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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 12 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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Lucy Goodey Tweseldown BE90 winner

44 year old, Ginny Finch from Aberdeen won the BE100 at Kirriemuir riding Zazou V.

Zoo (Zazou V) is 14, she was an unbroken broodmare till she was 9. My sister bought her newly broken from the bargain basement section of a lovely Scottish dealers yard. She did dressage with her for two years and then sold her to me when she had children. She laughed at me when I said I was buying her dressage horse to event. But I just had a good feeling about Zoo as although she didn’t jump she made me feel safe which was important as I have two young kids. So we have learnt together as I didn’t have much experience of jumping either. My original aim was to complete a T80 so Zoo has been amazing and is my horse of a lifetime. I so appreciate her kind heart, patience and how she has looked after me.

At Kirriemuir I was expecting the walk of shame home from the drop as we often have issues there. So was just looking forward to a fun day and enjoying the first 8 jumps and was a bit gutted I probably wouldn’t get as far as the photographer! So I was a bit shocked we got round let alone win!

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Just to turn up and have fun. After having sick broken horses for so many years I really appreciate having a lovely horse to compete on. I honestly had as much fun being eliminated at Burgie a few weeks ago as I did winning Kirriemuir. So as long as I can turn up to an event, Zoos ears are forward and she feels happy then I feel on top of the world.

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’m lucky enough to have competed a few times at Kirriemuir. It’s an amazing venue. So friendly and welcoming. Everyone goes to huge efforts. I really appreciated the many hours work that had gone into the ground conditions in this heat wave. This gave us a fabulous run cross country. They had some lovely new fences. Outside of the event they provide some wonderful training so I always look forward to spending time at Kirriemuir.

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

Hannah Francis has been a huge inspiration. Her courage, determination to ride and enjoy horses despite battling such a terrible illness. She inspired so many to have fun and take up eventing. She left an amazing legacy with her charity so I donated my winnings from Kirriemuir to Willberry.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Definitely my husband Shaun. He is incredibly supportive looking after our two children whilst I’m away at events and has driven me to a number of events with the kids this year. Plus never complains about the millions of horse related bills!

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

The amount of fun it would be, or I would have started years ago.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Last week I managed to pilot poor Zoo out of the arena mid test in walk! So embarrassing!

Which is your favourite event & why?

That’s a hard one. I really like all the events in Scotland as all the organisers put huge amounts of effort in to provide us with fantastic courses often battling rubbish weather conditions at the start of the year to get our season going. All the organisers and volunteers are so incredibly welcoming and helpful. So I couldn’t pick one.

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

A gin and tonic washed down with a gin and tonic!

 

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I usually have some rubbish compilation of CDs of naff songs .

32 year old, professional Claire Deuten from Warwickshire won the ON at Buckminster riding Ustinov Van Elsenham.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I have had to change plans due to a delayed start due to cancelled events and the weather. He’ll run at Gatcombe Advanced and then go to a 3*.

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?

Buckminster is definitely on the list for next season! It was my first visit and what a lovely event! So friendly and educational, the XC asked every question necessary! I loved it! Ellie Spelmans 5 year old jumped double clear in his first 100 to finish 8th.

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

David Green & Jacky Green, he showed me the ropes when I first came to the UK. Chris Hunnable gave me a lot of confidence and encouraged my first international trips!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

It has got to be Ustinov van Elsenham, AKA Tonto! Without a doubt he’s my hero! The next one goes to a horse who’s sadly no longer with us, Golden Fingers!

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

I’m not sure I ever realised just how hard it was going to be! But for some reason weekends like last weekend make you realise that all the long hours and stress is so worth it! There are so many lows in this sport but when your on a high nothing beats it! I wouldn’t change what I do for anything! Just wish I had some more horsepower to fulfil the dreams!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Gosh there must be quite a few but none that ‘stick out’.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Gatcombe, it’s the first event I ever went to, the reason why I fell in love with the sport! There’s nothing better than jumping into that water jump! And making it out dry!

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

Haloumi, rice and salad, with a large G&T!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Again there’s so many!! I love screaming to Adele!

22 year old, Harriet Falshaw from North Yorkshire won a Novice section at Buckminster Horse Trials riding Shannondale Sharona who she bought in May 2017 from Graham Sugden. She is an 8 year old grey mare by Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvn.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Our big aim for 2018 is the Corinthian Cup at the Festival of British Eventing which is held at Gatcombe. This has been the main target for the season and a good result there would be fantastic (if not a little emotional!!). After Gatcombe we are targeting Somerford as our first international at 1* level before moving up to intermediate level at Richmond in the autumn. We are planning to finish the season with Osberton CCI 1* for our first 3 day event.

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 went to Buckminster last year for the first time and absolutely loved it. It has a real old fashioned feel about it and the organisers do a fantastic job. This year the ground couldn’t have been better considering how dry it has been and the entire event was well presented and had a really friendly atmosphere about it. Sadly we won’t be returning next year as there isn’t an intermediate class.

