BRC WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT - From Anne Millar
Well it might have been Friday the 13th but the 2 qualified teams plus many supporters set off for Arena UK for the British Riding Clubs Winter Championships sponsored by KBIS. It was a decent run down the A1 and they all arrived safely. Unfortunately, Arena UK had had a lot of rain so when the first car arrived they found the boxes ankle deep in water!!! However our intrepid ladies set to and got them reasonably dried and then bedded down with lots of shavings. The horses were fairly settled except for Bob and Major who tried to fight over the partition wall during the night. Luckily our driver Alistair was next to the stables and was kind enough to shut them up! Anyway next morning the weather was decent and the girls each came out to compete well dressed and horses as clean as possible under the muddy circumstances. The dressage team with Fiona there to give them last minute help started with Sam Martin/Woody who opened proceedings with a very correct and good test, followed by Louise/Coco also a good test then Sandra /Stevie who is settling to the job well and performed nicely. Lastly but not least came Rhona/Danny who belongs to Beth McDonald , one of our sponsors. Rhona as always rode to get the best out of her pony. It was so exciting to try and figure out the results but Rhona had them sussed and was sure they had finished 3rd which they had. Sam was 3rd Individual and Louise was 4th. Really well done as the standard of the horses in this RC championship has risen every year and for our girls to come out and perform to only a few marks behind the winners is terrific. Now while this was going on our showjumping team were also competing in the huge indoor school. Having been last year, I had an idea of the course builders courses. Lots of turns and long distances in the combinations so we have been working on these factors. We had 3 in the team who have not travelled to Champs. before so it was very exciting for them. In the 1st round Bizzy/Sox and Sarah/Bob both just tipped a pole while Krista /Major and Sandra/Finn jumped clear. The course was then heighten and changed direction a bit. All the horses came out well but sadly all had 1 down to finish on a total of 16 faults which left them in 10th position. I think this is the first time we have had a showjumping team in the ribbons. I was so proud as they got over their initial nervousness and rode really well. We have several people to thank for their sponsorship Embroidery Elite Ltd., Beth McDonald, Kevin Crawford Events, Dunsdale Properties Ltd. and Dodson and Horrell who supplied the Haylage for the weekend. We all appreciate this help. Fiona and I also would like to thank the girls for their team spirit and their supporters who came along. I did mean to include in the thanks Les Smith who came up to Dryden and gave the dressage girls a test riding lesson . Also the consistency of the jumping team who have had training with myself and David Gatherer through the club during the last few months. Photos to follow.
February/March 2018 Newsletter
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New hat and body protector standards for 2018
EFRA HATRICK AT AREA 1 QUALIFIERS
Well that was some weekend for the club with all 3 teams winning their qualifiers at the BRC area 1 competitions held at SNEC and run really well by Lothians, The 80cms team of Sarah Brodie/Bob, Bizzie Flanagan/Sox,Sandra Grieve/Wanni and Krista Ainslie/Major Gibby all jumped really well and finished clear of Lothians. Then the 90cms team of Joyce Grigor/George, Kelly Mitchell/Buckle, Marita Gibson/Peri and Sarah Page/Candy all again outdid the other teams to win. I thought I was in dream land.!! Then the 100cms team of Christine Gray/ Diva, Frances Hislop/Jules, Kirsty Veitch/Jake and Jo Swanston/Nash did the hat trick.
Its the first time there has been 3 qualifier classes and just magic that we managed to win all three. It was great to have the enthusiasm from the girls and they have all worked towards this competition which is how you achieve success. It was also great to have so many new faces in the teams. So now we have a break until working towards the Championships at Arena UK in April.
Report from BRC Winter Championship at Keysoe, Bedford.
Our 2 teams of Trish Lockhart/AntrimMagic, Louise Clark/Coco, Sandra Smith Maxwell/Stormion and Sam Anderson/Cragsyde Sapphire represented us in the dressage and Louise with Aileen Firth/Made in Time and Sarah Page/Paper Classic represented us in the showjumping.
