surrey took second place with Skelwith Lady Delilah, a nine-year-old bay mare owned by Skelwith Stud and Anthony Asker. After finishing third in this Championship last year, James went one better this time.

Time 2 Reflect makes it a double

Having won the Lightweight Hunter and claimed the Hunter Championship, just as they did last year, Jayne Ross and Dianne Stennett’s nine-year-old by Cameo’s Reflection, Time 2 Reflect, dazzled in the British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Championship, winning top scores from the judges and the crowd’s appreciation for their fantastic gallop to clinch the title for a second year running.

Dorian Williams Award

Martin Clunes presenting Steve Watts and Trixies Brenin Gwalia with their prizes for winning the British Horse Society Light Trade & Costers Turnout

The Dorian Williams Trophy is awarded each year to the person or organisation that has done the most for the Longines Royal International Horse Show. This year the award went to a lady who is described as one of Hickstead’s unsung heroes. Pat Owens has been part of the shows for more than 50 years, right back to the very first show, after founder Douglas Bunn had the vision of creating a showground to rival those on the Pat Owens receiving the continent. She was the first ever Dorian Williams Trophy show secretary, back in the days from Jennifer Williams when the show was run from the main house at Hickstead Place. She did this role for five years until her marriage to David and returned every year since in a supporting role. Known affectionately as ‘Pat in the Cupboard’, she spends her time at Hickstead in the corner of the office, efficiently sorting out rosettes, updating scores and recording past winners. More than five decades since she started helping at Hickstead, Pat continues to play a vital role – and the show would not be the same without her.

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Poppy Steadman and Mandy BurchellSmall’s five-yearold Seamoor Lady Derby, led by Oliver Burchell, BSPS Mini Champions, seen here in the Underwood Supreme Pony Championship.

Avril Bartolomy and Clantara Shadow Play, The Leeman Family Amateur Maxi Cob Champions

Martin Clunes takes a drive with Mr W Bryant and Brylee Magic Jnr and Brylee Bobby Dazzler

Pinewell Miranda Seven-year-old Pinewell Miranda had a busy Hickstead with the Gale sisters competing in both the Lead Rein and First Ridden classes. First into the River Lawn Ring on Saturday afternoon was seven-year-old, Olivia being led by her mother, Rachele on Pinewell Miranda. Their performance saw them pulled forward in fifth place in the Pretty Polly Lead Rein Championship, they had previously finished eighth in the Open class. After a change of rider Pinewell Miranda was back into the River Lawn Ring for the Pretty Polly First Ridden Championship, this time with nine-year-old Scarlett. The amazing mare finsihed in the ribbons again, this time seventh.

Hannah Horton and Slieve Bloom Jill, BSPS Heritage Mountain & Moorland Champion and equal-second in the Underwood Supreme Pony Championship. Kate Hewson and Newoak Jester, BSPS Heritage M&M Supreme Pretty Polly Champions

The family have owned Miranda since October 2015. She is produced at home by their mother Rachele, who also leads Olivia and both girls are trained by Lisa Street. Talking after the show, their father Simon Gale said: “I can honestly say that the pony is a complete angel, she comes straight off the lorry and into the show ring. She loves the girls and always looks for them when we arrive at the yard. She loves to be groomed by them, often returning the favour. She is everything you could ask in a child’s pony.” Scarlett Gale and Pinewell Miranda

Champion Riding School Pony

Olivia Gale and Pinewell Miranda

Pics by Equinational

It was a fairytale come true for Kate Hewson (above) and her mother Emma, when the family’s loan pony, Newoak Jester stood BSPS Heritage M&M Supreme Pretty Polly Champion, having headed the First Ridden Championship. We first met Kate, her family and Bill as Newoak Jester is more commonly known, just under two years ago at the Sunshine Tour Championships in Surrey. Kate who only started riding in 2013 had learned to ride on Bill at Kingston Riding Centre and recently taken a share in him. Back then Kate was still competing on the lead rein. The wonderful Dartmoor owned by Lynne Mastroianni is now loaned by Kate and the combination have had enormous success in a range of disciplines including side saddle and dressage. The pair have a busy season still to come and next on the agenda is representing team Southern at the Sheepgate U25 Championships. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 Localrider 29

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SHOW REPORT Left: Carl Standing and Golden Inca Cross, first Large Hunter and Reserve Supreme Ridden Champion

Simon Whitlock of Starglade Parks presenting Angela Lance and Fred Robinson (Small Hunter) with the Champion Hunter Trophy.

Helen Baker and Dr Who, Champion Coloured and Supreme Ridden Champion


The Lawes sisters made it a one two in the Working Hunter Ponies. Sasha was Champion on Make a Splash and Sophie was Reserve on Kilkeeran Chillout.

Cranleigh Show Pictures by LRG Photography

C Sheneka Reid and Deighton Dick, Heavy Horse Champion

Tanisha Lee and Deighton Magnum, Reserve Heavy Horse Champion

Kate Hewson and New Oak Jester, first Concours d’elegance

ranleigh Show celebrated its 70th anniversary on Sunday 19th June, maintaining one of England’s best-loved rural traditions – an agricultural show with a horse show for everyone. Star of the show was 11-year-old side saddle rider Kate Hewson from Kingston. She only started learning to ride side saddle in October 2015, but she produced a flawless performance on her impeccably behaved Dartmoor pony, New Oak Jester. She looked fabulous in Balmoral tartan and black velvet and her technique and confident horsemanship saw her hold her own in perfect control in a large arena up against adults on big horses. She thoroughly deserved her win in the Concours d’Elegance. Reserve was Ellie Whitmoor from Warninglid, who had also just started riding side saddle and this was only her second time out. The horse show was a great success with classes for mountain and moorlands, thoroughbred and retired racehorses, heavy horses, coloureds, riding club, working hunter, lead rein and veterans, as well as a full slate of in hand classes. And there were lots of unaffiliated show jumping classes to suit everyone from beginners up. The Supreme Ridden Champion title went to a stunning coloured maxi-cob, Helen Baker’s Dr Who, known as Sid, from Staplefield. She had only owned him for three weeks and this was their first competition together. Reserve went to Carl Standing from Horsham, with his impressive Irish Draught Golden Inca Cross.

Heavy Horses delight

Helen Calcutt and Bromsgrove Lola, first Best Shire Horse

Helen Calcutt from Leatherhead brought her three-year-old Shire Broomsgrove Lola. “I’ve been showing her in-hand and giving her time to grow up,” she said. “She will be backed and turned away for the winter and I’ll bring her back for ridden classes as she will be a riding Shire.” In the Heavy Horse Championship, Plumpton College dominated with their beautiful Shire x Clydesdales, Deighton Dick and Deighton Magnum. Michelle Johnston, Head of Plumpton Equine said the students worked and showed the horses all season. Student Sheneka Reid took top spot with Dick and Tanisha Lee the reserve with Magnum.

High speed and courage

Karen Morris with Suited and Booted, Scurry Champions

Champion Donkey, Penny Hill Mitch

The Scurry Championship was won with high speed and courageous driving by Karen Morris from Liphook with her matched palominos, Suited and Booted. Reserve went to Paul Isaac with Fast and Furious, who had come all the way from Swansea. “It was a good show,” said Chairman Will Elliott, “We had particularly strong sheep entries and the horse show was very well supported. We had a good crowd, it was lovely to see the display of farming machinery since the war, and we were pleased with the decision to move to a June date.”

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REGIONAL ROUNDUP Amy Harris and Bureside Autumn Mist

RDA Endurance Ride Words and pictures by Joanna Sale

Veteran keeps on winning!

In mid-June, Bradbourne Riding for the Disabled’s Group near Sevenoaks played host to the Region’s fourth annual Endurance Ride, which is gaining a solid following in the area with seven participating groups from across the South East. There were 22 entries this year, nearly double that of last year, and of all ages, where lots of new riders tried their hands in classes of 1km, 2km and 3km. Four riders followed a mounted lead in the 3km achieving average speeds of over 5km/hr which is quite a pace. Feedback from the day was very positive. Endurance is about personal bests so everyone enjoyed winning a certificate and rosette, though all those in the 3km class also managed to complete the ride within the optimum time. The competition’s organiser, Gilly Roper, said: “Everyone seemed to really enjoy it so it was very worthwhile and lovely to see so many new faces. We were also lucky to be able to enjoy a brilliant venue at the home of one of our coaches.” Peter Broome of Bradbourne RDA, Sevenoaks, rides the piebald Bill, with coach Kate Fredou on Patch.


my Harris’s 18-year-old Welsh section B, Bureside Autumn Mist, has had a brilliant year so far, winning at The Norse Welsh Show, where they stood Reserve Champions. The combination continued their winning streak at the Norfolk and Suffolk Arabian Horse Group Show, taking the In-hand Championship, Ridden Reserve Championship, before standing Supreme Champions. This was a good warm up to the Royal Norfolk Show, where they won the veteran class.

Jacob and Izzy, from White Rocks Western RDA Group near Sevenoaks.

Sunshine Tour:

Georgina Leavold - Jimmie Qualified Prelim and Novice Dressage at Vectis Dressage Festival, Isle of Wight “Happy hack, confidence giver and all round lovely pony” is how Georgina describes the 13.3hh gelding that was actually bought for her mother to return to riding after a fall. Sad circumstances of losing her own competitive ride, led Georgina to ride Jimmie a few times and found that he is much more than just a happy hacker. Georgina said: “Jimmie makes me smile every time I ride him, he’s the straightest pony I’ve ever ridden. I didn’t think at the age of 32 I would be back riding ponies, but he’s honestly fantastic and having ridden him more over the past few months I’ve taken a real shine to his big personality and kind soul - small in body but huge in heart. I’ve recently registered him BD and in his last few outings qualified for Prelim Area Festivals at the end of the year. When he first arrived he wouldn’t jump a two foot fence and now he’s boldly jumping a 70cm course and I’ve taken him cross country schooling, with him showing he has a heart of a lion, even taking on a few of the 1m fences. My aim is to qualify him for the jumping classes at the Sunshine Tour as well as dressage, hopefully around 70 / 80cm and maybe have a go at a BE80(T) by the end of the season. He’s taken my mum from a rider who was petrified to get on by herself, to one who is ready to do her first Intro test and frequently hacks out on her own. All in the space of eight months. I would love for her to qualify for the Sunshine Tour in the Intro dressage, I would be so proud of them both.” Right: Georgina Leavold and Jimmie

Joe Roud from Fairlight Hall RDA, Hastings, leads coach Sacha.

Hickstead Dreams

Blake and Lilianna

Nine-year-old Blake Walker and his pony Willow Royal Lilianna had a fantastic week at the Hickstead Derby Meeting jumping in the Mini Jumping classes. Blake has had Lily since she was a yearling and the pair have grown up together. This is their fourth year jumping at Hickstead, they jumped every day, having a brilliant time and came home with four rosettes.

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Trot For Life On Saturday 25th June Beth Mantel (British Showjumping Bronze League Champion 2015) and her friends took part in a sponsored ‘Trot For Life’ at North Waltham, near Basingstoke. The event was organised by Lucy Badham, who was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 months ago at the age of 27. She has now had the all clear. All the riders and walkers were raising money for breast cancer charities. Beth and her friends embraced the pink theme, deciding to ride in their bras and tutus, dressing their ponies in pink. There were some former stars amongst their mounts including Beth’s horse (grey). The now 16-year-old Touplesse has previously jumped at Olympia in the Young Riders final, as well as International and Area Trials with Beth’s sister, Laura. Beth’s cousin, Ellie Mantel, was riding a grade A show jumper called Nikko (bay). Sisters Ellie and Ria Gallon were riding their all-rounders called Pilot and Gizmo (chestnut and grey). Joining the ride was Nicky Shearman and her Horse Media Man (big chestnut), who is currently jumping HOYS Grade C qualifiers and Foxhunter second rounds. Completing the ride was Hilary Mullins (with the long pink hair on her hat) on Queen Marie Minotiere (big bay), who is also a British Showjumping horse, competing up to 1m10/1m15 successfully. So far Beth and her friends have raised £750 for Breast Cancer Research and they are hoping to exceed this figure by the end of the year.

Appealing Pub Ride Sue Saunders of the BHS North & West Kent Committee wrote: “Horses returned to the beautiful horse friendly 17th century pub, the Hook and Hatchet at Hucking, just outside Maidstone recently. Each year the British Horse Society organises a ride to encourage riders to explore the rights of way the UK has to offer. This year the ride started at the Hook and Hatchet. The new owners of the Hook and Hatchet, Alan and Sharon Bishop, gave the 17 riders a wonderful starting place to safely park and tack up. The group was divided into two rides, one a quieter ride and the other a longer and more challenging ride. The routes took in the local Trot rides, which pass through beautiful grass fields, with views over the Medway and Thames estuaries. A hearty lunch greeted the riders on their return and as the last horses were boxed up a lively thunder storm took hold, a not so perfect end to a wonderful day.” For more information about Trot call 01622 735599 /844999 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 Localrider 33

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Local Stars head to Horse of the Year Show Final

Pictures by SMR Photos Louise Chamberlain and Clover Park won the Riding Club Show Horse qualifier at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre

Georgie Patrick and Harry Duke have qualified for the Working Hunter Final


eorgie Patrick, 50, from Farnham, qualified for the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) at the SEIB Insurance Broker’s Search for a Star 2016 qualifier held at Stretcholt Equestrian Centre in Somerset, on 12th June. Georgie rode Carolyn Elwes’ Harry Duke to finish second in a very competitive Working Hunter Qualifier. Carolyn bought the nine-year-old dappled grey 18 months ago. He had hunted in Ireland and Dorset before coming to Surrey. “He’s very strong, and Carolyn asked me to school him and do some jumping,” explained Georgie, who met Carolyn through the hunting community. “I used to event, but I have two young children, and so I don’t anymore.” Instead, the pair have been focusing on dressage to music and working hunter classes. “I last did working hunter classes 35 years ago!” laughed Georgie. The pair have qualified for the regional dressage to music finals and plan to do more showing. “We did amateur workers at Bath & West, but I was very nervous – this is much nicer!” said a delighted Georgie,

who runs her own private yard. “Carolyn will continue to hunt him, while I aim to continue his showing and dressage,” she added. Louise Chamberlain, 25, from Lambourn, has also qualified for the HOYS Final, after winning the Riding Club Show Horse qualifier at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in Slapton, Buckinghamshire on 3rd July. Louise rode her own horse, the 13-year-old Mystical Clover to a win in the Riding Club Show Horse class, securing her ticket to HOYS. Louise has owned the mare, by Clover Park, since she was a five-year-old, and the pair previously evented to Novice level before retiring to focus on dressage and show jumping. Louise is a graphic designer and, appropriately, she is responsible for designing the 2016 HOYS advertisement. “We always thought she was a nice type, but you don’t know for sure until you try,” says Louise of her decision to try showing. “At home she is just like a Labrador – she has an amazing temperament, a real people’s horse. To win and qualify for HOYS is just amazing!” The SEIB Search for a Star series has

been created by SEIB to encourage amateur riders to produce their horses to a high standard in the show ring and giving them the opportunity to compete at the prestigious finals at the Horse of The Year Show (HOYS). Each qualifying competition follows the same format, with classes for Working Hunters, Riding Club Show Horses, Show Hunters, Show Ponies & Show Hunter Ponies, Riding Horse/Hacks and Cobs. “The Search For A Star Championship series is a way to give amateur riders the chance to achieve their dream of riding at The Horse Of The Year Show. The standard increases every year and we are delighted to give so many riders this opportunity,” said Nicolina MacKenzie, Marketing Manager at South Essex Insurance Brokers. More information about the Search for a Star series is available at www.search4astar.org.uk

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Former Event Horse Sensibility Wins at Heathfield


otherfield-based Josie Duggan and former BE Novice eventer, Sensibility, are more at home jumping around the fences at Felbridge than riding in the show ring, but the partnership proved it is never too late to try something new when they made their show ring début at Heathfield. Josie took over the ride on Sensibility in 2007 and the combination enjoyed great success together, retiring from affiliated eventing in 2010, which coincided with Josie going to university. Now the 22-year-old gelding enjoys a more laid back life and his family thought they would have a go at showing. It proved a winning decision, as Sensibility floated his way to victory to stand Veteran Champion in a hotly contested section.

