Friday 18th of June 2021
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 15 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

25 year old, professional event rider Millie Dumas from Somerset won an Advanced class at Aston Le Walls riding her own and Ellie Guy’s Artistiek, a 12 year old gelding competing at 3* level.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

We are aiming to run competively at 3* level with hopes to take him to his first 4* next year. I hope to compete as part of a Nations Cup team later this 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?

I am a regular as Aston Le Walls going at least 3 or 4 times a year, it is a bit of a trek for us from Somerset but it’s always worth it because Nigel and his team always provide great courses and work really hard on the ground on the xc which is really important for our horses.

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

Gemma Tattersall, she is not only my god-sister but she is a great mentor and idol to me too!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mother/home groom/competition groom/secretary/capable of any job! Things would not run so smoothly without her.

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

I’ve been lucky enough to have been brought up in an eventing family which gave me a huge insight into the sport, I feel like I’ve been fairly well prepared throughout my whole life!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

When you forget to pay for a ferry ticket for a groom and you think its a good idea to get them to hide in the lorry toilet but get caught out by immigration police!

Which is your favourite event & why?

So far it has to be Le Lion D’angers in France, having only been once I would love to go back. It’s a beautiful event with a brilliant crowd, it’s a great feeling going round the cross country.

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

Definitely a traditional sunday roast with all the trimmings! Washed down with a glass of Zinfandel Rose.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I don’t really have a favourite, happy singing along to anything!

38 year old, Kitty Hamilton from Alford, Lincolnshire won a BE100 section at Frickley Horse Trials riding Grand Pas.  Kitty is an amateur rider and works on the family farm, including running the farm butchery shop and is a mum of 4.

Grand Pas (Cosmo) is a 16.3, 11yo Irish gelding who she bought last winter. He is very quirky but has lots of ability and she feels very honoured when he shares it with her!

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

We will come back to Frickley for the Yorkshire Challenge as our main aim.  We may do a Novice at 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?

Frickley 1 in 2017 was my first BE event for around 10 years. ‘Fabulous Frickley’ is an amazing event where nothing is too much trouble and in a beautiful location.   

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

I can’t really single any one person out, but I am always very inspired by Ros Canter who is local to me and has a lovely smooth, quiet riding style which I would love to emulate!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My husband is completely unhorsey and I know he thinks there would be many better uses for the time and money I spend on the horses, but he still supports me, which is very special. I also really value the input of my farrier Dean Brash, horse chiropractor Emily Graham and SJ trainer Jo Burns-Firth. 

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

This was my first BE win 23 years after my first affiliated event.  If I’d known it would take that long I might not have bothered! 

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

None of them seem very funny at the time!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Frickley and I rode at Rockingham for the first time this year which was also amazing. I love events with a ‘big event’ feel.   

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

I had to call in at pony club camp on my way home to pick up my son who had been attending his first residential camp, so it was a quick sausage and mash supper when we got back, although I did treat myself to a couple of mojitos!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ always has me singing along very loudly and very badly but only when I am on my own…

26 year old, Veterinary Surgeon Helena Pope from Northamptonshire won a BE100 section at Cholmondeley Castle riding Rossalougha Ted, a 7 year old 14.2hh Connemara. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse? 

Ted stepped up to Novice this season, so we ran him at BE100 at Cholmondeley for a nice confidence giving run. We are hoping to complete a 1 star by 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’ve competed there once before, and will definitely be back. Everyone was so friendly, and the courses were perfect for what we wanted. The ground was also impeccable!

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

Pip Rutherford – I started riding when I was 6 with Pip and her pony Coco, and she continued to teach me until just a few years ago. Best things I learnt from Pip – 1. It’s never the horses fault. 2. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mother. She also works full time as a veterinary surgeon, so without her it absolutely wouldn’t be possible.