They travelled down on Friday in Gillies lovely lorry which took 8 hours so quite a trip. They were well supported by June and Stephen Page, Helen Bett and Jim with Fiona and myself as chefs!!!!!. There was a great atmosphere amongst everyone and all helping each other and many laughs.
The showjumping was, of course, up to Championship standard with 15 jumping efforts in the course, many changes of direction and varying distances. Unfortunately, they had poles on the ground in both rounds so were not involved in the jump off. However, I would like to say they all tried very hard and did not let us down.
Fiona was really pleased with the dressage girls who rode well up to their standard and although again out of the prizes did well and learnt a lot from the experience of a championship occasion. Louise jumped 2 rounds before her test so did really well to have the best mark from the team. Sam did a great job with Smokey as there was plenty to spook at but he kept his cool through most of the test. Sandra and Trish did solid tests to be marked well into the high 60%s.
We were really well kitted out with smart hoodies and jackets very kindly supplied through Aileen from Farne Salmon and Guthries. Many thanks to them and also to Aileen and Louise for raising money to help pay for this trip.
Jim Jeffery and Jean Wilson (nee Hogg)
It is with great sadness I write about the deaths of 2 of our oldest club members.
Jim Jeffrey was possibly a founder member of EFRA. It was thanks to Jim who encouraged my family to join in the late 1950s and what great fun we had. He had showjumping as his first love then and did a huge amount with his late wife Pat for the club. He built and Pat and he judged our showjumping classes for many many years with great enthusiasm and skill. Jim was always a real club enthusiast. Latterly, his health curtailed his judging but he was often to be seen at the local shows with Bruce and Shelagh surveying the showjumping courses. Our sympathy goes out to his family who will miss him greatly.
Jean Wilson,nee Hogg, lived for many years at Drydenburn and was another stalwart of the club in its early years. She rode and competed on a marvellous Fell pony called Roger. She loved him dearly and allowed us girls as we were then! to compete Roger the Lodger as he was affectionately known. Jean worked hard behind the scenes and helped to run our events. Latterly, she lived in Lanton village. She took ill about 2 weeks ago and passed away in the BGH last week. Our sympathy goes out to her family.
Winter/Spring Showjumping League 1 of 4 report by Louise Clark
We had a quiet day at the Show Jumping yesterday with people unable to come for various reasons, working, lame horses and people generally not feeling well and I'm sure others will have been busy with families but those who did come had a good day out I think (hope anyway!!)
Fyonnah built another good course with some testing turns which is always good. A huge thanks to Katie-Jo for judging and to Jo for writing and Karen and the kids for stewarding and pole picking and everyone else who did there bit to help, none of it would have happened with out you all!
Also a big Thanks to Gordon Newlands for taking some photos which are on this page!
The style class was won by Krista Hill on Wrdeg Major Gibby with Katie Scott being 2nd on Rob The Cob, with only 1 point in it!
The nursery was won by Joyce Grigor and Essenside George who had the fastest time, with Gavin MIllar and Duffy just 2 seconds behind (I think the length of legs made the difference there). Nikki Hall and Connor were 3rd and Katie Scott came in 4th with her 2nd horse Caelaverock.
We only had 1 turn up for the Novice but Lindsay and Raz jumped a lovely clear round.
The new jump stands bought by EFRA were a great success and means with back poles getting higher they don't look as scary! And I only heard positive feedback about a few fences in each round going up an extra hole.
Hopefully we will see more of you at the next Show Jumping on the 15th of January.
Winter League Showjumping 3 of 3 on 11th December 2016 report by Fyonnah Thomas
Today was the final leg in the EFRA Winter League Showjumping, a very friendly turnout of riders horses owners and helpers. Was great to have catering onsite which was organised by Sarah Brodie who is raising funds for her Willbery Wobblers Challenge in Dryden's new cafe. The bacon could be smelled in the gallery and hope that lots of people supported her charity.
