Sunday 26th of May 2019
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 23 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

34 year old, Shari Butchart from Epping Forest in Essex won a BE100 section at Tweseldown riding Merengo V T Dauwhof. 

I am a qualified BHSII and BE level 2 coach and work with horses full time at our family run centre – Woodredon EC. I also run my own arena Eventing series called SB Arena Eventing at amateur level.

What are your aims for 2018/2019 for this horse?

This horse is a 6 year old and started eventing this season. He has come on so quickly and obtained my aim for him by completing a Novice class by the end of the season. I have one more Novice left at Aston Le Walls this season. 

I then aim to continue at Novice level aiming at 1*’s next season. I’m really excited for this horse as I believe he can go all the way. 

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 visited Tweseldown on and off since 2011 when I had a big fall there and hurt myself badly. It therefore meant more to me to win there yesterday!! I will definitely be back as the courses are great and it’s a very well run friendly event.

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

I’ve always enjoyed watching Andrew Nicholson the best. 

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My helper Hannah French. I have taught her since she was 7, she’s now nearly 18 and comes to every event with me! 

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

How fun it is to event. Especially going XC!! (My favourite phase!) I show-jumped for years and wish I would’ve started Eventing many years before I did. 

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I was once busting for the toilet after completing my XC. I leapt off when I had finished forgetting to unplug my inflatable air jacket. An expensive toilet trip!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I don’t have a favourite as such. I just love the challenge of each course and visiting different venues. This also helps me in designing my courses for the shows that I run.

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

Anything eaten with my lovely boyfriend Ben washed down with a good Gin and Tonic! (Preferably raspberry!)

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Hannah and I are very keen “lorry singers”  our latest favourite is Ed Sheerans ‘Perfect’. We tend to sing all the way to and from from the events with our pretend microphones!! (She’ll kill me for saying that as she finds me very embarrassing!!)

35 year old, Victoria Gregg (aka Plum) from near Tewkesbury won the BE90RF at Dauntsey riding Langson Governor.

I am a BHSAI & UKCC L2 Equestrian Coach, I have been mainly doing dressage and team chasing for the last few years but decided to register BE this year to see how Langson Governor took to it.

Governor won his BE90RF at Dauntsey on a dressage of 24.3 with 1.2 time XC. A massive shock as although I know he’s a class enough horse to do very well we had only 4 short weeks to prep him off the back of an injury mid July. He’s a bit of a self harmer so only two runs under his belt this season, well ever – as it’s Governors first season, so super thrilled with his results. Hopefully he’ll be much more ready in May!!!

What are your aims for 2018/2019 for this horse?

Well with his Badminton 2019 place secured at 90 I’m keen to get a BE 100 in before the seasons over and hopefully get into a RF or 2 next year! He’s a bold, scopey, brave horse but at 18hh he’s taken a long time to mature and feel ready so I’ve had to be very patient. For a strong future next season will be spent securing his foundations at 100 and maybe a novice. He’s only 7 and he’s not going anywhere so time is on our side. He will also spend the winter doing some BD, in a hope to secure him a regional spot at Novice as well as get our long arena practice in ready for Badminton, he’s so much happier in a long one on the grass!!

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 at Dauntsey, which is crazy as I used to be based in Corsham and Gov was bred at Attwood Farm. I really loved the venue and the organisation was fantastic! A lovely bunch of volunteers, and huge thanks must go out to them! The two water crossings were our biggest challenge as he is still green XC so I had to steady up and use up valuable time to get him through which cost us a few time faults with the last crossing so close to the finish. I will most definitely be going back.

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

My eventing career so far is very short but I’ve always watched keenly legends such as Jonty, and once met Mary King on the ferry on route to WEG and had a total crazed fan moment! Closer to home I like to follow Louise Harwood, she gives me great hope about taking on the world of eventing with my big horses when I’m only little myself!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

With out a doubt my mum!!!! It’s a tough job and there’s a lot more downs than there are ups and she’s always there to pick me up and keep me going. I get my work ethic from my mum and most of all the boys LOVE their Grandma!!!!!