Josie Duggan and Sensibility, Veteran Champions at the Heathfield Show.

Words by Alex Kelly and pictures by Alex Kelly Emilia Andrews and Westfirle Golden Oriole

Emilia qualifies for HOYS

Seven-year-old Emilia Andrews has been riding since she could sit up. The young rider’s talent has been nurtured by her family and together they successfully showed ponies on the lead rein before Emilia started riding for top show producer and breeder Debbie Barr in 2014. Last year she rode Debbie’s homebred Firle Kingfisher to qualify for the RIHS and stand Supreme at Ponies UK Summer Championships and the pair came tantalisingly close to qualifying for Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) on four occasions. Having just missed out on her dream of competing at the prestigious final in 2015, Emilia was determined to do her best to qualify this year. Riding Westfirle Golden Oriole, another of Debbie’s homebred ponies, Emilia started working on their partnership over the winter, when Golden Oriole was stabled at her family’s yard in Portsmouth. By spring they were ready to compete. The pair scored an early qualifier for the RIHS at BSPS Area 16 before Emilia fulfilled her dream at the NPS Area 10 show and won a strong Lead Rein class to qualify for HOYS. Emilia and Firle Golden Oriole have continued their winning run by claiming both the Open and Novice Lead Rein Championship at NPS Area 25, standing second in the Open Lead Rein at the Royal Welsh Show and winning the NPS Summer Champs Novice final, before Standing Mini Novice Champions. Amie Fitzsimons and Rosmeen Double Star

Carlung Stornoway Kent-based Nicola Falconbridge bought the now three-year-old Carlung Stornoway from his Scottish based breeder, Susan Wardrop, as a foal. Nicola lightly showed him as a yearling and two-year-old and that education is paying off in his three-year-old classes. This year he won the Highland Youngstock class at Royal Windsor before heading to Heathfield Show where he stood overall Mountain & Moorland Champion. Nicola plans for Stornoway to spend the rest of the summer maturing in the field. Nicola Falconbridge’s Carlung Stornoway

Rosmeen Double Star Proud owner, rider and breeder Amie Fitzsimons has enjoyed a string of good results this season with her Connemara, Rosmeen Double Star. Winning the home produced in-hand class at the South East Mountain and Moorland Show, before standing Reserve Silver Medal Champion. Double Star, by Killary Cashel and out of Shipton Primrose, had continued good fortune, finishing second in the Intermediate Ridden class before winning the Open Ridden section and standing Reserve Champion. The Surrey based combination were in the ribbons again at NPS Area 29 held at the David Broome Centre, where they were awarded the Intermediate Championship and stood Reserve Open Champions. 36 Localrider SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016

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REGIONAL ROUNDUP Michelle Dorion, Jenny Juffs, Julia Peake and Emily Cook

Wendy Norris Memorial Fun Ride Words by Alex Bonnell and pictures by LRG Photography


impsfield Riding Club held its Annual Charity Fun Ride to raise money for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance on private farmland and bridlepaths around Marsh Green, near Edenbridge Kent in glorious sunshine on Sunday 7th August 2016. Held by kind permission of Martin Bennett MRCVS and his estate manager Andy Crow the 10 mile route took riders along local woodland paths and through open stubble fields, with riders enjoying stunning views from the top of Dry Hill. The event now in its third year raises funds for the Air Ambulance in memory of club member and supporter, Wendy Norris, who sadly died in 2013 and was attended by the helicopter medical team (HEMS). Members and friends of the riding club steward for the ride, run a splendid cake stand and barbecue. In addition many local companies donated to the popular raffle held on the day. With grant matching from Fidelity the total raised this year is likely to be just over ÂŁ5,000, which brings the total raised in the last three years to over ÂŁ17,000. The just giving page opened for the ride will stay active until the end of September so if anyone wishes to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LRCfunride2016

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Madeline Cranfield and Lois Luckens

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Alex Bunn and Laura Paice

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Tania Aston and her daughter Rebecca who organised and ran the cake stand this year. Thanks to Margaret Brown who also donated a large number of homemade cakes for the club to sell.

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Western Festival

T Left: Shohaib Khan who is 11 years old and is from the Speech and Language Unit at Stepgates Community School in Chertsey – he is riding Magic in the woods around our Sensory ride. Right: Rex Taylor from the Special Needs Unit of Pyrcroft Grange School in Chertsey is riding her in the school.

he Garden of England Festival of Western Riding concluded on Sunday 17th July with more than 950 entries over five days of strong competition. Entries from across Europe as well as from all over the UK fought for a slice of the $20,000 prize money, with the additional attraction of a Cartier Watch being awarded by G Collins and Sons of Tunbridge Wells to the highest scoring Reining rider over the show. UK Riders held their own against competitors travelling in from France and as far afield as Austria. Local rider Doug Allen, trainer at Sterling Quarter Horses at Bodiam, took home the star prize of the watch by posting the highest score of the week in the $2,500 added Open Reining. Allen said “I am delighted with the way my horse Ten Reasons went today, and am excited to win such a fabulous prize, from one of the long-time supporters of our sport.” Local young riders were also making their mark in the adult classes with Tabitha Sternberg Allen winning one of the prestigious Lawson Bronze Trophies in the Non Pro Reining and Isobel Le Pla taking the first prize in the Rookie class. Tabitha’s next stop is the AQHA Youth World Show in Oklahoma, USA, whilst Isobel is hoping to travel to Switzerland in August to represent Team GBR in the FEI European Junior Reining Championships.

Jenny who is 28 years old and absolutely loves Magic. Jenny has ridden with Quest since she was a child and despite the rain she insisted on grooming Magic and giving her a cuddle after her ride.

Magical Millie arrives at Quest RDA thanks to Rokers support

Isobel Le Pla and Smart A Little, won the Rookie class

Tabitha Sternberg Allen and Wimpys Little Roo won one of the prestigious Lawson Bronze Trophies in the Non Pro Reining

Blisland Echo – Stoneleigh Champions The Ridden Mountain & Moorland classes at the Stoneleigh Horse Show spotlighted top ponies, with big fields coming forward for each of the 12 individual breeds on offer. Opening the show on the Sunday morning was the Welsh section D class which was well supported with 25 coming forward. Classes continued to keep the judges busy with 21 in the Connemara class and 19 in the highly competitive Highland class. The small breeds were just as well supported, but it was Welsh section A Blisland Echo with rider Samantha Darlington, who had only had the ride of the pony back for two weeks, who won the class and went on to be crowned the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Champion of Show. The reserve went to Welsh section D winners, Swchyrhafod Brenin ridden and Miss Michaela Wood.

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A beautiful new pony called Magical Millie has arrived at Quest Riding for the Disabled in Chobham, thanks to the generous support of Rokers Animal Feed and Tack Shop in Guildford. In August 2015, Rokers Little Angels indoor play world opened its doors for a Charity Fun day and all proceeds from the day were donated to Quest. Following this, in February 2016, Rokers and TopSpec hosted an Equine Health evening with again all the proceeds going to Quest. These funds have enabled Quest to buy Magical Millie who really is proving to be quite “magical” in every way! Magical Millie is a 14.2hh, 13-year-old piebald (black and white) pony who has fitted in at Quest RDA like a dream and is already becoming a firm favourite with the children who ride her. Julie Jones, one of the Group Coaches at Quest RDA said: “We have been looking for a very long time for a special pony that could cope with the needs of children and adults with severe disabilities and special needs. Magic has taken it all in her stride and does the job remarkably, as if she has always been doing it. Nothing phases her, whether she’s asked to walk around the school, go through the sensory walk in the woods or play musical buckets she just loves the fuss and attention that she receives from the riders and we feel extremely lucky to have found her. The children get so much out of horse riding and it’s such a huge part of their lives that finding the right pony was vital. We are very grateful to Rokers for donating the proceeds of their fun day to us so that we could buy Magic and she will have a lovely, lifelong home with us.” Quest is based at Laris Farm in Chobham and was founded over forty years ago by a group of remarkable people who were determined that disability should not be a barrier to the enjoyment and therapeutic benefits of horse riding. Over the years, the founding group have been followed by a small army of volunteers, who have served Quest and have never lost sight of the founding aspiration to improve the lot of disabled people through the opportunities offered by horse riding. Julie Jones added “We are extremely grateful to Rokers for their continued support over the past couple of years and would like to thank Nick Tegg, General Manager of Rokers and his staff as their vision to support Quest has made a huge difference to our riders. We are delighted that they have chosen to continue supporting us again this year.” Quest is a registered charity and needs to raise approximately £20,000 to run each year.

Right: Samantha Darlington and Blisland Echo

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Gibson – the perfect all-rounder

Paige Whayman and Gibson

Pic by Danny Berta


aige Whayman has owned Gibson aka Rocky for just over two years. During that time Rocky has given Paige the confidence to go from jumping cross poles to 90cm tracks. Paige says: “He turns his hoof to all disciplines and enjoys every second of it!” They are seen here heading the Coloured class at the Wimbledon Pony Club Show held at Pachesham Equestrian Centre in Surrey, earlier this year. Paige continued: “Rocky is my first pony and is making every ridden dream come true. He has taken me from a nervous wreck jumping cross poles to now winning up to height 90cm classes. I work at Balanced Horse Feeds and am very grateful for their support as Rocky started the year looking and feeling so good, thanks to Balanced Horse Feeds. It is impossible to love this pony any more than I do. He is my pony of a lifetime.”

Divine Champion The two-year-old Welsh section C filly, Stormyoak Just Divine won the Mountain & Moorlands Large Breeds class at the Bexhill Horse Show, before standing M&M Champion. She is owned by Cheryl Hillman and her partner, Bradley Helyer, who shows the filly. Cheryl said: “Bradley started showing my Welsh A and Welsh B in-hand two years ago. But he decided he wanted something bigger to show and a project to bring on, so we bought Stormyoak Just Divine last autumn. We hope to break her in when she’s old enough and I will try her in the ridden M&M classes and see how we get on.” Bradley Helyer and Stormyoak Just Divine, Champion M&M at Bexhill Horse Show

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Success at National Champs

HITV Nancy Davies on Toblerone at Hartpury


arious competitors from the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region celebrated success at the RDA’s National Championships at Hartpury in Gloucestershire over the weekend of 16th July. Nancy Davies from Hope in the Valley, Plumpton, came second in the Countryside Challenge, riding Toblerone and also came second in the Combined, which added the showjumping and dressage scores together. This was a tremendous result after a dreadful journey to get there, which started when their horsebox broke down on the M25. they had a four hour wait before they were rescued by relief transport. Arriving at Hartpury they then had to rely on the kindness and generosity of fellow competitors, who lent stabling equipment. Lorraine Mercer of Heron’s Ghyll (Whitesmith) RDA Driving Group was a winner in the Arts and Crafts Competition for a second year running, while Laura Marshall of Stella Hancock Driving Group, Worplesdon came second in her group and the children of Bagshot Infants School for Sandhurst RDA came third in their group.

The Monochrome Musical

Laura Marshall with her Arts and Crafts Entry

Peter Broome of Bradbourne collects the rosettes from Sam Orde, RDA Chair

Bradbourne’s Musical Story Ride were jubilant to win their class with four riders (Carla, Nicky, Jon and Peter) on four piebalds (Al, Finn, Bill and Philip respectively) for a performance entitled Monochrome, which also featured music that was composed and produced by one of the riders too. Gilly Roper from Bradbourne said: “It was huge fun getting it organised. We’re absolutely thrilled and delighted to win when the whole enterprise started out as a bit of fun over the winter months in the indoor school!” The Musical Story class invites Groups to use initiative, imagination and planning for a performance which tells a story – using basic riding or driving skills and school movements. Carla, Jon and Peter, who have visual impairments, and Nicola who suffers from Cerebral Palsy rode as a team to a piece of music composed and recorded by Jon. The ride named ‘monochrome’ due to all four ponies being piebald (black and white) in colour, took many weeks of practise to perfect, before filming for submission. The film was not allowed to be edited and had to show riders completing the movements both as a group and individually. Ian Page donated his expertise to film the ride and produced a polished DVD for submission at the Regional competition held at Hickstead in May. After progressing through the regional heat the DVD was submitted to the National judging panel. All four riders were delighted to learn that they had won the National title and Peter, who had placed fifth the day before in the Show Jumping category, was at Hartpury to collect the rosettes from Sam Orde (Chairman of RDA UK). Their coach Kate Fredou said: “I am so proud of their success. They worked hard both individually and as a team to enter and win this highly contested class.” Team Bradbourne had other successes over the weekend with Caroline placing fourth in dressage and Katherine who was awarded the Pat Straughan medal for courage and determination in dressage.

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Carla, Nicky, Jon, and Peter from Bradbourne won the musical ride with their monochrome interpretation

For the past decade, Regional Sponsors, Cowan Architects, have provided the funding for the qualifying events, which allowed these riders and drivers to get to the National Championships, which is described as the “biggest event in the world for disabled riders and carriage drivers.” Many Paralympians including Sophie Christiansen and Natasha Baker, began their competitive careers at the RDA Championship which is their flagship event, bringing together hundreds of competitors of all abilities in events including Dressage, Countryside Challenge, Vaulting, Horse Care & Knowledge, Arts & Crafts, Best Turned Out and Musical Ride.

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FEATURE The equine tongue is an amazing organ


Bits should create a palatable and pleasant feeling for the horse



orses must be able to have release from pressure when they are ridden in a bit, and a thick bit in a small equine mouth, or a bit that compromises a large or sensitive tongue, may make this impossible. If a horse or pony is showing signs of discomfort when bridled, then a different shaped mouthpiece, or a bit made from a different material, may create a more palatable and pleasant feeling for the horse - thus lessening the likelihood of unwanted signs of discomfort. The Bomber Blue range from Bombers Bits is popular with owners of horses that have sensitive tongues, as it features a rubber-nylon material that promotes salivation and may give the horse a softer mouth. The shape of the mouthpiece is based on the Bombers Happy Tongue bit, which is ported for tongue relief. (From £82 for a loose ring. Call 01825 840002 for regional stockists or visit www.worldwidetack. com to order.) Originating from South Africa, the bits Top: Kimblewick Bomber Blue are created by Bomber Nel, Bottom: Loose Ring Bomber Blue a horseman whose aim was to create a bit with a thinner mouthpiece and less surface area to provide more room around the horse’s sensitive tongue; therefore decreasing any resistance, and increasing connectivity between horse and rider. When excessive pressure is applied to a horse with a sensitive tongue, its response will usually be one or more of the following:

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Bit creator Bomber Nel shares the following information on bitting horses: Over time horse breeding has become more and more refined, along with changes to the horse’s performance and athleticism there have also been changes inside the horse’s mouth. The mouths have become narrower, the cheeks have become very fleshy, and the bars have even come together, creating more ‘tongue’ than we had previously, which is resulting in major tongue sensitivity problems in many of today’s working horses. So, what does the bit do? In simple terms, it bit passes on requests from the rider to the horse, regarding speed and direction. The mouthpiece of a bit is selected to suit a horse’s requirements – what fits their mouth conformation and what they are comfortable and happy in. The bit rings, or cheek pieces, help the rider communicate with the horse. Conformation and dentistry issues, such as a large tongue, a low palate, overshot or undershot jaws, and hooks and tushes on the teeth, can all affect bit mouthpiece choice.

