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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 11 2018

Back for the 2018 season, we’ll be celebrating your wins in our 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

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Jo Monkman Offchurch Bury BE80 winner

18 year old, Laila Bedawi from Aberdeen, Scotland won the BE100 at Hopetoun Horse Trials, Edinburgh riding Rainbow Quest II (Bow).

I was lucky enough to be offered the ride on the lovely Rainbow Quest II (Bow) as my own horse is not eventing this season. I am very grateful to her owners, the Gowing Family, for giving me the opportunity to pair up with Bow and continue to enjoy my eventing. I am a student at Robert Gordon University studying International Business and as part of my course I am spending the first semester of second year year studying abroad, so my eventing season will finish early this year. As I only started riding Bow in mid April, our season will be short but action packed and hopefully we will make the most of our time together! Bow is a lovely mare and I feel our partnership is growing from strength to strength. Bows strength is that she tries incredibly hard and and it was a win that I felt she deserved due to her amazing temperament – I feel lucky that I am the rider who gets to pilot her round!   

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I am looking forward to competing at a few more BE100 events in the lead up the Scottish Eventing Championships at the prestigious Blair Castle Horse Trials (which we qualified for at Hopetoun with the win). As an active member of my local pony club, I would love to qualify for the Intermediate Pony Club Eventing Championships as a member of our Intermediate eventing 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?

This is my third time at this event. Hopetoun Horse Trials is one of my favourite venues as it’s a well-run friendly event set in spectacular surroundings with panoramic views of the Forth Road Bridge whilst you gallop across the beautiful countryside. I was delighted when Hopetoun was reintroduced to the evening calendar as it turns out it must be my lucky event, having won here before a few years ago!

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

This is undoubtedly my instructor Sally McCarthy, manager and chief instructor at Aberdeen Riding Club. I am very privileged to base my horses there, so have access to regular training in all disciplines. Sally has taught, supported and mentored me throughout my eventing career and I am very grateful for all her knowledge and advice which has motivated me to train to perform to the best of my abilities.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

This would definitely have to be my mum, Jill! She gives up her time to drive me all over the country to events and once there she is a fantastic help, getting my horse and I ready with the correct gear and to the correct discipline on time! I am truly grateful for everything she has done and her support for me over the years.

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

How hard it is to get all 3 disciplines right on the day!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Fortunately I haven’t experienced too many “bloopers” whilst eventing but possibly riding around the cross country course in a whiteout snow blizzard at Burgie Horse Trials in the middle of April could pass as one!

Which is your favourite event & why?

This would have to be Scotsburn Horse Trials! It is a very hilly XC course making this phase very influential as the optimum time is often difficult to achieve. This was always a benefit on my own pony Lucy, as she is more of a speed machine than a dressage diva so could often creep up the placings with her fast xc round making it not simply a dressage competition!

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

Fajitas are an all time favourite of mine so it would have to be this! I also have a great love for cocktails, especially Cosmopolitans however alongside fajitas I would probably just go for the Diet Coke option!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Summer 2016 CDs tend to be all we have going on in the horsebox and Happy by Pharrell Williams seems to be a popular song on repeat!! I also like listening to the Top 40 if returning from an event late on a Sunday afternoon if I am not fast asleep!

28 year old, Hannah Parr from Melton Mowbray won the BE90 at Offchurch Bury riding Tinkers Boy (Colin). They lead from the dressage phase on a score of 31.8. 

 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

He’s now having a little summer break due to the ground conditions. And will finish the season at Moreton Morrell, Oasby and Norton Disney hopefully . We had a disrupted season due to the weather but he was runner up at Keysoe 3 Day Festival of Eventing in May so we’ve had a cracking time. He’s had 5 wins and only out of the top 10 once at 80 the past two seasons.

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?

It was my second time competing at this venue but I have been numerous times with friends. It’s amazing. Lloyd Hunt and his team have such an attention to detail and of course we will be back.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I’m lucky enough to have a few. I have an amazing family who all support me in different ways. And amazing friends who trek around picking me up and giving me lifts.
However I couldn’t do any of it without my auntie Wendy Thayne. She’s bought both my horses, and spends endless time being the help on the floor, driving me everywhere to competitions and training and helps keep the horses.

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

Erm….. the cost !!!! But it’s what I love so why not spend every penny on my hobby

Which is your favourite event & why

That’s a tough one as all venues put in so much effort.  Anything that Lloyd Hunt has anything to do with so Offchurch and Moreton Morrell are lovely events. Stafford is exceptional too. Sadly I’ve pulled out this year as no rain forecast.

29 year old, Lucy McHale from Stamford won the BE80T at Great Witchingham with her pony Pollyanna. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

My aim is to compete her at at least 1 BE90. Take her to the BE80 Championships at Kelsall and try and get her to loose some weight.

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 Great Witchingham’s events for about 12/13 years. I did work experience there when I was at Easton College and always loved going back and seeing everyone that I know.