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

I have been fortunate to meet some lovely people both at events and for training. I can’t pick one person but Elenor Mercer has been brilliant over winter building simulated cross country fences in her school over winter which has really improved Lexi’s straightness. Also we have recently been going to Sara Bowe for dressage lessons and she has dramatically helped us on the flat and given me a better idea of the feeling I should be looking for. Finally, Heidi Woodhead has always been present in my eventing career and is always there to bounce ideas off and offer expert advice.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My unsung hero must be my Mum! She is incredibly supportive and is my top groom, lorry driver, eyes on the ground and total rock! She has always done all the hacking whilst I have been away at school and Uni and will always cart me around the country no matter what the weather or time of day to make sure we go into each event feeling 110% prepared and ready.

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

The expense!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

It wasn’t funny at the time but I once tacked up for cross country and managed to put my martingale on crossed so I had virtually no steering! We somehow managed to get round but it’s a mistake I have never made again but something we have got plenty of laughs out of since!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Richmond Horse Trials as it is close to home and the courses are always educational and lovely to ride. However, I have a feeling I might like Gatcombe more when we arrive as I haven’t been before and everyone says it has a ‘big event’ atmosphere which I can’t wait to experience!

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

Something totally unhealthy as a reward for having a good day – probably washed down with a good old G&T!!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything by George Ezra at the moment but Amy Winehouse has been a firm favourite for a while!

26 year old, Lucy Goodey from Buckinghamshire won the BE90 at Tweseldown riding Lady Guinevere Elm (Lotty).

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What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I aim to step Lotty (Lady Guinevere Elm) up to 100 in a few events time and hopefully take her round a Novice before the end of the 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?

I have been eventing at Tweseldown many times, it’s a great event the ground is always really good and the volunteers and organising team are really helpful and make the event great fun.

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

My biggest influence in my eventing career date would be Izzy Taylor I worked for her a few years ago and she taught me work hard and that you make your own luck in eventing. She has a fantastic work ethic and even on the tough days just keeps going regardless and is a great person to learn from .

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The unsung heroes of my team would have to be mum and dad, they drive miles around the country with me and are the most supportive parents in the world. Plus mum makes the best picnic which always makes for a good day eventing.

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

How much I would love it, eventing completely absorbs your world, no day eventing is a day wasted.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

My funniest blooper would be going cross country on my intermediate horse buttons in the lead. We were having such fun cross country that buttons locked on and jumped an extra fence giving us a technical elimination, we had a great round regardless .

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event would have to be the BE Eventing Champs at Gatcombe. I was lucky enough to ride in the Novice Champs a few years ago and the atmosphere was just amazing.

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

My chicken dinner would be sausage and mash washed down with a nice glass of wine. 

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything by Beyoncé.

21 year old, Kayleigh Rose Evans from Aberdeenshire won the BE80 at Kirriemuir riding Crossowen Jay. Kayleigh is a professional show ring producer specialising in M&M ponies, all ponies are given a varied life, often out competing dressage and jumping in between shows!

 

It was her third ever ODE, her first event was at Kirriemuir earlier in the year where she was second, we also attempted Burgie but sadly were eliminated XC after parting company at the ditch.. oops!

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Jay will hopefully do one more BE80 this season before moving up a height, she competes in M&M WHP classes and has qualified for Blair, as well as qualifying in the plaited workers with her younger jockey, so the rest of the of the season she will continue with her training to ensure she is prepared for all disciplines.

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 our second time at Kirriemuir, it is a lovely setting and the organisers are so friendly and welcoming! They always work hard to ensure the ground is the best it can be and are always able to answer any questions we have.

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

It would be hard to chose who influences me the most, I take my hat off to anyone who events, it’s not easy and it takes a special partnership to make it round some of these bigger courses!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Definitely my Nana and Granddad who stay at home and sort all of the horses whilst we are away at shows and events, we would be lost without them!

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

You need to be fit, wow, between walking the course and riding, as well as remembering the course and a dressage test, it is mentally and physically quite tiring, but nothing beats the feeling of being out on the XC course, such an adrenaline rush!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I must be quite boring because I can’t think of anything! Maybe it’s because we are relatively new to this whole thing, ask me again in a years time and I’m sure I’ll have a list!

Which is your favourite event & why?

To compete at it would have to be Kirriemuir, good course, good people and good food! But to watch definitely Blair, a beautiful setting and a technical course, it gives everyone the chance to watch the real pros riding round and they make it look easy!

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

It has to be a McDonalds.. every time! A quarter pounder meal with a chocolate milkshake, even better if we win prize money then everybody’s meal can be paid for as a little treat!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything Disney or from a musical always goes down well with my back up singers, but I am loving a bit of George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’.. it’s very summery and gets me in a good mood!

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