Tuesday 22nd of September 2020
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 24

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

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Freya Browne Shelford Manor BE100 winner

25 year old, Zara Schröter from Brighton won the BE90 at Firle Place International riding 18 year old Ramera owned by Melanie and Phoebe Powell.

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What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

I have completed more than I could have ever hoped for with Mera this season. It’s her first season back after her foal and mine back since I retired my Ex racehorse Teddy.
I have been lucky to have been offered Ramera on loan. I’ve only had her since May and this was our 4th event and each time we have gone double clear, with top 10 placings and 2 consecutive wins in less than a week at Borde hill (unaff) and Firle Place. I am ecstatic to say we have qualified for a Reginal Final in 2018 and fingers crossed qualify for Badminton Grassroots, which will then make Ramera 20!

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

If it hadn’t been for my previous yard owner Audrey Watson where I kept my first horse, I would have never thought I would have been good enough to compete let alone complete my first ODE or compete at BE. She used to fill in entry forms, take me to training with her horse Charm and events as well as helping each other and grooming for each other. Audrey still comes and supports me at events.

Also, my friend and owner of the mare Phoebe Powell trains me when she can, which sometimes can be quite difficult as we live 4 hours apart. The way she trains her own horse is an inspiration as there are not many people that can say they have bought their own horse as a 3yr old from a dealer and have managed to take it all the way to 3***

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The support I get from my Dad and friends is amazing but when no one is free to come with me to an event I sometimes have to drag my supportive side line unhorsey boyfriend to hold my horse at events.


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

One thing I wish I would have known is how addictive eventing can be! Your always out there chasing the win you want! But also, how much it costs, my parents think I’m mad when I tell them how much I spend on the horses and eventing. It’s 100% worth it though when you get the win you’ve been waiting for.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I was competing at my first ever BE event and my little ex racer Teddy was storming round the cross course and I was letting him get onward bound possibly a bit too much, when we came down this hill around the corner and he sent me out the side door! Tedd galloped all the way to the dressage which is where someone managed to catch him, the steward gave me a lift to get back on him and I had the most ungraceful awkward leg up I’ve had in my life. It didn’t help that Ted doesn’t stand still when I try to get on him normally, once I was on I got round the course to compete my first event.

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Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event has to be Borde Hill this is because it is where I did my first BE event and I go back every year and it always gives me butterflies walking the course. I also am a regular volunteer there and find the stewards and event people extremely friendly and helpful.

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

I can never pass on Thai green chicken curry with coconut rice. Washed down by an elderflower gin and tonic.


What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?
I can never pass on a sing song on the way to an event but it’s got to be something you can sing at the top of your lungs like Little mix, Adele or Ed Sheeran!

17 year old amateur rider Freya Browne from Banbury, Oxfordshire took her first BE win at Shelford Manor Horse Trials in the BE100 with her horse Kai.

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She is currently studying A Levels at home. This allows her extra time to focus on eventing and doing part time work on the yard where she keeps her horses in Edgehill. She has had Newlands Kaiser (Kai) since February. He is a 6yo German Warmblood out of a mare by Darco.

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

We hope to continue competing successfully at BE100 this year including our Badminton Regional Final and U18 classes. We also compete in BD alongside eventing so we hope to progress to Elementary 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?

We first came to Shelford last year with my other (much smaller!) pony, it’s such an efficiently run and lovely event that we came back this year, despite it being a trek for us. The live scoring and running of the sections make such a difference, we didn’t have to wait around warming up for any of my phases on both rides and scores went up incredibly quickly meaning we could get the horses home!

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

The biggest influence has to be my instructor, Jethro Thompson! We came to him when we had problems attempting to event with my first horse – 3 years ago when we had no idea what we were doing! He plays a massive part in my eventing, from livery, lessons, transport for events, being there for all the warming-up and feedback after each phase, and too many more things to list! I definitely wouldn’t be where I am without his help!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The unsung hero definitely has to be Dad! He isn’t horsey in the slightest but still continues to support our eventing. He’s learning as he goes, despite saying he doesn’t like horses – although I think he’s warming to them! He’s chief photographer, horse holder, sometimes horsebox driver, and again too many more jobs to list!

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

How much it costs!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

When we were at our first stay-away competition with Kai earlier this year, he managed to jump out of his stable overnight (through quite a small gap between his door and the ceiling!) and ate every single feed, haylage bale, haynet and treat in sight till he was full before he was found that morning! Luckily he showed no signs of being unwell and seemed incredibly pleased with himself afterwards, to say he was full of beans that day was an understatement! The others sharing the stable aisle saw the funny side and the escapee became the topic of conversation throughout the entire stables!

