Teams 2013


NewRoyal Leisure Novice Indoor Show Jumping Qualifier - 26th October

We sent 3 teams to the above qualifier, the teams were:-

Lyndsey Collins
Grace Limpus
Kat evans
Mandy Williams

Sally Randles
Maria Elliott
Sarah Savill
Claire Penfold

Louise Morrison
Helen Thomas
Ania Cox

This competition is over two rounds, some good rounds were jumped but unfortunately it was not our day with several poles rolled.

Thank you to everyone who took part and a big thank you to Steve (our chairman) and Rachel Bourner who spent the day picking up poles!!


London & South East Championships

Our horse trials team qualified for this championship which was held at Heath Farm, Godalming on 6th October having been placed at the May Area Qualifier held at Chilham.

The team were:

Robert Twilley on Lex Lugern
Eloise Kennett on Secrets Revenge
Claire Penfold on Slimm Jim and
Sophie Saunders on Lord Noir.

The weather was lovely and our team finished 7th overall which was a brilliant result.
Sophie also came 1st in her arena on a fantastic dressage score!

I would like to thank Loretta and Rob who fence judged all day as without sending helpers we cannot send teams to these events. Well done to all of you.

Christine Patrick  Team Organiser

Area Winter Dressage Qualifier

Well done to the members of both dressage teams who competed at Royal Leisure on 19th October. It was rather wet and windy for our early riders but the rain stopped for those in the afternoon.

Our team of:

Louise Morrison on Little Indian Warrior,
Julie Noble on Eris Diamond,
Bridgette Hoad on Patten,
Ania Cox on Starco,
Cheryl Hillman on Llanarth Granade,
Emily Gingell on Ragtime Rollo and
Lyndsey Collins on Rolling Rock

did us all proud with good tests ridden by everyone despite nerves and the weather.

Emily won in her arena, a fabulous result and her team were 7th equal out of 14 teams with our other team close behind.

Ann Pemberton Team Organiser

PS - Steve found out at Royal Leisure on the 26th for the Area show jumping that the indoor arena surface had been bought from the Olympic Park at Greenwich. So there is no wonder good tests were ridden when the likes of Valegro have competed on the same surface!

Area Dressage to Music Qualifier Sunday 21st July at Hadlow College

This year we had two entries for the qualifier, Maria Elliott on Morpheus and Louise Balch on Charlie Parker.
The whole affair was beset with problems from the beginning, starting with not being able to get hold of the actual schedule, which meant a panic rush to get the entries in on time, and then we could not get the dressage times until late on the Friday night.
In the end Louise did not go as she was having problems with Charlie in the heat but Maria still attended. Maria was doing a music test for the first time and there is a lot of work finding appropriate music and fitting in the required elements to make a show and impress the judges.
Murphy was a bit scared at the start as they played the music too loud but he did settle and they did a good test.
Maria said she enjoyed the experience and is raring to have another go!

Ann Pemberton –Team Organiser

London & South East Novice Championships 6th October

We are delighted to announce that our senior novice horse trials team have qualified for these Championships which are to be held near Godalming in Surrey.

The original team of three have been invited to take part. Eloise Kennett and Robert Twilley have confirmed they wish to go but unfortunately Liam cannot make the day. The organisers have confirmed we may substitute two members to produce a team of four which is great news!

Congratulations on qualifying, the club’s second championship attendance this year!

Christine Patrick – Team Organiser

Riding Club Championships experience by Katie Hickling

On the12th of May at Chilham Park I qualified to go to the Rding Club Champs Eventing!,

I was extremely thrilled as Twiggy Krafft is a fairly new ride of mine and qualifying for the championships was a great beginning !. The days for count down began! The championships were run in the long format so road and tracks were a big part of the competition, phase A, Phase B which was the steeple chase, phase C  roads and tracks again and phase D the cross country course. So making sure Twiggy had the stamina and endurance for the format was key. This meant exercising her everyday intensively to make sure she was fit enough and healthy enough to be able to pass the vet inspection at the end so she could go onto the final phase of which was cross country. After weeks of preparation the day finally came to begin our long journey to Swailcliffe Park in Oxfordshire.