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

How much it costs and how addictive it is! But actually I don’t have kids or a drink problem so I might as well make myself poor with eventing! I am lucky though as after such a great start to Governors eventing I am proud to introduce land acquisition company Goldland Prospects Ltd as a sponsor.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Ummmm, blooper? More like total brain fart! Only 2 runs before Dauntsey, the first saw a 2nd for Gov and 7th for another of the boys Sleady Castle Euro… brilliant super chuffed! Second event, well the boys were great – both sub 30 dressage – clear SJ for Gov and then I managed to drop the biggest blooper and missed a XC fence out…… on both horses!!!! 2 big fat E’s!!!!!!! total jockey failure! I didn’t speak to myself for a whole week!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Of my limited experience I would say Ascot-under-Wychwood. It is a beautiful setting and close to home.

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

Dinner wise I’ll pretty much eat anything if you can get me to sit still long enough!!! To celebrate it’s got to be a large bottle of Cruxland gin and your finest Mediterranean FeverTree…….

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Mum is a longstanding member of the rock choir so renditions of whatever songs they are learning at the time are usually belting out!!! My lorry is so prehistoric there’s no stereo so it’s mums delightful lungs that keep us entertained!!!!

23 year old, Shaun Malpass from County Durham won the BE80(T) at Askham Bryan College riding  Master Carrabawn and was also eighth in the BE90 riding Just Another Dancer. 

What are your aims for 2018/2019 for this horse?

To continue up the levels when he’s gained enough experience and confidence.

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 completed many times at Askham Bryan as I went to Uni here so it’s my home turf. It’s definitely a favourite of mine

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

I was trained for a while by Christopher Bartle who is a massive inspiration to me for his work and dedication to the industry.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

It would be hard to chose, but both my groom Melanie Teasdale and my sponsor Gary B Robinson are both fantastic in working as part of my team.

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

I wish I’d known how contagious the bug was! It’s in my blood now and I’m already eager for next season to begin.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Back in 2016 at Askham Bryan, my stirrup snapped whilst show jumping so I had a bit of a tumble during that phase which was a bit mortifying.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Askham is definitely my favourite. It was my first ever BE event and as I went to Uni there it’s just always held a place in my heart.

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

I’ll have a bottle of disaronno washed down with more disaronno…

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We all love The Greatest Showman soundtrack on our way to competitions. It puts us all in a great mood, even my sponsor Gary has caught on! 

29 year old, Jennie Hossack from Kent won a BE100 section at Tweseldown riding Sligo Flash Again.

© Spidge Photography

What are your aims for 2018/2019 for this horse?

My aim was to qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for 2019, which we managed to achieve at Firle Place in August, so I’m now aiming to get in lots of training throughout the winter, in the hope of arriving at Badminton as well prepared as possible. Then we’ll hopefully step up and have a go at some BE100 Plus and BE105 classes 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?

I’ve competed at Tweseldown several times and will definitely add it to my event calendar again for next season. They run multiple events throughout the season, yet the team always manage to produce different and interesting courses, so that you’re presented with a fresh challenge each time you compete there and the courses never disappoint!

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

I’ve spent countless hours watching all of the top events, but it’s even better watching the pros in person. Tina Cook and Gemma Tattersall are both based locally to me and it’s definitely influential not only taking the time out to watch them, but having to up your game when you’re competing in a section against them – they make it look so easy!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Without a doubt, my parents. They come and support me at all of my events and give up so much of their time helping me around the yard and with the horses.

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

How addictive it is – you will not end up “just doing a couple of events here and there!”

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I didn’t see the funny side at the time, but I once missed the penultimate fence on a cross country course, when I was heading for a double clear and a placing. It’s funny in hindsight….almost. I’ve never done it again since though!   

Which is your favourite event & why?

It’s tough to pick just one, but it would have to be Wellington. It’s always so well organised, the courses are beautifully designed and always a real test. 

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

Takeaway pizza and a glass of wine or three – no cooking and no washing up!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I avoid karaoke at all costs! 

23 year old, Alice Bibby from Wanborough, Wiltshire won the BE90 at Calmsden riding 5 year old Mulvin Igloo.

