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2015 Dressage Teams Report

Congratulations to everyone who represented the club in 2015, you were all great ambassadors for the club and we had an amazing year!

We look forward to your support and lots more fun and success in 2016.

NAF National and London & South East Dressage and Riding Test Qualifier 11th July 2015, Pachesham

This year the qualifier was held on a very hot day at Pachesham. Unfortunately it was the same weekend as Newlands Corner Riding Club’s camp but that didn’t put Alison Warne and Ruby off! They flew the flag for us at both the qualifier and camp, in great style.

We must say an extra special thank you to Alison van Wordragen who acted as our team helper.

Competing for the team in the qualifier for the London & South East championship and the Senior National Prelim Dressage were Felicity Govas with Halfrena Sam, Alison Warne with Ruby, Lisa Smith with Twilight Samba and Emily Taggart with Too Cool For School.

In the L&SE section they won! Felicity was 7th in her arena, Ruby was 2nd with a score of 79.05%! Lisa was 6th and Emily was 8th. A fantastic achievement, especially considering Lisa’s and Emily’s horses scored 71%, both are in their first year of competing and had never been to Pachesham before!

In the National Prelim dressage qualifier the team was second (beaten by just one point!), with Felicity in 6th place, Alison in 2nd place, Lisa in 5th place and Emily in 6th place in their respective arenas.

The same team was also second in the L&SE Riding Test qualifier.

In the National Riding Test qualifier our team of Felicity, Lisa, Lorraine and Jenny was placed 4th.

In the Senior National Open Dressage qualifier, we had Nicola Kennard on Castlemoon Rebel, Lorraine Holloway on Chinnor Hamlet, Emily Taggart on Cloueast Miller and Jenny Moxham on Harry Hotspot. Nicola, Lorraine and Emily were 2nd in their arenas and Jenny was 5th which meant they won the team event and qualified for Lincoln!

What an amazing day for everyone! Well done ladies!

September 12th NAF National Championships, Lincoln Showground

In September the team made the long journey to Lincoln to compete at the amazing NAF National Championships in the Senior Open Dressage competition. Camping was fun and, as usual, the Newlands Corner Team was on good form, naturally helped by some bubbly as we pitched the gazebo! Lorraine kindly provided the food and looked after us all as well as producing a brilliant test with Hamlet to be placed 9th in their arena. All riders and their horses were impeccably turned out and were a real credit to the club. We didn’t quite make the top ten this time but all agreed it was a fantastic and inspiring event to take part in.

26th September London & South East Championships, Snowball Farm

Alison Warne, Felicity Govas and Lisa Smith were once again flying the flag for Newlands Corner, this time at Snowball Farm, Berkshire.

In the Riding Test, Lisa Smith with Twilight Samba scored 80.91% and won their section, Felicity with Halfrena Sam scored 68.18% (12th), and Alison Warne with Ruby scored 65.45% (5th).
The team came 4th overall.

In the dressage the team was placed 10th with Alison and Ruby scoring 73% for 3rd place, Lisa on 65.4% in 15th place and Felicity scoring 62.2%.

Special thanks to Jo Quelch who volunteered as our dedicated helper that day.

2nd October National Dressage to Music Championships, Bury Farm

Caroline Brougham and Alfie had a fabulous day at Bury Farm and won their warm-up class. They were just pipped to first place by the final competitor in the Medium/Advanced Medium Dressage to Music Championship; but won a numnah and 10 bags of Verdo Horse Bedding.

Huge congratulations to Caroline and Alfie, for second place, a great result!

18th October London and South East Novice Dressage to Music Championships, Sands Farm, West Sussex

Nicola Kennard with Castlemoon Rebel, Lorraine Holloway with Chinnor Hamlet and Sue Davis with Salviano qualified for this championship.

Sue was 4th in the Elementary class, Nicola was 3rd and Lorraine was 5th in the Novice class. Congratulations to Nicola and Moon who won the Pas Seul.

11 October National Winter Dressage Qualifier, Merrist Wood

Once again, we had a powerful presence, fielding four teams at the Merrist Wood qualifier, sponsored by Blue Square and Surrey Equine Massage.

