Friday 9th of April 2021
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 15

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

© William Carey Photography

Imogen Gloag Keysoe BE100open winner

29 year old, professional event rider Alice Pearson from Herefordshire won a Novice section at Farley Hall riding TJ Charlene. They bought her as an unbroken 2 year old from Brightwells Malvern Sales, she is now 7 and this is her third win at Novice level. Syndicate shares are available! 

© Clare Keenan

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Potentially the 7 year old Championships at Osberton if she continues in the same vain. She’s a big mare and needs time to mature. She is doing the Welsh Championships at Chepstow this weekend. 

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 tried to go to Farley previously but was injured 2 years ago and last year it was waterlogged. If an event can be waterlogged in June it usually means it will have good ground in a heatwave, which it was! I will certainly be back again!

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

I’ve had so many people who have helped me over the years but this season I’ve been having some extra help from Richard Davison and Mark Phillips and they are helping me out so much!

© Clare Keenan

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My dad who works tirelessly to support me. He is a farmer so has ‘limited funds’ as it is but I certainly help drain them even quicker!

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

To pick up a tennis racket instead! If only I was good at tennis….It’s long hours for little return in eventing and tennis looks pretty glamorous travelling around the world, winning millions but I’m sure they would say it’s not so glamorous!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Well just yesterday I was doing a dressage test, it was firm and had just rained… I went up the centre line, turned left and boom… we were on the floor! 

© Clare Keenan

Which is your favourite event & why?

Chatsworth, it has such beautiful grounds. A real international vibe about it and we seem to have some good results there which helps!

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

We love celebrating a win! Often we invite the owners round for Fish & Chips and Champagne.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Stormzy – Too Big For Your Boots. One of the girls, Lucy Richards, has learnt the words and it’s hilarious watching her sing along to it!

© Clare Keenan

18 year old, Bubby Upton from Suffolk won the ON at Farley Hall riding 7 year old, Cola III. Bubby has just finished her A-levels and wants to study sport management at Edinburgh in 2018. Bubby has just been selected on two horses for the Junior European Championships! 

© Adam Fanthorpe

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Cola is a newish horse for me because he only arrived just before Christmas so it’s my first season on him. I am very excited about him so I am aiming him for the Osberton 7 year old two star and am aiming to do his first intermediate at Cholmondley at the end of July.

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 ever time at Farley but I really liked it. They made such an effort with the ground after a few weeks of hot weather which we all really appreciated.

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

Pippa Funnell has always been my idol and we both train with Ruth Mcmullen so I have always looked up to her.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My Mum is definitely the un-sung hero because she drives everywhere for me and when I was at school she used to drive up every week to school and stay the night at school in the lorry and we would ride the next morning before school.

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

The amount of compromises you have to make and things you have to miss out on because of competitions.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I wouldn’t say it was necessarily that funny because I was very upset after it but I was at the final GB Junior trial last year and my horse chipped in at the second last fence and I went flying.

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event has to be Millstreet in Ireland because I have had a lot of luck there and it’s where my pony Alfie XI and I won double silver at the Pony Europeans in 2014 so I have a lot of unforgettable memories at Millstreet.

What will be in your “Chicken Dinner”?

In my chicken dinner will be some barbecued lamb chops with some fried courgettes and mushrooms.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Um I think it would have to be a bit of Tina Turner.

16 year old, Tori McAlister from Hampshire won her first event back since finishing her GCSE’s at Farley Hall in the BE100 riding her dun gelding Surprise (Corrieview Brynn).

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

We have been selected for the BE100u18 Championships at Frickley Park at the end of July to represent the South East region. We are also aiming to move up to BE Novice later in 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?

It was our first time at Farley Hall as unfortunately last year the horse trials was cancelled due to flooding! We really enjoyed the venue and hope to be back soon.

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

My instructors have been massively influential and the British 4* competitors are also very inspirational.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Both my parents are very supportive of my sister and I, and travel all over the country to help us do what we love.