I had been at the four day rallies all week with Jane Taggetts Troy Boy for Eridge Pony cCub, in prep for my B test which is at the end of the summer. So therefore I had to pack on Thursday night , by 10 oclock everything was packed including Twiggys teddy bear carrots and apples!, I had my Hailsham club goodybag with me and we were all set to go ! All tucked in very excited for the busy weekend ahead of us. In the morning we woke sleepy Twiggy and loaded her up to the last day of the rallies which Twigs wasn’t too impressed by, as she had to stand by our trailer all day watching little ponies dressed in fancy dress having lots of fun on the gymkhana. Kindly Anna Hollis a good friend of mine in the pony club and a member of the Sevenoaks Riding Club had offered me transport to the championships. We went straight from the rallies, travelling up sure was a great experience! talking to fellow lorry drivers with an ipad out the horse box window !!!, getting fat on chips and hobnobs. After a long 4 ½ hour journey we arrived at our destination!!! In our pj’s Anna and myself took Twiggy and Alfie (Anna’s horsey) to the stable management so they could clarify that our horses were the horses on the passports. Twiggy struck a pose when they looked her up and down. We then found our stables and settled the horses down for the night by which time it was 11 o’clock we finally had dinner in our warm caravan which my mum and dad brought up later on and had spaghetti Napoli with garlic bread, Full and excited for tomorrow we went to bed with sweet dreams.

The next morning we rose early to get the horses plaited and sparkling for the dressage and show jumping commencing that day. Of course Twigs had rolled in her poo so we had to sort the stains out!!We then met Malcolm and Steve who had amazingly come up all this way to support me which was very fully appreciated! We then had a cuppa before we headed to the Dressage arenas to begin the warm up. Twiggy warmed up very well and I felt prepared to go in and do my test! Even though it was my first time in a 20 by 60 arena (scary!!!)finally it was my turn to strut my stuff, before I began I gave a cheeky smile to the judge to get her on my good side ;), then the bell rang to start my test, butterfly’s filled my stomach ! The centre line seemed to go on forever and ever!!! It never ended! However Twigs produced a good test and gave us a good start of 32! putting us in 4th position in our arena. We then walked the cross country course on a high, (partially because we ran to the sweet shop and loaded up on sweets), The course was amazing it was set up like a mini Badminton it had a great lot of questions and amazing ground and a variety of different things, jumping hedges, skinny’s, technical distances, water, and ditches .Next was the showjumping, We produced a lovely clear so we retained our 4th place over night. The next morning we got up in the soggy weather to prepare for the road and tracks, steeple chase and cross-country! We went down to the stables to find a LAME TWIGGY !! UH OH! We walked her around hoping the lameness would vanish (it never did) however it did seem to get better, after inspections from the vet farrier and discussions from our fellow friends from Sevenoaks, we decided not to run her, we didn’t want to make the situation get any worse. Devastated both myself and Twiggy had to withdraw ourselves from the competition not knowing what our end result would have been. However I came home with a horse and that’s better than any prize as long as she gets better no matter how gutted we both felt there’s always another day. My friend Anna Hollis team came 3rd overall and she came 8th individually, well done ANNA ! Thanks for all your support you’ve been great and I hope I will be able to represent you in another champs one day !

Katie Hickling

BRC Horse Trials Championships, Grange Farm, Nr Banbury, Oxfordshire

The Championships took place over the weekend 2nd to 4th August and this year we were proudly represented by junior member Katie Hickling and her lovely horse Twiggy Krafft.

Katie had qualified at the Area Qualifier held at Chilham Park in Kent, the qualification was in BRC 100 which at the Championships is held over two days and includes roads and tracks and a steeplechase course as well as the usual dressage, show jumping and cross country!

Katie and family travelled up on the Friday with a junior member of Sevenoaks RC and had a chance to settle in to the stables before Saturday’s dressage and jumping tests followed by full cross country briefing for Sunday’s test.

Twiggy Krafft performed a 32 penalty test which stood her in good stead before the show jumping which took place late afternoon and where they went clear. This put Katie in 4th place in her arena and 8th overall overnight!

Unfortunately Twiggy was not 100% sound on Sunday morning and regrettably but sensibly the decision was made to withdraw. This was a huge disappointment for Katie and the family as you can imagine.

We must all hope that Twiggy returns to full fitness very shortly and trust that she and Katie have the opportunity to qualify for the 2014 Championships.

Steve Townsend – Club Chairman

Royal International Horse Show 4th August

This year we were able to send Five Teams!! A total of 92 teams jumped this year. The teams were:-

Gail Taylor, Mike Bunting and Sophie Saunders

Christine Patrick, Leianne Balcombe and Louise Morrison

Helen Thomas, Nicole Allen and Rob Twilley

Jane Howard, Katie Toppin and Francesca Oliver

Lyndsey Collins, Jo Carr and Verity Wise

This year we jumped in ring 4 which is the new all weather surface a fantastic ring to jump in, we started with the 85cm horses in which Helen, Christine and Jane all jumped clear.  The fences were raised for the 2nd round 95cm in which we were unlucky with a few rolled poles.  The fences were then set for the 1.05 where clear rounds were very hard to come by, we had Verity and Francesca jump two superb clear rounds.