The was a good competition atmosphere with a little adrenaline rush when the early competitor saw the different fillers placed at the sides of the fences today.
The competition also took a new angle in 4 course changes and most but not ALL managed to remember where they were going. Technicality toughened in the last course and riders upped their game to produce some fantastic jump off turns and angles over fences, which has been apparent in those who have recently been jumping in Annie's clinics at Dryden over the last few weeks.
A good win for Kirsta Hill, whos horse came in very spooky but soon focused on the job and did two super stylish clear rounds to win the Nursery competiton followed hotly by our newly famous tv star Katie Scott riding her new future eventer Caerlaverock
The novice had good entries with only 4 double clear rounds, double league points were up for grabs so #gameon Aileen really impressed with jumping fence 4 a hanging ladder oxer on the angle to make a tight turn round to the penultimate fence in the jump off and set a very hard time to beat. Many tried and it seems the bigger horses were having their day with Joyce Grigon coming a very close second
Intermediate was up for grabs with some established horses at this level so time was always going to be exiciting, unfortunately Amy had a second memory lapse and the course changes were just not for her this weekend but did entertain us by some very exeruberant jumping fence 6, she gets the prize for the biggest jump over a fence today, #wellsat It was a win for Christine Gray and her lovely grey mare Ettrick Diva who I'm sure is going to ask for a super open class one day and a very close second for Marita going really well with Darkwood Peri
The Open is always the best one to watch as riders are really #inittowinit, this was another course change and a much more twisty one and got all the horses really engaged, fences came thick and fast and made all the riders be sharp and accurate. After the first round we decided all 3 would jump off at the end. Christine was the only one to go clear and the winner with Sarah having 4 faults and Chloe 8, they all agreed that for fun they would jump off and between us all we put together a very competitive jumpoff, again it was to attempt to jump a hanging gate oxer on the angle round to an upright then over a wall with a very tight turn back to the final oxer, these are all on video and so impressive that I will hopefully get up on facebook tonight.
Huge thanks to all who came and supported EFRA again, its such a good event to watch hopefully more riders and spectators will come along in 2017
Area 1 Winter Showjumping Qualifiers - report by Anne Millar
Once again we had another successful raid on the Area qualifiers, this time it was the showjumping at Blue Ridge Equestrian. Our team of Louise Clark, Aileen Firth and Sarah Paige won the Area 1 Novice Winter showjumping qualifier they were the quickest team by 19 secs in the jump off. The Intermediate team of Marita Gibson, Amy Coltherd, Sarah Johnstone and Chloe Anderson were 2nd with Marita 2nd and Amy 6th individual. I just wanted to say how well these girls rode and were nicely competitive and positive which made my job much easier. It was so good to have some different members in the teams and also the 2 younger members in Chloe and Amy, All good for the future of the club and teams. The Novice show jumping team along with the Novice Dressage team now head for the British Championships at Keysoe, Bedford at the beginning of April. There are some interesting photos available from yesterday!! Cheers.
Area 1 Winter Novice Dressage Qualifier
Well the club has had a really good day at the Area 1 Novice dressage qualifier at SNEC. Fiona and l were thrilled with them all and they were so consistent in both warmup tests and in their team tests, The Teviot team of Trish Lockhart, Louise Clark, Carly Scott and late comer Sandra Smith Maxwell won!! The Ale (River NOT beer!!!) of Karen Gillie, Kelly Mitchell, Aileen Firth and Sarah Page were also good but just out of the placings. Well done girls,you have done us proud
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Area HT Team report
The club had a successful day yesterday at the Area 1 Horse trials qualifier held at Ivesley, Durham. The team of Sarah Johnstone/Mr Woody, Laura Sanderson/Tango in Paris, Jo Swanston/Gransha Lad and Frances Hislop/Justly Jules and have qualified for the Championships at Swalcliffe, Banbury on 5th to the 7th August. Individually Frances was 1st,Sarah was 2nd,Jo and Laura were 5th and 6th. So well done the girls.
