Monday 19th of August 2019
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 14 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

27 year old, Rosie Hull from the Essex/Suffolk Borders won the BE90 at Little Downham riding her own 5 year old Auld Flame.

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Whatever I’ve asked of her since I’ve had her from a 4yo she’s always done with a smile on her face, she’s had some good placings so far this season but it was nice for her to get her head in front in her last 90 before she upgrades to 100.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

She will now upgrade to 100 level with the hope of doing a few at that level 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?

Definitely a regular at Little Downham, I have competed there every year since I did my first BE event in 2005 bar 2009 when I only competed at one event all season due to an accident.

It is one of my favourite events, being well run, always has fab ground and everyone is friendly.

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

I think I would have to say Sam Nichols who was one of my PC instructors and got me into eventing, I hated dressage but had a pony that could jump and when they needed another team member for area horse trials Sam persuaded me, we were stone last after dressage but a double clear helped our team to qualify for the Champs, area horse trials was the biggest and most technical XC course I’d ever done so the Champs was a whole new experience, getting round that course on my 14.1 showjumping pony got me hooked!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I think everyone who helps in any way is an unsung hero, without the help from a lot of people it wouldn’t be possible for me to do any of this. I’m ever grateful to Baileys Horse Feeds for their continued support and help keeping my horses looking and performing their best.

Since having my daughter my mum has to get the biggest mention for taking on the babysitting job.

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

I wish I’d known how difficult it is to find a horse that’s good at all 3 phases of eventing, there’s a few I might have held onto a little longer had I known how hard it would be to replace them.

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Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

Falling off in the water at Carlton which was a particularly dirty water! I refused to not finish the course so after a poor bystander legged a very wet, heavy, smelly me back on I continued to complete!

Which is your favourite event & why?

For the higher levels it would be Little Downham but otherwise its Horseheath, it’s my most local event, again friendly, they work hard on the ground and they have the Pimms trailer!

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

I like food a lot, mostly “bad for you” food! I love a good pie, and you can’t beat Ben and Jerry’s Fish Food ice cream! Vodka, diet coke and lots of ice please!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

My lorry is too old to play music! But generally don’t even know what’s currently number 1 so I think just about the only song I ever learnt the words to was Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf that my mum used to play when I was little!

14 year old, Ellie Fredericks from Wiltshire won the BE100 Open at Dauntsey Park Horse Trials riding Mandorior.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Mandorior and I are heading to Frickley Park Horse Trials this week to compete in the U18 BE100 Championships as part of the South West team.

We then go to Hickstead for the  NSEA Show Jumping Champs in the 105, and will enjoy eventing at Novice level for the rest of the season.

Is this your first time at this event, or are you a regular? If a regular, what keeps you coming back?

I am a regular at Dauntsey Park. It is local to me and I have a lot of luck there!

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

My mother, professional eventer Lucinda Fredericks.

Ellie and Lucinda

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Getting me to this level is a whole team effort – from the team on the yard that muck out, groom and drive me to events to my Mum and the incredibly supportive owners I am lucky to have.

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

How little time in the holidays you have to spend with your friends!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Farley Hall Horse Trials was a disaster for me –  I completely missed out a fence on one pony who had been in 4th place, and then ran out at another fence XC on the other pony who had been in 5th place. To top it off, I dislocated my thumb that day. Thankfully I can laugh about it now!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I really enjoy Bicton. The dressage is really flat and my horses always enjoy show jumping on a surface in a large outdoor arena. The XC is hilly and technically challenging, and the people are really friendly.

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

Homemade toad in the hole washed down with lemonade.  

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything by Queen.

19 year old, Max Warburton from Brize Norton, Oxfordshire won the OIU21 at Aston Le Walls riding Samarkand. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

My aim with this horse is Gatcombe Festival Intermediate Champs.

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?

Yes I’m a regular at this event, as it’s close to where I am based and the surfaces are fantastic.

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

Granny! She always helped me with the horses since I was little. My horses are now run from 2 yard’s and she runs the one at home.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Mum. She always driving horses all over the place for me. But at a show you’ll always find her at the score boards – normally missing everything!

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

How much money they accumulate.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

When we drove 4 hours to qualify one of our 4 year olds to realise when we got there we had forgotten to pack saddles and then fell off in the water as well! It wasn’t funny at the time but looking back it was very funny!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event would have to be Aldon, I’m very disappointed they are not running anymore!

© Jay Photos

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

Spicy chicken pasta, and a can of coke!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I’m not fussy, I’ll sing along to anything. Although super groom Julie never seems too impressed.

23 year old, Emma Chamings from London/Hampshire won the Intermediate at Eridge riding Trefeinon Sovereign.

I work full time in London working in Horse Racing PR but commute to my family home in Hampshire where my horse is based to ride regularly. My father trains race horses so I am lucky to have a good set up and facilities at home including a gallop which is a huge asset.