I recently graduated from the Royal Agricultural University with a degree in International Equine and Agricultural Business Management.

I was also at Calmsden on the Saturday with my two 7yr olds in the BE Novice for their last run of the season. They were both brilliant, I’ve been delighted with their progress this year.

What are your aims for 2018/2019 for this horse?

My plans for Igloo are for him to move up to BE100s early next year. It would be amazing if he was confident at Novice level by the end of 2019… perhaps even a 1*?! It’s very early days with him but having owned him a year I feel he’s showing the right attitude and ability to be really exciting.

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 Calmsden many times before. It’s really close to home and a very familiar venue for us; I even enjoyed several years of Pony Club Camp at Calmsden when I was in the VWH PC!

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

Without sounding really cringey… my Mum has definitely been my biggest influence. She evented herself up to Advanced level, even when she was very pregnant with me! My mum has given so much of her time and energy (and money!!) to my eventing and I would never be where I am if it wasn’t for her support.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The unsung hero of our team has to be my good friend Sophie Peck. Sophie has kept horses with us for 2 years and currently shares my ex advanced event horse. She’s endured many early starts and busy weekends to come and help me at the events. She’s always upbeat and knows exactly what to say. Sophie brings a lot to our team, just some of her many attributes include; expert cameraman skills, impressive quarter markings and she makes a great cake!

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

How expensive it is!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

My funniest blooper happened at Calmsden! I’d just started my first week at the RAU and had freshers ball on the Friday evening.. an event not to be missed! However, I was also entered at Calmsden BE Novice on the Saturday morning with a previous horse of mine; Phoenix Bellissimo. Obviously I was aware that I needed to be sensible and get enough sleep after that ball in order to be up early for Calmsden the next morning. However…after a few lemonades and a much later night than anticipated I was woken on Saturday by a rather sore head and 20 missed calls from my Mum and sister. I’d slept through my alarm by almost two hours and woken up as I was due to be riding down the centre line at Calmsden!! By some miracle the organisers were surprisingly understanding and allowed me to do my test at a later time. Despite all the drama I somehow managed a half decent test and double clear to finish 8th!! Thankfully that was the first and last time I made that mistake!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Barbury without a doubt! Not only is it our local event but it’s such a beautiful venue and the view of the cross country course is like no other – I’ve had some of my best cross country rounds there. Even when you arrive you know you’re at a big event.

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

My winner winner chicken dinner would have to be a delicious roast chicken dinner with all the extras. Loads of veg, potatoes, stuffing, gravy and a yorkshire pudding; forget tradition, Yorkies should go with every roast!! This would be washed down with a (large) G&T!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

The ultimate lorry karaoke song has to be This Is Me from the Greatest Showman! Whether it’s been a good day or a disappointing day, I can guarantee that This Is Me will be belted out on the way home!

37 year old, Aloysia Daros from Salisbury won the BE90 at Tweseldown riding Sprit of Equites. 

© Dorset Event Photo

What are your aims for 2018/2019 for this horse?

I would love to do Badminton grassroots. However if our regional final doesn’t go to plan we will try again next year. We are going to Hartpury to do the Petplan Championships at Prelim, but the aim really is to go out and have fun.

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?

Tweseldown is a well-run event with a nice cross country course and a chance to SJ on a nice grass arena. I have been before as it’s only 1hr 15 from us and I will be back again.

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

My family have always been very supportive, it is hard to say who influences my career but my love of horses comes from my mum.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My other half Lee who comes to my one day events rain or shine. He wasn’t horsey at all when we met so it’s been a learning curve but I couldn’t do it without his help.

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

That it would be life consuming fitting in work and keeping a horse fit enough and supple enough to do 3 phases well, however I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing.

It’s not a blooper as such but mum holds on to a very unflattering picture of me jumping into water where my face looks like I think I’m about to be dunked.

© Dorset Event Photo

Which is your favourite event & why

Bovington, it’s between mum and I so she can come along and support.

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

Traditional chicken dinner sounds lovely, and I’m afraid I am totally boring and would probably wash it down with a nice cup of tea.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

This would imply I have time to go out! Unfortunately I can’t see me up at the karaoke any time soon.

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