• Shaking its head • Sticking its tongue out • Sucking its tongue back, and as a result making an intermittent coughing noise • Trying to put its tongue over the bit

Facts about equine tongues

The tongue is made up of many different muscles that allow movements such as swallowing, tongue retraction and elevation. Various specialised bumps on the tongue’s surface called papillae have a variety of functions such as for taste, and are designed to help guide food into position, they also sense touch and taste. Because of the role of this hard working, amazing organ, the tongue is super sensitive (notably in equines, due to the organ’s size), so we owe it to our horses to choose a bit that fits their mouth and tongue conformation. A sign that your horse may not have a bit that is appropriate for his mouth or tongue conformation, is when the tongue is easily seen when he’s bridled. When deciding on what bit will work for your horse and his tongue conformation, seek advice from your instructor or an experienced lorinery retailer. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 Localrider 43

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tried&tested Mark Todd Unisex Body Warmer From the Mark Todd Italian Collection, this new gilet is extremely lightweight and comfortable, making it ideal for riding or casual wear. With a natural goose down filling, which is renowned for its insulation properties, the garment is suitably stylish for everyday wear and can be used as an extra layer on those colder days on the yard. Features include an internal pocket big enough for a smart phone, front pockets with stud fastenings and jersey stretch side panels to aid ventilation and give a flattering, streamlined fit. Matching jacket available. Colours: Black, Navy, Sand Sizes: Unisex Small to XLarge RRP: £64.99 www.wefi.co.uk LR Comment: This is a really warm yet very lightweight gilet, which makes it suitable for wearing on its own or under a lightweight jacket. Great for the yard or casual wear.

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Equetech Ebony Breeches The Equetech Ebony Breeches offer style with extra grip in the saddle. Their flattering high waisted design combine comfort with great looks. There is a carefully positioned seam, a full stretch ‘Alos’ suede seat and wave silicone ‘Grip’ inner knees for the ultimate grip in the saddle. Clever Lycra stretch panels to the hem also help eradicate bulky Velcro. Style details include a gorgeous velvet trim to the back and front, jean style pockets and an elegant motif on back jean pocket. Colour: Slate/Black Sizes: 24 - 34 RRP: £87.95 www.equetech.com LR Comment: The perfect, smart, everyday breeches. Created for the active rider, with elegant design details. The full stretch suede seat makes them particularly comfortable when schooling and I liked the addition of the silicone grip, which made me feel extra secure in the saddle.

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A perfect choice when it turns cool. The Pacy II offers excellent protection and a tall, slimming look, while in the saddle or around the yard. Built on a true women’s last, the boot’s top line, open style upper, allows for breeches and jeans to be worn comfortably inside the boot. This updated version has a new heel spur and slimmer profile. The etc® sockliner reduces friction under foot and the 5mm CR-Flex-Foam insulation guarantees comfort down to below-zero temperatures. Features include warm fleece lining and Achilles reinforcement.

A stylish low cost, fully lined leather glove, with a dome fastener at the wrist and cinch closure for a secure fit, with rein reinforcement on the palm and fingers. Designed for riding at every level and for working in, but ideal for everyday wear too.

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Francis Whitting and Evento, The Dodson & Horrell British Novice Champions, left to right: Zara Tindall, Francis Whittington, Evento, his owner, Sarah Arrowsmith, his groom, Sharon Mepham and John Horrell from Dodson & Horrell

Evento wins The Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship at The Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire • Friday 5th to Sunday 7th August 2016 Christmas time last year, I took my 87-yearold, fairly non-horsey mother to watch Francis school Evento. She now refers to him as her “beautiful dancing pony”, because he spent most of his time leaping through the air and throwing himself around the school! Fortunately, a combination of growingup and Francis’s skill gave us a lovely weekend in Ireland in the spring, where he was third in the CCI1* at Ballindenisk, qualifying for Gatcombe. His preparation was interrupted as he tore off a shoe and a chunk of foot with it, but all was fine on the day. He did a lovely test and was lying fifth after dressage, but an unlucky pole show jumping knocked him down to twelfth overnight. As we, my partner Chris and our Labrador puppy Truffle, drove up to Gloucestershire from Kent on Saturday morning we were discussing how lovely it would be if he could pull up a couple of places and get a rosette. The cross country was huge and very hilly. Everyone was getting time faults, but Francis and Evento flew round, with the fastest time of the day and leapt up the leader board into first. We had a nail-biting hour or so, as there were plenty of people who could have

Francis Whittington and Evento jumped the fastest clear cross-country to win the Dodson & Horrell Novice Championship

beaten us, but no one else could go as fast as Evento and Francis. Evento and I were out having a walk around and some grass in the park when Sam, Francis’s wife, texted us to say he had had won. It was all the more exciting as it was totally unexpected for us, although I think Francis always had a plan! Evento came home fit and happy. His immediate aims are a couple of intermediates then the 2* back at Gatcombe in September. We may then go to Osberton for the Young Horse Championships. Francis thinks very highly of him, so who knows what he can do. I just want him to stay sound and happy.”

Pic by Nigel Goddard


e are more familiar seeing Sarah Arrowsmith’s name featured in Localrider as a competitor than an owner. In 2013 she completed Badminton Grassroots with her great campaigner Cormac Macairt and currently competes her six-year-old Brother Bertie in BE100 and BE100 Plus sections around the South East. However, she was at The Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association, as owner of the striking seven-year-old Evento, who was steered home clear in a cracking crosscountry time by Francis Whittington to win The Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship. Stars of the future have often shone in the Dodson & Horrell Novice Championship at Gatcombe Park, with many going on to glittering four-star careers. Francis’s previous four-star horse Sir Percival III finished second in in the Novice Championship in 2004 and we look forward to following Evento’s progress over the coming years. Talking after the event Sarah said; “We bought Evento from Ian Woodhead at DHI Event Horses in 2014. Although he is extremely cuddly and kind on the ground, he has always been a handful to ride. At 46 Localrider SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016

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EVENTING Pictures by Nigel Goddard

Yvie Jeanne and Oh Star II Z, second The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup

Locals shine in The TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup at Gatcombe


ndrea Clark and Murphy’s Bonanza triumphed in a thrilling finale in The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup, a National Restricted Novice Championship at The Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA). “We took an absolute flyer over the wall at fence five and my hat fell down over my eyes, so the next few jumps were a bit of a blur,” admitted the 44-year-old from Doncaster, who works full time as a manager for a mobile crane operator. “I had hoped for a double clear, so to win is incredible.” Only two penalties separated the top seven going into the final phase, so a fast clear was essential to feature in the final reckoning. Yvie Jeanne and Oh Star II Z finished tantalisingly close in second place, just 0.3 of a penalty behind the winners. This was a career best result for the West Sussex-based rider, who has been racking up placings this season, including a third at Eridge Horse Trials last time out. 23-year-old Hampshire-based Ashley Harrison and Zebedee improved on their dressage score, which saw them in 34th place, by jumping one of only 15 clears in the show jumping and a fast clear inside the time cross-country saw the combination finish in fourth place. Ashley, who graduated two years ago from the University of Southampton with a degree in Accounting and Finance is currently focusing on eventing and competes six horses from her yard in Dogmersfield in Hampshire. Having ridden at Novice level for the last two seasons her aim now is to be selected for the British CIC** team.

Ashley Harrison and Zebedee, fourth The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup

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Ellie Hayden and Flight of the Bumblebee II, second Batcheller Monkhouse BE90 section A

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Gemma Tisdall and Hermione, first Sofas & Stuff BE90 section C

Emily Taggart and Vision De Sarkeen, second Sofas & Stuff BE90 section C

Amy Howe and Unchartered Territory, first Chris Potter BE90 section D

Kelly Cradduck and Castana Bay, second West Kent Saddles BE90 Open section E

Alycia Port and Oldwick Simply Red, second Chris Potter BE90 section D

Christopher Baker and Hello Sunshine II, second Billy Stud BE100 section H

Ellie Crosbie and Short Changed, second Jackson Stops & Staff Intermediate Novice

SsangYong Motor UK Eridge Horse Trials Eridge Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July 2016

Tomas Cousillas and Bookhamlodge Spring Edition, first Allen & Page BE100 section I

Olivia Robinson and Biedam H, second Voltaire Design BE100 section J


ver 800 combinations rode around the stunning parkland setting of Eridge Horse Trials, during the two days of competition which ranged from BE90 to Intermediate level. The SsangYong Motor UK Intermediate and Open Intermediate sections were well supported with Oliver Townend, Andrew Nicholson, Sam Griffiths and Izzy Taylor competing alongside the local favourites of Emily Baldwin, Clare Lewis and Tom Crisp. It was Francis Whittington though, who lives within hacking distance of Eridge Park, who impressed in the Open Intermediate, winning on Hasty Imp despite having added time penalties to an impressive dressage score of 18.9. He also finished third on the gorgeous grey, Easy Target, who having posted an even better dressage score of 18.6 rolled a costly pole in the show jumping. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp slotted into second place with Fernhill By Night. Harry Dzenis headed the competitive Ssang Yong Motor UK Intermediate riding the 11-yearold Star Striker ahead of Lucy Witts and Ballintogher Belle. The on form young rider, Felicity Collins, won the Day Equestrian ONu18 for the third year running, this year riding the sevenyear-old RSH Contend Or and Grace Durkan slotted into second place on Fredos Midas Touch. Earlier in the day Katie Higgins had headed the Inkerman of London BE100u18 section riding her own Tir Na Nog Shadow, with Iona Kininmonth riding Rickrimmon Razamataz in second. As Sunday’s event drew to a close it was Tom Jackson who dominated the competition, taking the top three places in the Swift Energy Novice section Q, in addition to winning the G Collins & Sons Novice section P.

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Francis Whittington and Hasty Imp, first SsangYong Motor UK Open Intermediate

Tom Jackson and Santana II, first Swift Energy Novice section Q

Ken Spencer and Freshams Pink Floyd, first Jackson Stops & Staff Intermediate Novice

Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Ballycanu, first Voltaire Design BE100 section J

Sam Penn and Burntwood Sorrel, first Mid Sussex Timber BE100 Open section K

Howard Newitt and Grovine Classic Act, first Newton & Frost BE100 section F

Harry Dzenis and Star Striker, first SsangYong Motor UK Intermediate

Grace Durkan and Fredos Midas Touch, second Day Equestrian ONu18

Felicity Collins and RSH Contend Or, first Day Equestrian ONu18

Katie Higgins and Tir Na Nog Shadow, first Inkerman of London BE100u18

Lydia St Pierre Harris called in for medical assistance whilst walking the course. She touches every fence for luck and picked up a splinter en route. Splinter removed, she continued walking the course. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 Localrider 51

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Daintydavey is National Champion

Rachel Dorrell and Daintydavey, British Showjumping National Club 70cm Champions

British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show National Agricultural & Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh Tuesday 9th to Sunday 14th August 2016 Pictures by Fiona Rafferty and 1st Class Images

Rachel Dorrell and Daintydavey

Kimberley Macey and Beneeko, second British Showjumping National Club 80cm Championship


hree years, 24 Championships and finally the South East has a British Showjumping Club Champion. Sharing pictures of Daintydavey relaxing in his stable at Stoneleigh the night before the competition, Rachel Dorrell posted on Facebook that she and Dave would do their best for the South East region. They didn’t disappoint and in a competitive jump-off Surrey-based Rachel took advantage of Daintydavey’s turn of speed to nimbly negotiate the course to claim the 70cm National Championship. When they returned to the arena for the prize giving Dave was wearing a champion’s rug and between them they sported three sashes. After collecting a handful of rosettes they led the lap of honour, before enjoying a lap to themselves to the sounds of ‘Simply the Best’.

Retrained Racehorse

Dave has been an amazing all-round horse for Rachel, she said: “I bought Dave from Ireland in 2013 for myself to ride in my first Point to Point at Charing. He raced successfully in both Ireland and England until I retired him aged nine. Now 11, we have been having a go at numerous disciplines with jumping being our favourite. We hunt with the RMA & Sandhurst Drag Hunt, have completed a couple of team chases and horse trials. We also represent Bookham Riding Club in Surrey and came second in the RoR section of the UA Horse Trials at Munstead earlier this year. Dave is my absolute dream horse and a total pleasure to ride, he takes everything in his stride and last year won the SE Regional RoR League. He tries his heart out and is incredibly trainable considering his time in racing. I love him so much, he is one in a million.”

Debbie Dean and Cill Chonaill jumping in the British Showjumping National Club 80cm Championship

Later in the day Rachel and Dave finished eighth in the 80cm National Club Championship. They unfortunately rolled a pole in the first round of the competition, but a quick time saw them still collect a rosette. The combination were back on form the following day, collecting another rug, this time a green one, when they won the Retraining of Racehorse Club Final.

Speedy Rocket Suzannah Engelmann and Lissin Rocket threw down the gauntlet setting an incredibly quick time in the jump-off for the 80cm National Championship. With just one rider from the South East through to the jump-off we were cheering all the way for last to go Kimberley Macey and her wonderful horse Beneeko. The combination produced some amazing turns and whilst very quick they finished a hair’s breadth behind Suzannah and Lissin Rocket in second place.

About Club Shows Club Shows offer a great opportunity for riders who want to gain experience before moving onto full British Showjumping membership. With classes ranging from 70cm to 1m they uniquely allow children to ride horses and adults to jump ponies. A league is run throughout the year (with its own prizes) and the combinations at the top of the league table are invited to represent their area at the National Championships. For more information visit www.britishshowjumping.co.uk

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Elloise Smit - Pony Restricted rider 1.10m Championship Final Out of the six riders through to the jump off in this strong class, 13-year-old Elloise Smit was one of two riders to jump clear riding her 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Newtown Samson, making their trip to the show from Maidstone in Kent well worth the journey. Newton Samson, known at home as Sam, is a very experienced pony who Elloise has been riding for eight months and they have already qualified for six championships this year. She said: “It’s such an amazing feeling to have won, I’m so excited! This time last year we were only doing 70cm.” Left: Elloise and Newtown Samson

Lauren Williams and Expresso Lauren Williams - CWD Sellier National Five Year Old Champion Lauren Williams secured the win in the National Five Year Old Championship kindly sponsored by CWD Sellier riding Expresso. The pair finished in a time of 33.26 and were third to go in the jump off beating the earlier time of 33.48 set by Michael Fursedon. Lauren was last of 12 to go with her other mare Kesara, but knowing she had already won she was able to breeze round the 1.20m course. The Southampton based show jumper said of her mare Expresso (also known as Spongebob): “She was good to me coming to the double as we didn’t have a very good stride but she corrected herself she is such a trier and has a heart of gold.”