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

My dad would definitely say the financial commitment required! But I would have wished to have become a member of British Eventing sooner.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

My New Forest pony was very cheeky and decided he wanted to cool down in the water trough rather than just be sponged off after a hot cross country round which the spectators found quite funny!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Tweseldown is amazing now after its transformation and definitely has to be a favourite.

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

I have quite a sweet tooth so it would definitely have to be something chocolate based with whipped cream on the side!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

The Boy Who Knew Too Much by Mika is the drivers favourite (my mum!) and she gets to choose most of the time!

33 year old professional event rider for Hong Kong, Annie Ho who is based in Surrey and is sponsored by the Hong Kong jockey club won the ON at Keysoe riding Baxo.

© Spidge Event Photography

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

To get a qualification result at CIC**

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 in all 3 phases there. It is a lovely venue, fab jumping arena, great tack shop and cafe!

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

Piggy French has helped me so much especially to get this horse going. She prepared us for the last Asian games in 2014 where we narrowly missed an individual medal but luckily won a team bronze and has helped me through some difficult times.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My parents for supporting me and coming to watch me compete whenever possible.

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

That it is a rollercoaster full of highs and lows!!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I tried to squeeze through a gap in the show jumping arena and knocked the jump down with my feet before we even started!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

In the UK it would have to be Chatsworth. I love the atmosphere and the cross country course is just fab with all the spectators closely.

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

Sushi with a beer!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

There are too many!!

29 year old professional, Paul Gaff from Oxfordshire won a BE100 section at Keysoe riding Gift O The Gab, he also clinched a win in the BE90 riding Chacco Boom. 

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

The plan is for her to step back up to Novice with a view to qualifying for Gatcombe CIC*.

Is this your first time at this event, or are you a regular?

I have been to Keysoe a few times over the past years and keep coming back because the show jumping is always a good test and well built on a great arena and the cross country is also well built and designed to educate and test horses and rider fairly.

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

I wouldn’t like to name just one person but if i had to it would be my old boss and mentor Nick Gauntlett.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Eloisa Townsend my osteopath, for keeping my horses, me and my staff in top condition!

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

None, I’ve enjoyed everything good and bad learning along the way!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

When I was a working pupil, going into the cross country at Somerley Park in the lead and coming out the start box rather too quick to the first, hitting it and having a fall in front of everyone! My horse then preceded to gallop through the show jumping and warm up back to the lorry park with me running after him!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I really like Hartpury. The facilities are second to none and the course designed by Eric Winter is always one of my favourites to ride!

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

Nothing too exciting but if I could choose it would be my mums roast with a cold beer.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Ed Sheeran and Galway Girl is an absolute favourite at the moment! 

20 year old, Kirstin Bamford from Scotland won the IN at Alnwick Ford riding Gummys Twinkeling. Kirstin fits in eventing around currently studying Law at Edinburgh University.  

She bought him 4 years ago, he had only done a bit of show jumping. The show jumping was quite challenging at Alnwick and this played to his advantage as he is most confident in this phase. 

© Dave Cameron

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

My aims for 2017 were to step up to intermediate level and hopefully try and qualify to compete in a CIC2* this season. Hopefully we are on track for this after our good run this weekend and winning the OIu21 at Belsay a few weeks ago.

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 the first year Alnwick Ford ran and I would certainly return in the future. It’s a really lovely part of the country and I feel the event is only going to go from strength to strength.

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

I remember reading Mary King’s autobiography when I was really young and was inspired by the fact neither of her parents were horsey. Neither of my parents had much to do with horses either which made me think it was possible to get to the top despite this!

© Dave Cameron

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mum is certainly the unsung hero of our team because she is the one that holds everything together allowing me to balance riding and university. Both my parents appear really uncompetitive and have never pushed my sister or I into competing which I think has actually made us more driven and has made us want to train even harder!

My mum’s friend Sandra often helps a lot coming to events with us too. We joke that she is our “super groom” as the 3 events she has come to with us this season, we have always managed to win! So she is definitely our lucky charm!

