Monday 19th of August 2019
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 19 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

23 year old, Daisy Adamson from Essex won the BE90 Section S at Keysoe riding Sugar Rush.

I am a amateur event rider. I am a nanny to two boys and I am training to be an equine massage therapist. I evented up until I was 17. I then played polocrosse for the UK under21 side and played some polo. In 2016 I decided that it was time to get back to eventing and Marley (my ex race horse turned polo pony turned event horse!!) was to be my partner in crime.

I unfortunately had a accident in a showjumping collecting ring back in June which resulted in a broken foot. I thought my summer was done for. The moment the consultant said that I had the all clear to ride again, I made a late entry for Keysoe! The win definitely made up for the rubbish summer I have had!

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I have entered Marley into a BE100 class for the end of next month. For a horse who had never seen a jump until March 2017, I think he’s done remarkably well. I would love to compete at Novice level one day with Marley, however he is definitely braver than I am!

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

Keysoe is one of our closer events and it is such a lovely place to compete. Their arenas are lovely and they always make such an effort with the ground XC. I competed at one of Marley’s first events last year here in the BE80 section and we loved competing in their unaffiliated 3DE at the beginning of the year.

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

I would have to say my Mum and Dad. I grew up in the city of Liverpool with a non horsey family. However eventing wriggled its way into our lives and turned us all eventing mad! When I was younger Mum and Dad bought me an incredible pony (who we still have now), spent all their spare time running me around the country for lessons and events and even when I moved away from home they made sure that I had a lorry so I could still do what I loved to do. They still come to support me at many events now.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I would have to say my boyfriend Ben. Ben plays polo and finds the dressage extremely boring, however he still gets dragged along to the events and does a great job of helping out. He also thought that it was a great idea to drive 200 miles to pick up a little 3yr old ex race horse from a Facebook advert, the day we flew back from South Africa! Without his reassurance that I wasn’t crazy, I might have never found Marley!!!

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

How you spend every spare minute and every last penny on the sport. It’s an addiction!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I was first to go in the arena at Kelsall Hill. I did my whole dressage test back to front. However the 8am start on a Sunday meant that the judge was also a little sleepy and we got away with the whole thing!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love competing at Somerford Park. It is such an amazing place and I have so many childhood memories there. I hope to take both Marley and Tully there next year.

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

A Chinese take away and a pimms!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

“If your over me” – It always seems to be playing on the radio when we are on the road.

20 year old, professional event rider Charlotte Bacon based in the Cotswolds won BE100 Section D at Wellington riding six year old, Cosmos Du Figuier.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I hope this horse has some consistent runs at novice level to finish the season. It’s his first season eventing – and I think a lot of him as a horse for the higher levels in the future, so I am in no rush.

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

Wellington is one of my favourite events. At the lower levels the course is educational especially for the younger horses. I find it asks enough questions without over facing them. It is also a perfect pre run for Blenheim or other Autumn three day events. It is explicitly run and good ground is usually guaranteed.

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

So much has influenced my career but maybe the biggest influence has been the horses and ponies that I have been lucky enough to spend time with. My first 13.2 ‘Just Soloman’ made me believe I could do anything, I was convinced he would jump around Badminton. It definitely gave me a determined mind set to achieve my goals.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My unsung hero is an easy one. It has to be my Mum. She works tirelessly to help me – I’m very lucky to have her.

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

I wish I’d known that perfection has moving goal posts and it takes patience.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Either being hung up by my jeans trying to climb over the fence in the main arena at Gatcombe or being very nearly bucked off in my dressage test at the Pony Europeans in Italy in 2013.

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event would have to be a toss up between Barbury, Blenheim or Bramham… I couldn’t choose.

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

Well if we are passing a Mcdonalds on the way home then its a 20 sharebox of chicken nuggets (not usually shared). Otherwise it has got to be a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings usually washed down with a G&T or a cup of tea!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Any hits that are on the radio – we aren’t too fussy! If it comes on the radio we will usually give it a go. We do have ‘Eddie Stobart’s trucking songs’ on CD – which does have some absolute belters.. so we usually keep that for the extra long journeys!

38 year old, Jo Hales from Oxfordshire won a BE100 section at Keysoe riding Worthy Illusion.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

To qualify for Badminton Grassroots Championships if possible and find a side saddle that fits!

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 is my first time back in about 10 years, I will definitely be back as they had worked so hard on the ground.

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

My parents.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My amazing husband who looks after my children so I can go eventing! Also Anna Bea Taylor who helps with the children in the week and Wizzy Richards who rides the horses twice a week so I can keep them fit enough around work and children.