Laura Mantel takes the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Masters Staying calm and collected was the order of the day for Laura Mantel as she took the lead in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Masters riding her six year old bay mare Funnycan. After hearing from other riders in the collecting ring how fast Roger McCrea’s round was with Davinci VD Bosrand Z, she knew she had her work cut out if she wanted to take the title. As she navigated her way around the jump off course, Funnycan took everything in her stride as they maintained a steady and consistent pace finishing in a time of 39.81 seconds. Hot on her tail was Tracy Priest riding Caruso D’ eres Z, but the pair didn’t quite do enough to beat Laura and Cany as he is known at home. With four HOYS qualifiers on offer for the top four, the lucky recipients were: Laura Mantel with Funnycan, Tracy Priest with Caruso D’ eres Z, Roger McCrea with Davinci VD Bosrand Z and Jake Saywell with Quimari W. Laura has had Cany since she was an unbroken three-year-old and has produced the mare herself: “New Priory Stud own her but I have backed her and produced her since they bought her as a three-year-old. She has a lovely long stride which covers a lot of ground which is great for a jump off because you don’t feel as though you are going that fast, then you look at the clock and realise that actually you did! Although other people have ridden her, I’m the only one who has ever competed her. She’s got such a chilled out attitude and is very careful,” explained Laura.

Pictures by 1st Class Images

Harry Charles clinches victory in the National under 18 Final Harry Charles was crowned the National under 18 Champion at the British Showjumping National Championships. As the stars of the future took centre stage in the jump off, 17-year-old Harry from Hampshire produced the only clear round out of the five combinations who made it through riding Vivaldi Du Dom. Last year Harry was part of the Junior team who won bronze at the FEI European Jumping Championship. He also won silver at the Europeans and came first in the Gents Final at Wales. In April this year he took second place ahead of his father, London 2012 gold medallist Peter Charles, at the Welsh Masters – a son certainly following in his father’s footsteps. Speaking of his win today, Harry said: “The course was well built and had a great technical element to it. I could see that the first fence was causing problems for many so I made sure I really balanced him [Vivaldi Du Dom] on the approach. In the jump off I was conscious of the fact that Maja was really fast so I wanted to really go for it.” Maja Burnell came in second place riding Carnaval Komom having got a quick time but picked up an unfortunate 4 faults.

Nicole Pavitt heads Senior Foxhunter Masters Nicole Pavitt secured her place at Horse of the Year Show 2016 in the Senior Foxhunter Masters riding Gemmarco 16, a homebred sevenyear-old stallion. The competition proved intense creating an electric atmosphere as horses and riders tackled the challenging course designed by Mark McGowan. Nicole was delighted when she realised she had won, having ridden a double clear with a time of 37.35. “He’s been the easiest horse from day one, he’s only seven-years-old, but he has a great attitude. We have had two foals from him this year and we have two other mares in foal to him ready for next year. The course rode well; it was testing in places but that is what you want at a championship. I knew I needed to respect the last fence because a few riders had previously took it on the angle and had it down. So I rode quite a wide loop to make sure I got a straight approach and it paid off,” explains Nicole. She continues: “His sire is Unbelievable Darco who was HOYS champion back in his day and he is out of our mare, Ecuador. We bought Ecuador from a lady called Fiona Pierce after already having one of her offspring and being won over by her temperament and ability.” The top four horses placed in the class take with them their HOYS qualifier ticket. They are; Gemmarco, second placed Zira II ridden by Anthony Condon, third placed Lady Bird ridden by Tim Stockdale and Indy IV ridden by Ailsa Black. Left: Nicole Pavitt and Gemmarco 16, winners of the Senior Foxhunter Masters Nicole Pavitt and Gemmarco 16, winners of the Senior Foxhunter Masters SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 Localrider 53

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Are you ready for the

isn’t it can be useful to give you a guide of how your horse is feeling. It will mean that any schooling and fitness work you do over the winter months will be building on muscles, which are hopefully all in the right place and if you are looking to compete in the spring, your horse should come out looking fit, healthy and in good condition.

Around the yard

Compiling a list

The best way I find to compile a list is to take a notepad and pen and start outside your horse’s stable. Have a look around, does anything need replacing. Are you happy with the matting, do you like the bedding you are using. What about hay or haylage, if it isn’t supplied by your yard, have you reserved enough with the local farmer or feed merchant. It might be worth checking whether this is a good year for hay or whether the farmer thinks he might run low after Christmas. A lot can depend on the weather too, but it is always wise to build up a relationship with your suppliers, so that if they are running low, they might think to let you know in advance. Next take a good look at your horse. Sometimes we are so used to seeing our own horse every day that we don’t notice the changes which may have occurred gradually over time. Depending on the level of work your horse does you may want to book in a check-up with your horse’s physio or with your preferred practitioner. Some horses will be in a regular routine of treatment, but if your horse

Now is a good time of year to check and repair your fencing

Stable Management

Once you have addressed all the niggling issues around the yard, it is time to think about stable management. Here we share a few tips courtesy of Alltech, as well as some great new products you may want to try this autumn. Mycotoxins are toxic chemicals produced by some types of mould growth under certain environmental conditions. Our horses are exposed to mycotoxins through contaminated feed and forage, and long term exposure can prove debilitating and leave the horse vulnerable to sickness or disease.


utumn is a wonderful time of year for horse owners. The air smells fresh and the dew on the ground keeps the grass growing even if the weather is dry. There are autumn hunter trials, pleasure rides and normally the best going under-foot one has experienced all year. It is a time to enjoy our horses. It is also the time of year when one should check everything is in its place and anything broken or damaged is replaced. The check list should include an MOT for your horse, particularly if you have been competing all season, as well as key checks of your transport, tack and equipment. This might seem excessive, but during the summer months we are often busy riding, competing, squeezing in lessons and when the sun is shining everything looks fine. Then when winter comes, particularly if it is a cold or wet one you will probably spend more time on your horse’s back and in his stable than walking around muddy fields checking the fencing. Especially if your working hours mean it is still dark when you leave the yard in the morning and dark again when you arrive at night.

Depending on whether you are a livery or own your own yard the amount you can influence changes will vary, but in both cases there is no harm in walking around the whole yard and particularly your horse’s field. It has been proven that taking a video of your route and watching it back, can bring things to your attention, which your mind naturally glosses over. I don’t know how it works, but it does and it is so easy now that we all have mobile phones. The key thing to look out for are piles of rubbish, things that have been put down and left to be dealt with later and forgotten about. Keep an eye out for equipment, which may need to be moved in to the dry before the weather changes, such as the fences in the jumping field, if you have one. You will need to focus on things which may need repairing. Are there any leaks anywhere that you know of, often one forgets until it rains heavily again. Are the stables all structurally sound, if you have an indoor school, does it need any improvements. It is much easier going up a ladder in late summer/early autumn, than it is on a cold wet day in winter. Finally walk around the perimeter of your horse’s field, checking all the fencing and give each post a wriggle as you go. This might seem strange, but often the posts rot in the ground, so although they look absolutely fine above, below ground they are close to breaking off. This might not be a problem during summer, while there has been plenty of grass, but in winter when the horses are bored and tempted by what is the other side of the fence their weight can often be the tipping point to a broken post. The same principle applies to gate posts too. Although the ground will be slightly harder, it will be much easier doing any repair jobs in the field before winter comes and everything turns muddy.

Wash feed buckets regularly to reduce the risk of potential exposure to mycotoxins.

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feature Key areas to think about when trying to reduce contamination are: FEED: • Check hay and haylage, as well as bedding material for moulds and mycotoxins – this can be a visual check and/or laboratory test. • Store feed and forage in dry, cool conditions. • Use haylage within 2-3 days of opening. WATER: • Clean water buckets/troughs/utensils regularly. • Check for signs of mould etc and remove. EQUIPMENT: • Clean and wash out feed bins between batches and feed buckets after each use – ensure they are dry before storage and their next use. • Keep all additional feeding equipment, such as scoops and mixing spoons clean. • Address the risk of rodents/pests including birds. ENVIRONMENT: • Check the ventilation in stables and barns – cobwebs are a good indicator that there is no air movement in that area.

Time for a change

Swift Bedding pictured before and after expansion

over the last few years pellet bedding has become increasingly popular. Local event rider tom crisp uses swift bedding pellets and we asked him what he thought about them. “the white pellet is made using 100% uncontaminated saw A happy Swift dust and wood chips in a Bedding customer mill and are heat treated, making them bacteria free and ideal for equine hospitals or studs where there is more movement of horses and infection control is paramount. the pellets are supplied in 15kg bags and are the quarter of the size of a standard bale of shavings, making them easier to transport and store. Approximately half a bucket of water needs to be added to activate the pellet, which can expand to four times its original size. After 15-20 minutes, what’s left is a combination of dry, fluffy pellets and some whole ones remaining. the bags of pellets are similar in size and weight to a bag of feed, making them easier for the team on the yard to carry/barrow around. they are also easy to store, they should be kept dry, but under tarpaulin outside is sufficient, and they don’t take up as much room as shavings.” tom continued: “the bed is so absorbent, the wet forms a tiny little patch which you can scoop out daily, thus adding less to the muck heap. the stable staff now finish the yard more quickly, allowing more time for horse’s to be exercised.”

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Beneficial Workout

Lunging using an Equi-ami can help build muscle tone and topline

With darker evenings and shorter days many horse owners turn to lungeing to keep their horses ‘ticking over’ between weekends so that they can continue to hunt or compete. ten minutes of on each rein will burn a few calories, but do little in terms of correct, physical work and even less in terms of enjoyment for both pony and handler. It pays dividends to be more constructive and, in that same twenty minutes, give your pony a workout that makes him use his back, promotes engagement and wither-lift and develops balance and swing. to do this you need to use an aid such as the equiAmi lunge aid that will simply and effectively bring improvements over the winter months. once warmed-up on both reins horses generally enjoy some pole work, spiralling and other exercises, which increase hind limb activity and lighten the forehand. Including lots of transitions and changes of rein make the horse more attentive, responsive and supple, whilst developing a lovey topline and balance. Dr Hilary bentley of equiAmi says that people are really surprised just how well their horses work and how quickly great results are seen with this great aid that saves time, saves effort and makes life easier. simple lunge exercises in equiAmi also make the horse Contacts much lighter and better balanced www.swiftenergyuk.com to ride which is an added bonus. www.knowmycotoxins.com With endorsements from top riders, trainers, vets and therapists www.likit.co.uk you can be sure you are doing the www.equiami.com best for your horse or pony.

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Lots to celebrate at Royal Windsor

Pictures by Kit Houghton



he Pony Club Mounted Games, Tetrathlon and Show Jumping thrilled visitors to the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Daily sessions of the DAKS Home International Mounted Games proved popular with the crowds who were entertained by teams from England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Sunday saw a closely fought final, with teams trying hard to benefit from the double points on offer and thrill the on-looking crowd which included Her Majesty The Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. The English team, which included two local riders, pulled out all the stops; winning two out of the first four games meaning just one point separated them from Wales, who had the overall lead on 105 points going into game five. England continued their fighting form and took the lead by just one point over Wales heading into the final game; the Big Sack. England and Wales were neck and neck as the crowds cheered them towards the finish line, but it was the team from England, trained by Alma Brambles, who narrowly pipped Wales to the finish line; gaining 10 points and clinching victory. Wales finished in second place, Scotland in third and the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland finished in fourth and fifth respectively. The England team, comprising of Mason Allen (Barlow Hunt), Zara Jenner (Romney Marsh), Emily Reynolds (Atherstone Hunt), Ellie Tutt (East Kent Hunt) and Harry Willis (Wylye Valley) were delighted to receive their prizes from HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Romney Marsh Pony Club Zara and Mister B Member, Zara Jenner said: “I have been a member of Romney Marsh Pony Club for five years and I have dedicated much of my spare time to Mounted Games, competing all over the country and abroad with my beloved pony “Mister B”. I have had him for five years, he is my best friend and has made me so proud, I couldn’t have asked for anymore from him. I have qualified and ridden him at the Horse of the Year Show for the last two years (2014 & 2015). This year is my last year riding in the Pony Club and I was invited to do the England Trials in Warwickshire back in February, where I was selected to represent my country at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in a competition against Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland. During the week of Royal Windsor I was involved in the Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations. To have been one of the five members to ride for my country in the sport I love and perform in the HMQ90 was a true honour and privilege. Riding at Royal Windsor Horse Show had always been my biggest dream and to have been riding with my four friends made the experience even better. On the Sunday afternoon there was a DAKs presentation where the DAKs sponsors who had travelled from Japan came over to join the Pony Club members at the end of a brilliant week. I had been asked to write and read a speech to thank DAKs for their amazing support for the Pony Club over the last 37 years. I enjoyed every moment of the event and didn’t want it to end, the moment I will cherish forever was when we jumped over the line in big sack and knew we had won, it was the best feeling! I would like to thank my family for supporting me the whole way and Alma Brambles the England Trainer for making it a truly unforgettable week.”

The winning England Team Zara and Mister B competing for her country

Beryl Millam honoured The DAKS Salver Award was presented by Mr Paul Dimond, Deputy Chairman of DAKS, to Beryl Millam in recognition of her long association with the Lord Leconfield Pony Club Branch. Beryl was born in Liverpool and became involved with The Pony Club when she moved to West Sussex as a teenager. Her love for Mounted Games began when she was part of the team who trained members of the Chiddingfold Branch, helping them qualify for one of the first Prince Philip Cup Championships at Horse of the Year Show. In the late 1960s Beryl worked as Head Groom at a family-run National Hunt stud where residents included Aldaniti; winner of the 1981 Grand National with jockey Bob Champion. Beryl also helped with the children’s ponies and, through this, became involved with the Lord Leconfield Pony Club Branch. Beryl remains a key member of their team of volunteers; lending her invaluable experience and support not only to training Mounted Games teams but helping with Rallies, Camps and countless other activities to the enormous benefit of Pony Club members. In 1987 Aldaniti was ridden by a number of people, including celebrities, for 250 miles over five weeks to raise money for The Bob Champion Cancer Trust. Beryl has continued to support this worthy cause, and to date has helped to raise over £920,000 by making a small charge for mounted games practises where she gives her time and expertise for free.

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PONY CLUB CAMP The prize winners: Andrew, Bluebell, James, Verity, Stella, Billy, Libby Suzy, Marie, Amelie and Arti. With the big girl helpers, Lily, Olivia Zoe, Abi Honor and Ellie

Martha Parker taking the Stable Management session. Left to right, Barney Brown, Libby Balmer, Beatrice Brown, Marie Erhardt, Stella Rosner, James McCutcheon Arti and Choccy on the Handy Pony Training Steps

Suzy Boo Beechey on Ella

West Kent Sevenoaks Pony Club Camp Amelie Darthuy on Bluebell going ‘Round the World’ Stella Rosner and Coco, as part of their ‘D’ Test, riders had to show they could lead correctly

at Hawden Cottage, Hildenborough, Kent Words by Emma Sollis and pictures by Steve Davis


he West Kent Sevenoaks Pony Club’s two-day mini camp is held annually for children eight-years-old or under, this year the youngest rider was just four-yearsold. They had a great time this year with fabulous weather and lots of fun with their friends. The children spend each morning improving their flatwork, then before lunch they spend some time learning how to look after their ponies. Badges were awarded in Horse Clothing, Yard Security and the essential Road Rider, the first step to learning to ride safely on the road. A quick bite of lunch then they were back on their ponies for the afternoon, which most considered much more fun, as it was time for handy pony and jumping. At the end of the two days all the attendees were showing significant improvement and the final afternoon’s competition was a close run event. This is the seventh year the branch has run the mini camp and special mention must go to Guinness the Shetland. He has attended every year with four different riders during this period and this year ridden by Bluebell Beechey, they made a very sweet combination.