The 90cm Championship class is run over 2 days with dressage and showjumping on the 1st day then roads and tracks, steeplechase and cross country on the second day. Lets hope we manage to send a team
Annual Getogether & Prizegiving 2016
The annual Getogether and Prizegiving took place on 26th February at The Woll, Ashkirk.
The Chairman welcomed everyone and thanked the committee for all their hard work during the year. She also thanked the landowners who generously allow us to use their ground for our events. Thanks also went to Timpendean Equestrian and Border Physiotherapy for sponsoring the Winter League events.
After supper the Winter League winners were presented with their awards. Last year’s recipients of the Catriona Arres Training Grant, Jo Swanston and Janet McRitchie, gave us a talk on how they used their grant.
The evening ended with one of Janet’s now famous quizzes – always great fun.
Winter League Winners 2015
Timpendean Equestrian Winter League Dressage
Walk/Trot – Sam Anderson & Oatfield Harry
Prelim (Class 2) – Helen Hermiston & Mr Bling
Prelim (Class 3) – Karen Gillie & Culsarus Inish Balu
Novice Class A - Karen Gillie & Culsarus Inish Balu
Novice Class B – Trish Lockhart & Antrim Magic
Elementary – Jane Aitken & The Rookie
Medium – Wendy Bell & Taktiform
Border Physiotherapy Clinic Winter League Showjumping
Nursery – Louise Clark & McAllish
Novice – Helen Bett & Elegance
Intermediate – Marita Gibson & Darkwood Peri
Open – Jo Swanston & Gransha Lad
Jean McAulay Cup - Combined Dressage and Showjumping – Laura Sanderson & Tango
Pitmedden Wilco Salver – Most points at Riddell events – Wendy Bell & Dark Orange
John Payne Memorial Trophy for most points throughout 2015 – Christine Gray & Ettrick Diva
INTERMEDIATE DRESSAGE QUALIFIER REPORT
The club sent a dressage team to the new Winter Intermediate Dressage Qualifier at Rockrose Equestrian Sports Centre, near Haddington on Sunday. We had great enthusiasm from the girls who wanted to take part and they all worked towards it and their efforts were rewarded by finishing a very close second to Almond RC. Louise Clark with Boo Diddley won their class and were 5th in a Novice Individual class. Fiona Busby with Fine China was 5th in her test. Jill King, replacing Laura Sanderson with Tango in Paris off on Friday with a poisoned foot, rode Mylo who was fairly fresh as Jill has been off with a bad back and nearly every competition she meant to go to was cancelled. Carolyn Gospel riding Willamy Twinkle was also well placed in her team test and was 2nd in her Individual test.
They had a very long day as there were huge entries and tests started at 9am and Fiona’s last test was 1845!!! So well done girls and if Louise and Carolyn decide to travel to Bury Farm for the finals we will all be wishing them well.
BHS Borders - Talk on Equine Obesity - 17th March inThe Edinburgh Suite, Peebles Hydro at 6.30 p.m. Click on link for more details
Love Eventing? Then you’ll love the BHS National Convention full of workshops, demos, discussions and speeches from experts in Eventing. Instructors, Coaches and all levels of riders welcome, counts as CPD. Come along for the day on March 7 to soak up wisdom from:
· Nick Turner FBHS – High Performance Manager for Eventing Ireland
· Event rider Ben Hobday
· FEI Dressage Judge Stephen Clarke FBHS
Nick Turner FBHS (Fellow of the British Horse Society) has a wealth of experience in many equestrian disciplines and specialises in eventing.In January 2013, Horse Sport Ireland announced the appointment of Nick as the new High Performance Manager for Eventing Ireland with the main objective of qualifying the Irish Eventing Team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Nick's other roles include being a founder member of the Coaching Development Team, BE Accredited coach and is a trainer RoR (Retraining of Racehorses). At the Convention, he’ll be delivering a demo at 1m and 1.2m with guinea pig riders over an indoor simulated cross country course to give you some great tips and advice on how you can improve your own or your clients skills.
