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The Ashdown Forest Riding for the Disabled


he Ashdown Forest riding for the disabled is an up and coming group, holding weekly one to one riding sessions for children of various ages that have a variety of different disabilities, but the one thing they all have in common is the love of horses. Tracey Spencer writes; “Some of our children find life so difficult to understand but relating to horses is so very easy for them, to see a confused face turn into a smile is so very special.” If you would like to find out any more information about our group please contact the group on 08452419364 or alternatively email

Countdown to Kentucky


he Champions from the AmTrust Equine BRC RWHS Championships are getting excited about their once in a lifetime experience at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky this September. The six Champions each won an all expenses paid five day trip to the Horse Capital of the World. The lucky six will take centre stage at a very special equestrian evening at the Lexington Civic Centre where they will be presented with their Champions’ trophies. Some of the Champions will be keeping a diary as they countdown to Kentucky: Sarah Thomas and her horse Davidoff won the AmTrust Equine BRC Senior Riding Test Final at RWHS 2010. Davidoff is a seven-year-old chestnut Hanoverian by Don Bosco. Sarah has owned him since he was four and she nearly lost him to colic in 2009, she says: “Everything we do together is very special. He is my horse of a lifetime.” Rosie Stevens won the AmTrust Equine BRC Senior Intermediate Jumping Final on Gracie. She says: “To win at Windsor for the second year running was amazing and another fabulous experience for us both. Our win and the fabulous prize of a trip to Kentucky WEG has really topped our year!”

Sarah Thomas and Davidoff

Sparkling result


any of you will remember seeing the veteran show jumper Pitchwood Ferryman in the pages of Localrider over recent months as he and his rider Clare Diamond climb up the Localrider- sponsored British Left to right: Showjumping rankings. Clare Diamond on Over The Vee Clare contacted us to tell and Paige Diamond on Lacy Tulip us about her daughter Paige’s recent success with her pony Tulip, who coincidentally has the same bloodlines as Pitchwood Ferryman. Clare wrote: “In March I bought a 11.2hh Welsh Section A pony which was in poor condition, but with a little TLC she is now in superb condition. My Daughter had her first show on the pony at the Spring South of England show where she was placed second in the Lead Rein Pony class, we then Peter and Kate Dodgson pictured with the Diamond Family at the show went on to compete in the May Bank Holiday Show at Pachesham where she won in the Lead Rein SAFE qualifier class and was first in the Prettiest Mare class. Our next show took us to Newbury Showground the Heros charity show on 4th July, after contacting the Heros’ office for help in regards to finding Paige Diamond and Lacy Tulip, somewhere to stable the horse Supreme Reserve Champions and pony on the Saturday evening, we were given the names of Peter and Kate. Paige, Annette and I stayed in the lorry and my mother and my youngest, Brooke had a lovely en-suite room in Kate’s house, while the pony and horse had a lovely stable for the night. We got up early in the morning to clean the pony again, being grey it never stays clean for five minutes, then off to the showground and what a day we had. Paige and her pony Lacy Tulip were second in the Condition and Turnout class and won the Lead Rein class. Over the Vee my thoroughbred horse was third in a very large class for the competition sports horse (judge by Jenny pitman), and second in both the Ex-racers ridden and in-hand classes qualifying him for the 2010 championships. But the best part of the day was when Paige and Tulip went Supreme Reserve Champions! What a great show, the judge was very complimentary of Tulip and suggested we take up County showing with her. For the pair of them at just their third show this was a fantastic result.”

Suzanne Skillin update...


n the July issue I wrote about Suzanne Skillin’s wonderful life with horses and told readers how now as she finally retires from British Showjumping she has one goal left, to win the Coco Open Jumping class at the Horsham & District Riding Club Show. Named after her great show jumping pony, Coco, Suzanne thought it would be wonderful to win the trophy with her current horse and one of favourites, Chocadun. Suzanne told me: “We had a really good try and came second by 0.4 of a second.” I am sure Suzanne and Chcocadun will be back in 2011 to try again and I would like to wish them the best of luck for their next attempt. august 2010 Localrider 25

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Complete version Localrider August 2010 issue  

Complete version Localrider August 2010 issue. Amongst many others this issue features reports and articles on: Hickstead Derby Report, Maki...

Complete version Localrider August 2010 issue  

Complete version Localrider August 2010 issue. Amongst many others this issue features reports and articles on: Hickstead Derby Report, Maki...