The standard was very high and we had some brilliant results - Lorraine with Hamlet and Emily with Lola were placed second in their sections; Alison with Ruby and Kim with Mac were both fourth in their sections.

Emily Taggart had a busy day with three inexperienced horses who all performed exceptionally well for her and she qualified for the national final, which will be held in Keysoe, with Too Cool for School (Lola) – a remarkable achievement as it was Lola’s first outing to Merrist Wood!

It was lovely to see so many friendly faces and regular team members at this event and we welcomed Sam Smith and Highland Dancer to the teams for the first time and they were a real credit to us, coming fifth in their arena.

The Shiraz team was placed second, the Prosecco team was third, the Pinot Grigio team was fourth and the Merlot team was seventh.

The teams were:

Pinot Grigio Team
Alison Warne – Ruby
Lisa Smith – Twilight Samba
Caroline Brougham – Burwood Fuzzy
Sue Brougham – Kittle Eclipse

Merlot Team
Emily Taggart – Faruq Aldrup
Emily O’Dell – Mr Flynn
Nicola Kennard – Castlemoon Rebel
Sue Davies – Salviano

Prosecco Team
Emily Taggart – Three Devils II
Felicity Govas – Halfrena Sam
Kim Carey – Sharkhams Real McCoy
Lorraine Holloway – Chinnor Hamlet

Shiraz Team
Emily Taggart – Too Cool for School
Sam Smith – Highland Dancer
Lorraine Terry – Memphis 66
Jenny Moxham – Harry Hotspot
2nd August - British Riding Clubs Teams of Three Showjumping at Hickstead

It was 7am on Sunday 2nd August 2015 when we arrived at Hickstead for the British Riding Clubs Teams of Three SJ. It had been a stressful lead up to the competition with horse withdrawals and competition passes being sent to a random address in East London , but NCRC had a team of three none the less so we were there to do our best.

The event is held at the Royal International Horse Show on the most popular day of the week, King George V Gold Cup day…. So this is a big deal!

The teams are made up of three horses and riders; one Novice combination jumping 85cm, one Intermediate combination jumping 95cm and one Open combination jumping 1.05m. Each combination rides one round against the clock. The team with the fewest combined faults and fastest combined time wins.

Debs Linscott arrived first having managed to negotiate her way around the road closures for the London/Surrey Bike ride, and we managed to meet to walk the course (which is the same for all). We were drawn 53RD out of 121 teams, which by anyone’s standards is a fair few people!
We watched a few and they were running ahead of expected time, and it was a very slick affair of getting one waiting in a ‘lane’ whilst another was jumping and whizzing them one after the other very quickly. The course was nice, with two doubles, a few uprights and some nice wide oxers but with a few options to cut inside if needed.

Debs had brought Connor over to the ring to get used to the atmosphere and have a reminder of the course, by this time Cally Ingram and Kay had arrived to cheer her on. After a warm up, Debs was in… they jumped superbly with Connor taking strides out where he saw fit! They had finished clear with a quick time so the team were nicely set up and the supporters were as usual in full voice.

We had a four hour wait until Cally and Otter so, we had a wander around the shops and watched a few more teams go. There were a few eliminations, falls and faults so we realised Debs had done really well.

The ever calm and jovial Cally was up next with the stunning Otter – her instructions were ‘ride every jump and don’t knock one down!’ Not sure how helpful I was there but it seemed to do the trick as Cally produced a beautifully fluent round to get another clear inside the time.
We then discovered after the second rounds, NCRC were one of only 11 teams to go double clear…. We were in with a shot of a placing and prize money if all went to plan in the third round.

Another four hours later… bit of lunch this time and 15 mins watching the big guns in the main arena…

We had seen a couple of the teams who had gone clear get some faults so we were confident if we could get another clear we would do well.
Emily Taggart was trying to keep the excitable Miller calm and collected in the atmosphere and small warm up arena. Emily did a beautiful job of keeping him happy and with his mind on the job. The buzzer went, and all the NCRC supporters had to stand in the same place they had stood to watch the others (superstition and all J) and all held a collective breath. Miller rubbed fence 3 to make us all wince but then jumped the rest superbly cleanly to get our third clear! Once again the sound of the supporters was loud and we were so proud of our little club and this team we had managed to cobble together.

