Wednesday 26th of June 2019
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 18 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, Amy Martin from Lincolnshire won the OI at Somerford Park riding Sparkys Reflection.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

CCI** at Osberton.

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?

First time at Somerford but will definitely be back.

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

Ruth McMullan

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why

Mum, she still comes to watch and support at nearly every event!

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

How expensive it was going to be… 

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

My horse Sparky rolled in all of his dressage gear (tack, plaits… the whole lot) in his stable 10 mins before I needed to get on for the CCI*** at Blenheim…. safe to say I didn’t win best turned out!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Somerford because he won it!

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

Steak and chips with Prosseco.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Shotgun – George Ezra.

36 year old, Lindsay Morton from Adlington won the BE100Open at Somerford Park. 

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What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

To finish on a Novice at Kelsall Hill and then come out aiming at 1* and Intermediate in 2019.

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 at this event, it is my absolute favourite! The King family are so professional and the course, ground and whole competition is top class. So much thanks to them.

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

The late Caroline Pratt (my trainer) she showed me what hard work, determination and dedication can achieve. A true inspiration!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why 

My parents, they are always by my side, every step of the way, helping and supporting me in every aspect – they are one in a million.

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

How addictive it is. The buzz and adrenaline you feel is unreal! Also, you can put in a lot of work and then it’s sometimes down to luck … some days you have it other days not. That’s horses I guess.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Missing a fence out in my first 1* after a clear SJ – oops.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Somerford by far – it feels like home when I go there. So friendly and welcoming.

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

Tandoori Seabass and a G&T.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Dancing in the Moonlight by Top Loader.

33 year old, Clare Hanson from West Sussex won a BE100 section at Firle Place on her 5 year old mare, Diamond Zest. Clare specialises in breaking and producing young horses for eventing. Also takes in schooling, sales and hunting livery.

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Diamond Zest is homebred by her owner Mrs Jenny Elliott. Out of their own mare Pink Diamond (by Diamond Imp Lad) by Cevin Z. This is her first season eventing and I have been producing her since late last year. Bringing her on slowly with her future in mind. She has the most fantastic attitude to work with.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Hopeful that she continues to grow in confidence and experience ready to give Jenny’s daughter some fun next year in U18 classes.

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 love going to Firle, I have competed there quite a few times but not since having my son who is now 2. We enjoyed the change of layout and it provided a great atmosphere. We hope to be back!

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

I worked for Tina Cook as a working pupil for 2 years and she was a real inspiration showing how you don’t always have to have the best horse to make a great event horse. Producing horses from a young age forming a partnership and trust can get them a long way.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Definitely my mum! Who is a huge support not only with the horses but also with my energetic toddler Robin! I couldn’t do it without her!

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

The cost! 

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I’m still so annoyed at myself for missing a fence on the xc at Tweseldown on this same little horse. She has an Elimination on her record that she doesn’t deserve.

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Barbury Horse Trials. I did the 2* on my now retired event horse Mustn’t Grumble and we loved every second! I would love to get the chance to ride there again one day.

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

Has to be good old chicken nuggets and chips for a celebration dinner.. always a favourite with Robin as well! Diet coke is my must have drink I’m afraid!!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We love a bit of old fashioned Fleetwood Mac or The Cure… but currently the CD player is broken so thats another job for my awesome mechanic brother! After he’s done more welding….

35 year old, Janine Paterson from Somerset won the BE80 at Solihull riding Willoway Amigo on a 24 dressage and qualifying for the Championships at Weston Park in October.

I’m a Professional rider specialising in ponies. I compete at BE eventing, BD, county level showing both on the flat & WHP’s, as well as backing youngsters and the occasional homing of ponies! I’ve got my BHSAI however I only teach a select few because I find riding much more rewarding!
I have owned Roo since he was an unbroken 3yo, bought directly from the Willoway stud in Dorset. He is a 10yo, pure New Forest gelding, out of Mercury Amy. She is also the dam of Willoway Free Spirit who won the Badminton Grassroots BE90 Final in 2017, as well as many other successful ponies! Roo is by Woodrow Prince Harry, who was a prolific winner including winning at HOYS as a WHP. I have 2 other younger ponies also by Prince Harry, so I’m very excited for their futures!

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Roo has a couple of BE90’s coming up then he’ll head to Weston Park, before finishing with a couple more 90’s – the ultimate aim would be to qualify him for the Badminton Grassroots final!! He also completes at Novice BD so I’d like to try and qualify for the regionals over the winter.

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 my first time at Solihull and I’ll certainly be back. It was a lovely event and all the courses looked great, they had made an effort to get the ground as good as possible too.

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

I worked as a working pupil for William Fox-Pitt for 6 months after I’d finished my BHS exams. He is an absolutely incredible horseman and I learnt a lot watching him ride and also about the care and management of event horses. It was a privilege to work for him, I rode some amazing horses and experienced eventing at the highest level – something everyone should do if they get the opportunity.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My good friend Jodi Cameron is definitely my right hand girl!! She’ll be up at silly o’clock helping me get ready/go to events, she comes to most events with me which is always a huge help especially as I usually have between 2 and 4 rides, so she really helps co-ordinate everything!! She’s great company in the lorry on the way home too, be it if we are happily celebrating a great day, or commiserating a bad one!!!!

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

That’s a difficult question, I’m not sure I can pinpoint an answer! However I always try to make it lots of fun even though it’s my job and I always keep it in my mind that you can have a jolly good day and be pleased with your equine partner, even if on paper it doesn’t look the best! They are not machines and they all progress at different rates.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Lots of mistakes have been made!! At my very first BE event, I was in the lead after the dressage & SJ – we set off xc (the horses best phase) full of confidence, only to completely misjudge the first fence, the horse banked it, fell and rolled clean over me breaking my collar bone!!

Last year at Pontispool I forgot a fence xc, which I luckily rectified, but then had to really push on to make the time! That was due to walking 2 courses at once and advising a pupil at the same time – so I didn’t actually take in what I should be doing myself!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Pontispool, it’s on my doorstep and always run to perfection, However it’s never a very lucky event for me!! Treborough is a fab event, the views are incredible and the ground always has a bit of spring in it.

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

Prosecco, prosecco and more prosecco!! 

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Oh my goodness I sound like a drowning kitten if I sing and Jodi isn’t much better!!!!! We also talk too much to really notice what’s playing on the radio!

24 year old, Hannah Horton from Newbury won a BE90 section at Soilhull riding 5 year old, Atomic Kitten owned by Nancy Morrison and bred by her family at Fonthill Stud.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Solihull was only her 3rd event and this is her first season eventing. She will do a couple more BE90s before being stepped up to BE100.

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 Solihull before. And it’s an easy event to get too. Everything is close by and the XC is open and uses natural obstacles such as hedgerows as jumps.

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

Richard Ramsay as he has helped me from the word go.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mum, she does everything literally.

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

That you need a well full of of money!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

At Firle Place. As I have to combine the show horses, who all qualify throughout the year for HOYS and the event era it can get quite busy. I had been showing pretty much all week and then went to Firle Place which wasn’t a great day. Dressage my horse was so sharp it was probably the worst test he had done but the judge loved him and gave him a mark of 27!! Then jumping the wheels came off and it was a day we will forget!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Aldon because it was a lovely end of season finish.

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

Champagne with strawberries in it and a good steak with chips and salad. Preferably on the BBQ.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Nellie the elephant is sung quite a lot and gets everyone going but tbh we all sing whatever is on!!

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