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

How much it costs! (Best being in denial)

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

My car broke down and in the transfer of vehicles I managed to forget my bridle! I arrived late and had 10 mins to warm up, luckily the lady from the lorry next door leant me one. I was then very embarrassed to beat her son in the same section! That was with Worthy Illusion’s mother.

Eventing is so friendly, I often lend people equipment and have borrowed various things in the past.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Aston – they are very accommodating as I am often on my own with two horses and everyone knows me so I know I will be looked after if I need it.

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

Steak and chips with a bottle of red wine!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I am usually too busy learning my dressage test on the way to the event! Like a bat out of hell used to be appropriate when I had a particularly slow XC horse but with Worthy Illusion it’s more a case of keeping her steady!

21 year old, Lois Teal from North Yorkshire won the BE100 at Shelford riding Z7 Catastrophe. 

I literally just returned back from a summer working in America. I had been teaching children at a riding camp out there from the start of June. I returned home on the previous Friday and had a week to ride Alfie (Z7 Catastrophe) prior to the event. I was competing in the BE100 Regional Final. I was lucky enough to have four tickets for a regional final, this was my first attempt at trying to qualify for the 2019 Mitsubishi Motors Cup.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Now I’ve qualified, I don’t have any more regional finals to compete in for the season, therefore I now plan to step up to novice before the end of the season, ideally competing at Bishop Burton and Norton Disney.

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 second time at Shelford, I was in the regional final last year, although I went double clear my dressage wasn’t quite up to scratch. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the event last year therefore thought it was a good event to step back into after my travels.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My brother, he keeps the show on the road so to speak. He will always do my horses if I’m away, from feeding them, mucking them out or even riding them. He’s very knowledgable and I’m incredibly lucky to have him to help me.

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

How much it costs and how influential dressage is… without a good test it’s all pointless. It’s all well and good going double clear but you’re always having to crawl up the leaderboard for minor placings, whereas if you can consistently nail a good test you’re at a far greater advantage over your competition. Not that I’m implying I’m good at dressage (far from it) but it means an awful lot if you can improve your dressage score.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing…

Probably last year at Shelford when Alfie completely freaked out when a coloured horse entered our neighbouring arena and he was convinced it was a cow! He was absolutely petrified.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Locally, probably either Bishop Burton or Norton Disney.. Bishop is one of my closest events and I love the cross country there. It’s also nice to show jump on a surface. Also, you need a fit horse for that competition because it’s very undulating. I absolutely love Norton Disney, both the showjumping and dressage are on very flat surfaces and the cross country is great fun with a good number of technical questions. Both are very well organised events too.

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

A blue fillet steak with peppercorn sauce from a very good restaurant (the blacksmiths arms at Westow- just down the road). I work for a gun company, Raisthorpe Manor and their Blood Orange vodka is to die for, so that always goes down a treat with champagne after a good win!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Probably Wagon Wheel or the Galway girl, we love country music and a good sing song! The old ones are the good ones.

15 year old, Emily Morris from East Sussex won the BE80(T) at Keysoe riding Easily Vivendia.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Bettie and I met last year.  We had an incredible couple of outings but over the winter I lost my confidence jumping and she lost her trust in me. By March, we were barely jumping 50cm. In April we had a bit of a confidence boost by winning the BRC CT Championships but getting around the BE courses eluded us. Finally after parting company at jump 3 at Tweseldown in July we went back to the drawing board. We are still a way off our original plan but if we can finish the season at 80 confidently I will be very happy!

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 Keysoe for BE. However it seems a lucky venue for us as we won the NSEA plate dressage championships here last December. We will certainly be back in 2019.

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

In the south east we have loads of talented eventers and trainers. I have been lucky enough to meet local eventers Georgie Strang and Will Furlong who have been incredibly kind and supportive. But to date the biggest influence has been Rother Valley Riding Club who have supported and encouraged me for the last 3 year’s.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My brother Harvey. He is not horsey.  He has either been dragged to weekends away or left at home to look after the dogs and horses. He never moans (well only occasionally). So lucky to have a supportive family.

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

“Don’t dolly around in the start box”

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

Too many! However the day 3 of us were tacking up at Brightling. My pony decided that he should investigate the posh lorry and horses of the 1* competitors. He managed to drag 3 of us over to said lorry. We really did look like a complete bunch of amateurs!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Tweseldown.  They have 4 events in the year and the ground is always perfect. Chilham comes a close second as it’s so beautiful. 

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

Maybe not a dinner but we always seems to “picnic” at the service stations around the country, washed down with hot chocolates! 

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

My mum’s version of Shotgun. She’s changed the words! 

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