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

Great ponies/horses don’t come along very often, so make the most of them when they are there.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

All of Teds first seasons dressage tests would count as “bloopers” I think. We averaged around a 48 mark, each test featuring a variety of airs above the ground… Teds personal favourite being the capriole! He has learnt to control his tricks better now!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Chatsworth International. I have only competed there once, but always go and watch every year. Having studied abroad in Hungary for 6 years I haven’t had a horse up at novice level for a few years, I am so lucky now to have 2 horses up at that level, so hopefully next year I will be able to go!

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

Beetroot and feta salad with a pint of cider.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Years and Years – All For You.

28 year old, Katie Prowse from Co. Wexford Ireland and Midhurst West Sussex won the KBIS 4 year old qualifier at Chilham Castle riding Clashgannon Way.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Clashgannon Way will be aimed at the 4 year old Championships in September before returning to her breeder/owner John Byrne for a long earned rest.

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 competing at Chilham Castle. A friendly well run event set in beautiful undulating parkland. I certainly will be returning.

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

Growing up amongst the Irish horse community I have had the pleasure of meeting many influential characters along the way.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Undoubtedly my parents. I owe so much to them. They’re always on the sidelines to lend a hand whatever the weather.

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

Whatever level you compete at we all have good and bad days…. You just have to keep trying!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I have lots of embarrassing ones. One being when one of my youngsters escaped from the lorry park and managed to prance through all the dressage rings, he was very pleased with himself.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Gosh there are way too many to mention.

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

It would have to be a home cooked roast with all the trimmings and extra gravy.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Free – Alright Now
Bird – You’re Gorgeous
Pulp – Common People

25 year old, professional event rider Steve Heal from Somerset won a BE90 section at Calmsden riding Be My Dancer, owned by Christine Baker. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

He is owned by a local lady, she bought him from Ireland last year and the aim is to continue improving around some events and then he will sadly be for sale.

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 Calmsden a few times before, both riding and grooming. It’s a lovely event, everything is close to the lorry park and the cross country is always inviting but with enough little questions. They made such a good effort with the ground, spiking the dressage, show jumping and cross country to try to give the best possible going in this dry weather.

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

It’s hard to pin point one idol I think, I have worked for a few top 4* riders before setting up myself, I feel I have taken aspects of all their training and work ethics. I worked for Oliver Townend first and learnt so much there. He would definitely be a big influence, he’s number 1 in the world at the moment and is so consistent on all horses. I also think Piggy French is a great rider, very stylish and all her horses go in a lovely way!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

There are always so many behind people the scenes that are ‘unsung’. Owners, yard staff, etc. I am based at CG eventing with the Day family and Zoe (the Mum) would probably be my answer. She deals with all the entries, bills, liveries etc and does lots of organising!

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

Probably just how hard it is. Everyone says it and I never didn’t believe it or took it for granted. But it takes so much training and hard work before you even get to a competition, and then on the day to have the horse 100% with you, putting into practice everything you’ve been doing at home isn’t always easy. As well as keeping the horses sound and having nice horses to ride is always a challenge, it’s taking longer than I always hoped but I feel like we are heading in the right direction.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Quite recently I was competing at Bicton and a young horse made a baby mistake off a step into the water and we both had a swim. I hadn’t brought any spare clothes with me so I had to borrow a pair of ladies breeches, and do my test on another horse with wet boots, a wet shirt and some very tight breeches! Lesson learnt, always keep spare competition gear in the lorry!

Which is your favourite event & why?

There are so many great events, to ride at I would probably say Bicton. It is always so well organised, they jump (and sometimes dressage) on a surface, the cross country is usually tough but well prepared and I have had good results there. I’ve also done a lot of grooming and I’d say Blenheim and Bramham are very impressive events! I never got to groom at a 4* which I would still love to do!

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

As it was my birthday I was out in the evening for a lovely meal in Bristol with family. I had a fillet steak!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We listen to a range of songs in the lorry and everyone knows I don’t mind singing along occasionally!