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Bluebell Beechey on Guinness

James doing handy pony on Toby

Zoe shows off all her badges

Libby and Tinker

Stella, James, Verity and Amelie assisted by big girls Abi and Zoe practising hitting the target with bean bags, the first element of any Tetrathlon

Bluebell, Verity, Suzy Boo, Billy, Amelie, Andrew, Marie, Arti, James, Libby and Stella

Marie, Stella and Suzy Boo

Andrew being led by his big sister Ellie

Billy and Pancake

Marie and Fly

Oliver Grainge Identified as Star of Tomorrow Seventeen-year-old Oliver Grainge, who is based in Battle, East Sussex, has been selected to join The Pony Club’s Rider Development Pathway (RDP) Squad. Show jumper Oliver and his horse Darcy were one of 29 combinations selected to attend the weekend-long RDP Camp at Somerford Park in Cheshire. Here, riders worked with some of the UK’s most recognised coaches and industry experts, and just six were chosen to form the RDP Squad and receive funding for training, support from a sport-specific mentor and further equestrian and non-equestrian development opportunities.

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Oliver, who has been a Member of East Sussex Pony Club since the age of six, said: “It feels amazing to be selected for the RDP Squad. All the hard work has paid of and it is good to know that people at the top of the sport think you have talent.” Oliver will now work with his mentor to set goals and plan how to use the funding he will receive to the greatest benefit. When asked about his plans for the future, Oliver said: “I want to become a respected professional, jumping the biggest tracks possible!” Right: Oliver Grainge and Darcy


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PONY CLUB POLO Handly Cross Finals action - Old Surrey & Burstow vs Cowdray Hunt

The El Remanso Pony Club Polo Championships T he El Remanso Pony Club Polo Championships were held from 5th to 7th August 2016 at prestigious Cowdray Park Polo Club, West Sussex, and saw some incredible displays of young talent under sunny skies with superb support from title sponsor El Remanso. 188 players made up the 47 teams who played well over 150 chukkas across the action packed weekend, as the Championships hosted the annual finals for The Pony Club Polo sections of Handley Cross, Surtees, Loriner, Langford, Rendell and Gannon. The action got underway on Friday morning and continued throughout the weekend, with teams on a mission to secure their place in the Sunday afternoon finals, held on Cowdray’s hallowed Lawns, in front of family and spectators. The finals got underway with the hotly contested Gannon section, that mirrored the 2015 showdown, featuring the Cotswold Hunt fighting it out against Old Surrey and Burstow; with the Cotswold Hunt emerging victorious yet again 7 - 4.5 goals. The Handley Cross section final, for those aged nine to fourteen, proved just as nail biting as the upper sections, with just a single six minute chukka for teams to show what they had got, and the Cowdray Hunt gold team and the Old Surrey and Burstow Hunt Branch certainly did that; with the Cowdray Hunt team of Rufus Uloth (11), Beanie Bradley (11), Connor Kay (13) and Oliver Conway (13) just emerging victorious on a score of 1-0. Alfie Hyde of the Cowdray Hunt, winner of the Young Telegraph Award for the most promising player in the U15/14 sections.

Pictures by Michael Chevis

“The Pony Club Polo Championships is somewhere we really wanted to come and playing on the main ground at Cowdray Park was the best bit!” said Beanie Bradley, who plays number in 2 for Cowdray Hunt team. The prize giving saw a vast array of trophies given out, not only to section winners, but also individual awards for up and coming talent including a generous week of polo development for a player under 15 courtesy of sponsors El Remanso, awarded to Ben Nott (15) from the Tedworth Hunt Branch. “We were very proud to sponsor the Pony Club Polo Championships again this year, and what a success it was!” commented Bridget Hanbury of El Remanso. “It’s hugely encouraging to see so many young players enjoying the game and improving their polo year on year, forging new friendships and taking home memories that will last a lifetime. We’ve seen lots of promising Pony Club Polo players out at El Remanso who are now coming through the ranks, it’s hugely rewarding and we hope to see lots more in the years to come!” Pony Club Polo incorporates the following sections: Jorrocks (6 - under 11), Handley Cross (9 - under 14), Surtees (9 - under 14), Loriner (12 - under 16), Langford (under 17), Rendell (16 - under 21), Gannon (under 21). Billy Cooper of the Cowdray Hunt with Max, winner of the Jorrocks Best Playing Pony award.

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Royal Artillery Hunt, winners of the Frank Rendell Cup and the Bank of Ireland Trophy for the Rendell League: Charlie Barker, Nell Macaire, Oli Fanshawe and George Hankinson, with Brigadier Christopher Price

Cowdray Hunt (Gold) Surtees II winners: Martha Crosdil, Beanie Bradley, Nonie Uloth and Oliver Conway-Johnson.

Crawley & Horsham Hunt won the Jorrocks Cup for the Most Improved Girls Team, with Chris Eaton

Cowdray Hunt (Blue) Surtees I winners: Tia Radson, Freddie Cooper, Alfie Hyde and William Drewitt.

Cowdray Hunt winners of the Handley Cross 1 Cup: Rufus Oloth, Beanie Bradley, Oliver Conway-Johnson and Connor Kay.

Royal Artillery Jorrocks III winners: Theo Heathcote Hobbins, Rosie Talbot Rice, Edward Phillips and Kate Talbot Rice, with Mary Tuckett, Chairman of the Pony Club.

Old Surrey & Burstow winners of the Gig Horswell Trophy for the Loriner League: Megan Wrigglesworth, Ralph Robson, Martine Patey and Lucy Martin.

Old Surrey & Burstow Jorrocks II winners: Mati Maldonado, Georgie Muddle, Alicia Murphy and Tallulah Murphy, with Mary Tuckett, Chairman of the Pony Club.

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RDA Carriage Driving Words and pictures by Joanna Sale


arriage Drivers from across the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region were out in force at its annual show, held at Felbridge Show Ground, East Grinstead on Tuesday 26th July. Competitors from across Surrey, Sussex and Kent went head to head in the three disciplines of dressage, driving through a course of cones and showing. The day started with Sue Belton from Cobbes Meadow RDA, Canterbury winning the Condition and Turnout with Jacko, while Linda Clark from Kipling County (Stonegate, East Sussex) won the Assisted Whip Class driving Smokey. David Botting driving Maysie of Stella Hancock RDA (Worplesdon, Surrey) was brought in first for the Novice Whip and the showing classes ended with the Open, which was won by Pat Hammond, driving Charlie from Cobbes Meadow. Prizes for the Showing were presented by David Viner, Master Wheelwright of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights who were the day’s sponsors. “As wheelwrights we’re interested in all things to do with mobility - and carriage driving definitely gives a freedom to these drivers who might not always feel it,” he said. “Today has been very humbling and I’ve been so impressed by what these competitors have been able to achieve.”

In the dressage, the day went to Heron’s Ghyll RDA (Whitesmith, East Sussex) with Vianne Carr driving Buttons to win the Novice and Tracey Spencer driving Nutmeg winning the Open. Josie Cyster driving Alan from Kipling County won the Novice Cones, while there was great excitement in the finish of the Open cones which saw Heron’s Ghyll RDA enjoy a clean sweep. With only one second separating first and second and two seconds separating second and third, Karen Tritton won with Buttons, closely followed by Tracey Spencer again with Nutmeg and Brenda Longley with Lottie. Prizes for the dressage and cones were presented by Susan Jamieson, actress (New Tricks, Grandpa in my Pocket, Midsomer Murders, When the Boat Comes In), author and RDA enthusiast. Maysie from Stella Hancock RDA was judged as the day’s most ‘Workmanlike’ horse and won a special trophy that was donated by the Heron’s Ghyll group in memory of Gillian Maitland. Unsurprisingly given their dressage and cones success, Heron’s Ghyll won the shield for the group winning most points. “My thanks have to go to the wonderful work of the teams behind the competitors, who are tireless in their time and support as well as our sponsors, The Worshipful Society of Wheelwrights” said the Show’s organiser, Carol Porter.

Norman Rocky driving Suki from Cobbes Meadow, second Condition and Turnout.

Pat Hammond and Charlie from Cobbes Meadow, winners of the Open Class.

Beth Alsopp driving Prince from Kipling County, on her way to second place in the dressage.

Elizabeth Jarvis driving teddy of Woodchurch in the dressage.

Karen Tritton and Buttons from Herons Ghyll, on their way to winning the Open Cones.

Lorraine Mercer and Bertie Bassett of Heron’s Ghyll negotiate the cones.

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Richard Gilbert and Charlie from Cobbes Meadow driving through the cones.

The Woodchurch Drivers comparing dressage scores.

Sue Jamieson presents Cassie Young from Woodchuch with her prize for finishing fourth in the Novice Cones.

Sue Jamieson presents Karen Tritton of Heronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ghyll with her prize for winning the Open Cones.

Three Greys Sponsored Ride Words and pictures by Sue Boyce

Back row: Emmie Dalgleish, Emily Barrell, Hannah Hughes, Mia Moore and Amelie Numy. Middle row: Kiana Elkins, Lydia Phillips, Lauren Willis, Mia Scott, Bonnie Haybrook and Ashley Marlow. Front row: Ella Phillips, Mia Rodriguez, Daisy del Strother, Katherine Herbert, Holly Thompson, Amelia Gassemi and Ruby King.


n Monday 8th August The Three Greys Riding School went on their annual six hour sponsored ride to raise money for The Sussex Horse Rescue Trust. There were 18 riders altogether aged between 10 and 25. Everyone who took part is either a volunteer or horse owner at The Three Greys Riding School and gave up their time to raise money for this very worthy charity, which the riding school has a close affiliation with. The ride took a circular route starting at The Three Greys Riding School, before heading over to Stanmer Park (stopping at Ditchling Beacon for an ice cream and the dew pond for a little dip), then back round past the Chattri Memorial on their way home to Three Greys. Everything went very well, the weather was perfect hot and sunny, but as expected some of the horses got rather excited and we had a couple of fallers (but no one got hurt) and they all returned to the yard very proud and happy, although tired! Altogether we managed to raise over ÂŁ1,000 for The Sussex Horse Rescue Trust. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 Localrider 65

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SHOW REPORT Kim Jenner and Animosa, Senior Prelim Champions

Molly Bagshaw and Bridie, Prelim Masters Champions

Kirsten Wilson and Brookfarm Queen of Hearts, Novice Champions

Lauren Clark and Finnbess, Open Prelim Champions

Peter Folwell and Lola, Prelim Champions

Ophelia Hollands and Shades of Grey, Junior Prelim Champions

Redhorse Dressage Championship Show Weekend Willow Farm Equestrian Centre, Near Faversham, Kent Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July 2016 • Words by Sue Barradell and pictures by Alec Murrell


iders came from all over the South East to compete at the Redhorse Dressage Championships, having qualified at previous shows in the series, which started in September 2015 and ran through to July 2016. There were riders of all ages from 10-years-old through to more senior riders, with all size and types of horses and ponies, from little ponies through to the tall and elegant thoroughbreds and warmbloods. The judges for the weekend were Terri Fleming, Fiona Bithell, Kim Vernon and Emma Kinsley and they all commented on the high standard of riding and turnout.

There were five classes on Saturday 23rd July and prizes were awarded from first to tenth, with all of the winners receiving a rosette, trophy, sash and a rug. The Reserve Champions each received a sash, rosette and saddlecloth.

Saturday’s winners: Juniors Intro: Avery Maude - Longslade Waltzing Matilda Senior Intro: Amy Tomlin - Stobie Junior Prelim: Ophelia Hollands - Shades of Grey, Senior Prelim: Kim Jenner- Animosa Open Prelim: Lauren Clark - Finnbess

Sunday’s Winners: Prelim: Peter Folwell - Lola Prelim Masters: Molly Bagshaw - Bridie Novice: Kirsten Wilson - Brookfarm Queen of Hearts Novice Masters: Adelle Whellen Napolean van Overis Z Extra awards were given to members of Invicta Riding Club, Faversham & District Riding Club and Moat View Riding Club, members who had competed previous Redhorse shows, accruing points over a six month period. The winners were: for Invicta RC - Kathryn Ovenden, Faversham DRC -

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Avery Maude and Longslade Waltzing Matilda, Junior Intro Champions

Adelle Whellen and Napolean van Overis Z, Novice Masters Champions

Left: Amy Tomlin and Stobie, Senior Intro Champions Steph Hughes and for MVRC – Teresa New. Another extra award was for special sections that Redhorse exclusively started back in September 2015, riders who joined the following sections and accrued points throughout the year. The winners were: Foals (16 and under) - Avery Maude, Cocky Jockeys (17 to 25 years) - Jasmine Miller, Fools on Horses (26 to 49 years) - Kathryn Ovenden and the Gerri-Hat Tricks (50+) Chris Kjelstrup. All of the other participants received a mystery prize as well. Special thanks go to seven local companies that have sponsored the series: Gillett Cook, House Martins, Vfast, Total Motor Repairs, Jacksons Fencing, Tally-Ho Trailer Training and Finacard SE. Localrider Magazine

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The Countdown begins… As the Sunshine Tour Championships at Hickstead approach we caught up with some of the latest combinations to collect their qualifying tickets.

Violet Moffat - Penual Jorgie Girl

Katie Hale - Arnie

Qualified Prelim Dressage at Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Surrey and 60cm Show Jumping at Felbridge Showground, Sussex Katie and her mother, Liz, are very excited to be taking their horse, Arnie, to the Championships in dressage and show jumping. “We have owned Arnie since he was a yearling and it’s been a rollercoaster ride. When he was two-years-old Arnie had grass sickness, although Katie Hale after a lot of care and Arnie he was one of the lucky ones and made a good recovery. He was then broken, but it became clear that he wasn’t quite right and after a while he became too lame to ride. After a long battle involving investigating every possible avenue we found out he is allergic to grass! Not ideal for a horse. So he is a very green 10-year-old yet has a lot of potential, so I’m looking forward to showcasing him at the champs. Every time Arnie goes out it is a bonus for us so we are very excited.”

Qualified 30cm Show Jumping at Cow City Livery, Berkshire

Grace is nine-years-old and this will be her third year at Sunshine Tour. She competed in 2014 and 2015 on her old pony Arthur, this year she will bring her new pony Micky. Grace’s mother said: “We got Micky in May and didn’t plan on doing too much this year with him, as he is very different to her previous pony and very nervous, so they needed to bond. They very much took us by surprise over the last few months and the competition at Cow City was their first competition together, so to come home with two firsts and a sixth was a huge achievement and not only that, they qualified for Sunshine Tour to make it Grace’s third year running.” Grace has been riding since the young age of three and has had the passion for riding ever since. She is a keen member of Staff College and Sandhurst Pony Club and can’t wait to start competing Micky more. They have come a very long way in a very short space of time thanks to Grace’s hard work and dedication and not forgetting Mickey’s willingness to trust her.

