Friday 28th of July 2017
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 17

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

21 year old, Caitlin Padfield from Aberdeenshire clinched her fourth win of the season at Forgandenny riding Quincy IV in the ON finishing on their dressage of 26.5.

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Top 5 placing at Scottish and Northern Championships at Hendersyde

Top 10 finish at Blair Castle Int Horse Trials CCI*

Scottish Novice Points Series Winner

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?

No I have been to every event that this event has run since it started as a fantastic new venue for Scotland last year. For me it’s pretty local if you count three hours as local and it’s such a lovely event, both well organised and run. I have both volunteered and competed there this year, across all the sections with the boys.

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

I think it’s hard to narrow it down to one specific person who has influenced the most in my career. All my coaches, horses, friends and family have all played a part in making me the rider I am today. I look towards top riders such as Michael Jung, Andrew Nicholson and Ingrid Klimke for both inspiration and motivation as I move up to onto an international platform.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The unsung heroes from my team are definitely my parents. From driving the length and breadth of Britain, building xc courses, helping fund my training and competition, dealing with my hectic schedule to looking after the horses whenever I am away competing or on the rare opportunity I might be able to sneak away on one of those things called a holiday? What even are they again?

They have been there with me every step of the way and I couldn’t have done it without their unwavering support and all the time and effort they give me. I hope they realise how grateful I am to them for helping me achieve and live my dreams.

P.S Sorry I haven’t moved out yet! These ponies are expensive!

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

How addictive it is and that you unfortunately can’t sell a kidney on the black market to fund your equine addiction. Dad is always happily looking to marry me off to the first eligible, wealthy land owning bachelor he comes across. Also that living in the north east of Scotland can be a bit of pain to event from. On average we are travelling 5 hours to compete and all the bigger competitions and championships are always down south.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Probably falling off and exploding in dramatic style in front of 4* event rider Nigel Taylor over a 50cm xc training fence at Aston-le-walls while borrowing a friend’s super reliable hunter.

I have also been eliminated for going wrong 3 times in a dressage test while having it called! Which resulted in a bickering match between me and mum across the arena while the test was on going and having the judge and writer in fits of giggles over the domestic.

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event of the year, not including my “local” runs of Burgie, Aswanley and Kirriemuir, has to be Blair. As a child it was always somewhere I aspired to ride at and finally last year I had the opportunity to compete in the CCI* on my horse Gus. This year I head there with three horses, two in the international classes and one in the workers. The ultimate goal would be a top ten finish there on my up and coming young horse, Quincy.

What will be in your “Chicken Dinner” and what will you wash it down with?
Oatmeal stuffing, bacon, little sausages and crispy roast potatoes are a must and we might just be forced to crack open a bottle of champagne to celebrate.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

If it was me probably ABBA Winner Takes it all haha. Though if dad has his way probably Sea Sick Steve, Pink Floyd or anything involving an air guitar.

 

Karen Maurice from West Sussex won the BE100plus at Tweseldown riding Panache II. 

© Spidge Photography

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

To qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for 2018.

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?

Regular – just think my horse is awesome.

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

Some of my friends who encourage me when it doesn’t all go to plan.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My husband for putting up with all things horsey!

© Nigel Goddard

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Being annoyed that the fence judges were so close to a fence, only to find out I jumped the wrong jump and was eliminated!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Tweseldown – they work so hard on the course and ground, and the course is always different.

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

Definitely a glass of processo

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Can’t tolerate even my own singing so just hum tunelessly.

© Nigel Goddard

21 year old, Tessa Bishop from Hampshire won the Novice at Tweseldown riding Corgary Femme Fatale. It was a special win for her because her Pony Club holds it’s camps there and they regularly help out, it was very much a home turf win. 

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Piglet is only 7 and has just stepped up to Intermediate (she had a mini break a few weeks ago which was why we were just doing the Novice). She’ll continue at Intermediate now and we’re aiming to do Hartpury CCI*, Gatcombe CIC** and then compete at Osberton Young Horse Championships in the YHCIC**.