Although unplaced all our teams did finish in the top third of the competition with a lot of other teams completing on elimination scores.

A big thank you to all who jumped and to those who came along to cheer us on, it was great to have new members and junior members compete as well as our regular members and I hope everyone enjoyed the day!!

Jackie Collins –Team Organiser

Felbridge Team Show Jumping Qualifier 23rd June

This year we were able to send two senior novice teams and an Intermediate team, one senior Style Individual and a junior intermediate individual.

Our Novice teams were

Lyndsey Collins
Sarah Savill
Rachel Bourner

Jackie Collins
Helen Thomas
Maria Elliott
Charlotte Rumary

We each had to jump two rounds, although unplaced some good rounds were jumped with the odd pole falling, Helen jumped two lovely clear rounds but decided not to contest the jump off due to how long a day it had been. The competition started at 10.15am and was still going after 5pm!!!

Our Intermediate team were

Eloise Kennett
Louise Morrison
Leianne Baulcombe
Rob Twilley

This was also over two rounds.  Our team finished 2nd!!!  With Leianne finishing in 3rd place individually with Louise 5th a great result!!

Senior Style

Our style rider was Rachel Bourner who had to jump a course of fences and was judged on her style, presentation to fences and rhythm.  Rachel was delighted to find that she had come 3rd another great result!!

Junior Intermediate

Nicole Allen was our only junior who also had to jump over two rounds which was over quite a sizeable course which caused a fair few problems.

A big thank you to all members who jumped for making it a very enjoyable day!! Special thanks to Loretta who had to be Gate Steward from 8am!! And to my other half for being arena party without these helpers we would not be able to compete.

Area Dressage Qualifier Sunday 16th June at Speedgate Farm, Faversham, Kent

This qualifier posed several problems, namely the distance and that it was held more than a month earlier than usual, so getting a team together was not going to be easy.

In fact no arms had to be twisted and we sent a senior Novice team consisting of:

Jan Burdon on Maya
Maria Elliott on Morpheus
Louise Morrison on Little Indian Warrior
Julie Noble on Eris Diamond.

On the day the warm up was on grass, which was not the best thanks to the spring weather, but the organisers managed to have three team members ride on a surface and only one on grass.

Our team did very well coming 8th out of 18 teams with Louise finishing 2rd in her arena, Maria 6th in hers and Jan and Julie just out of the places. I would like to thank Jan, Julie, Louise and Maria for so ably representing the club.

Ann Pemberton –Team Organiser

Area Horse Trials Qualifier Sunday 12th May at Chilham Park, Kent

We sent one senior team of three members at 90cm who were:

Eloise Kennett on Secrets Revenge
Robert |Twilley on Lex Lugern
Liam Cornford on Trevoulter Brenippy.

The team were unplaced but all had a great time with Eloise finishing 8th and Liam 7th in their respective arenas. Liam had a perfect 10 for his free walk so very well done to him. Amazing to get a 10!!

We had two individual seniors representing the club at 80cm who were:

Grace Limpus on Flying Colours
Lyndsey Collins on Rolling Rock.

Both had an enjoyable day and loved the venue.

We had one junior competing at 90cm:

Imogen Long on Foxden Half Pint

who went absolutely brilliantly and finished in 2nd place; well done to them they had a great day!

We also had one junior competing at 100cm:

Katie Hickling on Twiggy Krafft.

They also went brilliantly and finished 3rd in their arena and have qualified for the BRC Horse Trials Championships in Oxfordshire in early August. The 100cm championship is run over 2 days and we wish them all the best luck in the world.  Congratulations Katie!!

I would also like to thank Mandy Williams who fence judged with me all day which was very much appreciated.

Chris Patrick – Team Organiser

Combined Training Teams at Felbridge - 21st April

The first of this year’s Area Qualifiers took place on a nice sunny day, 21st April at Felbridge.

Our teams were:-

Hailsham Hooligans –
Mandy Williams & Ragtime Rolo
Anna Taylor & Lancelot
Sophie Evans & Bengiman
Rachel Bourner & Nelson

Hailsham Harriers –
Kay Kitson & Chapelhouse Right Said Fred
Stacey Ryan & Slim Jim
Eloise Kennett & Secret
Katie Toppin & Renbrack Burn

After some nice dressage Tests, a few poles rolled in the showjumping phase. I think the numerous hours wait between phases did not help!! Unfortunately neither team were placed this year but it was great to meet new members and everyone left with a smile on their faces.

Thank you to Jackie Collins for being the helper for the day (teams cannot compete unless they provide at least one helper per team!!).

Also big thanks to all the supporters that attend to support our teams. Roll on the next lot of Qualifiers.

Loretta Bentley

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