We went into 3rd and knew we had a lot more teams to go so we were hanging onto that spot until we eventually dropped to 4th overall. So we were once again superb and came 4th out of 121 teams which is unbelievable and has left me incredibly proud of everyone.

I need to thank Andy, Kay and Jenny for all their help and support and for holding dogs, horses etc whenever we needed them to. It was a very long day for us but it is always forgotten when we get a great result. Thanks to Emily for standing in at the last minute, for Cally getting up so early to avoid the road closures and to Debs for bringing Randy Ralph the dog, who kept us very amused during the 2hr wait for the results and presentation!


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28th June - London and South East and National Dressage to Music Qualifier at Plumpton College

What a successful day we had. Everyone turned up in plenty of time for their classes. Lorraine Holloway and Chinnor Hamlet warmed up beautifully and did a very accomplished and polished test. They came second and just missed qualifying for the National Championships by two marks but still qualified for the London and South East Novice Championships.

Nicola Kennard and Castlemoon Rebel again looked fantastic in the warm up and started their test looking amazing but unfortunately as they went into canter they were right by the speaker and Moon became unsettled due to the sudden noise and vibration. They still managed to qualify for the London and South East Novice Championships by coming fourth. They then went on to compete in the Pas Seul. Nicola looked gorgeous in her Spanish Lady outfit and Moon looked more than happy to be covered in beautiful flowers. They produced a faultless test and came first and qualified for the London and South East Championships.

Sue Davis and Salviano competed in the Elementary qualifier and Savvy tried really hard and appeared much more relaxed and ridable. There were a couple of minor mistakes which he recovered from quickly and they secured fifth place and qualified for the London and South East Elementary Championships.

Caroline Brougham with Diliccoi aka Alfie claimed that she had no idea where she was going in her test but managed a very impressive and almost foot perfect performance to take first prize and qualify for the Medium National Championships at Bury Farm.

What an amazing performance from all our NCRC girls, well done to all four of you.

31 May - Festival of the Horse Championships at Aston le Walls

Our team travelled to Aston le Walls in Northamptonshire for May 31st. They were, Alison Warne and Ruby, Sue Brougham and Burwood Fuzzy, Debs Linscott and Clifden Conman(Connor) and as Caroline Brougham and Gunner were unable to go, Georgina Howse and Aselia were reserves.

Alison and Ruby were 2nd to go in their arena - 8.34am. so they went up the day before rather than getting up in the middle of the night. The classes took place on surfaces. 2 massive new surfaces have been put down with a water complex between them, set up beautifully for arena eventing. Alison and Ruby as we have come to expect did a very good prelim test and fast clear showjumping. Sue and Fuzzy did the same. Debs and Connor put in a super novice test and clear showjumping, George and Aselia did a lovely test but had a pole down.

Our arena placings were fantastic, Fuzzy 3rd, Ruby 6th, Connor 7th and Aselia 17th.

As always at these occasions it takes ages for the results to come up as at the top it is so close. Finally we were placed 2nd on 16, behind the winners on 10. 3rd & 4th were split on 23 and 4th and 5th were split on 25, 6th & 7th were split on 27. Apart from the top two how incredibly close was that!

At last the prize giving took place, thank goodness we had some pink wine and chocolate brownies while we waited, and we set off back home about 6.30. After a long but very successful day.

Many thanks to Kim Carey and George`s family who came to support and cheer us on.

Another great NCRC Championship.

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23 May - Horse Trials Qualifiers at Coombelands, Pulborough

The qualifiers took place at Coombelands, Pulborough on May 23rd.

Helen Rance was our 80cm individual but her car broke down so she did not compete.

We had a team of 3 in the 90cm, Emma Thompson and Good Buy Dubai who did a respectable dressage of 37 with 1 down showjumping and clear cross country but sadly they were not placed. Cally Ingram and Woodlands PulsingH and Catherine Thompson and Its Clover Road, both scored 39 in the dressage, Cally had 1 down showjumping and uncharacteristicly lost her way cross country so was eliminated. Catherine didn`t have a happy time show jumping and also were eliminated cross country.

Our stars of the day were Lucy Savage and Wildwinds Toccata competing as individuals in the 100cm. They scored a good 31 dressage had an unlucky pole down showjumping and went fast and clear cross country to be placed 3rd.