When nine-year-old Violet competed at Hampshire Rural Riding Club with her 11.3hh seven-year-old pony, Jorgie, she and her mother, Emma, were not expecting to come home with quite so many rosettes. She came second in the Fancy Dress, third in Junior Handler and Jorgie ended up using her good looks to go on and win Prettiest Mare too. Emma says that Violet is very excited about qualifying for the Sunshine Tour Championships. When Violet and the Welsh Section A, Jorgie, are not busy out and about trying to qualify they can be found spending time together hacking out, doing flatwork, attending mounted games rallies and enjoying their time at Hampshire Hunt Pony Club. Above right: Violet Moffatt and Penual Georgie Girl

Evie Squires - Shani

Qualified Lead Rein Showing at Goring & District Riding Club, Sussex Evie has been riding Shani since the beginning of this year. Shani is a 12-year-old 12hh pony who Evie loans from Helen Morris. Her mother, Lara says: “She is worth her weight in gold as she is a wonderful confidence giver. So far this year Evie has entered two lead rein shows. In her first show she came second and in her second show she did even better, winning the class. Lara says: “She is really excited to go to a show at Hickstead and is busy practising.” Evie Squires and Shani

Pic by LRG Photogrpahy

Grace Hughes Micky Mouse

Qualified Junior Handler and Delightfully Dapper at Hampshire Rural Riding Club

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To find out more about the Sunshine Tour visit www.sunshinetour.co.uk

Hannah Dart Juniper Thistle Qualified Delightfully Dapper Showing at Burstow Park Summer Show, Surrey

A very happy 19-year-old Hannah from West Sussex took her pony Juniper Thistle to their first show after only having had her for around a month. The yearling filly took everyone by surprise as she won her class. Until Hannah bought her, the filly had had no contact with humans and Hannah described her as ‘completely feral’. Left: Hannah Dart and Juniper Thistle

Amy Yapp Stevies Royal Pride

Qualified Prelim and Novice Dressage at Snowball Farm, Berkshire Having just finished her A-levels, 17-year-old Amy heard about The Sunshine Tour and thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to compete at the prestigious Hickstead Showground. She’s owned 16.1hh piebald mare Stevies Royal Pride, stable name ‘Tazz’ for two years. Amy said: “I cracked on with some qualifiers and luckily I managed to qualify for the Prelim and Novice dressage first time out. When we first bought Tazz I spent time show jumping, but now we focus on dressage, which we only started competing in properly in 2016. I am overwhelmed to be going to Hickstead! I am looking to qualify for some other classes, so when we get there we have an action packed couple of days and up our chances of coming home with a few rosettes!” Left: Amy Yapp and Stevies Royal Pride

Jen Walker Dimitri

Jen Walker and Dimitri

Qualified Intro and Prelim Dressage at Pyrford Saddle Club, Surrey Twenty-nineyear-old Jen works full time in London, so for her getting out of the city to see her horse is the best thing in the world! Jen said: “Dimitri is a 16.1hh, 10-yearold Thoroughbred x Friesian who I’ve had for five years. We only just started competing in dressage in April of this year, so I’m really happy to have qualified and am excited to be competing at the Championship in September at Hickstead.”

Becky Kingswell Dinky Qualified 70cm Eventers Challenge at Kingate Equestrian, Isle of Wight A foal who turned out unexpectedly small and couldn’t be sold to the intended owner, ended up as a super star horse for Becky Kingswell Becky, who said: “Dinky and Dinky Doo was bred by Roy Trigg, who I had worked for previously. She is a Shire X Thoroughbred and was intended for my husband who wanted a big horse to ride. But, fortunately for me she ended only making 15.2hh and turned out much more thoroughbred than shire. She is now 16-years-old and is great fun, but a bit excitable, and although we’ve missed some years due to money being tight and a fetlock injury, we’re doing really well now. I competed at Hickstead some 27 years ago, so I’m really looking forward to going back.”

Katie Ruben - Pepsi Cola

Qualified 70cm & 75cm Show Jumping at Coombelands Equestrian, West Sussex Katie from East Sussex has been riding most of her life, but only at riding schools until eight months ago when she got the opportunity to take on a rescue pony, 15hh bay gelding called Pepsi. Katie said: “We don’t know his history, he was broken in at the rescue centre and then sent to a few homes as a companion, but he always ended up going back, until I took him on. With help from my instructor, we got going, but little did I imagine when I got him that we would ever qualify for The Sunshine Tour! I started taking him to small show jumping shows and as he behaved very well, I have been taking him to shows more frequently and at a show jumping event at Coombelands, West Sussex we unexpectedly got a fourth place in the 70cm and were handed a yellow ticket. We have now managed to get placed first in 75cm show jumping, which means we have qualified for two Championships. We have now also qualified for Prelim dressage too.” “I cannot wait to be able to compete at the Sunshine Tour at Hickstead, it is something that I never thought I would be able to do with Pepsi.” Right: Katie Reuben and Pepsi Cola SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 Localrider 69

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show report

Victoria Perry and Mente G, first Concours d’elegance and first Foreign Breeds, Foreign Breeds Champion and Supreme Champions.

Geoffrey Shawcross and Romero, first Spanish, Lusitano, Lipizzaner Breeds.

Heather Lingfield and Broken Arrow II, Veteran In-Hand Champion and Ridden Veteran Champion.

Jordan Smith and Kimico Dan The Man, first BSPA Coloured Natives and Traditional, Reserve Coloured In-Hand Champion and TGCA Quest Champion.

Grace Aungier and Uphill Toy Soldier, first Junior Walk & Trot.

Jason White and Zorro, first Driving Type, English In-Hand Natasha Gibbons and Greyrock Storm Cloud, Champion and Second Reserve Supreme Champion. first Working Hunter Pony Nikki Randles and Murraybrook McCallum, first BSPA Coloured Youngstock, Youngstock Champions and Coloured Champions.

Michelle Webb and Becamair, first Welsh Breeds and English Reserve In-Hand Champion.

APHS London Counties Horse Show Pachesham Equestrian Centre • Sunday 17th July 2016 Words by Lynn Jarvis and pictures by Twin Photographic


or 2016, the APHS London Counties held an additional ring to mark the the 25th anniversary of the British Skewbald Piebald Association (BSPA) classes at the show, called “Star of London” and all winners of these classes receieved a special flower garland to mark this moment. In addition the BSPA sponsored some beautiful rosettes and sashes for both the In-Hand and Ridden Coloured Championships. The youngstock winner was Nikki Randles’ pinto PBA Murraybrook McCallum, who had a successful day winning all of his classes, the BSPA Coloured In-Hand Championships and the Youngstock Championships as well. Jordan Smith’s and Becky Walter’s traditional Kimico Dan The Man also had a great day, standing top of the line in most of his classes and then Reserve BSPA Coloured In-Hand Champion and TGCA (Traditional Gypsy Cob Association) Quest Champion. Jason White’s traditional Zorro, took top spot in his classes and then the English In-Hand Championship and the Second Reserve in the Supreme Championships. Heather Linfield’s veteran Broken Arrow II, continued with the “coloured” theme, as they took the Veteran In-Hand Championship, the Veteran Ridden Championship and then took the Supreme Reserve Championship spot.

In the English, native and local classes it was the day for juniors, with both Grace and Georgia Aungier having a great day. Georgia was showing her young coloured pony Strinesdale Puzzle Master, who won two of his in-hand classses and her younger sister Grace took all her walk/trot classes with Uphill Toy Soldier as well as the Walk/Trot Championship and the English Ridden Championship. In the Foreign Breed ring there was a real mix competiting – Friesians, Andalusians, Lusitanos, Morgans, Arabs, Saddlebreds and Paso Finos – and it was very colourful when it came to the afternoon ridden classes, with many were dressed in their national costumes. In the In-Hand Foreign Breed Championships it was Lynn Jarvis’ Saddlebred Kumala Champagne that took the top honours and Terry McEwen’s Pintabian, Terackie Colour By Design, that took Reserve. The Ridden Foreign Breeds Championship was won by Victoria Perry’s Friesian, Mente G, who also went on to stand Supreme of Show unaniomously under all four judges. The team were pleased to be able to make a donation to Cancer Research (UK) from this show, thanks to the kind generosity of M3 Global Research. Their sponosrship allowed the organisers to present sashes to the top six in the sponsored classes, plus donate all entry fees from the classes to charity.

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What will you be feeding this autumn? Words by Kate Hore RNutr (Animal), Snr Nutritionist at NAF


s autumn approaches it is a good time to review what we’ve always fed our horses. Let’s think what we, as horse owners, actually want from the horse’s diet. We’d like the diet to keep condition on, give him or her enough energy to meet work demands, keep them healthy and, hopefully, be good value too. If they’re also happy and relaxed, then that is a bonus, as a happy horse works better and is calmer and easier to have around. Have you ever asked yourself what your horse wants from his, or her, diet? Well most horse owners will tell you that’s easy – horses, and ponies, want plenty to eat and to keep eating for as long as possible. If what they’re eating is natural to them and doesn’t cause them any digestive upset or discomfort, then the more the better.

High Fibre diet

The horse evolved as a trickle feeder, constantly grazing on high fibre material such as grasses, shrubs and leaves. So the desire to be constantly eating is not greediness, it’s natural. His digestive tract is uniquely adapted to extract as much of the nutritional goodness from that high fibre diet as possible. Why then, when we need to give our horses more energy or condition, do we so often reach for a bag of hard feed? Concentrated feeds are traditionally based on starchy cereals, not natural to the equine diet or suited to his digestive system. Research tells us that high starch diets increase the risk of health issues such as gastric ulcer syndrome, laminitis and azoturia, amongst others; and leading equine scientists advise minimising cereals in the equine diet. Additionally, our own experiences tell us that high starch diets can result in a hyper-reactive horse, which is

why we tend to refer to cereals as ‘heating’. So should we instead be choosing fibre as the principle energy source for working horses over winter?

University research

Research run by Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cambridge universities backs the fibre first approach for happy, relaxed working horses1. Eight adult horses were trialled through winter when grazing was sparse. Their management routine followed that of many horses over winter, ridden in light work five days a week with daily turnout between four and six hours. In a crossover design they were all given either the high fibre or high starch diet, with haylage, and both diets were designed to provide exactly the same amount of energy daily. The results showed that the high fibre group had just as much energy to work as those fed cereals, but were just more chilled. Their relaxed approach, even when faced with potentially scary stimuli, was seen in lower heart rates and cortisol levels. So horses fed high fibre diets are happier and healthier. So base your horse’s autumn-winter diet on forages like hay and haylage, with fibre based feeds in the bucket, such as chaffs, grass nuts or alfalfa. The only issue with the high fibre diet is that it is likely to be vitamin and mineral deficient, so it’s important to top up the high fibre diet with vitamins and minerals from a broad spectrum supplement to ensure you’re meeting all the requirements of the diet. Using a concentrated balancer which combines those vitamins and minerals with targeted gut nutrition will further support a healthy gut, which means a happy, healthy horse.

Making high fibre diets work for you To further help your horse replicate his natural grazing pattern while stabled, consider splitting his forage and feeding from several different points around the box, this encourages the natural movement of grazing, which helps the gut work efficiently. Using small hole haynets also helps to extend feeding time, though do be aware they don’t suit all horses, as some find really tricky nets quite frustrating. For stomach health alfalfa based chaffs are recommended as the basis of your bucket feed, to which a concentrated balancer, and any other targeted nutritional supplements the horse requires, can be easily added. In conclusion, on-going research by leading institutions is telling us that putting fibre first for our horses’ diets can not only provide all the energy they need, but even help keep them calm and happy. To also maintain optimum health and vitality, ensure the fibre based diet is balanced with essential micronutrients so allowing horses to thrive, not just survive, through to spring.

Top Tips for Autumn/Winter Feeding • Feed a fibre based diet for all horses and ponies. • Use a concentrated balancer to ensure micronutrient demands are met. • Split forage around the stable to encourage ‘grazing’. References 1. Bulmer L, McBride S, Williams K & Murray J-A (2015) The effects of high-starch or high-fibre diet on equine reactivity and handling behaviour. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. Apr 2015 (165) p.95-102

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Feeding for Autumn Autumn is always a strange time of year for feeding. It is important to keep an eye on the good doer, just in case any changes in the grass sugars bring on laminitis, yet older horses may start to need some extra calories to help them to look and feel good ready for winter. Remember to always balance what you are feeding your horse with its workload. If the dark nights mean you are riding less, then you may need to cut back his rations. All of the companies featured here can provide feeding advice over the telephone.

Baileys Ease & Excel

New Simply Sophisticated Low Starch Feed Developed in conjunction with top riders, Baileys Ease & Excel is a new feed which is ideal for promoting weight gain, maintaining condition and supporting performance in all horses and ponies requiring a low starch diet. The high fibre content is rich in superfibres, which are highly digestible and yield large amounts of slow release energy. The fibre sources are also high in the soluble fibre, pectin, which, in acidic conditions like those in the stomach, alters its structure to one that is similar to mucus and has been shown to bind to, and thicken, the stomach mucosa thereby protecting it from acid attack.

Minimal Starch The feed contains no cereal flakes, thus ensuring a minimal starch content and making the mix ideal for stressy, excitable types as well as those with clinical requirements for a low starch diet, like horses prone to gastric ulcers. Baileys Outshine is included, to provide slow release calories, from a blend of soya and linseed oils, while alfalfa chaff encourages the horse to chew and has natural acid-buffering properties.

Superior Antioxidants New Ease & Excel is fully balanced with vitamins and Bioplex® minerals and contains superior levels of antioxidants, from vitamins C, E and Sel-Plex® selenium, to support healthy muscle function, performance and immunity. The bespoke In-Feed Formula, from Protexin, contains natural antacids, to buffer excess stomach acid, and ingredients to sooth and protect the gut lining. Its pre and probiotics support a healthy gut microflora, encouraging digestive efficiency and stimulating fibre digestion, of particular importance for horses whose forage intake may become limited.

New EGUS Mark Baileys Ease & Excel is one of the first feeds to be recognised by BETA’s new Feed Approval Mark for products suitable for horses prone to Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS). This means that its starch and sugar content are low enough that, when fed according to recommendations, the horse will receive less than 1g/100kg of bodyweight in starch and sugar per meal and less than 2g/100kg of bodyweight of starch and sugar per day.