I find the course there very inviting and good for young or inexperienced horses.
My mare Polly did her first ever unaffiliated PC event there where she won on her dressage score at just 4yrs old.

I will always go back there to compete. The atmosphere is always great. The ground is always well kept. You are always made to feel welcome and all the volunteers are super helpful.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My biggest influence is Ros Canter. She is a petite rider like myself and one day I would love to have a horse that I could take to 3*, she just proves size doesn’t matter. She rides these big horses round these technical tracks and makes it look easy.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My unsung hero is my husband. He drives me to the shows, tacks up my pony, keeps me calm and is always there when things aren’t always going right. He is my rock and keeps my sane.

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

I would say that I wish I would have known that I would have to get up before the sun to leave to get to events for an 8 am dressage. Thankfully I am a morning person.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

My funniest blooper was getting off my mare Polly without unhooking my air jacket and it going off right next to her. Thankfully she didn’t mind the noise too much but it did make me jump. I haven’t done it since.

Which is your favourite event & why?

It’s a tie between Great Witchingham and Burnham Market being my favourite event. They both have good inviting courses and there show jumping is always nicely designed and well thought out.

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

My dinner would be medium cooked steak, chips, peas and lots of ketchup. To be washed down with a glass of prosseco.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

My favourite lorry karaoke song has got to be ‘Clean Bandit – solo feat Demi Lovato.

35 year old, Shaun Murray from Aberdeen won the Novice at Hopetoun Horse Trials riding Wainthropp. 

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What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I have only started riding the horse this year and done a few events on her, I will be going to Blair hopefully and maybe do an Intermediate, I am still getting to know her.

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 Hopetoun a couple times before but this is the first time it has been run with new organisers. I was impressed with new layout and the XC was awesome (I would say that though) so a big shout out to Douglas “Hero” Edwards that designed the course.

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

That’s a tough question, I am usually the one getting told I inspire people. They see me riding and think “well if he keeps trying why shouldn’t I!”. If I had to pick one person it would be my good friend Eilidh Costelloe, she is an amazing rider and everytime I see her go XC she makes it look effortless, she does it all herself with no backing and is also building a yard. I think she deserves more recognition.

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Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Well that has to be my wife Emma, without her I would not be eventing. I mean that literally as I would have no idea how to even enter an event. Plus I stole her horse from her.

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

How much fun it was because I would have started a lot earlier in my life!!! I only ever showjumped up until 5 years ago, the eventing scene is so friendly and I cannot see myself ever wanting to stop! Just wish all my horses felt the same way.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Just so many inappropriate jokes and comments that I cannot mention here!

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Which is your favourite event & why?

I think my favourite event would be Blair, the course is tough but the parties are amazing! Looking forward to the “lads” get together this year and Daniel Scott and I love when we are together and can show off our matching tattoos.

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

When we are away eventing my definite chicken dinner is a shot of Jaeger washed down with Red Bull!

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What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

That is an easy one, Shotgun by George Ezra. The definite tune of choice for the lorry parties!

24 year old, Rebecca Woolley from Lincolnshire won the BE90 at Eland Lodge riding Appache Breeze.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I would love to qualify for Mitsubishi Motors Cup

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 Eland Lodge eventing since I started eventing at the age of 15! I love it there. Everyone from car parking, starters through to results are so friendly. They also do such a great job on the ground, I will definitely be going back!

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

Kate Walls! I brought my pony as a 4yo to hunt, took her for a lesson with Kate and she told me to take her eventing! Thanks to her we are where I am today.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Has to be my mum! Mum takes me to all the events and helps wherever she can!

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

Under 18 teams existed!!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I’ve made a few! The most recent was at Eland where I wrote down the optimum time wrong and lost the win on my other horse on the same day as winning on Po!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Eland has to be my favourite event and seems to be very lucky for me! I love the people and the course.

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

Rare fillet steak with a bottle of red!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

ABBA… Dancing Queen!

18 year old, Imogen Simper-Lewis from Suffolk won the BE90 at Great Witchingham riding Love On Sight.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Get some more consistent results at 90 and aim to do a 100.

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 am a regular, it is local to me, always well built courses and friendly people.

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

My mum – she’s a great support.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mum too – unpaid groom & chauffeur every weekend and she’s always supporting.

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

To expect the high and lows.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Getting 20 SJ faults at Keysoe the weekend before and then winning the weekend after at Great Witchingham.

 

Which is your favourite event & why?

Little Downham, good atmosphere, well built courses that are always changing and asking different questions each time.

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

McDonalds on the way home.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Starships by Nicki Minaj.

40 year old, Kerry Emms from Wiltshire won the BE105 at Offchurch Bury riding Spiders Secret Weapon.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

To qualify for Grassroots at Badminton 2019. Secret has already been there twice. She was 10th in 2016 in the 90 and was 7th in 2017 in the 100. I would like one more chance before we move up to Novice and hopefully a one star.

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 my second time it’s a lovely event, Secret was 3rd in the 105 class last year.

