Friday 12th of October 2018
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 16 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

26 year old, Abigail Clare from Cheshire won the BE90 at Skipton Horse Trials riding Arley Goldmine who is owned and bred by Alison Cope who she started riding with last year.

I found myself horseless and Ally had slipped a disc in her back meaning she couldn’t ride the ones she had. I have been riding Goldie for just over a year and we knew what huge potential he had and he has really shown it this season being placed at every event and this being his second win. Unfortunately we are now reaching a time where Goldie will be looking for his forever home with someone else, but before then we hope to move up to BE100 for a few runs

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 Skipton in previous years and it has always been one of my favourites, there a very few events with hedges as good as Skipton!!

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

It’s hard to pick just one big eventing influence but I would have to say Richard Carruthers and Andrew Heffernan have played a huge part in my love for eventing. I have trained with Richard since I was in Pony Club and he gives you such great confidence in yourself and your horse; I based with Andy for a summer with a previous horse and he was such a supportive and hands on trainer I probably wouldn’t have kept going at one point if it hadn’t been for him.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The unsung hero of the team has to be my parents. From day one they have always helped me as much as they can and I honestly couldn’t have even started eventing if it wasn’t for them!

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

I wish I had known more of the junior teams. We recently went to Frickley where they held the Under 18 Champs and it looked like such a fantastic thing to be part of.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

The funniest blunder I have had eventing was at Eland Lodge on my old chestnut mare (who was every inch the stereotype) when we popped over a roll top 2 strides down to the water and came to a screeching halt on the edge of the step; I was wrapped round her ears and all I could see was water and the fence judge was screaming at me to hang on! It wasn’t so funny at the time and I’m sure I broke a finger but I have the video of it and it’s hilarious now!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Favourite event is a very hard one to choose, but I would have to say Somerford. Not only is it a beautiful setting and incredibly run but the course always rides amazing, and I did my first 1* event there on my first event horse so it is a special event venue for me.

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

This season because we’ve had so many things to celebrate at events (wins and first time runs for horses) we have taken to having a glass of prosecco once we have all finished riding; and I highly recommend it!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Our favourite team karaoke song in the lorry is “I’ve gotta feeling by Black Eyed Peas”, we call it the winners song and we blast it on the way home to keep us awake after a long day, because with every event that we all come home safe we are winning!

27 year old, Lucy Wheeler from East Sussex won The Corinthian Cup at The Festival of British Eventing riding King Creole Vd N Ranch owned by Graham Jack.

 

I started eventing in 2009 after getting a fantastic job opportunity with Nicola Wilson, I gained so much experience and this gave me the eventing bug! I was previously showjumping my own ponies but now I could never go back. I consider myself an amateur rider, I work as a Headgirl full time so my horses have to fit in around work.

It was a surreal experience competing at Gatcombe, I’ve not competed at such a high profile event before so it was a bit of a shock! King Creole V Dn Ranch has done so well this season and this was his first ever championship event so I couldn’t be prouder of him.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

King Creole V Dn Ranch (known as Bubba) has been foot perfect this year completing and being placed in both Novices and CIC 1* . I am currently heading off to Hartpury to compete in the CCI 1*, then he is entered to try an intermediate at Keysoe this year. He will most certainly get a well deserved holiday after!

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 never been to Gatcombe as a spectator let alone as a competitor. There was such a buzz of atmosphere, the crowds were enormous but I enjoyed every minute! I would definitely love to come back!

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

I have to say Penny Sangster has been a massive influence for me. Not only has she hugely helped my riding, she has really improved my horses. They aren’t the easiest and very intelligent so she always gives them something different to engage their brains. It’s so nice to have a trainer that is so involved and loves to see us do well!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My unsung hero has to be my friend Natalie Smith she also works with me but when we can she will always come to the events but when she can’t she has to take over being in charge as well as sorting mine and her horses out.

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

I wish I had known how expensive it was! You end up spending your wage packet on an event only for your horse to pull a shoe and half it’s foot off the day before! Bread and water is an eventers staple diet.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I used to ride a mare called Euro Sonnett, opinionated is an understatement! I was competing her at Brightling Horse Trials. She had already refused to load taking herself and Nat back in to the stable. She broke loose at the lorry then in the dressage and showjumping she made it clear that she was not going to be cooperative. The cross country was interesting, she refused to leave the start box then suddenly left like a flat racer! Well after all that she came way inside the time to win her section!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Little Downham as I love the way the cross country is designed for forward bold riding. They always walk big but ride really well.

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

Roast chicken is my real favourite with cauliflower cheese and swimming in gravy. I’m not really a drinker but I am a coffee addict!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I can’t sing and neither can anyone else that comes with me! We tend to leave the singing to the pros!

19 year old, Sean Henderson from the West Coast of Scotland won the BE90 at Hendersyde on five year old, Mission Accomplished 2. 

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What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

My aim for this horse in 2018 is to take him to Blair Castle for the BE90 Grassroots Champs. She’ll then go on holiday for about 6 weeks and once she comes back we’ll start showjumping her where she’ll hopefully step up to some bigger classes like Newcomers and Foxhunter.

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 regularly event as this is what I have chosen to do as a profession. What keeps us coming back though is the fact we enjoy buying and producing young horses as it’s very satisfying seeing them come on!

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

For me that is a very easy question as that would be my Mum. As she’s what inspired me simply because of the fact she’s ridden at Badminton and Burghley so I feel I must go one better and get placed at one of them. But overall her work ethic and the amount of time she has for people is what inspires me.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

We are very lucky to have a good team behind us from horses, owners, investors, grooms, coaches and especially the dogs! But we wouldn’t be able to go to so many events at weekends if it wasn’t for Karon. She keeps everything ticking at home why’ll we’re away.

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

The one thing I wish I knew before I started eventing would be the amount of early starts you have to make. Especially as I’m not a morning person!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Funniest blooper I’ve made would be at Frickley last year in the U18 1*. Where the horse and I happened to get a bit soggy cross country at one of the water jumps. It did make for good pictures though.

Which is your favourite event & why?

That’s a hard one as I’m stuck between Belsay and Floors Castle. I would probably say Floors just pips Belsay as the scenery is just beautiful.

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

My mum does make a good chicken risotto which has plenty of veg in it. Most of the time I quite like a glass of cider at the end of the day with my dinner to relax!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We don’t have a favourite at the moment, just whatever is on the radio.

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