Friday 23rd of June 2017
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 7

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

23 year old, Verity Becker from Norfolk won a very tough Novice section full of professional riders at Burnham Market International. 

Verity Becker

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

My aim is to complete a 1* and an Intermediate. I am entered for Rockingham Castle in May for the 1* and then hope to go Intermediate in June!

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 have competed at Burnham Market twice before the win.. the first time I fell off and didn’t complete and the second time we had an annoying refusal! So I had never actually gone clear, so to come home with a double clear and a win was just amazing! I will definitely be going back whenever I can. It is fantastically ran with lovely ground and a challenging course! And of course you get to ride alongside so many professionals!

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

My biggest influence was always Pippa Funnell who I used to follow as a youngster with her two top horses Supreme Rock and Primmores Pride. Especially when she won the Grand Slam! I’m now a massive fan of Ben Hobday! He is such an inspiration after beating cancer and then competing Burghley later that year!!

Verity Becker

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

It has got to be my mum… she drives me and Oliver to all my shows no matter what ridiculous time we have to get up or when we get home! She is a top groom and a massive support to us!

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

How expensive and addictive it gets!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

The funniest moment was probably forgetting my xc course at Keysoe and going the wrong way but it did actually help because if I was any quicker I would of had time penalties for going too fast!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event has to be Great Witchingham, it’s has always been the place where I go schooling and have been going there with my mum and sister since I was very little on my ponies! It’s such a lovely place with great ground and a fabulous course which I’m so lucky to have so local to me.

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

My favourite food has to be chicken fajitas!! Washed down with a cold glass of coke. Or maybe some wine if I’m celebrating!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

To be honest I don’t have a lorry karaoke as the radio doesn’t work in there so it’s often me just chatting rubbish to my mum when I’m getting nervous!!

Gemma Gurvidi based in Timsbury won the BE90 at Ascott under Wychwood riding Hollywood Dancer in her first BE. She scored a 19 dressage and went double clear.

Hollywood Dancer and Gemma Gurvidi

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Holly is owned by Anne Butler and is usually ridden by Dani Evans, however as she has recently broken her leg I was given the opportunity to compete her. Once Dani has recovered she will continue to compete Holly and aim for the 5 year old classes. On my two horses that I own I am aiming for the 6 year old CIC* at Osberton and then the CIC** at Gatcombe on my 8 year old.

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 have been to Ascott once before, it is a lovely venue with a great cross country course and is very well run. I will definitely be back if I have a horse at that level. We had a great day out!

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

The biggest influence on my eventing career would have to be Dani Evans as she genuinely wants me to succeed and is training me all hours of the day. I can already see how much I am improving for which I am so grateful for! I also train with Ross Millar who is extremely skilled, he really helped my step up to one star last year which I could not have done without him. I also train with Elder Klatzko who is competing at Inter 1, without her I would not be competing and winning at advanced medium.

Gemma Gurvidi and her 6yo

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My parents are definitely to thank for all of this, they are truly the best grooms anyone could wish for. Financially it is not easy but they are always doing the best they can to help me get to where I want to be, I could not ask for anymore.

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

The one thing I wish I knew before would probably to be prepared for disappointment. With horses it doesn’t usually go as planned so dealing with a bad day can be hard, but there is always a positive out of a bad day!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

My funniest moment whilst eventing would have to be after finishing my first Novice course when my mum trotted up the horse and he proceeded to take off in the lorry park, mum refused to let go so she got dragged on the floor whilst making some horrific noises making the horse go even faster. She made great entertainment for those in the lorry park.

Gemma Gurvidi and her 8yo

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event has to be Barbury, I competed in the novice last year. The atmosphere is amazing and the XC course is very well built. Barbury was also the only place my Mum could not control her nerves and thought the novice course looked more like an advanced course in her eyes.

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

Our celebration food was cheesy chips and then later a glass of wine to help with the 4am start.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I have managed to get my mum into Drake and singing fake love on the way to Portman both days, I’m sure she’ll be singing it all the way to Tattersalls this year!!

Gemma Gurvidi and her 8yo Uno

Pippa Tucker from Dorset won a BE80 class at Bovington riding Zara a registered fell pony.

Pippa Tucker

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Zara will hopefully do a couple more 80’s then move onto 90’s once I know she can make the optimum time as she only has little legs, I have to get her really fit!

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 is a regular venue for us as it’s not too far away – we love it at Bovington as the event is friendly, well run and the new xc course is excellent.

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

My instructor Charlie Bosanquet and Jo Rimmer who rides a horse I bred at 3* competitions.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Millie our groom and farm worker who is busy doing the animals so we can leave early for events.

Pippa Tucker

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

I was actually quite organised and read up on it all so I felt quite prepared and I had advice from people before starting.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I went xc on a wet, misty day at Treborough with another horse and we could hardly see the jump it was so foggy and we misjudged take off and I ended up hanging round his neck whilst moving and he kept his head up and I was able to scrabble back on board and carry on to the next fence!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I like Bicton as it’s always a different xc course which is hilly and testing. I also like Bovington as it is close to home and well run and friendly.

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

I try to eat healthy but I do like a cheeky vodka or a cider on celebrations!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Our lorry is so noisy that you can hardly have a conversation without shouting let alone hear the radio!

Pippa Tucker

 

25 year old, Charlotte Crumley from Pulborough, West Sussex won the BE100 at Ascott-under-Wychwood riding Call Me Cooley.

Call Me Cooley in action XC

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

My aim with Call Me Cooley is to step him up to Novice level with the main aim being the 6yo Championships at Osberton .

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 have been to AUW a few years back with a couple of young horses but I thought this years event was so beautifully run by Felicity Hook and her team! It was so welcoming and friendly and the XC course was extremely educational for the young horses. Will definitely be back ..

Call Me Cooley posing in the mirror at home!

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

I am lucky enough to ride out for Tina Cook, she’s an inspiration and the support and help is endless and priceless .

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Well I should say my husband Kieran really! I’m only joking I’m lucky that he has always found me lovely horses even though they get sold! Also my mum, dad and the owner of Call Me Cooley Sue Warwick.

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

That it wouldn’t make you a millionaire!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing!

I am blonde so we might be here a while, I went through a stage of missing XC fences! I wasn’t popular in the lorry driving home!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Barbury Castle the setting is amazing ..

Currachase DDZ at Barbury Castle CIC***

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

Has to be fillet steak and Prosecco !

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I will sing to anything but ‘Summer of 69’ would stick out the most!

Simply Cooley my other 6yo that is aiming for the 6yos at Osberton .

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