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

Probably how frustrating the dressage phase can be! Twinkel, my horse, has always found this the most challenging discipline and I am yet to have come out the dressage phase knowing we did what we were absolutely capable of. I can’t wait for the day when we come out the arena knowing we did all we could!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Last season, we were competing in our first CCI* at Blair Atholl Horse Trials and I fell off in the show jumping warm up meaning I had big grass stains on my knees when I went into the main ring. It can’t have done us any harm as it definitely meant we were both woken up a bit allowing us to complete the event double clear.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Blair is probably my favourite event and I hope I continue to have the opportunity to compete here in the future. When I was younger we would always drive past the castle on our way up north and I would think about being able to compete there one day. It is probably the most prestigious event in Scotland which makes it special as well.

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

Normally when we have been away eventing, my dad is in charge of making dinner but his culinary skills are limited to toasting some bread which normally means he resorts to going to M&S. So my favourite celebratory meal would probably be their Thai Fishcakes with roasted sweet potato and butternut squash! I’m not really a big drinker but I normally make sure mum has a gin and tonic as she always says she needs one after seeing what we have to get around cross country!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I’m notoriously bad for falling asleep on the way back from events – I’m never very good company for Izzie or my mum! But this means I am oblivious to any music being played!

© Dave Cameron

18 year old, Poppy Boyton from Warwickshire, who is currently based at Lauren Shannons as a working pupil was 1st and 2nd in the BE100open at Skipton, riding Rinneen Silver Rocket owned by Beverly Branagh and Carissimo Z. This was her first run since being off for two months with glandular fever.

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

The original plan was to aim for Osberton CCIYH** at the end of the year but as we missed so many events we’re just going for the CCI* to have a bit of fun!

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 at Skipton and it was a lovely event with amazing scenery! We hope to be back but unfortunately it is a 3 hour trek.

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

It has to be my trainer Lauren Shannon, she has been an amazing help this year and I can’t thank her enough! Phoenix used to be a bit chaotic to jump but she’s really helped to transform him and we’re finally getting the results we want, he still has far to come but the hard work is definitely paying off!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

It definitely has to be my mum and my stepdad, I would never have been able to do it without them and I definitely don’t thank them enough! I especially have to thank my mum for giving me the opportunity to compete her horse Carissimo Z who I hope to take to young riders, she did also buy Phoenix.

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

Money does not grow on trees and your social life doesn’t exist!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Well Phoenix is a very enthusiastic jumper and one time he locked on to the wrong fence in the showjumping and took off at it, I couldn’t stop him so we ended up jumping a fence backwards, luckily he doesn’t do this anymore!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event has to be Kelsall Hill, it’s always such a bold flowing course and good fun to ride round, it’s also great for spectators as you can see pretty much the whole course. It’s just unfortunate that it’s so far away for us.

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

Thai food is always a win!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We don’t have one in particular but whatever we listen to is always my mums decision without a doubt, she is the driver after all.

22 year old professional, Imogen Gloag from Oxfordshire won the BE100open at Keysoe riding Janet Walsh’s and her own, Kalico.

© William Carey Photography

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Kalico is a new ride to me this year so I’ve spent the spring getting to know him round some 100 and novice classes, the aim is for him to move up a level and head to an Autumn 3day.

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’ve come to Keysoe a couple of times before, I really enjoy coming here it’s a really well run, friendly and organised event. My horses all really enjoy the show jumping surface here and the xc tracks are always really educational for the horses. The team at Keysoe had put loads of effort into the going and it was great.

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

Caroline Moore, has been a huge influence to me and I owe her a great deal. She has helped me for a long time now since I was doing my first intermediate’s and up to my first 4* last year, helping me through all aspects of the horses work from fitness and training through to planning the horses seasons.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Definitely Mum, couldn’t do it without her!

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

How many highs and lows there are!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I was doing the 90 at Isleham one time, and went the wrong way half way round the XC and ended up in the lorry park!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Bramham, the XC tracks are always fantastic and the atmosphere at the event is fab.

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

Any kind of roast is always a winner for me!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We usually listen to radio 1 in the lorry – when the radio works! So whatever is on.

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