Saturday 25th of May 2019
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 21 2018

We are 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 

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This weeks winners

31 year old, Kelly Guy from Leicestershire had her first ever BE win in the BE90 at Moreton Morrell riding Dazel Razel.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Having produced Daz (Dazel Razel) myself from a crazy two year old out of Melton Market, I don’t expect massive things but my aim at the start of the season was to get a sub 30 dressage score and possibly get him to a 105. However life decided that moving up wasn’t going to happen this year, with my mother passing away and my first two events being cancelled I never really got my mojo going early enough. We managed to get to Rockingham International BE100 in May but then I took a tumble at Speetley BE100 which set me back in confidence. I’ve struggled emotionally and physically to get going since so I’ve done a few BE90s for a bit of confidence and to learn to enjoy myself more! We did however achieve our sub 30 score! With a dressage of 26.8 at Moreton Morrell.

We have actually finished for the season now and both me and Daz are having a holiday but plan on giving 2019 our best shot and try to qualify for Badminton Grassroots 2020 now that we have a regional final ticket for next year! (Forward planning and all that!)

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 competed in the BE100 here last year but I lost my bottle and pooped myself at the third fence on the XC so I pulled up and called it a day at fence six. I will definitely be back again though I loved it this time round!

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

Oh wow, if we are going for big names I would have to say Ben Hobday. Having a marmite horse myself too, that people either love or hate. Ben gives me the inspiration that you don’t need a flashy warmblood to get to the top levels you just need a good partnership.

I also have two very good instructors Stephen Thompson for dressage and Ginnie Turnbull for jumping. Both their influences have seen a big improvement in my horse and myself.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Got to be said my fabulous partner and my daughter, my partner who wasn’t horsey at all before we met has turned into the best super groom ever! And my 11 year old daughter takes on the mini me mother role and reminds me to stay calm in the stressage arena! And how to ride my lines on the XC course! 

Going back to when I first started my passion I wouldn’t be where I am today without my amazing parents! The support they have given me financially, emotionally and physically has always been fabulous and I hope to always do them proud.

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

How expensive it is! By the time you add the entry fees, start fee, fuel, bacon baps and of course the photos!

It’s a good job my partner doesn’t mind me collecting photos for up the stairs!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

Oh I’m useless, I’m always having them! I now have a checklist to tick off the night before so I don’t forget anything! I’ve got to say probably the best/worst was when I forgot my body protector and I squeezed into the lovely girls who was parked next to me in the trailer park for the xc and then I fell off! Epic fail! (And if you’re reading this now.. again I’m so sorry and thank you).

Which is your favourite event & why?

Offchurch Bury, it’s a fabulous event run by a wonderful friendly team (Lands Eventing), the ground is always spot on too!

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

Dominos pizza and probably a cider or two!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I don’t really have one single song, just generally something I can have a good bop and sing along with.

21 year old, Chloe Fry (groom for Kitty King) from West Sussex won a BE90 section at Moreton Morrell riding Spirit Of Felix. They did a 27.8 dressage and a double clear.

© Jay Photos

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse

My main aim with him is to qualify for the Badminton Grassroots. He picked up two BE90 regional final qualifications last season where I hope to qualify him at one of those.

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 first went to Moreton Morrell last season 2017. It’s an event that’s not too far for us with lovely courses. We will probably be back next year!

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

That has to be my boss Kitty King. I don’t think I know anyone else as dedicated to her horses training and well being as Kitty and her mum, and what a season she has had this year. I can’t thank them enough for helping me achieve huge amounts with Felix. Anyone who knows him will know getting round is a massive achievement!!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I have to say my mum, Claire. Without her I wouldn’t be where I am today. Not only did she get me into the best career going, she has always been there to support everything I do. Whether that is grooming for Kitty or competing myself.

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

How tough it really is! There are good days and bad days, long and short but I can tell you I wouldn’t change that for anything!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

That has to be one of my first events when I was in the lead and my pony decided to stop and poo in front of the first fence!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event I have done with Felix is probably Dauntsey as it is just up the road and my first BE event with him. I love the XC course there too!