 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

To qualify for CIC3* (which I have now done) and to do my first advanced which I am aiming for at Little Downham.

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 at Eridge when I did ONU18 classes on my U18 horse but hadn’t been back since. The ground was amazing given the recent conditions and the team at Eridge had done a brilliant job so I will certainly be back again.

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

Very cliché but my mum Phillippa. She competed up to 4* and when I was younger it was very easy to not value how much she knows but now I realise and couldn’t do it without her.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Tanya Cleverly – Tanya rides my horse on the flat about once a week for me while I am in London and gives me lessons which has helped me hugely and has reflected in much better dressage marks this year.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I still don’t actually find it that funny but I was recently competing at Houghton in the CCI2* and had just done my dressage test which I was very happy with and had my bit checked post test to find that I had an illegal bit. I had a wavy nathe bit opposed to a legal straight bar nathe bit which resulted in elimination. Made the trip a very expensive dressage test!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Blair Castle. I went for the first time last year for the CCI2* and loved it. It is a beautiful place and worth the long journey there. It is a proper event with up to height cross country course requiring horse and rider to be very fit.

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

My sister is a brilliant cook so anything she cooks is always a treat – I often will ring her on the way home from an event to ask to have something ready for when I get back. With a G&T – my go to drink.

19 year old, Isabelle Hogarth from Suffolk won the Novice at Little Downham riding Shannondale Aston.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Have fun and keep working for improvement and progress

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?

A regular. It’s one of our closest events and consistently has great ground, delivers interesting and fair courses, and has a great team of people working their hardest to put on a really enjoyable event each time.

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

Aside from my super instructors, and the ponies/ horses I’ve ridden previously, riders such as Ingrid Klimke, Michael Jung, and Ros Canter are brilliant to watch and learn from.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Everyone that works behind the scenes to help make it all happen, but most of all my family – especially my Mum – as none of it would happen without her!

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

I started eventing when I was 14 without much previous cross country experience at all, so I wish I’d known that it’s ok to go for a good gallop and let the horse (pony at the time) jump certain fences out of its stride. They don’t all need to be jumped out of a collected showjumping canter!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Last year Aston was 6 years old and we contested our first CCI1* together at Osberton. He found the atmosphere very exciting so in the dressage test let out a massive bronc after a medium canter, which prompted the judge at C to write “a very athletic horse, well sat!”!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Little Downham is definitely a permanent favourite. But I love riding in a big atmosphere that only internationals can really give, such as Osberton, Somerford, Gatcombe, and Chatsworth. They’re lovely locations too.

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

Steak and fries for sure!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

‘Return of the Mack’ by Mark Morrison

22 year old, Connie Wishart from Kelso won the Open Novice at Warwick Hall.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

To consolidate at intermediate

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 the event a few times now. This is due to how well the event is run and it’s a lovely cross country course.

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

Emily Galbraith, who has always managed to push me out of my comfort zone to do things I would never have done.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mum, for allowing me to carry on eventing while studying by being my groom, driver and all round legend.

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

How expensive it is to participate.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Going the wrong way on the xc and then accidentally jumping the guide rope to get back on track.

Which is your favourite event & why?

It has to be Floors Castle Horse Trials, the event is run so well and is set in front of the beautiful castle making for a great back drop for photos. It has also always been a successful event for me.

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

Fillet steak with a few glasses of bubbles.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Barbed wire by Tom Grennan.

16 year old, Jodie Caig from Scotland won the BE90 at Warwick Hall riding Lyndhurst Breeze (Ronnie). They jumped double clear after a dressage of 20.3.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

With Ronnie I want to continue to gain good placings and results at BE, I am also trying hard to qualify for HOYS in the 143cm WHP

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 not my first time at an event, but this is only my first year competing at BE. Once I had tried my first BE I well and truly caught the bug for eventing. The adrenaline rush on the XC is unexplainable and the fun and excitement of being able to do more than one discipline in a day is truly amazing.

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

I couldn’t name anyone in particular but I truly admire everyone that’s competes in the equestrian world as it can be such a difficult sport. The way they get up after a bad fall or a knock back is inspirational.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Well definitely the unsung hero in my team has to be my mum. She is driver, groom, coach, banker the list is endless and I absolutely couldn’t do it without her.

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

That it was going to be this much fun because if I had known this I would have started years ago.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Ronnie when he was doing the dressage at the MMC at Badminton squeaked like a guinea pig in every canter. Unfortunately the judges did not see the funny side.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Floors Castle International, every time I compete here it’s gives me the most amazing buzz and it’s an amazing setting.

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

If there’s a G&T for mum and a pizza to share then a good day can be celebrated in style.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Well, mum and I do love a a bit of ABBA when we are trying to stay awake, thankfully no one is listening to us.

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