Team reports will appear below for 2013 after each event
See Team Report Archive for previous years

Royal Windsor Horse Show - British Riding Clubs Top Score Show Jumping
9th and 10th May

These championships are split into two classes: Novice and Intermediate and take the form of a top score competition. Each jump is allocated a point score and competitors are given 1 minute to accumulate as many points as possible. This year we were represented in both classes. Our Novice competitors were Matthew Warne on Ruby and Babu Saha on U2 (Harry). Our Intermediate competitor was Lisa Smith on Ringfort Respect (Woody). Competitors must qualify to take part by finishing in the top three at the area qualifier. The top three also form an Area team.

The Novice competition took place on the Thursday, which turned out to be freezing cold and very windy. Sand bags were deployed on all the wings in an attempt to prevent them blowing over. This was not entirely successful as at one point the entire course blew over! The inter hunt relay competition was taking place in the arena next door, so lots of horses were flying around in various directions. It looked like carnage from what I saw, I have never seen so many people fall off in one competition! The arrival of the miniature ponies into the showing ring also caused a lot of snorting and eyes out on stalks. Luckily, both our horses were impeccably behaved and performed brilliantly. Matthew and Babu had come first and second in the qualifier, and were joined in the Area team by Laura from Farnham. The competition was hard fought. Matthew and Ruby jumped clear, but were just out of the rosettes. Babu and Harry made a valiant attempt, but were also unplaced. Laura was going very well until having an unlucky fall, which unfortunately meant elimination of the whole team.

The Intermediate competition took place on the Friday. Woody grew to over 19hh when the coaches and four appeared next to the warm up arena! Luckily, it did not upset him too much and they put together a fantastic round, going into the lead at that point, but it was a long wait to see if they would be placed. At 17’3½”, Woody is not really designed for twisty lines but he was brilliant and they were in contention for the whole class. The other Area 11 team members (Kevin from North Downs and David from Elstead) also completed good rounds and we felt in with a chance of a placing there as well. The competition ended and the announcement came…. Lisa and Woody were 8th individually and the team was 2nd. At this point the Kings Troop arrived with all their gun carriages to perform in the main arena. We were then told they would be firing their guns and then leaving the arena at a gallop! The horses awaiting their presentation moved away into the stabling area while all this occurred, but I have to say they were all very good and the guns did not seem to upset them very much at all.

A big thank you and well done to all our team members, you were all great.

Caroline
The Festival Of The Horse Challenge Qualifier 7th April 2013

This competition took place at Fairoak, Rogate. Hampshire on April 7th. As the weather this Spring was so very cold and wet, people have struggled to get their horses fit and schooled and this Qualifier came too early for some. Matt Warne and Ruby and Angela Medland with Nocona Red Cloud were ready to have a go.

The Challenge is an eventers challenge consisting of a round of showjumps followed immediately by a round of cross-country. The winner is the double clear nearest the optimum time. Sadly Angela`s horse stepped on something and had pus in his foot so was unable to go.

The day dawned, lovely and sunny though cold, Matt and Ruby were on at lunchtime, very civilised! They were competing as indivdiuals in the 90 (cm) class. Ths show jumping was causing all sorts of problems with very few clear rounds as was the cross-country. Matt and Ruby jumped a super clear, Ruby really tucking her little legs out of the way and off they set across the country.

They were flying round until they came to the second last fence, a sunken road combination, a drop in to a step out to a palisade, the "C" had falllen off the fence and in the fraction of a second that Matt had to decide, he thought that the fence did not need to be jumped so rode past it, and was eliminated. It was such a shame as he was in with a very good chance of qualifying. These things happen in eventing there is so much that can go wrong, starting before the bell, getting lost, not going between the flags. We all do them, once! Well done Matt and better luck next time.

Sue
Team Winter Dressage Championships
30th March at Hartpury College

These were the Championships that our team qualified for in November. The teams consisted of four members; two riding Prelim 13 and two riding Novice 28. Unfortunately due to lameness and illness, we had to substitute two of our qualifying team. So our team that went to the Championships were: Caroline Brougham on Burwood Gunner, Matthew Warne on Ruby, Di Johnson-Hill on Royal Caris and Jenny Moxham on Harry Hotspot.