As the winning club are unable to field a full team, Lucy has been invited to take part in the Area 11 team at the Championships at Swalcliffe in Oxfordshire, 7th - 9th August. This class is run as a long format 3 day event which is very unusual these days, and will be great fun. GOOD LUCK Lucy and Sparkle (aged 20)

Many thanks to our team helpers on the day, Pat Battams and Alison Warne.

19 April - Festival of the Horse Qualifiers at Heath Farm, Munstead

We had a Combined Training team made up of Sue Brougham and her very new horse Burwood Fuzzy, Alison Warne and Ruby, Debs Linscott and Clifden Conman, aka Connor and Caroline Brougham with Burwood Gunner.
Sue and Alison rode the Prelim test and jumped 75 cms, they both performed very good tests and jumped clear
though they both had time penalties, the time was very tight and only a few went inside it.
Debs and Caroline also did very good novice tests and jumped 85cms clear and with no time penalties.
Alison was 3rd in her arena with Sue in 5th so things were getting exciting!
Debs was 2nd in her arena with Caroline in 3rd an amazing result.

The team had won very convincingly on 8 points, well ahead of Elstead Red on 15 points and qualified for the Championships at Aston le Walls. Very well done everyone.

We also had a team in the Foth Challenge at 90cms, Kim Carey and Sharkhams Real McCoy, Cally Ingram and
Woodlands Pulsing H, Lucy Savage and Wildwinds Toccata and Catherine Thompson with Its Clover Road.
Kim and Cally produced super clear rounds to be placed 3rd and 5th. Lucy also went clear but had a hatfull of time penalties for going too fast! She actually went round at 1m. speed which was very costly. Catherine and her inexperienced young horse had some problems on the course, but did finish.

Kim and Lucy joined forces to compete in the 90cms. Pairs Challenge, with Kim and Mac`s steadying influence they went very well together to come 3rd.

Many thanks to Jenny Dodds and Maria Chapman for being our team helpers all day.

3 April - Team Friendly competition at Merrist Wood

We sent two teams to the Team Friendly competition at Merrist Wood on 3rd April.

The Pino Grigio team members were Felicity Govas riding Halfrena, Gabby May riding Lady Savannah and Lorraine Hollaway riding Chinnor. The Prosecco team members were Geogina Howes riding Aselia, Stephanie Garrett riding Once in a lifetime and Sally Bakhuizen riding Kilgar.

Caroline was team manager for the morning but she had to travel with our other dressage team who had qualified for the finals at Hartpury so Jackie and I stood in as Team Managers for the afternoon.

Our job was made very easy as all our members turn up on time well prepared and warmed up ready to go and produce fantastic results. What a result we had with our Pino Grigio team coming equal 1st with Elstead. What a start to the season, well done to all our team members and their helpers. You make us very proud to be members of Newlands Corner Riding Club.
Felicity Govas
Gabby May
Lorraine Hollaway

Individually 1st
Individually 6th
Pino Grigio
Pino Grigio
Pino Grigio
Georgina Howse
Stephanie Garrett
Sally Bakhuizen

Individually 5th
3-4 April - Newlands Corner Riding Club Dressage Team at Hartpury

It was with great excitement that the 'Prosecco' dressage team (Nichol Dew, Debs Linscott, Sue Brougham and Kathryn Blowers) who qualified at Merrist Wood in November - plus a merry band of supporters - headed down to Hartpury on Friday 3rd April for the British Riding Club Winter National Championships.

The arrival was even more joyous as we received news that another of our dressage teams (the Pinot Grigio team), consisting of Lorraine Holloway, Gabbie May and Felicity Govas, competing back in Surrey, had just been announced joint winners at the Area 11 Winter Friendly (2) at Merrist Wood!

Everyone had a fairly smooth journey to Gloucestershire despite some Good Friday traffic, and the Newlands Corner horses were all stabled together in the college's super facilities. Lots of the riders and supporters stayed on the college campus in the comfortable student accommodation.

Once everyone and their horses were settled in, the teams and supporters headed to the pub that night, organized in advance by our super-efficient team manager Caroline May, for a customary NCRC 'team building' evening. Naturally, we had a brilliant time and wonderful food!

