Wednesday 13th of December 2017
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 21

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

27 year old, Alycia Port from Wadhurst near Tunbridge Wells won the Owner/Rider Novice section at Smiths Lawn riding Flower Faerie finishing on her dressage of 26.5. Alycia combines competing with a full time job in London working as an Equine Underwriter.

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Our homebred ‘Dizzy’ is quite a fragile horse so I take every day/event as it comes but I would like to finish on a one star at the end of the year and maybe try for a NRF and qualify for Gatcombe next year.

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 have been the last 3 years, it is a beautiful event, superbly run and lovely friendly organisers.

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

 I have always adored watching Pippa Funnell who is my all time hero, but I also have my best friend Lauren Mclusky who recently competed in the 2 star Europeans at the end of the phone to offer help and advice. She is the most generous person with her time and help and is excellent to have on the ground – I am so appreciative of everything she does.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

 Without doubt my mum – she comes to all events and grooms for me, but also helps every evening when I get back from London to ensure I get all the horses (5 in work at the moment) ridden and attended to – I could not do it without her.  She also owns my dressage horse and loves hacking him out.

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

 You will never stop spending money!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

 I can’t think of any sorry!! I am probably too competitive to find a blooper funny!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

 I love our local events such as Eridge and Brightling Park, but the aim is to get back to the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe – I went once as a naïve teenager and strive to get to ride there again. The atmosphere and courses is the real deal and makes you feel like you have made it!

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

 Probably beans on toast by the time we get home! Love the forest fruits pink gin and tonic.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

When we are celebrating we put on Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ super loud and have a good dance!

18 year old, Ellie Guy currently based at Rosamund Green Farm in Shepton Mallet had her first Novice win on her horse Cluedo at Homme House.  

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Cluedo and I have just started Novice this season as we really took time to build a partnership. We have now done 5 novices and so are qualified for our first 1*. We are aiming to do the CIC* at Gatcombe in September and then hopefully finish the season with the CCI* at Aldon in October.

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 first time at Homme House but I will hopefully come back next year as it was a really lovely course and well organised.

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

My biggest influence would have to be my trainer Robin Dumas. Robin is an amazing trainer and his daughter Millie Dumas and second rider Alex Kennedy really are a credit to this. My riding has come on a lot since I joined Robins team and I definitely wouldn’t have achieved this win without his support.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?  

This definitely has to be my groom Zoe Sandercock! She has been with me since I started BE and is very supportive of me. Zoe loves her job and really cares for the horses that she works with which is displayed in her efficiency and quality of turn out! With the ups and downs I’ve been through with riding Zoe has been like a big sister to me and I am very lucky to have her!

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

In general I just wish I had known about eventing and started it from a much younger age. I started riding at 13/14 and did my first season of BE at 16 so I always am slightly disappointed that I missed out on crazy ponies and will also probably miss out on Juniors and Young riders because of my late start to this career.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

Back in 2015 I had a horse called Rosie (Temptation Z) who I was struggling to get round the cross country clear. I then took her to Wellington BE100 and we finally went clear and I was over the moon, giving her big pats across the finish line only to find out I’d missed fence 8 and been eliminated 😕 I haven’t forgotten a course again since!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event is probably Tattersalls in Ireland. I haven’t actually had the chance to compete there yet but have been the last two years to watch Millie and Alex compete. The course and arenas there are always amazing and well presented and the organisers are very helpful and friendly. I can’t wait to potentially compete there next year as I’m sure it will be a real challenge for Cluedo and I!

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

You can’t beat a bacon and egg bap after a long day competing washed down with a nice Thatchers!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I don’t really have a favourite but I’ll sing along to anything and everything even if I can’t sing to save my life although I do love anything from the 1975.

19 year old, Jessica Zajda from Perthshire, Scotland won the BE90 Scottish Championships at Hendersyde Park Horse Trials riding her Section D Welsh Cob, Nanteglwys Taliesin (aka Tally) finishing on their dressage score of 24.8. She is currently in her third year of a law degree at Glasgow University.

© John Grossick

 

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

In terms of eventing, my only aim for 2017 was to take Tally to one BE event so we’ve definitely achieved that goal! I have a young Irish Draught/Thoroughbred who we are attempting to event a bit more seriously so over the past few years we have really focused Tally purely on NPS Working Hunter Pony classes. Tally only qualified for the Scottish Championships last year as he was taken to Hendersyde as a very last minute substitute due to my young horse not being quite right!

Although we previously had Tally competing at BE100 in the last two years he has only competed in two events – one BE90 last year where he came 2nd to qualify for the Scottish Championships and the Championships themselves this year where he won! My only other aim for Tally this year is to hopefully be successful in the NPS Open WHP Championships held at Blair Castle International Horse Trials later this month.

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 are regulars to Hendersyde Park Horse Trials, I did my first ever affiliated BE event at Hendersyde in 2013. We keep coming back as it is a wonderful event set against the most fantastic backdrop. The Agnew family are great hosts and always very friendly and while everything is nicely spread out nothing involves a 20 minute trek!

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

I think my mum herself has massively influenced my interest in eventing, she previously competed to a high level and is hugely passionate about the sport, when I hear her stories and see photos of her flying over huge cross country jumps I am certainly inspired to attempt to follow in her footsteps.

Aside from that, due to Tally being a slightly unconventional eventer (14.1hh Welsh Cob Section D) I also love following Ben Hobday and Mr Mulry, I feel like Tally is the ‘super cob’ of the amateurs world.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mum is definitely the unsung hero of my team. I am very lucky in that my mum works as a freelance equestrian coach and she has also ridden to a high level in both eventing and dressage, there is no doubt that having her wealth of knowledge and experience behind me while I was growing up has developed my riding and equestrian education immensely. Not only does she invest a huge amount of time and money into me and the horses but she is also a great support when I am competing – plaiting, studding up and putting up with tantrums! Aside from competition, without my mum I would never be able to juggle university and horses, I come home as often as I can to ride but it would simply be impossible for me to continue making progress if I didn’t have my mum helping to keep both horses ticking over all year round. 

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

I wish I had known how important it is to time your galloping and develop a feel for how fast you need to travel at different levels. It has taken me several test runs where I have missed out on placings due to my XC time faults to understand the importance of moving away after fences and making strategic time markers. 

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

At my first event of this year I was still quite unfit as it was during my University Exam period so when I jumped off after the XC my legs swiftly gave way and I successfully ‘face-planted’ in front of everyone at the start – certain friends are still asking if I had a nice trip!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Hendersyde Park Horse Trials is absolutely my favourite event. It is set in the most stunning location, sensibly laid out and the cross country course is always beautifully finished. I have great memories from the three times I have competed here, the courses are always challenging but a fair question. I think in every photo from the cross country Tally and I are both grinning from ear to ear!

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

 We celebrated with a big curry and plenty of champagne!

© John Grossick

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Travelling to events normally involves mum and I arguing about whether Radio 1 or 2 should be blaring out but whenever we are competing with Tally Meghan Trainor’s song ‘All About That Bass’ seems very apt given his ‘chunky yet funky’ physique –  we keep saying we must do a dressage to music with it!

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