No Balancer Required Being fully balanced, there is no need to feed a balancer alongside Ease & Excel, when given at recommended levels, and, as many stressy or “ulcery” horses have limited appetites, these levels are specially designed to be lower in volume than a traditional mix or cube. With so many clever ingredients, Ease & Excel really is a sophisticated option for those looking to control starch intake yet, alongside forage, it’s simple to feed and has been priced affordably. www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk www.easeandexcel.co.uk

British Horse Feeds Fibre-Beet A Super-Fibre conditioning feed, Fibre-Beet is a formulated blend containing all the benefits of the original Speedi-Beet product, with added high quality Alfalfa for optimum condition and to provide quality protein for muscle tone and function. Fibre-Beet has been carefully designed to help keep the digestive system healthy with a blend of fibre sources that provide gut fill and are easily digested when compared to forage fibre. Fibre-Beet can improve energy intake whilst keeping dietary fibre levels at an optimum. Fibre-Beet also provides a good range of minerals, trace elements and amino acids and it has a low sugar content. It can also be used as a forage replacer (up to 60% of the daily forage allowance). Ideal for horses prone to digestive upsets and very palatable for fussy eaters, Fibre-Beet has added biotin for hoof quality and is suitable for laminitics. Soaked and ready to feed in only 45 minutes in cold water, or 15 minutes in warm water. www.britishhorsefeeds.com

TopSpec Antilam TopSpec AntiLam is a pelleted multisupplement designed to provide 5-way nutritional support for those prone to, being treated for, or recovering from laminitis. AntiLam is used and recommended by nutritionists, vets and farriers. Most overweight ponies, and some overweight horses, are susceptible to laminitis. AntiLam is a brilliant formulation combining several supplements with a high-fibre, very low-calorie carrier to make it palatable. The formula is very low in sugar and starch and cereal-grain-free, making it ‘Non-Heating’. TopSpec AntiLam also contains the level of biotin (15mg/500kg horse/ day) that is scientifically proven to improve hoof quality, plus the levels of methionine, cysteine, lysine, calcium, zinc, copper, iodine, and vitamin A known to improve the efficiency of biotin. Long-term trials at Middle Park Laminitis Research Unit have shown that horses and ponies on restricted/poor grazing do not gain any weight when fed AntiLam. It can also be used very successfully as part of a calorie-controlled diet when weight loss is required. www.topspec.com

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Veterinary Approved


Lite Feed Balancer

NAF’s veterinary and nutritional specialists have developed vitaFerrin as an appropriate and effective nutritional solution to help optimise horses’ performance levels. vitaFerrin is iron rich and fortified with vitamins and minerals to maximise training and performance potential and has the added immune system support of yucca and echinacea. Feed vitaFerrin to maintain peak performance. www.naf-equine.eu/uk

NAF SLIM For those horses and ponies who live on fresh air, it can be a struggle to keep their weight under control. The obvious answer is to reduce their feed intake, however, this could result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This is where Slim comes into its own. Slim is a natural and highly palatable weight management supplement, designed to provide essential micronutrients to those individuals on a restricted diet. The unique blend of ingredients work in synergy with metabolism boosting marine extracts to provide essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all sourced from nature. Slim works to promote wellbeing for good doers while supporting healthy weight loss the natural way. Slim should be used in conjunction with a calorie controlled diet and suitable exercise regime. www.naf-equine.eu/uk

NAF Five Star Laminaze Horses and ponies on restricted grass intake require additional support to remain fit and healthy. Laminaze is a unique blend of over 40 ingredients combining with key gut support, bio-available sulphur and targeted nutrients, in a palatable formula to maintain hoof health and improve their diet and lifestyle. Prebiotics and live probiotics are included for their ability to a stable, healthy gut environment. Naturally sourced antioxidants are present to support the liver. Bio-available sulphur (MSM) is recommended for supporting healthy hoof growth and strong sulphur bonds within the laminae. Laminaze contains all the key nutrients for optimal dietary support, especially around the time of year when spring and autumn flushes of grass occur. www.naf-equine.eu/uk

Equine America Everyday Vitamin & Mineral Supplement Everyday Vitamin & Mineral Supplement is an ideal addition to any feeding regime, providing essential vitamins and minerals and trace elements in a pre-biotic base to support good health and condition. It can be used as an economic vitamin and mineral supplement for horses and ponies in low level work. www.equine-america.co.uk

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Gunner, winning a WHP Championship at S&W Wilts Pony Show, ridden by Bethany Puzio and owned by Rebecca Hamilton-Fletcher

Photograph by Photographic Memories UK

“Whilst the vital role of nutrition in equine health is universally recognised, it can be difficult for busy vets to always find the time to discuss specific requirements with their clients fully. It is therefore immensely reassuring to know that, by referring such clients to TopSpec, they will be receiving the most up to date and scientifically researched advice, supported by an ever increasing range of proven feeds, balancers and supplements. The feedback I get is invariably full of praise for both TopSpec’s help, and for their products. Thank you also TopSpec for servicing so impeccably the nutritional needs of our own ponies over the years. Gunner, now in his 17th year, remains at the very top of his game, and I would not dream of feeding him on anything else.” Rebecca Hamilton-Fletcher MRCVS BVSc (Hons)

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FEED NEWS NAF Five Star Optimum NAF Five Star Optimum will help restore and maintain five star condition and health, maximise the nutritional value of the daily feed ration, and optimise the health and efficiency of the digestive system. Concentrated and easy to feed, Optimum comes in a highly palatable pellet form. It is of the highest supplement specification and has a great sugar free flavour. Optimum is formulated to complement either a high fibre low concentrate, or performance diet. When a daily feed is not necessary, the great news is that Optimum can be simply given on its own, directly from your hand. It is designed to optimise every horse’s diet from family pony to performance athlete. www.naf-equine.eu/uk

Equine America Cortaflex HA Regular Strength It’s never too soon to start feeding Cortaflex. Use daily to keep your horse or pony’s joints healthy throughout its life. www.equine-america.co.uk

Equine America Super Fenn powder Super Fenn Powder, fortified with ASU, is a safe and natural alternative for joint comfort, which does not contain Devils Claw or alcohol. For ultimate all round joint mobility and protection feed alongside Cortaflex. www.equine-america.co.uk

Equine America Lamigard TRT Lamigard TRT is a highly effective supplement for horses and ponies and can be used at high levels in the short term, and at a maintenance level for long term health. Lamigard TRT will ensure your horse’s feet stay healthy all year round and will complement a careful feeding regime. Lamigard TRT contains powerful ingredients to help mop up excess free radicals which settle in the feet, supporting a healthy enzyme level within the hooves and providing nutrients to the internal sensitive structures, as well as promoting external hoof wall condition. It can also be fed to the in-foal and lactating mare. For horses and ponies that are on a restricted diet, feed V-Biotic alongside Lamigard TRT, to ensure that key nutritional requirements are met. www.equine-america.co.uk

FEEDING THE VETERAN Alltech Lifeforce Focus The starting point for any horse or ponies diet regardless of age or workload should always be fibre, making up at least 60% of the horse’s total rations.


To gain the most from their fibre intake and ensure the health of the digestive system the horse needs to be able to chew long forage efficiently, and this is often the first downfall of veteran horses. As horses age both the digestive and immune systems decline in efficiency, resulting in a reduced rate of nutrient absorbance as well as insufficient forage intake. Lifeforce Focus, the supplement from Alltech is specially designed for leisure and companion horses or those that may spend more time grazing, helping to create a healthy digestive environment. Studies have shown that Lifeforce contains yeast products that optimize digestive health and address challenges related to body condition, a common problem among veteran horses and ponies. We have two 5kg tubs to giveaway. For your chance to win turn to page 58. Each winner will receive one 5kg tub. www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk

TopSpec Senior Feed Balancer TopSpec Senior Feed Balancer is a very palatable ‘non-heating’ feed that contains several supplements including the levels of micronutrients and digestive aids normally only found in high quality specialised supplements. Of particular importance to elderly horses is the inclusion of micronutrients known to help maintain mobility. The scientifically recommended rate of 10grams of glucosamine/500kg horse/day is a key feature of the mobility supplement included in this formula. This superb specification allows elderly horses to utilise far more nutrients from the forage and straights in their diet, which often means that their hard feed intake can be reduced with many resulting benefits. Using TopSpec Senior Feed Balancer will help to maintain mobility and also promote muscle development and topline, which often starts to decline as horses’ age. As well as maintaining good hoof quality and promote a supple skin with a shiny coat. www.topspec.com

Aloeride Blue Chip Joint RLF Blue Chip Joint RLF has been developed to protect joints from everyday wear and tear by maintaining the viscosity of synovial fluid which lubricates the joint and increases longevity of the limb. It incorporates Glucosamine, MSM and Hyaluronic Acid which nourish the joint, as well as rosehip, a natural powerful nutraceutical that limits the number of white blood cells allowed into the joint to ease inflammation. www.bluechipfeed.com

If you own a veteran horse or pony, keeping them looking and feeling good as the seasons change, can be a challenge. Aloeride is a pure organic aloe vera supplement, which not only helps promote a healthy, shiny coat, but also helps to support your veteran’s immune system, which can often become compromised with age. Ideal for veterans and those horses or ponies lacking lustre, Aloeride also helps support healthy skin, conditions hooves and aids rejuvenation and recovery too: all from one taste-free sachet a day. Each box of Aloeride contains 30 sachets (30 day’s supply) which equates to12 litres of aloe vera juice. www.aloeride.com

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HorseHage – Forage in a bag Choosing the type of forage to feed your horse or pony should be the most important feed decision you make, as up to 100% of the equine diet should be provided by forage. Hay can often contain dust and mould spores and soaking and steaming it is time consuming and not always successful. The nutritional quality can vary a great deal too and a typical hay sample can contain around 10% sugar. Big bale haylage is usually made in large bales which are designed to be fed whole in the field and can be difficult to handle and break up. The quality can be variable and unless you are feeding several horses or ponies, there is the chance of wastage as a bale should be consumed within a week before it goes off.

double-skinned bags. It goes through a fermentation process that causes the sugars in the grass to break down, reducing the acidity level and giving it a sweet smell whilst preserving the grass. This gives it a much lower sugar content (around 4%) than most other forages. Nothing is added to HorseHage, no chemicals, mould inhibitors or inoculants. It’s a totally natural product and has BETA NOPS and FEMAS certifications. So if you’re looking for a forage that is dust-free, low in sugar, easy to use, totally natural and comes with a guarantee, HorseHage is ideal. It is available in four different varieties offering a choice of energy levels for every type of horse or pony including those prone to laminitis.

HorseHage bagged forage offers all you and your horse could wish for in a forage and the company has 40 years of expertise in producing the highly compressed, dust-free product that has become widely recognised as a premium quality product.

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SUNDAY 18th SEPTEMBER In aid of local charities

An exceptional cross-country course over 8 miles of private woodland, farmland and commons with 40 plus optional jumps (1’6”/ 2’6”/3’0”) including other fences for the bolder horse and rider.

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Open to Junior and Senior members of affiliated Area 10 Riding Clubs To include classes Open to All

Sunday 2nd October 2016 Lodge Farm, Bramble Reed Lane, Matfield, Kent TN12 7ET

Organisors: Sue French- 07858 953992 and Martine Weber- 07909 966257 Email suefrench25@hotmail.co.uk and martine_weber@hotmail.com See Sevenoaks RC website for further details and schedule/ entry form.

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SEPTEMBER 2016 1 September, Squirrells Riding School, Clear Round, 1st Thursday of each month until September, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

2 September, Blue Cross Show Jumping, Blue Cross Summer Jumping Series, Class 1: 2’3” with no elimination rule, suitable for novice/ inexperienced combinations, Class 2: 2’6”, Class 3: 2’9”, Classes start at 5.15pm, Clear round jumping through evening, Burford Horse Unit, Shilton Road, Burford, Oxon, OX18 4PF, Email: kayalty1960@gmail.com, www.bluecross.org.uk 2-3 September, Dynamic Dressage Dynamic Equine & Canine, Joaquin Vazquez Vela Classical Dressage Clinic, Saddlesdane EC, Ashford Road, Badlesmere, Kent, ME13 0NX, Telephone: 07403415680, Email: maddi@dynamicdressage.com, www.dynamic-dressage.com

2-4 September, Juddwood Farm Horse Camps, Residental Horse Camps for Adults, Bring your horse for three days of great fun and excellent instruction, Juddwood Farm, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 8AB, Telephone: 01892 871080, www.juddwoodfarm.co.uk 2 September, Squirrells Riding School, Pony Day, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky. com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

10 September, Posh Nags and Southern Miniatures, Showing South East, Affiliated and Unaffiliated Shows, Rooting Street Farm, Little Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN27 0PX, Email: poshnags@aol.com, www.poshnags.com

10 September, Speedgate Events, Julia Buckle Polework Clinic, Achive more suppleness in flatwork and learn new exercises to help your horse to become more supple and rounder. Teaches you exercises for more varied schooling and to improve your dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

11 September, Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt, Charity Ride, Doddington Place, Kent, ME9 0BB, www.ashfordvalleyhunt.co.uk

11 September, Capricorn Equestrian, Unaffiliated Dressage Competition, Intro and Prelim, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail. co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk

11 September, Chilham Park, Hunter Trials, Unaffiliated One Day Event, Chilham Park, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB, Telephone: 01227 730811, www.chilhampark.co.uk

11 September, Eridge Hunt Branch of The Pony Club, Open Hunter Trials, Open to all Pony Club & Non Pony Club Members, Lodge Farm, Matfield, Kent, TN12 7ET, Telephone: 01892 750002, email: fionawhitt@btinternet. com, http://branches.pcuk.org/eridge

3 September, Newlands Corner Riding Club, South East Riding Club Horse of the Year Championship, The Club Field, Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9TD, Telephone: 01483 205049, www.newlandscorner.org

11 September, F.S. Events, Autumn Show,

3 September, Romney Marsh Branch of the

Dressage Tests, Great Dunton Farm, London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2TD, www.greatduntonfarm.co.uk

Pony Club, Tri / Tetrathlon, Delmonden, Hawkhurst, Kent, http:/branches.pcuk.org/romneymarsh

Rider Ridden and In Hand Classes, Warrigal Farm, Bean, Kent, DA2 8EH, Contact: Flair Sifleet, Telephone: 07957 765964, www.fsevents.co.uk

11 September, Great Dunton Farm,

For further information call 01227 730811

4 September, Colettes Shows, Denne Hill Horse Show, Show Jumping, Dressage, and Showing, Denne Hill, Womenswold, Nr. Canterbury, Kent CT4 6HD Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@btinternet.com, www.cbequine.co.uk

11 September, St Michaels Hospice Riding


4 September, Denmead Horse Shows, Autumn Show and Fun Event, Fun One Day Event, and Showing, Denmead, Hampshire, www.denmeadhorseshows.co.uk

Club, Eventers Challenge 1’6” to 3’, Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Contact: Gina Kitchener, Telephone: 01737 644255, Email: gina@midsurreyponyclub.co.uk, http://branches.pcuk.org/midsurrey/schedules/


4 September, East Sussex Branch of the Pony Club, Hunter Trials, Open to all, mini-mini, mini and novice up to 90cm, The Pony Club Field, Montague Farm, Hankham, Pevensey, BN24 5BB, www.pcuk.org/eastsussex 4 September, The Equi-Fun Club, Fun Jumping Show, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE, Telephone: 07738 993995, email: becca@equi-fun.co.uk, www.equi-fun.co.uk

4 September, Fair Oak Estate, Rogate District RC Hunter Trials, Fair Oak Estate, Rogate, Petersfield. Hants, GU31 5HR, www.fair-oak.co.uk

Club, ODE, Hale Farm, Chiddingly, East Sussex, BN8 6HQ, www.oaksdrivingclub.com

11 September, OSB & WK Hunt, Hunter Trials, Lockskinners, Wilderness Lane, Chiddingstone, Kent, TN8 7NA, www.osbwk.co.uk

11 September, Southern Counties Show, Horse and Dog Show at Farming World, 60+ classes, Showing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Dog Show, Includes the TSR and Veteran SE Regional Championships, Farming World (Faversham Show Ground), Faversham, Kent, ME13 9SW. Organised by Colette’s Horse Shows, www.cbequine.co.uk

4 September, Romney Marsh Branch of the Pony Club, One Day Event (to include Tetrathlon Ride), Delmonden, Hawkhurst, http:/branches.pcuk.org/romneymarsh

13 September, Petley Wood Equestrian

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4 September, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

Call: 01892 863062 Email: info@localrider.co.uk

11 September, Oaks Carriage Driving

11 September, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated

4 September, Sevenoaks Riding Club, Annual Show, Redlands, St Julian’s Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, Telephone: 07909 966257, www.sevenoaksrc.co.uk

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11 September, Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony

4 September, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Petley Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE. Telephone: 01424 871677, email: info@petleywoodequestrian. co.uk, www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk

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6 September, Capricorn Equestrian, Dressage Training Day, improve your dressage score or have a chance to practice a dressage test under more informal conditions, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@ hotmail.co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk 8 September, Squirrells Riding School, Dressage, 2nd Thursday of each month until September, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky. com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

Show Jumping, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk Centre, Senior British Showjumping, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Petley Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE. Telephone: 01424 871677, email: info@petleywoodequestrian. co.uk, www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk

15 September, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Unaffiliated Dressage, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Petley Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE. Telephone: 01424 871677, email: info@petleywoodequestrian. co.uk, www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk

15-18 September, Sunshine Tour Championships, Unaffiliated Dressage, Show Jumping, and Showing Championship, The All England Showground, Hickstead, West Sussex, RH17 5NU Telephone: 01372 451458, Email: enquiries@sunshinetour. co.uk, www.sunshinetour.co.uk 17 September, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