23 year old, professional event rider Alicia Hawker from near Badminton won the ON at Dauntsey Park riding Lawa.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse? 

This horse goes to Hartpury CCI** next week!

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’re a regular. It’s our local event, and I love riding the XC courses at Dauntsey, always big, bold and forward thinking. Beanie and her team also do an amazing job on the ground and put a huge amount of effort in which is greatly appreciated.

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

Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson. They are both amazing XC riders.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Mum! She’s always helping and supporting and grooming. She comes to every event and helps endlessly on the yard.

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

Don’t worry about who’s watching or looking, do what’s best for you and your horse on the day at your stage of training.

Which is your favourite event & why?

This is a hard one… I think Badminton. It’s our most local event and I’ve been every year since I was little, then getting to ride the 4* this year for the first time was magic!

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

I’d like to say something green and healthy …. but it’s a cheese burger and chips haha! With a Dr Pepper!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

The Kinks – Lola!

23 year old, Abigail Boulton from Staffordshire won the BE100 at Cholmondeley Castle riding Akina Z.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Akina Z (Pippin) and I are a new combination, so we will just continue to get to know one another and take it step by step. She’s got such a lovely attitude about her and I am very excited for her future!

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?

The first time I ever competed at Cholmondeley was back in 2011 with my current 4* horse ‘Tilston Tic Toc’, it was at this event that we did our first Intermediate track together and we were placed in the top 10. I think from then on this event had always been one I would look forward to competing at each season.

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

Jeanette Brakewell. I started training with Jan about ten years ago now and I am so lucky to have such a person to look up to and steer me in the right direction.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

That would be in no doubt my mum; who has always been there through the rough and the smooth of working with horses. She has got a great eye when it comes to horses and it goes without saying that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her.

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

How much fun it was – I would have begun doing it a whole lot sooner!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

That would definitely be when I unknowingly missed out a fence on the cross country course at Bishop Burton a few years back which not only got me Eliminated but cost me the win!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I’m going to have to say Burghley Horse Trials, the fact I have been able to compete there is still surreal and that I am also – fingers crossed – returning there again in September with Tilston Tic Toc is an amazing feeling.

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

I will probably go to my pub ‘The Red Lion” in Newborough where I work part-time and have their Rotisserie Chicken with skinny fries, Caesar salad and most likely a lager top!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Would have to be George Ezra – Shotgun, it’s been a serious summer anthem in this heat. 

20 year old, Douglas Crawford from East Lothian in Scotland but riding for owners Geoff and Elspeth Adam from Melrose in the Scottish Borders, won the CCIY* at Frickley Park riding Shadow Lad.

I am in the Horse Scotland Development programme for eventing and receive lessons there from John Ledingham and Eric McKecknie. Shadow Lad performed a nice dressage test on the Friday afternoon with a mark of 26.2, only one point off the lead. He was a fantastic ride cross country – foot perfect, and never touched a fence. We finished nicely inside the time allowed to stay on our dressage score. I was still in second place going into the show jumping phase and the reverse order of jumping creates more pressure. Lad is very careful and jumped a clear round. The competitor who was in the lead did not jump clear and so I was the winner.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

This CCIY* class was one of the aims and so winning it is a fantastic achievement. The owners bought this horse just 6 months ago and the wet start to the season meant that the first aim of Floors Castle CIC* in May was only our third event together. We finished in the top ten there on 31.7. Frickley was the second milestone at the end of July and we are competing at Blair Castle International Horse Trials CCI* at the end of August. If all goes well I hope to do a couple of OIu21 classes at the end of the season so that in 2019 I can compete in the qualifying classes for the British Young Rider 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?

I competed at Frickley in 2016 as a member of the Scottish U18 one star team on my own horse Pocket Rocket. That was the first year the U18 Regional Championships were held at Frickley in July. The 2 years previously I had also been in the Scottish team when the event was held at Weston Park in October. It is a well organised event in a fantastic setting and the focus on young riders made it an attractive event to try to do well in. Geoff and Elspeth Adam, who own Lad, were also sponsoring the 2018 Scottish team which I’ve had a long connection with also.