Due to the equine herpes scare in Gloucestershire, the team decided to make the journey in one day. This meant a very early start for the first lorry run of the day! I don’t know about the others, but my alarm going off at 3.45am was something of a shock to the system! The main thing was that everyone arrived safely and with plenty of time to be declared fit to compete by the vet. The day was long and cold, but I hope that our team members feel it was worth the effort.

They all performed lovely tests and the horses were all turned out beautifully. Our team was incredibly consistent, both prelim team members scored 63.75% and both novice team members scored 65%. Unfortunately, we were not placed this time but came very close and we should be very proud of our team.

A big thank you and well done to all our team members, you were all great and I am a very proud team manager.

Caroline
Team Winter Dressage Friendly
24th March at Priory Equestrian Centre, Frensham

This was the second of the two area team competitions held over the winter period. The teams consisted of three members; riding Prelim 13, Prelim 18 and Novice 34.

The Teams:
The Oaks were Nicola Kennard on Harry; Georgina Howse on Goodness Gracious Me and Fiona Foster on Abbey Heights.
The Elms were Matthew Warne on Ruby; Lisa Smith on Ringfort Respect and Kim Carey on Sharkhams Real McCoy.

Yet again our team members were brilliant. Everyone turned up on what was a horribly cold day, which is always a relief as a team manager. I am very lucky to have such lovely team members to work with. Our team members and their horses were all beautifully turned out. It was another long day, with snow flurries making it feel like one of the coldest places on earth! Our teams did us proud and all performed lovely tests, even with distractions and monsters such as white dressage boards!

The results were as follows:
1st Newlands Corner Elms 6 points
2nd Elstead White 7 points
3rd West Surrey West End Girls 13 points
4th = Bookham White 14 points
4th = Elstead Blue 14 points
6th Elstead Yellow 15 points

As you can see from the results, once again our team members did really well and we had several individual placings as well.

To add to this, the scores for the two friendlies are combined and the best overall team is awarded the area cup. This year the competition was extremely close and points for lower placed teams had to be taken into account. The result of this is that the cup is shared between Elstead and us! Massive congratulations to all our team members, every single one of you had a part to play in our success. What a fantastic start to the year.

Caroline
Team Winter Dressage Friendly
17th March at Merrist Wood, Guildford

This was one of the two area team competitions held over the winter period. The teams consisted of three members; riding Prelim 4, Prelim 12 and Novice 27.

The Teams:
The Oaks were Georgina Howse on Goodness Gracious Me; Liz Flavell on Schweppes and Nichol Dew on Cheska.
The Elms were Alison Dornan on Starbucks; Sally Bakhuizen on Kligar and Fiona Foster on Abbey Heights.
The Yews were Nicola Kennard on Harry; Lorraine Terry on Memphis 66 and Sophie Thompson on Sam I Am.
The Firs were Debs Linscott on Connor; Sarah Goody on Diamond Clover Echo and Jenny Moxham on Harry Hotspot.

Our team members did us proud and performed lovely tests. The horses were all turned out beautifully. We were in for the long haul as the entries were enormous; the first test was at 8.30am and the last was at about 7pm. It was yet another really cold day, but that is not much of a surprise with the winter we have had! The standard was very high and the scores were incredibly close.

The results were as follows:
1st Elstead 9 points
2nd = Newlands Corner Firs 15 points
2nd = West Surrey West End Girls 15 point
4th North Downs Red 16 points
5th Newlands Corner Yews 19 points
6th = Newlands Corner Elms 20 points
6th = Newlands Corner Oaks 20 points

As you can see from the results, our teams did really well on the day and were all placed. We had several individual placings as well. A big thank you and well done to all our team members, you were all great and I am a very proud team manager.

Caroline
Feb 17th Royal Windsor Horse Show Qualifier 2013
We had 3 riding club members represent us for the TopScore Qualifier for the RWHS on May 9th and 10th 2013 including Babu Saha and Matthew Warne riding in the novice and Lisa Smith in the Intermediate. They all did fantastically well and all qualified to represent our area in the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Only 3 riders from each area qualify for the novice and intermediate so this is a great achievement.

Good luck for Windsor!
Newlands Corner Riding Club teams start the 2013 season in style!
Our Show Jumpers won the area qualifier and have booked their places to the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Our Quiz Team won the shield at the Area 11 Quiz Night.

Congratulations to everyone who took part!

Please let us know if you would like to represent the club in our show jumping, dressage or horse trials teams.