Ben Hobday, the hugely popular event rider and social media personality who recently beat cancer, will be making an appearing at the Convention where he will deliver a motivational and inspirational speech – a brand new additional element to the National Convention agenda. With his abundant charisma, open communication and infectious personality, Ben has amassed a large following across the equestrian world. He will be joining us to share his stories and experiences as a successful event rider – it’s certain to be an entertaining and insightful addition to the Convention.
Stephen Clarke's career has taken him all over the world to all major dressage competitions including World Cup Finals, European Championships, World Equestrian Games and Olympic games including the London 2012 Olympics where he acted at President of the Grand Jury. His most recent achievement is his unanimous election as FEI Dressage Judge General by the 5* Judges present at the annual FEI 5* Judges seminar held in Paris in January. Stephen will be delivering an insightful demo on flatwork for you to go away and try at home.
Based at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, it’s guaranteed to be another insightful, sell-out day. Tickets are going fast so book yours now!
BODY PROTECTOR AND CRASH HAT RULES FOR 2016
There are new rules being brought in for 2016 for details please click on the links below if you are aiming for a team this year please look at the attachment
New Hat rules
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Area 1 Winter Dressage Qualifiers at SNEC – report by Louise Clark
Sunday saw Carly Scott, Lindsay Dun, Karen Gillie and I head up to SNEC to compete at the Novice Riding Club Area Dressage. The weather was horrendous for travelling, especially for Karen and Lindsay. It was whole water for the entire time we were there but thankfully the warm up and test were all indoors without having to go outside.
Carly and I were on first with our warm up test. Both Boo and Smithy both did lovely test with Smithy coming 5th and Boo won hers, they were able to have a wee break before we got them going again for their team test. We had some great warm up for our D2 test with the help from Fiona who got them both going really well. Carly finished on a great score of 64% finishing just out the placing’s in 7th place. Boo pulled of a PB of 74.4% finishing 3rd=.
Karen did her warm up test which went nicely and Connie went well taking everything in for her first trip to SNEC and came out of her warm up with 65%. Lindsay decided against a warm up test for Millie to conserve energy before her team test. Lindsay warmed up and Karen was able to put Connie away before getting her going again for their D10. They both had great help again from Fiona getting them going for their tests. Karen scored a fantastic score of 62.7% and Lindsay had wonderful score of 61%, unfortunately neither of them were placed.
It was a great experience for everyone involved and everyone was pleased with how their horses had gone, a great way of team bounding and competing against riders from other clubs in a relaxed competitive atmosphere. A huge thanks must go to Anne for sorting teams and Fiona for all the training beforehand and with the help warming up on the day.
TEAM REPORT AREA 1 WINTER QUALIFER NOVEMBER 2015
Having not had any teams to represent the club during the summer there was a tremendous response for the Winter Showjumping qualifiers. A novice and 2 Intermediates teams travelled to Morris Equestrian Centre on 9th November to represent us.
The novice team of Louise Clark/Ailisha, Paula Whitson/Sox, Jane Douglas/Sioux and Carly Scott/Smithy finished on a total score of 8faults for 5th place from 14 teams. Most of these horses are young and real novices so well done .
The Intermediates teams of Sandra Grieve/Splash n Dash, Emma Soeder/Spicey Lady, Jo Swanston/ Gransha Lad and Marita Gibson/ Darkwood Peri were the Ale team and the Teviot team was Cindy Fisher/ Macmillibi, Laura Sanderson/Tango in Paris, Pam Turnbull/ Lennon and Carolyn Gospel/Primitive Declaration . They all jumped really well and both finished on a score of 4 faults so aggregate times were taken and the Teviot team were 3rd and the Ale team were 4th. So near yet so far as one person said!!