Thursday 25th of November 2021
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 18

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

© Matt Nuttall Photography

Casey Mckenna Upton House Novice winner

33 year old, Nadia Stones from Brighton won the BE90 at Eridge riding Heitas Spike. It was her first time competing him, he was bought for her mum to hunt and the trip to Eridge was to improve his confidence in the hunting field. 

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

If my mum lets me I might have a go at Firle!

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?

Eridge is one of my favourite events as it is so well run and in such a beautiful spot. I have quite a demanding full time job so eventing often gets put on the back burner, for that reason this is the first time here since 2012.

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

Local professional eventer Clare Lewis, she introduced me to the sport when I was younger and has helped me a lot over the years.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mum keeps kindly collecting hunters that like to go eventing! Friends Sharon and Jo are also a huge help to us.

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

It’s addictive and expensive!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Leaping off to adjust some tack before the XC and setting off my air vest. I rolled around on the floor like a beetle stuck on its back.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Eridge, Borde Hill and Firle. Local, long running and well run.

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

Indian takeaway and a pint of water, I always feel dehydrated after events.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Eye of the Tiger sung by friend and top groom Jo Hillman.

20 year old, Victoria (Tor) Smith won the 100 at Tweseldown UA riding Classicals Cash Back.

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

To step up to novice by the end of the 2017 season – he is only 6yrs old so we are taking it slowly with him.

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 Tweseldown multiple times. I go back because they are always well run events, especially since Rachael Faulkner has taken over the organisation of it. It was a lovely, well prepared course and up to height.

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

My mum! She has trained me since forever, somehow we have managed this mother-daughter training since I started riding (obviously with a few arguments along the way!). She rides and looks after my horse whilst I’m away at uni, and backs me all the way…couldn’t have done it without her or had the success I’ve had either.

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

What I wish I’d known before I started eventing: not to put all my eggs in one basket with one aim…be open to changes depending on the route your season takes! Nothing ever quite goes to plan!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

The double air jacket bang – I forgot something at the lorry and had already plugged in = first air jacket pop…then after I finished xc I was so elated that I jumped off again with it on = 2nd air jacket pop! Mummy not best pleased!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I have a few events:

– Aldon – I’ve always had successful runs at Aldon and such lovely people always running the event! Also my grandma lives near by so she can come and watch!

– Gatcombe – such a beautiful event, well organised and great course suitable for all horses.

– Haras du Pin (France) – most enjoyable eventing experience… friends, family, parties and a beautiful course – not to forget the success too!

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

I had a BBQ when I got home washed down with a few glasses of Pimms!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

The Heat – I wanna dance with somebody (Ralph Felix).

23 year old, Sarah Pickard from Kent won the Open Intermediate Class at Eridge.

© Tim Wilkinson

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Connor’s (Polo Striker) 2017 season is sadly nearly at an end for us. We are heading to Hartpury CIC3* in August and then hopefully Blenheim Palace CCI3* in September.

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?

Eridge was our first run back since finishing 14th in our first CC13*u25 class at Bramham Horse Trials. We competed in our first ever Intermediate at Eridge in 2014, and in 2015 we won the intermediate. We didn’t compete here in 2016 as it clashed with Barbury, where we contested our first CIC3*. We like to come to Eridge as a lot of hard work goes into the event and I feel the course, with its undulations, is always testing for horse and rider. Oh and of course all the lovely trade stands!

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

I was introduced to Francis Whittington through mutual friends last year and he has been a great help through our transition to 3*. Francis walked the course with me at Barbury last year and has walked Belton, Burnham and Bramham 3*s with me this season. His advice has been invaluable. Francis is a top-level rider but he is very down to earth and is very proactive in helping those making their way up the levels. I saw him at Eridge where I had great pleasure in telling him I had beaten him!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My unsung hero definitely has to be my Mum. Although she got ‘sung’ at Barbury 3* last year when she won the award for best turned out horse! Mum is lorry driver, groom and general dogs body. It can be difficult competing at the higher levels when you might be away for 5 days at a time and there isn’t several of you – but Mum does a great job. We’ve been horsey-ing together since my early Pony Club days. Mum ran a successful stud for over 30 years so her horse knowledge is unmeasurable.

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

Ha! That it’s an addiction and you can near enough forget everything else in your life – or that it has to work around eventing! On a serious note, I’d say it’s probably learning to take the ups with the downs – which I struggle to do sometimes. There’s always the ‘big if’ in eventing- but there’s no point dwelling on it (she says!) as you can’t undo what’s already been done. My Mum and our couple of friends, Vics and Cath, who follow us eventing, will laugh at me for saying that because it’s what they tell me all the time!

© E.S Photography

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I would say it probably has to be our one and only trip to Aldon in 2012 where we were competing in the 1*. The trip from the beginning was a disaster. Our old lorry set alight and we had to unload Connor in the first lane as there was no hard shoulder. It was getting dark and rather scary! A couple of horsey people stopped to help us. We would have made our way home the next day but one of the people that stopped madly insured us on her lorry and we carried on to Aldon. To cut a long story short – Aldon began with a fire and ended with a dunking in the water after we tripped on landing!

