Sunday 29th of March 2020
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 11

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

26 year old, Proffesional Event and Dressage Rider Dannie Morgan from Southampton won a Novice section at Tweseldown Horse Trials riding Vanessa Vernon’s Aurora Equites.

Dannie Morgan

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Aiming for a CCI*.

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. The team at Tweseldown are working hard to constantly improve the venue with educational courses at all levels and different tracks at each event.

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

I read Mary Kings autobiography when I was younger and have been inspired by her career and how hard she has worked for her achievements and success ever since

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

David Stone – he has always been a great supporter of mine and is an invaluable part of the team

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

When I was younger I probably didn’t appreciate the ups and downs you experience in eventing. You have to enjoy the good days as that is what makes it all worth it.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

Turning up to a competition without my competition boots – although it wasn’t funny at the time!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Badminton – although I haven’t competed there it is most event riders dream and definitely mine to ride there.

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

My favourite is Jamaican food. Jerk Chicken with rice and peas is a winner

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I couldn’t pick one – there are too many. Apparently singing isn’t my strong point though!

36 year old, Rebecca Parrott from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire won the BE90 at Somerford Park. She is a self employed Chiropodist and enjoys renovating properties. She is an Amateur jockey who has ridden at Intermediate on her horse of a life time, Athlone Dolly. She enjoys producing young horses from Ireland, like the one she won on, Ross Culleens Lad, known as Teddy. He’s only 14.2h but he thinks he’s a 16h, he has a big heart!! Horses have been my passion since I was a child and a massive part in my life.

Rebecca Parrott

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

I would like to produce him up to Be100 by the end of the year, he will be running at Shelford Manor next weekend then he will have a holiday as he has done so well in such a short period of time as he only came from Ireland in February.

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 time at Somerford, and will most definitely be coming back! Very well organised, ground was great considering the heavy rain the day before and the showjumping arena was perfect!

Rebecca Parrott

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

I am massively inspired by Tanglewood Farm Stables, Will and Ginny Turnbull because of how they back and produce young horses, there dedication, enthusiasm and standard they produce them to is remarkable and Ginny has helped me train my horses for several years now. At higher level, it’s goes without saying…..Andrew Nicholson and Avebury!!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My twin sister, Rachael, she’s my right arm, without her, none of it would be possible. She’s had many operations which has changed her life, lost most of her hand in a car accident, open heart surgery and many many more operations for different things, she still rides and events and does incredibly well. She deserves this win more than me, although her bonus is she can’t plait up anymore and do studs!! A job we’d all love to get out of! She also produces her own horses, we do our horses together and help each other, she won at Prestwold in 2016 in the Be90 with Cartymore Spot. We are Parrott Eventing…..follow us on Facebook.

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

I wish I had known more about training horses to the standard I know now. My favourite quote is “The will to win is important but the will to prepare is vital!!” This is a very true saying especially where horses are concerned.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I was in the lead at Great Witchingham on my first horse I took Eventing and I jumped the Novice fence into the water rather than the PreNovice and got myself eliminated. I wasn’t bothered I lost myself pole position, I was more chuffed that I’d jumped the novice fence and cleared it and also got a great photo.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Chatsworth, I did my first CIC* there, the main arena is amazing as well as the atmosphere and grounds are just beautiful. I have to say Somerford is up there as a favourite too, so well organised, all 3 phases were close to the lorry park and the ground was well maintained.

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

Well my chicken dinner was a McDonalds on the way home as we didn’t get home til 9.30pm, followed by a cold bottle of Budweiser when we got in!!

Rebecca Parrott

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything that goes really. iPod is usually playing lots of tunes, my sister tends to be DJ whilst I’m driving.

19 year old, Greta Mason from Peterborough currently in her second year of riding professionally won the OIu21 class at Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials. 

Greta Mason

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Rockingham was only her second time at Intermediate level so will continue competing her at that level and then aim for a 2* later in the 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?

This is my third year coming to Rockingham. It’s a lovely event that is always run very well, the course is always good and they always try their best to keep the ground good. An added bonus is that it’s only 20 mins from where I live.

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

My current Instructors Richard Walker and Heather Jacks. They both help me so much and I wouldn’t be the rider I am today without their input.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My Mum! She helps me run the yard and keeps everything on track as well as being my biggest supporters!