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17 September, Weald of Kent Ploughing Match

25 September, Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony

16 October, Capricorn Equestrian,

Horse Show, 14 Years and Under, Show Jumping, Best Rider, Childs pony, Novelty classes including Fancy Dress and Gymkhana. Fun, Old fashioned, local show, High Tilt Farm, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3PB, Telephone: 07790 512626, www.wkpma.co.uk

Club, Hunter Trials 1’6” to 3’3” (45cm to 100cm) plus Schooling Rounds and enclosed CRJ. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Contact: Gina Kitchener, Telephone: 01737 644255, Email: gina@midsurreyponyclub.co.uk, http://branches.pcuk.org/midsurrey/schedules/

Unaffiliated Dressage Competition, Intro and Prelim, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail. co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk

18 September, Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt, Hunter Trails, Bonfleur Cross Country Course, Linton, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 4BD, www.ashfordvalleyhunt.co.uk

18 September, Coakham Bloodhounds, Charity Ride, at Montague Farm, Hankham, East Sussex, BN24 5BB, www.coakhambloodhounds.com

18 September, Fair Oak Estate, Fair Oak Hunter Trials and Team Chase, Courses from 60cm (2’3”) through to 98cm (3’3”), Minimus, Novice and Open Classes, Team Chase Over All Three Heights, Fair Oak Estate, Rogate, Petersfield. Hants, GU31 5HR, www.fair-oak.co.uk

18 September, Hampton Sponsored Ride, In aid of local charities, An exceptional cross country course over 8 miles of private woodland, farmland, & commons with 40 plus optional jumps, also other fences for the bold horse & rider, Fulbrook Lane, Elstead, Surrey, GU8 6LG, www.hamptonsr.org, www.ridingdiary.co.uk

18 September, Posh Nags and Southern Miniatures, Showing South East, Affiliated and Unaffiliated Shows, Willow Farm, Hansletts Lane, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0RS, Email: poshnags@aol.com, www.poshnags.com

19 September, Speedgate Events, Andrew Day Clinic, Andrew is an international event and dressage rider and trainer and a senior instructor and lecturer of the TTT with over 20 years’ experience. Attain a thorough understanding of the classical system of Dressage training, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Kim Atkinson, Telephone: 07834 170830, Email: events@speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

20 September, Capricorn Equestrian, Jason Webb Clinic, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail. co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk

24 September, Colettes Shows, Showing and Show Jumping, Barville Farm, Dover, Kent, CT15 5BQ, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@btinternet.com, www.cbequine.co.uk

24-25 September, The South of England (2) International CIC* & CIC** Horse Trials, Two Days, see many top British and foreign event riders as its prestige continues to grow year on year. Over the weekend varying levels of classes take place, culminating on the Sunday with the CIC* & CIC** International events, The South of England Show Ground Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL. www.southofenglandhorsetrials.co.uk 24 September, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Team Dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

25 September, Chilham Park, Combined Training and Eventers Challenge, Chilham Park, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB, Telephone: 01227 730811, www.chilhampark.co.uk

25 September, Denne Hill Cross Country Ride, Open Day, Course will be open to non-members on the last Sunday in the month. Riders to arrive between 10am and 2pm. Pre-booking is not required, Denne Hill, Womenswold, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6HD, Telephone: 01227 831203, Email: caroline@dennehillcrosscountryride. co.uk, www.dennehillcrosscountryride.co.uk

25 September, The Equi-Fun Club, Matchy Matchy Dressage Show, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE, Telephone: 07738 993995, email: becca@ equi-fun.co.uk, www.equi-fun.co.uk

25 September, Great Dunton Farm, Cash Jumping, Classes start at 60cm, Great Dunton Farm, London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2TD, www.greatduntonfarm.co.uk

25 September, St Michaels Hospice Riding Club, Dressage Workshop, Middle Ingrams, Ingrams Green, Ninfield, East Sussex, TN33 9EE, Telephone: 01424 838302, www. stmichaelshospiceridingclub.org.uk

25 September, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Unaffiliated Dressage, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Petley Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE. Telephone: 01424 871677, email: info@petleywoodequestrian. co.uk, www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk

25 September, Posh Nags and Southern Miniatures, Showing South East, Affiliated and Unaffiliated Shows, Saddlesdane equestrian Centre, Ashford Road, Badlesmere Nr, Faversham ME13 0NX, Email: poshnags@ aol.com, www.poshnags.com

25 September, The Rockbourne Ride, Open Hunter Trials, Wilton Hunt Club, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Contact: Colette Bunch, Telephone: 01425 650023, www.tenantry.co.uk

27 September, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Senior British Showjumping, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Petley Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE. Telephone: 01424 871677, email: info@petleywoodequestrian. co.uk, www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk

OCTOBER 2016 2 October, Colettes Shows, Colettes Indoor Show Jumping, Show Jumping, Willow Farm, Hansletts Lane, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0RS, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@ btinternet.com www.cbequine.co.uk

2 October, Sevenoaks Riding Club, Area 10 Eventers Challenge, Team, individual & Pairs Qualifiers, Open to Junior & Senior members of Area 10 Riding Clubs, Lodge Farm, Bramble Reed Lane, Matfield, Kent, TN12 7ET, Telephone: 07858 953992, Email: suefrench25@ hotmail.co.uk, www.sevenoaksrc.co.uk

2 October, Speedgate Events, End of Season In-Hand Show, A variety of in-hand and ridden classes, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

5-9 October, Horse of the Year Show, The worlds most famous horse show. Show Jumping, Championship Showing, Musical Heavy Horses, Dressage, Mounted Games, Driving, Displays, Entertainment, Shopping. Birmingham’s NEC, B40 1NT, www.hoys.co.uk

9 October, Great Dunton Farm, Country Jumping, Starting at 50cm, Great Dunton Farm, London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2TD, www.greatduntonfarm.co.uk

9 October, Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Hunter Trials 1’6” to 3’3” (45cm to 100cm) plus Schooling Rounds and enclosed CRJ. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Contact: Gina Kitchener, Telephone: 01737 644255, Email: gina@midsurreyponyclub.co.uk, http://branches.pcuk.org/midsurrey/schedules/

9 October, OSB & WK Hunt, Hunter Trials, Lockskinners, Wilderness Lane, Chiddingstone, Kent, TN8 7NA, www.osbwk.co.uk

9 October, Posh Nags and Southern Miniatures, Showing South East, Affiliated and Unaffiliated Shows, Willow Farm, Hansletts Lane, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0RS, Email: poshnags@aol.com, www.poshnags.com

9 October, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

11 October, Capricorn Equestrian, Dressage Training Day, improve your dressage score or have a chance to practice a dressage test under more informal conditions, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@ hotmail.co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk

15 October, Speedgate Events, Julia Buckle Polework Clinic, Achive more suppleness in flatwork and learn new exercises to help your horse to become more supple and rounder. Teaches you exercises for more varied schooling and to improve your dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

16 October, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated

and many more The College Equestrian Centre, Church Road, Keysoe, Bedfordshire, MK44 2JP, www.equimaniashowing.co.uk

22 October, Oaks Carriage Driving Club, Autumn Indoor Event, Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3SS, www.oaksdrivingclub.com

Team Dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

23 October, The Equi-Fun Club, Winter Dressage

16 October, Stilebridge Barn Dressage,

23 October, Great Dunton Farm, Dressage

Series, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE, Telephone: 07738 993995, email: becca@equi-fun.co.uk, www.equi-fun.co.uk

Unaffiliated Dressage, Stilebridge Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9BB, Telephone: 07803 727917, Email: vanessaswain100@hotmail. com, www.stilebridgebarndressage.co.uk

Tests, Great Dunton Farm, London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2TD, www.greatduntonfarm.co.uk

17 October, Speedgate Events, Andrew Day Clinic, Andrew is an international event and dressage rider and trainer and a senior instructor and lecturer of the TTT with over 20 years’ experience. Attain a thorough understanding of the classical system of Dressage training, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Kim Atkinson, Telephone: 07834 170830, Email: events@speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

22 October, Dynamic Dressage Dynamic Equine & Canine, Polework, Dressage, Rider Biomechanics & Test Riding Clinic, Saddlesdane EC, Ashford Road, Badlesmere, Kent, ME13 0NX, Telephone: 07403415680, Email: maddi@dynamicdressage.com, www.dynamic-dressage.com

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Crashed the Wedding, Caitlin Dologhan and Glory, accompanied by Widget the dog, equal-first Junior Individual

Frozen, Mollie Sheath and Penchwinton Awen Mai, accompanied by Laura Sheath, equal-first Junior Individual

Star Wars The Death Of Darth, Jacqui Baker and Bumble, first Senior Individual

Strictly Come Metal, Nikki Parris and Odd, third Senior Individual

Strictly No Rhythm, Kym Ridge and Harry, second Senior Individual

Dandy Highwaymen, Anita Niccolls on Dudie and Scarlett Darling on Choledo, third Pairs

Go Team GB, Sian Willis on Charlie and Caitlin Dologhan on Glory, second Pairs

Anthony and Cleopatra, Alicia Stay on Merrie Mashatu and Alan Stay on Oakee Darcy Bussell, fifth Pairs

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Hilary Box on Ringo and Carla Maskell on Benjamin, first Pairs

Let It Go, Phoebe Niccolls Taylor on Thistledown Hope & Glory and Poppy McGlinn on Bumble, fourth Pairs

Jackson 5, Jem Lewis on Bouncer, Layla-Dean Lewis on Molly, Freya Lewis on Skylark, Libby Jones on Rupert and Eva Mitchell on Mia, first Group

Not so K Strictly Come Dressage Kingates Equestrian, Isle of Wight Words and pictures by Dawn Norris

ingates Equestrian held a charity ‘Not so Strictly Come Dressage’ event on Sunday 7th August. The chosen charity for this year was the Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance. Competitors chose a theme with music and could compete as an individual, pair or a group. The competitors embraced their theme and put a lot of effort into each of their performances, which were then marked by the strictly panel of four judges, who each gave them a score out of 10. The fog had set in for the day but ultimately added to the atmosphere of some of the performances. The day was rounded off with a raffle, which included many fantastic prizes, which had been donated by local businesses and individuals. It was a great day, extremely entertaining and a fantastic £678 was raised for the Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance. We would like to extend a massive thank you to all the competitors, spectators, helpers, businesses and individuals, who helped organise the show, enabling us to support this very worthy charity.

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horsey other half The Horsey Other Half - Gary Moore Gary Moore didn’t expect that when his wife Angie first met Mr. Basil that along with shovelling a lot of horse manure, would as well end up learning to bandage to the standard of a St John Ambulance volunteer. Name: Gary Moore Home-town: Chippenham, Wiltshire Occupation: Management Vehicle Technician Wife’s name: Angie Jones-Moore When and where did you meet? We first met through mutual friends and Angie then came into the garage to have some maintenance carried out on her car, after waiting for a while she said I owed her for her time! I then asked her out for a drink and we have been together ever since. When did you realise your wife liked horses? We met through friends who run a livery yard, although Angie didn’t have a horse at the time I knew where her passion lay.

Bas enjoying some downtime Angie and Bas enjoying a day at the beach

Do you ride yourself? Not if I can help it! Favourite horse? I would have to say Mr. Basil or Bas he

Angie and Gary At the beach

is our only horse (I will be in big trouble if I were to say any other).

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encourage Angie as best as I can from a non-rider point of view to help her overcome her nerves with various issues. I also seem to end up shovelling a lot of manure! I hired a horsebox and took Angie and Bas to the beach for her birthday a couple of years ago, I knew it had been a dream of hers for years. Over the last ten months I have been supporting her by helping her care for Bas as he recovered from Lymphangitis. It has been a really tough time for Angie and Bas. I have some new skills under my belt and can pretty much bandage any part of a horse now!

What’s the best thing about horses? I am not keen

myself, the best thing would have to be the happiness he brings to Angie. I bought him for her for Mother’s Day from the children. Little did I know just how much joy he would bring her. He was the best £500 I have ever spent.

What’s the worst thing about horses? The vet bills,

especially when Bas had Lymphangitis, and an awful lot of bandages.

Do you go to shows or competitions and if you do what sustains you through the day? Angie isn’t keen

on competing, we tend to do a lot of hacking with me walking the dogs alongside. We both enjoy being outside so it seems the best way for us all to be together. Do you have any hobbies? I am a volunteer for the

Bas, bandaged up expertly by Gary

Wessex 4x4, being the owner of one of the few Land Rover G4. I am a keen off road driver, of course avoiding horses and bridleways.

Most confusing thing you’ve ever heard her say about a horse? It has to be when she gets so nervous

about going fast, Bas really looks after Angie, yet as he is chomping at the bit to go she is always “I don’t think he wants to”. “Yes he does. Is usually my reply.”

What advice would you offer to anyone about to marry a woman who owns a horse? You will be

consumed by them, it’s not a bad lifestyle but look out for the heavy lifting.

Each issue we will be featuring a ‘Horsey Other Half’, if you know the perfect person email alex@localrider.co.uk

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Have you got a property with land which you are thinking of selling? If so, you should be speaking to Equus as it’s likely we will have a buyer waiting. To arrange a free valuation, without obligation contact the Equus partner for your area. NEW

Woldingham, Surrey – 21 acres

Guide £1.95 million

• Set in The Surrey Hills and part of the prestigious Marden Park Estate is this unique brick barn conversion (4/5 bedrms, in all 3770 sq ft) with accompanying extensive pastureland immediately adjoining the property and providing direct access to outstanding riding without crossing a single public road with opportunities to add further equestrian facilities • This is the perfect package for those seeking a country or equestrian home yet needing ‘doorstep’ access to London with Woldingham railway stn a pleasant walk away

• The breath taking rural surrounds of the estate is designated as green belt and also classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it is truly rare nowadays to find such a rural unspoilt oasis inside the M25 • Originally a stables building with hay loft, the barn was converted by the present owner in 1994 into the spectacular and individual property it is today and features an attractive combination of traditional and period detailing with contemporary design touches EnquiriEs 01342 890002


• A glorious detached period stone barn conversion (unlisted) offering extensive accommodation (in all 7,000 sq ft) with attached single storey barn with large indoor swimming pool & gymnasium • Further facilities inc. purpose built ‘barn style’ home office and underground car parking • Equestrian facilities: 5 box stable yard with 40m x 20m outdoor r.arena, and good size pasture, access nearby bridleways • The whole occupies an enviable, tranquil rural location, end of no through lane, far reaching views to rear, 5 mins drive Robertsbridge stn connecting to London

Guide £1,575,000

• Much care and attention has been lavished on the restoration of this splendid Sussex barn, which boasts a vaulted and beamed interior and features a stunning minstrel’s gallery and floor to ceiling glazing throughout the centre of the accommodation, giving a great feeling of space and light • The versatile layout includes: Ground flr: 2 en suite bedrooms, 3 receptions, gymnasium, kitchen/ breakfast rm, laundry rm and cloakrm (N.B. ex scope for integral annexe and/or further bedrms) • First flr: large minstrel’s gallery, 2 en suite bedrooms Enquiri nquiriEs 01435 889000

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Robertsbridge, East Sussex – 6 acres

When you appoint Equus, your property will feature in more media and publications than any other agent! MID SUSSEX 01444 830017 EAST SUSSEX 01435 889000

SURREY 01483 866035 WEST KENT 01892 829014

HANTS 01730 899000 EAST KENT 01227 706009

WEST SUSSEX 01903 759055 LONDON 020 3174 0256

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