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

I have a few friends who event and we support each other.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My Mum, Dad and two children who spend hours travelling up and down the country with me.

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

How addictive it was!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Getting around 50 times faults on my first BE 80 after a very long time out of the sport! And I thought I was going really fast!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Badminton Grassroots the most incredible experience galloping through the historic park. It really is everything people made it out to be!

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

Chicken curry washed down with a G&T

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Too embarrassed to admit to that one!

21 year old, Khara Findlater from Caithness/Highlands won the BE100 at Hopetoun Horse Trials riding her own Whaupshill Touchè, a 13 year Appaloosa cross ISH gelding. She has had him for 7 years.

 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I hope to continue at BE100 for my next few competitions due to a bad fall at the start of the season and after the Scottish 100 championships go back up to Novice.

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 my first ever time being at Hopetoun. It is set in such a stunning location and the organisers did their very best to prep the ground making it very good running. I will most certainly be back next year!

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

I have 3, James Munro who teaches me on the flat, Russell Skelton who does my jumping and Jean Gunn who does all 3 phases with me. They have all over the years invested endless amounts of hours in to me and Che and I most certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without them all.

 

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

This has to be my mum and step dad. Even though they are both non-horsey they have always been there for me and and encouraged me at every opportunity I’ve had. My mum comes to most events with me and can now even untack my horse by herself which is a massive improvement from when she used to run away at the sound of his shoes clip clopping down the stables!

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

It would have to be how difficult it is to try and perfect all 3 phases. There is nothing more rewarding when you get brilliant scores in all disciplines though.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

It would have to be when a pheasant ran alongside the dressage arena at Floors. Poor Che took off with me every time I came to come down that same long side after it.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Has to be Scotsburn. It’s my local event and is always very beefy and full of galloping.

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

I do love a roast chicken dinner washed down with a strawberry and lime cider or a glass of Asti Spumante.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I don’t think I have one although on route to Hopetoun Horse Trials me and Rheanne Williamson sang our hearts out to Jason Derulo “Colours”.

 

38 year old, Jo Monkman from Northampton won the BE80 at Offchurch Bury riding  G Damascus. 

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It was our first BE and was all a bit stressful in the beginning as I didn’t realise in all the excitement that I needed to tag all my hats! So when I got to the dressage I was told I needed my hat tagged! After a manic couple of minutes of changing hats and getting my other hat tagged we had a brief warm up. Luckily the steward was very accommodating and swapped me with the rider that was supposed to follow me, I was pleased with her dressage as it was only our second time on grass.

The show jumping was a tricky course as quite undulating but she took it all in her stride and flew round with a clear, we then found out that I’d got a dressage score of 25.5 which I was very pleased with.

Now for the fun part, we’ve not done much XC but I felt the course would be good test. The nerves before were pretty bad but as soon as the starter counted down from 10 the nerves went and the adrenaline kicked it. The course itself was a blur but I remember she absolutely flew and took everything in her stride.

I didn’t look at the score board, my friend told me I was in the prize giving but didn’t say where I’d come, so when they announced 2nd place and it wasn’t me I knew I’d won, it was such a fantastic feeling I was over the moon.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse? 

My overall aim is to qualify for Badminton Grassroots, as this was my first attempt at a BE80 and we won I will move up to a BE90 and hopefully in the next couple of years get a qualification.

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? 

It was my first time at Offchurch and I’ll definitely be back, it was so well run and Lloyd worked extremely hard to make sure the ground was amazing, not to mention all the fantastic volunteers who all had a smile on their face and made the day a special one.

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

There hasn’t been one but a few, as a youngster I loved watching Mary King and King William, Andrew Nicholson is another – such a great horseman.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why? 

Probably my husband, he is not horsey and I think he gets quite frustrated with the amount of time I spend making sure my horse is at the top of her game. However he is the one that has pushed me to event and has supported me all the way.

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

So I’m very well known for being late for everything, which means trying to fit in a SJ course walk and a XC course walk on the date is a task that needs precise planning. Not to mention the amount of walking there is so much walking/running!

The main thing though is how lovely eventing people are! If I’d know how friendly and supportive they were I’d have started sooner.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

So this blooper wasn’t eventing but the week before this event, I thought I’d have a go at dressage on grass as we’ve not done it before, it was a quiet show which was perfect. We merrily went up the centre line, then tracked left before I knew it she’d jumped out the arena! We quickly jumped back in again and carried on like nothing had happened, I couldn’t help but giggle the rest of the way round the test and once I’d halted at the end I apologised to the judge!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I’d have to say Offchurch, the organisation, the volunteers and the amazing work to make sure the ground was great for the horses.

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

Not chicken! We eat a lot of chicken in our house, so I’d say probably a pizza with feta and sun dried tomatoes washed down with a nice glass of pinot grigio!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song? 

I’ll sing along to anything but my favourites are Mr Brightside (The Killers) and Shut Up and Dance With me (Walk the Moon)

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