Thursday 15th of April 2021
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 13 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 

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This weeks winners

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Becky Morrish Eridge BE100 winner

19 year old, Izzie Bamford from Scotland won a Novice section at Forgandenny riding Geffory. Izzie has just finished her first year at University studying Veterinary Medicine. 

 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

To have happy and confident runs in our first couple of 1*’s!

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 definitely regulars! I think we have been to almost every event ran there since it started up a few years ago. We return, not only because of the great cross country tracks which are really interesting and encouraging, but it has proved a happy hunting ground for my older sister and I in the past which helps! I look forward to coming back next year.

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

Karon Carson who I have trained with for over 8 years now. She has an admirable love for the sport and a great sense of humour making her the reason why I have had so much fun and success in my eventing career so far.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My sister would like to think it is her but it is definitely my mum without a shadow of a doubt! Keeping horses going along side university is always tricky and it would simply be impossible without her for which I’m so grateful. She puts so much into allowing me to compete with juggling a busy degree so I’m sure she is just as happy as me that the hard winters are paying off with some good results!

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

That the best horses might not necessarily be the most naturally talented ones, but having a big heart and wanting to do well for you is much more important!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Probably several years ago at the Pony Club Areas – we had a great first day of dressage, winning and qualifying for the Champs and then also qualified for the eventing the next day as well. Only problem was I had a quick trip to A&E over night after being kicked by a spooked horse! Not brilliant at the time but luckily nothing serious at all so quite funny to look back on.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Probably Central Scotland Horse Trials – it’s rare in Scotland that your events are within a 2 hour radius, so when they are 20 minutes away it’s great.

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

A roast is always my favourite. Probably with a Gin & Lemonade – I’m not quite sophisticated enough for a Gin & Tonic yet!!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything, the cheesier the better!

44 year old, Gillian Shearer from Renfrewshire won a BE90 section at Forgandenny. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

My aim for 2018 was to finish off the season with a BE 100. I haven’t competed at this level for years due to various reasons including having a baby and lots of horses who enjoyed injuring themselves. Winning at Forgandenny has allowed me to qualify for the Scottish Grassroots champs at Blair Castle. It had been a little thought in my head but never made it an aim for 2018 as I thought it was out of my reach.

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 competed last year at the July event in the BE 90 and was placed 6th. It was such a lovely event in a spectacular setting I made it an aim to return this year. I hadn’t entered the earlier event due to fitness issues…. I was in hospital in March with viral meningitis. It took me a good few weeks of slowly building my self back up to riding and was only able to get out for Eglinton in June.

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

It has to be my trainer Scott Mclellan. He’s evented at 2* level, show jumped internationally and currently rides PSG. He’s given me a huge amount of confidence and provides great advice if I’m having a wobble. He manages Titwood Equestrian where I livery so he knows Charlie and I really well.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My husband David. He totally has my back. He comes with me to events and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty or his feet trodden on. My parents are amazing as they have supported me hugely over the years.

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

That it’s seriously addictive and it may financially ruin me. I don’t care because you can’t take it with you!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Falling off in a xc warmup, I whacked my head on the ground but I went xc and got eliminated after cumulative refusals. When they pulled me up I asked “why have I been stopped, has someone fallen off”. I was so concussed I had no idea what had happened 🙈. Think I might be to blame for the doctor rule that’s now in place

Which is your favourite event & why?

Hopetoun. It’s just stunning. All of the Scottish events are great though and offer a chance to get into some impressive locations.

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

Usually after an event I’m so tired so it’s probably a Chinese takeaway with a beer.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Usually it’s just the radio but I love Mr Brightside by The Killers is a true singalong song.

30 year old, Becky Morrish from Kent won the BE100 at Eridge riding Kilsallagh Cathal (Bow), a 15hh 18 year old connemara cross thoroughbred.

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What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Bow absolutely loves eventing, but he’s not young anymore. So we’re just having great fun bombing round pre novices when there’s a local event or space on the lorry.

