Saturday 21st of October 2017
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 10

New for the 2017 season, we’ll be celebrating your wins in our new feature Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

Find out all about this weeks winners, their horses, their plans for the season and inspirations as well as learning what will be in their celebration ‘Chicken Dinner’.

If you have a win this week, we’ll help you shout it from the roof tops so get in touch at events@thegaitpost.com to be featured or tweet us @thegaitpost using the tag #TGPwinnerwinnerchickendinner 

All disciplines welcome.

This weeks winners

Kate Sanderson © Action Replay Photography Ltd

Kate Sanderson Floors Castle International BE90 winner

19 year old, Lizzie Baugh based near Newark, Nottinghamshire won the OIU21 at Aston-le-walls. She is currently eventing alongside studying Equine Sports Science at Nottingham Trent University.

Lizzie Baugh © Matt Nuttall Photography

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

This season we’re aiming to be selected for the young rider team.

Is this your first time at this event, or are you a regular? If a regular, what keeps you coming back? If a first timer, will you be back?

We’d only been to Aston once before but we’ll certainly be back. The work they had put into making the ground on the cross country perfect was outstanding. And the added luxury of dressage and show jumping on a surface! A very well run pleasant event.

Who is the biggest influence in your eventing career to date?

My mum. I remember attending events in a pram and watching her compete. She inspired me and gave me the opportunity to get into the sport.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mum (again!). She’s always there for moral support, and spends countless hours driving to and from events and helping out! She helps out at home, and is more than happy to have a sit on the horses so we can compare notes. It’s great to have someone helping at the events who’s been through it themselves and understands the nerves!

What is the one thing you wish you’d known before you started eventing?

How much money it was going to cost!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

I ripped my jodhpurs climbing over a barbed wire fence whilst trying to take a short cut walking the course at Weston Park!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Chatsworth, it’s one of our more local events with a great atmosphere and a beautiful setting. It seems to be quite lucky for me too!

What will be in your “Chicken Dinner” and what will you wash it down with?

KFC with a sprite.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything off the NOW CD’s. They seem to keep us going on a long journey.

17 year old, Annabel Carthy from Alderley Edge in Cheshire won intermediate section J at Aston-le-walls. She is currently taking her AS levels at Manchester High School for Girls. Her aim for the day was to get a sub 32 dressage, double clear with 6 or less time penalties. So to come out with a 24.1 double clear with 0.4 time was amazing!

Annabel Carthy © Matt Nuttall Photography

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

I’m hoping to move him up to 2* and finish the season with a CCI** at Osberton, provided everything goes to plan.

Is this your first time at this event, or are you a regular? If a regular, what keeps you coming back? If a first timer, will you be back?

I love Aston-le-walls, we’re not that local as it takes 2.5 hours, but you can always guarantee that the ground will be perfect, everything run to time and challenging but fair courses across the board. This was the first time I had done the intermediate and it was as good as any of the other classes I had ever done, with lots of different questions on the cross country but nothing built to catch you out.

Who is the biggest influence in your eventing career to date?

My aunt, Claire Phillips. Claire rode at 4* herself with Capuchin and Ginger Charlie, so I have always looked up to her achievements. She comes to any events that she can to give me a helping hand walking the course or warming me up. If she can’t make it to an event she’s always on the end of the phone to give me any advice I need. At Aston I rang up asking for tips on how to make the time cross country, as I knew I was in contention for the win if I got a move on!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Definitely my mum! She gets up and helps me with the horses every morning before school, and never complains about the 4am starts on event days. Luckily we get on very well so always have a great laugh in the lorry if the day doesn’t quite go to plan! She used to walk the cross country with me, but since I’ve moved up to intermediate, her comments of ‘wow that’s big’ and ‘how the heck do you jump that corner’ have driven her to make a cup of tea and give Henry (Diamond R) a graze whilst I walk the course. Otherwise we just make each other nervous! I finish the course and start telling her how each fence rode and she has no idea what I’m talking about!

What is the one thing you wish you’d known before you started eventing?

How addictive it is! I broke up from school for study leave on the Tuesday before Aston, and what do I do? Go eventing! I couldn’t possibly miss an event to revise!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

There are just too many! I’d have to say our first CIC* at Somerford last August. Henry had warmed up beautifully for his dressage test and we started the centre line beautifully. Then all of a sudden he spooked, span round and tried to leave the arena! To this day, we don’t know whether it was the judge’s hut or a big lorry driving past, but I certainly made the judges smile (despite them giving me a 3…). Luckily he went on to do an FEI 44.5, which was my PB.

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event has to be Rockingham. The atmosphere is just fantastic for the horses to get used to championship surroundings. The courses are always very well built and there’s a lot going on! I secretly go just for the fun day out, the eventing just comes as part and parcel of that.

Annabel Carthy © Matt Nuttall Photography

What will be in your “Chicken Dinner” and what will you wash it down with?

I’m a steak girl personally. You can’t beat a sirloin with jacket potato and cauliflower cheese, which also happens to be my mum’s favourite! And seeing as I’m 17, definitely a J2O to wash it down…obviously…

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We have a Noel Gallagher/Oasis album in the Lorry that I’m surprised hasn’t disintegrated yet, so I’d have to go for that!

23 year old, Kate Sanderson from Northumberland won BE90 section U at Floors Castle International finishing on their dressage of 23.8 almost 10 marks ahead! 

Kate Sanderson © Action Replay Photography Ltd

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

We will step him back up to BE100 now and aim to keep the dressage scores consistent, before heading to Frickley (2) for the Yorkshire Championships and Hendersyde Park for the Scottish Championships later in the season.

Is this your first time at this event, or are you a regular? If a regular, what keeps you coming back? If a first timer, will you be back?