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

On leaving school I worked for Wills and Stephanie Oakden near Perth, for 15 months. I learned a lot about running an event yard and bringing on young horses and got to travel to events with them, with my own horses too. 

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

It’s definitely my Mum. She’s always so supportive. She does a lot of the behind the scenes tasks like entering competitions, driving the lorry and making sandwiches. She is always at the ring side and has been there for me during the highs and lows of eventing.

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

I can’t think of anything really. I love eventing even though it’s very hard work involving long hours of training and preparation of your horse in all weathers, especially in Scotland. For horse and rider to perform well in all three phases is a true challenge of the skill and ability of both partners.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

It’s hard to answer this as mistakes in eventing aren’t really funny. We’ve had some lorry incidents which on reflection may be funny but not at the time they happened.

I was travelling down to Badminton for the Grassroots 90 Championships a couple of years ago and the owners were following us with a large tool box and equipment in case anything should go wrong with the lorry on the long journey down south. The metal at the side of the windscreen snapped at the top and was flapping around, banging off the window on the motorway. Despite the many tools, the solution was using a cable tie to attach the metal to the sun visor.

Which is your favourite event & why?

I competed at Blair for the first time last year which had always been an ambition since being there as a spectator when I was younger . Being a Scottish International event with a reputation for the terrain being a real test, it is definitely one of my favourite experiences. My local events of Dalkeith, Floors and Hendersyde are always favourites too because of the friendliness of the organisers and knowing so many of the other competitors.

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

I do really like a chicken dinner with the full works of stuffing, gravy and especially parsnips. It would be accompanied by orange lucozade – my favourite tipple.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

My favourite lorry song is hard to pick because I spend most journeys fast asleep, one of my favourites artists at the moment is Drake. 

27 year old, Amy Hawley from Sheffield won the 4yo class at Burgham Horse Trials.

I do horses full time, sharing my time between running my livery yard, breeding, eventing a small string of horses and also teaching. I am a BE accredited trainer, so this is something I really enjoy doing.

 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

My aim was to qualify for the 4YO championships at Osberton Horse Trials at the end of September. I guess, by winning and gaining that qualification at her first event, I may need to aim a little higher now.

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 Burgham a number of times over the past few seasons, it is always a lovely event, organised and run well and with a large variety of classes I can bring a lorry full and make a weekend of it. I also have to add that given the recent weather, the organisers and team at Burgham did an AMAZING job with the ground, the going was perfect!

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

I would have to say Pippa Funnell. I was lucky enough to join Pippa’s team as a groom for a couple of years. I gained invaluable experience of keeping event horses on the road and running a large yard. I also gained lots of riding experience and learnt from a true pro. I would say that my time at Pippa’s was a good grounding to the life of an eventer.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My head girl Tessa is without a doubt my unsung hero. She is always one step ahead, has everything under control and is unbelievably hard working. With Tessa on my team, I can focus on my riding and I don’t have to worry one single bit about the rest.

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

Hmmm….. I’ve been eventing since I was on ponies, so this is a difficult one. But honestly, if I’d have known how many early mornings I would have to endure then maybe I’d have stuck to dancing.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

Probably the most embarrassing one, was getting decked by a young horse in the dressage warm up earlier this season. It resulted in a broken hand, a dented pride and then a rather frustratingly delayed season …. although it wasn’t too funny at the time, it was an ‘either laugh or cry moment’, so I chose the first option.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Chatsworth is a firm favourite. It is a local (ish) event for me, which is a rarity for a start! It always has a great buzz and feel to it, and with the big classes it draws the crowds to make it feel like a special occasion.

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

It’s got to have a good old Yorkshire Pudding, mash potato and some garden peas. Washed down with a glass of Pimms!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I’d probably have to say George Ezra and Shotgun, but singing is definitely not my forte!

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