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’ve been to Eridge a lot as it’s my most local event, but not recently as it hasn’t fitted with my schedule. However despite the testing weather, they’d done a great job with the ground!

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

Nick Gauntlett as I spent 4 years based with him whilst at University. And Liz Howes, my current and long standing show jumping trainer. Between them they got me to the 7yr old World Champs and double clear up to Advanced (on a different horse).

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why? 

Like so many eventers, my mum. She’s my co driver, chief groom, chief of support, counsellor, sponsor and everything else. I couldn’t do this without her help!

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

That it’s more expensive and addictive than drugs, and quite possibly more dangerous?!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Falling off on the flat at Barbury Castle when my horse spooked at a sponsors banner. I threw a tantrum, hurling my hat, whip, air jacket and back protector on the floor and then sat sulking in amongst my stuff whilst the poor jump judge tried to check I was ok. I then had to make the long, very viewable walk of shame back to the lorry.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Probably Gatcombe, because I’ve had a lot of luck there.

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

I had a Thai green curry and a lot of water as I’d gotten so hot that day!! Not very exciting!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We’ve only got one CD in the lorry and it’s a Beegees album. So it would have to be that.

39 year old, Mounted Police Officer Helen du Heaume from Gloucestershire won a Novice section at Upton House riding her young horse Alvescot Extraordinaire.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

To ride at Osberton in the 6yo UK champs (1*).

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 love Upton, I’ve ridden there a few times before it’s a beautiful setting and a well organised event.

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

My trainer Jason Hobbs he has taken be from BE100 to Intermediate

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My husband ‘Mack’ he supports my crazy dreams and looks after our two young children so I can make those dreams a reality

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

How much fun it is to volunteer, I’ve only just started to help out BE XC timing keeping and I love it. But now I have kids and horses it’s hard to fit it in.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Thinking I’d won an event on a double clear, but when I went to collect my prize was told I’d been eliminated as I had missed a fence out on the xc (baby brain)! I didn’t even walk it!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Gatcombe, local and beautiful with all the top riders

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

I’m veggie and don’t drink, so pizza and a cherry coke!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Any kind of current pop music but I do love Ariana Grande.

19 year old, Sorrel Feather from Edinburgh won the BE100open class at Forgandenny on her horse Quite Easy.

This was the first event of the season for this horse and he had a great time. He just loved being back out competing. I have been on a gap year so it is great to be back competing with him.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

My aims this year with this horse is to produce some competitive results at novice / 1* level. Sadly I am moving away from home to start university in September so I have made the hard decision to sell this horse. So my main aim is to find a junior rider who wants to move up the levels and love and enjoy him as much as I have.

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 regularly with BE since 2014. Being part of the under 18 programme in Scotland has given me such a strong foundation in the sport and I have also made some great friends.

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

It’s so hard to pick just one so I am going to go for two! I have been coached by Karon Carson since I was 12 years old and riding ponies. She is a fantastic coach, an amazing event rider and always so supportive. I was lucky enough to be a working pupil with Ben Hobday and I learnt so much about producing young horses and developing my abilities as a rider. They are both inspirational for me.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mother. She supports me all the way. Or maybe I should say my Dad who pays for it all!!

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

I wish I knew that the sport becomes a lifestyle and how important dedication to the sport is.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

At pony club eventing I managed to fall off in the water. But that didn’t put me off. Mum caught the horse and I jumped back on to finish the round – albeit a bit soggy !

Which is your favourite event & why?

Frickley for the Junior Championships – we have a great time riding and partying. But for the pure thrill of riding at the top event on home soil it has to be Blair. There is nothing like the cross country at Blair with its big bold and hilly course. The atmosphere is just fantastic.

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

No dinner for me – snack on the way home and straight out to celebrate.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

It has to be a lullaby. I’m afraid the chances of me staying awake on the way to an event are zero.

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