Which is your favourite event & why?

If I had to pick a favourite it would be Ascott Under Wychwood since it’s such a friendly and well presented event. We’ve been for the past 3 years and have always enjoyed it there!

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

Roast Chicken with all the trimmings and whatever drink is in the fridge!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We don’t have a favourite as such but it’s always amusing to hear Jethro’s singing talent, or lack of! If we had to pick one, dad is quite partial to “I will survive” by Gloria Gaynor!

28 year old, Claire Turner from Hampshire won the BE105 at Wellington Horse Trials. Claire works full time at a local thoroughbred stud.

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Having moved Jäger up to novice this year we took him to Wellington to have a confidence run! He is the type of horse that loses confidence very quickly and for no apparent reason, we discovered a confidence issue creeping in again so put in an entry for Wellington last minute for a confidence run, we spent the week leading up to Wellington just about managing to jump a 90cm oxer confidently! Seemingly our work paid off and he felt super confident again at Wellington and jumped a lovely double clear. Now hopefully we can continue at novice. 

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What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

We are now unfortunately nearing the end of the season, so for the remainder of the season we are hoping to get him back jumping confidently round novice so we can maybe look at doing a 1* next season, Jäger normally has other ideas so we shall just wait and see how it goes. 

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 Wellington I love it there and so does Jäger, we love the atmosphere there, Jäger loves a crowd to play up to! I hope maybe one day we will be there doing the intermediate! (Long term goals). 

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

My instructor Justin Clubley has to be the biggest influence, I really would not be where I am with Jäger now without all of his support and help! Jäger is a complicated character which makes him difficult at times as he can go from super confident and happy to nothing in a split second! Justin knows him so well and knows how to put him back together again and bring his confidence back up! 

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Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I have an amazing support team who I couldn’t do it without, top spot goes to my mum who has always supported me through the good and bad times! But I also couldn’t do it without best friend and super groom Ruth Mullender who comes to almost every event and is always there to support me.

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

I’m not sure there’s anything I would of wanted to know, apart from how seriously addictive eventing is! 

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I think this would have to be managing to gain a 0 in my dressage at a pony club event on my old horse who thought that jumping in and out of the arena, leaping about and cantering nearly the entire test was how you did dressage! It was the first time the scorers had ever seen a 0 on a dressage sheet! 

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Which is your favourite event & why?

I love dauntsey park, the courses are always amazing! I love a big bold course! Unfortunately I haven’t been for a couple of years as we are waiting for Jägers confidence to be 100% before we tackle the novice there! But I can’t wait to give it a go, fingers crossed for next season! 

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

We are going out to a local pub for a meal they do the best steak! Washed down with a wkd or two.

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What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We had the luxury of a radio that works so haven’t got any songs that stand out yet! And to be honest we are normally too busy talking to listen to the radio! 

Sarah Charnley won the BE100 regional final at Shelford Horse Trials, she works as a full time Building Surveyor.

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

This year we have stepped up to Novice, I wasn’t going to do a regional final but have been away for Europeans (grooming for Ros Canter), I thought it was a good idea to step back down again and bang she goes and wins.

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?

No I’ve been here loads of times with lots of different horses over the years!! I volunteer for BEDE and at other events so will always get a run. It is a compact friendly event.

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

Recently without doubt Ros Canter she helps me as I help her. I’m riding high on her success too! I get to watch her ride and train with top trainers so you are constantly learning, never too old to learn!! I fence judge at lots of events, so watching all the professionals ride your fence you can always learn.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

This has to be my partner Geoff Watkins – he maintains the lorry, makes the hayledge, looks after Etie (Enjoy II) when I’m away with Ros, poo picks the field and is a great coach in his words ‘just ride the (bleep) thing’ !! He passed this pearl of wisdom to Ros before the Europeans!!

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

Not to grip with your knees!! Old school teaching when started riding was grip with your knees!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Forgetting where I was in sj track at the Mitsubishi Cup in 2016 at 90 level. I jumped fence 4 and my brain went blank and when I realised where I was going it was too late so I had to ride a circle, poor Etie she surprised me as she was jumping so big over the biggest track we’d jumped before. I had only had her a year at that time!

Which is your favourite event & why?

All of them! I love Houghton Hall, Norfolk as I competed there in the trial event at 100 level the year before Alec Lochore did the International event and I have been involved in the event in some capacity every year since!! Also Burghley, I have been there every year since I was 4 yrs old it was my birthday treat. Then grooming for Ros at her and her horse All StarB’s first 4star!

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

A roast chicken dinner with a cider!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I haven’t really got one I just sing along with anything on the radio that I know the words too!!

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