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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

Showjumping in the sunshine

THREE of Cumbria’s leading lights in the showjumping world have left the county’s wintry weather behind for a few weeks, to embark on the annual Sunshine Tour in Portugal.

Portuguese winter: Rachel Walker pictured with with Pam Slack, from Slacks Equestrian, and Liz Jackson, from Paragon Vets.

Rachel Walker, Simon Buckley and Coral Mowbray will be up against some stiff international competition and there won’t be much time for sunbathing as they could find themselves jumping six days out of seven.

Rachel, 21, who’s taking two youngsters as well as her regular partner Tanon, is being supported by two local companies, Slacks Equestrian of Penrith and Paragon Vets.

It’s her second time on the tour - last year she took two mares, Tanon and Velica and says they both did well, but she’s hoping for even better results this time.

The CFHS had some great results at the Wyndham team jump competition at Greenlands.

The new CFHS team of Jessica Clark, Chloe Murray, Rebecca Holliday and Leanne Mair won the 10 and under class with mini newcomers team - Rachel Sharpe, Alex Towler, Amy Veitch and Megan Vere-Hoose coming in second. Then in the mini novice class the teams were 3rd and 4th.

The Mini newcomers were especially pleased with their placing given that Rachel’s pony was a bit on the fresh side and bucked her off in the first round.

Well done to Rachel for getting right back on, getting three more clear rounds and helping the team to their rosettes.

The second of three indoor carriage driving competitions was held at Greenlands followed by the first team qualifier for the new International Team Challenge to be held at the National Championships at Keysoe in April.

Always a hard team to beat, Amanda Saville and her spotty ponies took the honours, but several of her pupils were hot on her heels in pursuit of the rosettes with only seconds between them!

The team will be decided after the next qualifier, which promises to be an exciting competition.

The Open Pony Class was won by Katrina Smith who led throughout the day and took the overall event Championship, with her jet propelled spotty pony, Merlion.

The Novice Class was won by Stephie White and Gordon Watson - driving in only his second competition - came second. The Open Horse went to Eileen Cornish, while Megan Noble won the Junior Class and Amanda Saville won the pairs.

There can be few veteran horses anywhere more prolific in the prize-winning department than Helen and David Kerry’s Gentle Breeze. The 23 year old chestnut mare has taken first place in the Veteran Horse Society’s national Performance Achievement Awards for the second year running. Clearly not feeling her age, Breeze has also already qualified for the second round of Trailblazers in both showing and dressage.

A waterlogged course has forced this month’s Dumfriesshire and Stewartry Point-to-Point at Netherby Park, Longtown, to switch venues. It will now be held at Overton Farm at Crossford in South Lanarkshire, on Sunday, February 22.

Organisers say the drains are blocked, but it’s hoped the fixture can return to Netherby Park next year.



Winter Points s/jumping horses - Feb 15

65cms Warm-Up: 1, Stephanie Forster - Colour me Crazy; 2, Helen Woodhouse - Curlawn Lad; 3. Lucy Leighton - Baloo.

75cm Trailblazers: 1, Katy Griffiths - Lingree Lady; 2, Sara Jones - Fieldmouse; 3. Christine Pattinson - Midnight Ink.

85cm Trailblazers: 1, Ceri Wardrope - Pennington Star; 2, Sara Jones - Fieldmouse; 3. Ian Mackay - Razmataz.

95cm Trailblazers: Ceri Wardrope - Pennington Star; 2, Hannah Ray - Jethro; 3, Laura Whitfield - Leon.

105cm Trailblazers: 1, Caroline Charters - Shady Canadian; 2, Chrissie Cameron - Rosmalen Red Alert; 3, Sarah Smith - Tradesman.

Affiliated & Unaffiliated Dressage - Feb 8

Pony Club Dengie Novice, Unaffiliated: 1, Stephanie Forster - Finnegans Rainbow; 2, Stephanie Forster - Colour Me Crazy; 3, Emily Wilson - Ruskin.

Pony Club Dengie Open, Unaffiliated: 1, Emily Wilson - Ruskin; 2, Aimee Desert - Bright Business; 3, Aimee Desert - Political Expediency.

Preliminary 12, Unaffiliated: 1, Anne Linton - Pesh; 2, Hope Bolger - Moorbank Fiesta; 3, Kerry Weir.

Restricted: 1, James Edmondson - Washington; 2, Karen Miller - Tilly Bub.

Preliminary 15, Unaffiliated: 1, Sara Jones - O’Mally; 2, Freya Wood - Fieldmouse;

3, Sarah Tattersall;

Restricted: 1, Charlotte Whitaker - Meikle D’Artagan.

Open: 1, Melanie Allen - The Full Monty.

Novice 20, Unaffiliated: 1, Stephanie Forster - Colour Me Crazy; 2, Dorothea Mackay -Nutmeg; 3, Catherine Harrington - CJ Valentine.

Restricted: 1, Lucy Spence - Beech Hill; 2, Sally Burns - Wonderful Van’T Zwaanenheike; 3, Karen Miller - Tilly Bub.

Novice 35, Unaffiliated: 1, Claire Garlick - Lowmoor Lancaster; 2, Claire Garlick - Redcotts Splash.

Restricted: 1, Charlotte Whitaker - Meikle D’Artagan; 2, Lucy Spence - Beech Hill;

3, Alison Harrington - Lucy Diamond II.

Open: 1, Melanie Allen - The Full Monty.

Elementary 57, Open: 1, Margaret Sinkinson - Urato.

Medium 75, Restricted: 1, Sue Dunn - Korichi.

Open: 1, Margaret Sinkinson - Urato.

Advanced Medium 94, Restricted: 1, Sue Dunn - Korichi.

Open: 1, Jane Dalgliesh - Townley Tiger Feet.



Sunday February 22: Senior BSJA Show

Sunday March 1: Equine Products UK Unaffiliated Pony Winter Show Jumping


Friday February 20: Cumberland Foxhounds Pony Club - Rally - 07754660447

Saturday February 21: BSJA Senior Show Jumping (cb Neil Foster)

Sunday February 22: BSPS Winter Show - Gilian Wright 01697742951

Wednesday February 25: Suzie Gibson Lessons - contact Heather Metcalf 016974 76786

Friday February 27: Suzie Gibson Lessons

Saturday February 28: BSJA Junior Show Jumping (cb Keith McVittie)

Sunday March 1: Unaffiliated Show Jumping Horses Winter Points

Wednesday March 4: Suzie Gibson Lessons


Sunday February 22: Affiliated Dressage

Sunday March 1: Kingwater Points series - Tests: Walk & Trot A & B; P.14; P18; N28; N26; E41; E.50.


Sunday February 22: Unaffiliated Show Jumping (Ponies - 11am start)


Thursday March 5: Afternoon Jumps Racing


Sunday March 1: Indoor Training Day. Open to members, associates, family and friends. 10.30am. Stainton Village Hall (just off the A66, west of Penrith).

The day includes a presentation on feeding the endurance horse, a table top tack sale and a chance to ask questions about the sport.


Wednesday March 4: Horse Talk. Ask the Experts - Your chance to put horsey questions to a panel of experts. 7.30pm Soulby Village Hall Nr Kirkby Stephen - £2.50 including refreshments.


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