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

How expensive it is!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I think I was about 15yrs and I was doing the PT at Aston. I had just done the dressage and was walking back to the lorry when something spooked my pony and he bolted with me. Those who have been to Aston will know that the track between the dressage and lorry park isn’t very wide so I managed to nearly demolish 3 people and set off all the horses near me at the time. I just clang on for dear life and screamed ‘sorry’ as I zoomed past everyone!

Greta Mason

Which is your favourite event & why?

Rockingham! It’s such a lovely inviting course that always rides well. It has such a great atmosphere and they always do their best to make ground conditions perfect.

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

Mums home made pasta and tomato sauce and I love Fanta.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Mums not a fan of the radio so she gets stuck listening to my singing voice. She soon regrets her decision!

29 year old, Lucy Bullas from Lincolnshire won the ON riding Master Jack III at Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials. They jumped a double clear which appeared few and far between with the showjumping causing some problems. They added just 2.4 time penalties to their dressage score of 30.8 which was good enough to finish top of the board.

Lucy Bullus

It was a particularly special win as although Jack has had many placings at Nov/ Intermediate he has never actually won a BE event since he won at 100 level which was a long time ago. Something small would always seem to hold them back from top spot.

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Master Jack III is now 16 and unfortunately has developed uveitis in one of his eyes so although he has competed up to Advanced which was always my aim with him, I have made the decision to stick at open novice and intermediate novice classes so that he can enjoy a slightly easier life as he is still extremely well in himself but he took a lot of work to be fit enough for the higher levels. He seems to be really enjoying the lighter work load and has finished in the top 5 every time out so far this 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 second time at Rockingham and I would definitely go back again – it is a lovely setting for an event and seems to have a nice atmosphere to go with it.

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

I think here it is appropriate to recognise and thank Caroline Moore for the help / training I have recieved. Training with Caroline undoubtedly improved my self belief in my own ability. But also the importance of the foundations we train into our event horses. Jack was not the easiest youngster and once we made the step up to intermediate I just needed a little something extra and after many recommendations I approached Caroline and she really helped me turn him around. Her training is second to none. It was both of our first time at the higher levels and sometimes it can be difficult learning together without the correct help. I can actually say now he is almost a straight forward ride and I have time to sit and enjoy him!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

It’s difficult for me to choose an individual here, I have a good team of supporters with my eventing who are all willing to chip in and contribute. But the main praise, recognition and thanks has to go to my mum and dad – my mum for all the hours she has put into the horses to make the eventing possible either helping out at home or travelling to events with me. But also my Dad for the financial support with the horses and giving me the opportunities to fully embrace the horses and eventing.

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

That’s a difficult question although maybe what an expensive addiction it can become ! (Ha ha) It’s so true what people say you almost ‘get the bug’.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I can luckily say I’ve not had too many ‘bloopers’ but probably the most memorable is the day I entered a dressage test at Lincoln horse trials. It was an intermediate test which as many of you readers will know you have to execute in sitting trot. However for some unknown reason I had momentarily forgotten this, so I entered the arena (in rising trot) and the horn rang before I was even half way down the centre line. At this point I was thinking I’ve only just entered the arena in a straight line what on earth can I have done wrong. However the judge quickly enlightened me and we started again. Only I clearly had not read the test correctly – it was a new test that year and you couldn’t even rise in the medium trot so again the horn sounded as I turned across the diagonal in ‘rising medium trot’. Not a complete disaster I guess but fairly embarrassing at that level and to loose 6 marks instantly for technically 2 errors of course. Good job there wasn’t a second rising trot – elimination in the dressage phase would have been a right ‘blooper’ !

Which is your favourite event & why?

I don’t actually have a favourite event although I tend to go to similar events each year. I like the fact that events change from year to year so as eventers we are very lucky to have change from one event to the next.

Lucy Bullus

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

I like all the trimmings with my chicken dinner! Potatoes, veg, stuffing and even Yorkshire pudding if I’m really lucky! I’d probably wash it down with a glass of cordial – I’m not a big drinker!!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I don’t have a favourite karaoke song but everyone loves a good sing along don’t they?!

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