Despite the revelry of the night before, we started early Saturday morning, proudly watching our team members and encouraging each other, living up to our somewhat raucous reputation with the loudest cheers and most excitable supporters.

The dressage started bright and early with Nichol and Hippo up first and looking stunning as always. They did a splendid test but a slight stumble put them just outside the top ten. Debs and darling Connor (amazingly doing the double with the showjumping team) also did a lovely test but a little error of course led to Debs having a very amusing conversation with the judge and, despite her inimitable charm, she lost a couple of points there. Third to go was Sue and, unfortunately, by this time the wind had got quite strong - there were some unhelpful flags and untold spookiness very close to the arena which poor Kit found terrifying - sadly they were unable to complete their test. The team had great sympathy for Sue and we were all in awe of her stick-ability in some tricky moments.

Last to go was Kathryn, riding Urome de Jolie. They did a wonderful test and took second place as individuals with a score 73.75% - an emotional achievement as lovely 'Rome' was going to be retired but has, thankfully, made an exceptional recovery from injury. Obviously the support crew were at their most animated for the last prize-giving of the day with Nichol and Hippo cheering from the lorry park too.

We were so proud of our dressage team but they just missed out on the ribbons and were placed 12th.

Wow, what an amazing achievement to get there and what a great time we all had. Well done everyone!

3 April - British Riding Clubs Winter National Championships - Showjumping

The small club does good!

Wow what a weekend!
If you follow @NCRidingClub on twitter you will have received regular updates and photos, but for those who don’t here is a cut down report.
On Friday 3rd April, the dressage and Novice SJ teams headed down to Hartpury College for the British Riding Clubs Winter National Championships.

The horses were all stabled next to each other in the college’s lovely facilities so they were happy. The teams and all of the support crew headed to the pub that night for team building and to generally encourage each other to have a wonderful time and ‘just enjoy’ the experience.
Early Saturday morning was the first round of the SJ. We all walked the course and agreed it was tight and bright with some rather sharp turns including a very airy plank treble, but we had had a good practice with twisty courses at Sands Farm in the qualifier, so I was hopeful that we would do well.
Debs Linscott and Connor were up first, it was a beautiful flowing round and they made the twists and turns look easy. It is appropriate to say now, that our teams and supporters were definitely the best and very vocal, so Debs was greeted by a huge cheer as she finished clear.
Second to go was Kim Carey and the adorable Mac, they warmed up beautifully and went into the arena, Mac was too busy gawping at the (very close) crowd to notice the first jump and unfortunately just tapped it but they had a lovely rest of the round to finish on 4 faults.
There was a break in proceedings so we headed off to support the dressage team, have breakfast, shop and enjoy being there.
Alison Warne and Ruby were up next, Alison was confident and Ruby was very excited about being on the big stage, they put in a foot perfect round to come out clear.
Caroline Brougham and Gunner knew they needed a clear round to keep us in the mix, the most unflappable pair I have ever met, popped round the course using Gunner’s unique canter, trot, jump style to scare all of the supporters and came out clear… we were absolutely thrilled.
So there was a lunch break, where we could ‘relax’ and check the scores. Out of 27 teams entered, 14 (including us) were going forward to the second round on a clear score. We could do no more than that… team instructions were same again please.
The second course was walked and it had been cranked up but the turns were slightly kinder and there were some more additions to fillers and width.
After lunch, Debs was back on and was reassured that her and Connor were amazing as they headed off into the arena. This pairing were once again awesome and with Debs adding some pony club kicks, Connor just kept jumping wider and higher to finish clear. We were all over the moon as she had set us up well.
Second in, Kim and Mac, did a beautiful and flowing round but got in just too close to one after having to ride a very tight turn from the gallery end, to tap a pole and end on 4 faults. It was so unlucky and both horse and rider didn’t deserve it as it really was the lightest of touches.
Alison was up next and she snuck in a bit early so surprised some of our supporters. They flew round the course effortlessly and it was the best I have ever seen them go, a real pleasure to watch and ended in a clear.
I didn’t dare think about what could happen if Caroline went clear.
So Caroline was determined that Gunner wouldn’t trot into any jumps and add his own sparkle to the already tense situation, she geed him up in the warm up and produced a super smooth round with a clear!