This was my third trip to Floors. I hadn’t been back up to Floors for a few years before last year due to various reasons. Last year the course had been revamped by Angus Smales (BE90-1*) and I was majorly impressed by the quality of the course, the jumps were dressed to perfection and it asked some influencing questions. And to top it off the setting of the event is absolutely beautiful, held right in front of Floors Castle itself, with the XC running right next to the River Tweed – It’s picture postcard perfect!

Who is the biggest influence in your eventing career to date?

I would say my dressage trainer Vicky Wilson has been a big influence to me. At my first Badminton Grassroots outing in 2014 she just reminded me to enjoy myself and on Cruise I didn’t have the advantage of a big moving, floaty horse. All I could do is be accurate within an inch of my life and hope the judges based the test on that and stuck with me ever since. She has always worked with what I’ve got as I’ve never been able to afford a big ‘flash’ horse and she’s always brought out the best in them. We are both fans of Heinz 57 horses. They don’t have to have the most amazing breeding to be special. She has brought myself and Henry on leaps and bounds since last year, he has a nice canter but his trot work used to let him down a lot. But this year we have had a 22, 28.8 and 23.8 at 3 BE runs!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

It has always been my parents, mum especially. Neither of them are particularly horsey, yet are happy to get up at silly o’clock in the morning to drive up and down the width and breadth of the country. Neither of them have been pushy or competitive which means a lot and means I can truly enjoy the sport for what it is. Even on a bad day she always reminds me that we are back in one piece and that’s all that matters.

What is the one thing you wish you’d known before you started eventing?

Apart from the cost (ouch!) The simple fact that no-one is perfect. We all have good and bad days, even the professionals. Everyone makes mistakes, the main thing is to come back safe and sound.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Definitely my debut at Badminton Grassroots in 2014 on Cefncoch Crusader. He was a very spooky pony but phenomenal in the dressage, we were third after the dressage out of 93 competitors on a 23 dressage, followed by a clear SJ round. It was announced on the tannoy that we were lying potentially second/first going into XC if we could pull off a clear. Two fences from home were two corners on a curving line under some trees and at this point we were clear XC and fine on time. I knew Cruise inside and out, and from walking the course earlier in the week I had already said to myself if I had got this far I would do the easy alternative (smallest fence on course, and not much of a de-tour) knowing he would be tired and it wasn’t worth risking him for the sake of a few time pens. I took my leg off for a split second being relaxed it wasn’t a difficult fence and he ground to a halt! Still curses me to this day as we would have been reserve BE90 Champions otherwise. Now I never let the simplest of fences lead me into a false sense of security!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Bar Badminton Grassroots/ MM Cup (obviously haha!) Floors Castle is. As I said earlier the XC asks a few questions meaning its not just a dressage competition and I like a challenge! It has something for everyone, even for the general public and it’s just in a beautiful setting and you feel very special riding in front of the castle!

What will be in your “Chicken Dinner” and what will you wash it down with?

In all honesty, I sat down to a Pot Noodle when I got in at 9.30pm, is that shameful?!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Our lorry radio isn’t the loudest, so we put up with good old fashioned conversation!

Amelia Winter, won the BE100u18 at Aston-le-walls riding Emotion an 8 year old KWPN gelding previously ridden my Neil Spratt owned by Shona Rogers. 

Amelia is currently taking her GCSE’s, but can be found either working in local tack shop Sydney Free saddlery or at Wayfarer eventing when she is not revising. Her parents run a business producing and selling young horses, in which she is a key member of the team. She is kindly sponsored by Vet Physic UK, who ensure Emotion is kept at his best.

Amelia Winter © Matt Nuttall Photography

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

My Aims for the 2017 aren’t set in stone, yet I would love to get some 1*s on my record and start to compete at the international level. I also aim to provide consistant and confident results with this horse as I have only had him for 6 months and no doubt I will continue to learn more about him throughout the season.

Is this your first time at this event, or are you a regular? If a regular, what keeps you coming back? If a first timer, will you be back?

This isn’t my first time at Aston. Aston is probably the most important event of, not only my season but my parents season too, they don’t only cater for the lower levels but also cater for the higher levels too and they always do this to the best of their ability including the very hard ground everyone was probably expecting was not present at Aston as they did everything to make the ground suitable. They also work all year round to provide Eventers Challenges all winter which is the best practice to get anyone ready for the season. Their hard work always keeps me coming back!

Amelia Winter

Who is the biggest influence in your eventing career to date?

My biggest influence of my eventing career is most probably my parents. I am extremely fortunate to have such supportive parents that help me all year round to get the best results I can get with their infinite knowledge. My father competing a two olympic games has definitely given me the drive to be successful and push myself to do well.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The one person in my team that doesn’t get enough praise is definitely the girls that look after Emotion during the week while I am at School and no matter how hard I work on the weekends I could never match the hard work they put in to look after my horse during the week including Amy Ferris the head girl at the yard who works her absolute hardest in order to make sure every horse is looked after to the best standard.

What is the one thing you wish you’d known before you started eventing?

Starting eventing myself, there wasn’t much new to understand as I had been in the eventing environment before I could walk! But the one thing I would say I wish I knew is that in the showjumping warm up you have to own your warm up fence in order to reduce any risk of it being changed!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event is definitely Aston and not just for the obvious reason of recently having a good run there but because they always work hard to make everything comfortable for you and your horse during competition including watering the hard ground day and night in order to make it not like concrete for the competition! 

What will be in your “Chicken Dinner” and what will you wash it down with?

Unfortunately due to getting back so late I didn’t get to go out and celebrate but I’m definitely holding on the excuse for next time I wish to have fancy meal!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I don’t have a particular song I like to sing around the lorry when competing but I have a particular artist, I do love a bit of Beyonce!

Amelia Winter

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