Which is your favourite event & why?

It was our first time going to Barbury last year and it was a beautiful event. The views of the XC were unbeatable and the evening entertainment was great too. Although I’d have to say Hartpury was on a pretty equal par – we were very well looked after and the facilities they provided after XC for the horses were fantastic. Connor obviously seems to quite like Eridge too!

© Tim Wilkinson

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

I’m a bit of a fussy eater, but also don’t often feel like eating at an event with nerves, so I’m always trying to be force fed food throughout the day. Usually once we have finished and we make the journey home I eat everything that Mum has brought along. We were quite late back from Eridge so we just had a few salad bits.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Umm I wouldn’t really say we have a favourite Karaoke song but Vics (particularly) and Cath, the two friends that follow us avidly, tend to have a habit of singing one-liners appropriate to the situation in hand. For example ‘we’ve gotta get through this’ just before the XC round, or ‘don’t stop me now’!! It makes everything a little more light-hearted!

© E.S Photography

19 year old, Hector Baker from Gloucestershire won the Intermediate at Upton House

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Hopefully do a couple 2* and maybe an advanced.

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 once before, it’s not too far to travel and the jumping can be tough so works in my favour.

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

My mum, she completed Badminton twice when she was younger and my aim would be to equal that!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mum, she does all the running around and making sure the horses and myself are all ready on time, especially when I’m working throughout the week!

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

The hard work!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

When I saw a very long stride xc and I could hear the fence judge squeal in shock that we went on it!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Osberton, nice and relaxed and a lovely place.

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

Roast lamb with Yorkshire puddings!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I usually go to sleep in the lorry!

26 year old, Harriet Colderick from East Sussex won the SsangYong Novice section J at Eridge Horse Trials riding Watergate Bay, owned by herself and her mother Ishbel.

© Spidge Photography

 

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

Watergate Bay is an 11 year old ex racehorse, previously trained by Paul Nicholls. This is his second season eventing. I have a passion for retraining racehorses and the plan was to sell him once I had introduced him to eventing. However I quickly realised he was a special horse and this is his third win at Novice level. Our aims for the rest of the year are to do some more CIC*s before hopefully stepping up to Intermediate before the season ends. I would also love to do a three day CCI*.

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 are definitely regulars at Eridge as it’s one of our local and favourite events. I was in the Eridge Pony Club from the age of 4, and now teach for them so Eridge Park very much feels like home!

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

I was very fortunate to have some super training whilst in the pony club and at school, including from Francis Whittington, Pippa Funnell and Emily Baldwin. I’ve learnt a huge amount from them, not only with them on the ground but from watching them in the saddle.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My parents Stewart and Ishbel are my biggest supporters and I certainly wouldn’t be able to event without their help.

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

Horses are great levellers and to really celebrate the good days.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

I was competing in the JRN at Eridge Park a few years ago and my stirrup and stirrup leather flew off my saddle at fence 3. Determined to carry on we kicked on and my lovely horse at the time, Echo, looked after me and we flew round the rest of the course with one stirrup.

© Spidge Photography

Which is your favourite event & why?

South Of England Horse Trials would be my favourite, it’s our closest and so friendly and is always a decent course. I’ve had some very good days there.

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

My favourite is Chicken Fajitas, probably washed down with a coke or maybe a gin and tonic.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We like to sing to Bastille – Pompeii in the lorry.

Watergate Bay on the left and Jack Harbour on the right

31 year old, Casey Mckenna from Essex won the Novice at Upton House riding Royal Symphony owned by Professor Heather Laurie MBE. This horse at the age of 9 has had a career change from a dressage horse to an eventer and is now in his 2nd season eventing.

KEC Salza competing in the advanced at Aston Le Walls © Matt Nuttall Photography

 

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

The aim for him is to compete in a CCI* at the end of the 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?

This was the second time I’ve competed at Upton and I would certainly plan to come back next year. It’s got a lovely feel with a very fair and confidence building xc course. I would highly recommend it!

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

My biggest influence in my career has been one of my trainers John Bowen who has been a huge support to me throughout my career so far and his knowledge and experience has been a massive help to me.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My unsung hero would have to be my best friend Rebecca Atkin who grooms for me at all the competitions and is a crucial part of my team.

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

It’s a lot harder than it looks..!!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I think the funniest blooper I’ve had was when one of my owner’s mother nipped to the portaloo at the end of a day eventing only to be hoisted onto the back of the truck while she was still inside!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event has to be Burghley. It has the most amazing feel to the event and it’s my life long ambition to ride there one day.

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

My chicken dinner would have to be a Texas BBQ dominos pizza washed down with a kiwi and lime old mout cider.

KEC Salza competing in the advanced at Aston Le Walls © Matt Nuttall Photography

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We don’t have one favourite karaoke song but we do play an epic game of name that tune while we are on the road.

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