© Jay Photos

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

As always my winning dinner is a trip to McDonalds for a chicken legend, large fries and a coke!!!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

There’s always driving rock or country in our lorry but Mr Brightside or 9 to 5 always get us going!!!

44 year old, Essie Barker from North Devon won the BE90 at Pontispool riding Mighty News.

We had the second best dressage, which I think was only beaten by the last to go in my section! So I had to wait all morning waiting for my score to be beaten! Then once it had been, then had to see if they could finish on it.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

The aim had been to jump Novice – which I managed the first run of the season (Tweseldown early March). This was a life long aim for me and the reason I bought Bugs 10 years ago as a raw 4 year old – it only took 10 years. The season then fell apart – first wet ground – then rock hard (Bugs only really likes perfect going) which ended in 3 of my last 4 runs ending in E (all for me falling off – I don’t like the rule change for 2018!!) hence the step back to BE90.

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 competing at Pontispool for years.

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

Too many brilliant trainers to name them all – I am not a brave rider and though I have always been determined to do it I have needed loads of help along the way. I guess the biggest influence comes from “normal” friends – who are all struggling in their own way – nerves/finances/soundness the list goes on and on – and we all support each other to do what we do (some I have met once on a clinic somewhere and we stay in touch via FB and some I see every week).

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My Mum, we must be one of the oldest teams in eventing (129 counting me, Mum & Bugs) and she brings the best picnics.

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

How to earn more money!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

To be honest I can’t think of one but I did have a friend of mine pull up next to me once at an event only to realise she had forgotten to load her horse (he was happily still tied up where she left him in their yard when she got home).

Which is your favourite event & why?

Bicton – amazing facilities, amazing team, and beautiful park land – I don’t think you could get better. 

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

As we normally have hours to drive home it’s normally Nuts and Fruit on the drive back with lots of coffee!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

The Greatest Showman soundtrack (but I wouldn’t inflict my singing on anyone).

17 year old, Talullah Bartlett (better known as Toots) from Somerton won the OIu21 at Pontispool riding Candyman Leanorth.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

We’ve had a great season at Intermediate and 2*, we will have a break after Osberton CCI** this weekend and then hopefully campaign him at young riders next 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?

It’s a relatively local event for me, it’s a lovely, welcoming and very organised event with two decent tracks.

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

Robin Dumas my coach and his daughter Millie Dumas.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My parents because they do everything for me (although the dog is my lucky charm)!

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

Just how important the fitness of a horse is, in order to allow them to perform at their best.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I missed a XC jump out at Smiths Lawn, and finished thinking I was in the money to then be told I was eliminated!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Millstreet in Ireland is an incredible venue and I’ve always had great results out there.

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

You can’t beat a good roast!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Dad and I sing along to everything.

32 year old, Myles West from Tunbridge Wells won the BE90 regional final at Munstead riding Grand Revolution. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

She will do the 105 at the end of this season and then a winter of showjumping before Badminton Grassroots next year. After that she will be aiming for novice.

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 there a few times but never had much luck there… until this time!

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

Jacqui Baker who is my SJ trainer. She helps me get the best out of each horse individually… and keeps me in shape!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The owner and breeder, Laura Paice, she puts all the work in at home.

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

To get up earlier!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Last weekend at South of England almost coming off at the corner.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Eridge as it is just down the road from me and a lovely event with good food!

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

Probably a burger from the event caterers and a beer when home!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Not much of a singer to be hones… I don’t think the team would appreciate it!

27 year old, Katy Sawyer from Somerset won the BE90 at Pontispool riding Greatest Time (Simba).

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Tricky question, at the start of the year we were still rehabilitating him from a stifle operation from March 2017 which he took quite a long time to come right and strengthen up. He’s also got kissing spines that we have to look after. There were times when I didn’t think we would get him to the ridden stage. The more we did the stronger he has become and is getting better and better. Initially to complete an 80 and be sound was the aim and he’s exceeded all expectations and is happily at BE90.