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?

While we don’t often manage to fit competing at Tweseldown into our competition calendar we only live down the road and I’ve been to camps there since 2007, as well as competing there for Pony Club hunter trials etc since well before that. We steward and fence judge and score at as many of their events as possible – I’ve even judged there. It’s such a fantastically run event, the views from the control Tower Hill are amazing, it’s a lovely course to watch and since Rachael Faulkner’s taken it on the course has just got better and better. I would love to come and do the Intermediate here, and if they decide to do an Advanced again that would be a big bucket list tick as I remember watching it when I was little.

 

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

My mother for sure, she evented to Novice before she had children and used to ride round with me on the front of the saddle when I was tiny. I had a string of terribly behaved ponies when I was first learning to ride and starting to compete (one was known as the circus pony because he would rear and buck at the drop of a hat) so was absolutely terrified of jumping and spent a lot of time on the floor having fallen off, it’s all thanks to mum for picking me up and dusting me off that I’ve made it this far at all! She also drives me to all my competitions and looks after my horse while I’m at uni, I manage to come back three times a week most weeks but mum does all the rest of the hacking and fitness work for me, I really wouldn’t be able to do it without her. Also Meryl Connaughton (née Winter). She is a great family friend and used to teach me on said terribly behaved ponies, she had Toytown before Zara and I still remember patting his nose over the stable door, I’ve watched Meryl compete and produce some incredible horses and she was the driver behind me biting the bullet and buying my current horse who has been nothing short of perfect.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Definitely my mother, she’s one of those people who works 20 hours a day for her job with the UK Space Agency (she’s just been awarded an Arthur for her work with Internship programmes within the industry among other things), for the Pony Club (she’s just stepped down as DC of Garth South), organising me, my brother and my father, looking after my horse when I’m not there, the list really is endless.

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

That it’s okay to be bad at it for a while and that sometimes fear is a good thing. When I first started all the older kids in the pony club evented and they seemed like such an elite group that it felt like in order to event you had to be really good at it all the time, when in fact there will always be periods where you step up a level or something and for a while you’re just a bit rubbish. I think I could have been a lot braver moving up the levels too – as I said before – I was a pretty wussy child, I wish I’d had someone tell me (or I’d listened when they did) just to embrace the fear and kick harder, now I’ve got a horse who would jump the moon for me and I’ve turned into such an adrenaline junkie!

 

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I had a little 5yo 14hh sports pony when I was about 17 who belonged to a friend and whom I was schooling and started on his eventing career. His first ever dressage test he first of all wouldn’t go near the boards, then the car, it took us 10 minutes to get around the arena and then into it, we went up the centre line and got to X when he realised the boards had surrounded him and exploded, he must have bucked and snorted his way through nearly the entire test in sheer indignation, by the time I eventually managed to make him halt both me and the judge were crying with laughter. He went on to take me round my first Novice but remains to this day a complete opinionated diva.

Which is your favourite event & why?

The Pony Club Championships at Cholmodley Castle, regardless of what we’ve qualified for we go for the whole week and party, we normally have a good squad from our branch and having done my A test and been to the National Coaching Camp there are always loads of people I know there either helping or competing so it basically turns into a week long party with some riding thrown in. The course is always big and technical so it’s a true cross country test, which suits me down to the ground because my dressage is always iffy but my horse is a little double clear machine so we often come away with a good result!

A Test Coaching Camp, a Pony Club camp which is subsidised by the Worshipful Company of Loriners

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

Probably the Oxford Blues Smokehouse in Oxford (where I’m at uni). They do fried chicken and chilli cheese fries which is a massive guilty pleasure. I have a mild addiction to Coca Cola so probably that or if I’m not driving then a white wine spritzer.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Our lorry radio is currently broken but I’m a huge Busted fan and unashamedly know all of the words to just about all of their songs!

 

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