We were all ecstatic, emotional and overwhelmed as we were through to the jump off.
A very rushed and quick turnaround, boots, tack and riders all thrown on to the very patient ponies and we were back into the warm up to await the jump off course. As we arrived, we discovered that only 3 teams had gone clear in the second round.
Team instructions were, just go out and enjoy this and realise we are at the National Championships and we have already done so well.
Debs went in and flew round but unfortunately had 4 faults, Kim finally got her clear round, Alison enjoyed her third clear of the day and Caroline had 4 faults. We had come third and what an achievement.
We had a presentation in the big outdoor arena, where the team received a beautiful rosette, prizes and importantly an Easter egg, I am proud to say the support crew managed to cheer the loudest again. Lots of photos were taken and memories made.
I can’t explain how nervous, anxious, excited, proud and emotional I was watching this team of horses and riders achieve third best novice SJ team in the country. It was an absolute honour to be their Team Manager and a part of the whole experience. WELL DONE!
I am off for a lay down as my heart can’t cope with that tension again for a little while J

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The SJ team with their rosettes

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The SJ Team ready to go

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The supporters

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The helpers

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Both the Dressage and SJ team and their managers

29 March - Winter Intermediate Dressage National Qualifier

The first show of the 2015 season for our dressage teams was the Area 11 Winter Intermediate Dressage National Qualifier, held at Merrist Wood on Sunday 29 March.

Newlands Corner Riding Club entered four teams and had a very powerful presence. All of our team members and their horses were extremely well turned out and were a real credit to the club. As always, everyone gave it their best shot and it was great to see so many friendly faces.

The Pinot Grigio team was the highest placed NCRC team and came third, the Shiraz team came fifth and the Prosecco team came sixth.

In the Elementary section, NCRC dominated the class with Nichol winning (and qualifying for the National championship as an individual), Sue Davis coming second, Jenny Moxham third and Kim Carey fifth.

We had a good range of individual placings in the remaining classes, too, with Alison Warne being placed 4th and Felicity Govas 6th in the Preliminary test. In Novice 28 Sarah Goody was 4th and in Novice 34 Lorraine Holloway was also 4th and Kathryn Blowers was 6th.

Well done everyone!

The teams were as follows:

Pinot Grigio Team
Alison Warne & Ruby
Sarah Goody & Diamond Clover Echo
Serrie Hurst & Classic Mareico
Jenny Moxham & Harry Hotspot

Shiraz Team
Felicity Govas & Hafrena Sam
Gabbie May & Lady Savanna
Lorraine Holloway & Chinnor Hamlet
Kim Carey & Sharkhams Real McCoy

Prosecco Team
Debs Linscott & Clifden Conman
Georgina Howse & Goodness Gracious Me
Kathryn Blowers & Urome de Jolie
Nichol Dew & Hippolytus van T&L

Merlot Team
Helen Rance & Small World
Emily O'Dell & Mr Flynn
Sue Davis & Salviano
22 February - National Winter Novice Showjumping Qualifier - Sands Farm

A cold but sunny day greeted the NCRC SJ team today at Sands Farm for the Winter Novice Qualifier.

The course was interesting with some long related distances and some very sharp wiggly turns.

Debs Linscott was first in and rode a really determined round to go clear. Kim Carey was up next for us and cruised round for a great clear with the very happy Mac. Alison Warne went third for the team and had a foot perfect round resulting in a clear. Caroline Brougham was 4th for us and just had an unlucky 4 faults two jumps from home. This left our team in the lead as the only team to have three clear rounds, so we were over the moon.

As the team walked the second round, it was clear that the jumps were whacked up to the 'maximum' height. Again, Debs was in first and rode an incredibly determined round finishing clear. Kim rode another beautifully judged round with a clear. Alison was in next and had some confusion with Ruby which ended in 4 faults. There was a lot of pressure on Caroline in the last round as we needed a clear to win outright... A rather stressful clear was delivered much to our relief so we won!!

So we are overjoyed to be off to Hartpury College over the Easter weekend to challenge the National Novice Winter Show Jumping Championships.

Well done to all the riders and the lovely horses for today, let's look forward to April.

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