It would be great to get a BE100 under his belt by the end of the season but we will see how he feels. He is strong in all three phases so I’m excited about next season after a winter of training when he will be even stronger. We also enjoy dressage and have reached the Petplan Finals and hope to qualify for the Championships.

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’m lucky that Pontispool is a local event and I have been eventing there since starting at Pony Club level. It’s a lovely event with flat dressage arenas, a great surface for showjumping and good educational cross country tracks.

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

Sir Mark Todd has been my idol from a young age and I have spent countless hours watching his 20 years of cross county over and over!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I am truly grateful to my mum for everything she has done and her constant help and support. Also to Simba’s Sports Massage Therapist Georgina Langley for all the hours spent ironing out any niggles keeping him feeling well.

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

How addictive and expensive it is! Also how difficult it is to get all three phases right on the same day.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

A few to choose from but the most recent was Pontispool earlier this year. After a good dressage we cantered through the timing beams towards the first showjump, something spooked Simba and the next minute I was on the floor eliminated! (Looking back now I laugh but I didn’t see the funny side at the time!)

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Barbury. It’s set in beautiful surroundings with great courses and going. It’s also a fantastic viewing course so mum can see more than just a couple of fences as she’s always at the start and finish.

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

I did actually have a chicken dinner after my win! It was a chicken and haloumi salad washed down with pineapple juice.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Usually Radio 1 or The Greatest Showman.

26 year old, Amy Burbage based in Leicestershire won a BE90 section at Moreton Morrell riding Just Call Me Olive. Amy is a full time coach and assistant chief instructor for the Quorn Pony Club.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

The aim is to give her time to mature through the winter and move her up to Novice by the end of next season (if she’s not sold by then).

 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 to this event a couple of times with another horse in the Novice. I think the Novice is a fair track. The BE90 rode well although I was surprised how hard the ground was still after the rain we had.

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

I love watching the kiwis at the top level, their natural balance and horsemanship is incredible. My none horsey parents have played a massive role giving me some great opportunities with great ponies. The main influence for me has to be the Pony Club and the support they provided for me when I was training for their teams, we trained with some incredible people such as Hilary Westropp, Chris Farnsworth and Steve James.

© David Shard

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The unsung hero has to be my dad. He’s my biggest supporter I owe a lot to him.

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

I wished before eventing I had known my farrier! He’s been a great support and taught me so much. I’ve had a run of bad luck for many years and since changing to him everything has fallen into place. The horses are happier than ever with Bob around!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I’ve had a lot of bloopers from getting the wrong day to go eventing. To falling off at the second to last on the XC. In fact I fell off Just Call Me Olive before the dressage last year! You name it I’ve done it…

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event has to be Somerford Park. I ran my horse Caramel Chew Chew there a few years ago in the Novice and we flew double clear. I love how it feels like a Championship. It’s a shame we’ve lost so many events though, as I used to like Winkburn Park.

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

My “chicken dinner” will be veggie. After a cold raining day I made myself a veggie stew with lots of mushrooms and of course champagne!

© David Shard

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I’m a little old school in my music choice but it would have to be Sherry by Frankie Valley and The Four Seasons.

57 year old, Lloyd Newton from North Yorkshire won the BE80 at Alnwick Ford riding Waterbeck Jasmine. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

To gain experience and hopefully qualify for Mitsubishi Motors Cup next 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?

It is my third time competing at this event. It is a wonderful venue and has great facilities with a proper galloping track.

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

Mark Todd a fellow veteran. 

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Bryan McDonald, he does a lot of work behind the scenes.

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

How to cope with the high and lows of Eventing.

 Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Going from fence 1 to 10 in the Show Jumping and not being allowed to go XC.

Which is your favourite event & why? 

Badminton MMC for me to compete and Badminton 4* to spectate.

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

Fillet steak, chips and salad and Pinot Grigio. 

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Rick Astley – Never going to give you up.

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