Monday 19th of August 2019
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 4 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

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Harry Horgan Aston Le Walls Novice winner

21 year old, Harry Horgan based in Buckinghamshire near Aylesbury won a Novice section at Aston Le Walls riding 6 year old Hardin who has recently confidently stepped up to this level.

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What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Hardin’s main aim for this season will be Osberton for the 6 year old CIC1*.

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 Aston Le Walls, we are very fortunate it’s not a huge distance away – the facilities are second to none. It feels as though we have spent a lot of time there recently with the weather being so bad.

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

The biggest influence would have to be my trainer John Whinnett. John has helped me since I was 10 years old. Everything I find I do from day to day has something to do with what he has instilled in me over the years.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The unsung hero’s of the team would have to be my parents who are so supportive.

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

I didn’t get too many surprises, my parents both evented and always said long hours and hard work.

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Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Aldon a couple years ago I had a horse in the 1*. My dad had come down the night before cross country to stay and we shared a room in a local B&B. His snoring was so bad that night after enjoying a bottle to himself at super, I had to up-sticks into the bathroom shut the door and make a bed in the bath tub. I was so cross the next day, luckily xc went well the next day otherwise it would have been a very quiet journey home! I look back now and chuckle.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Osberton has a great feel, I really enjoy taking young horses there. They come home better for the whole experience.

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

You can’t go too wrong with lasagne and chips.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I don’t get much of a say on the music front. My mum drives the lorry and is a big ABBA fan!

30 year old, Jade Thompson from Newcastle upon Tyne won a BE90 section at Floors Castle riding She’s Gold (Annie) finishing on their dressage of 23.

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Mum and I do the horses ourselves and they are kept at DIY livery. I do all the schooling myself and mum helps me with jumping. I work full time as a Legal Executive for Shaw and Co Solicitors, an Equine Law Specialist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. My employers are very accommodating of my eventing and also sponsor me. One of the Partners at the firm (Mary Ann Reay) also successfully completed the Wobbleberries Challenge last year.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Annie came to us a year ago to the day that she won at Floors. She was far from easy when she arrived and it took me about a fortnight to get her to hack out of the yard! She has the most amazing temperament and is very genuine but she is a typical chestnut mare who is a diva and likes to be treated as such! If she’s not your number one priority then she isn’t playing.

My aim for her is to continue her recent form. She has only had 3 eventing runs finishing 4th at Askham Bryan, 5th at Frenchfield and her win at Floors. Every time she has finished on her dressage score. She can still be a little green at times so I plan to keep her at BE90 for now before pushing up to BE100 later this season.

We have qualified for 2 regional finals at BE90 so we will contest those in the hope that we can qualify for the Grass Roots Final at Badminton. We have also qualified for the new Scottish BE90 final to be held at Blair which is very exciting and I can’t wait to compete there.

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?

Floors is the most fabulous event. I have competed there several times before with good placings but this is the first time we have won. It felt very special to win there, the castle and grounds are simply stunning and the event is run perfectly. I particularly enjoy the dressage being out of the way with a quiet walk to get there. It really helps the horses to relax and produce their best tests.

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

Not a person but a horse. Last year I lost my amazing horse Balladeer Maestro to complications following colic surgery. He was only 10 years old. I produced him myself from BE80(T) to his last run where he went double clear and finished 12th in the CIC* at Aske. He was bought for me as a present from my (non-horsey) Nanna and he turned out to be incredibly talented and he got me completely hooked on eventing.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I have to have two I’m afraid – my mum and my long-suffering friend turned supergroom Jess Reay. I couldn’t do what I do without my mum, she helps with the daily care of the horses whilst I am at work, drives me everywhere and shouts at me when needed! Jess is chief studder-upper (a job that I hate) and helps with everything on eventing days.

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

How addictive it is!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

It would have to be recently at Frenchfield when I managed to lock mum’s car keys in the car boot before my cross country round…

Amazingly, it turned out that I had all my tack and kit to go cross country out of the car so I did manage to run, but the picnic was stranded along with the all important celebratory cans of G&T.

After a call to the breakdown and the most patient guy I’ve ever met arriving with a variety of wires we did eventually manage to ‘break in’ and drive home. I am now banned from touching any car keys!

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Which is your favourite event & why?

I thoroughly enjoy eventing and we are very lucky to have some super events that are local to us. However, for me I would have to say that my favourite is Kirkley Hall, it’s the closest event to me and it is always well run and a lot of fun. It’s also great for spectating as it is quite compact.

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

After a long weekend with the horses I’m usually too tired to cook so my boyfriend Stu normally orders us a takeaway which will be washed down with some white wine.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

My mum has a collection of CD’s that skip horrendously…. Singing is not our strong point!

17 year old, Grace Lumley from North Yorkshire won a BE90 class at Floors Castle riding Oscar leading from start to finish on a dressage of 24.8.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Well I have been producing him with Sue Bagley for her daughter Harriet to take over the reins in June so unfortunately I have only got 2 more runs left on him where he will run round a couple of BE100’s… he definitely has all the attributes to be a top horse!

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 first time riding at Floors Castle, I will definitely be back though it was a fantastic event and run so well!

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

Sue Bagley, I’ve trained and worked with her for nearly 8 years. She is a fantastic mentor to me and my mum who had me out hunting since I could walk, it definitely taught me how to ride cross country!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why? 

I have to mention 3 people really Ann and Colin Slight who have been very loyal and supportive owners for a long time and also my dad who works hard at home!

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

I wish I had understood earlier that it’s not just raw talent that makes a class event horse they have to want to do the job and have the right attitude.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing 

Probably missing out a fence in the woods at Allerton Park Horse Trials.. very embarrassing!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Aske Horse Trials, it’s my local event I’ve got some happy memories there when I first started eventing on Blue Brook.

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

Roast chicken cooked by Mum with roast potatoes and yorkshire puddings, washed down with a glass of water.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Family affair – Mary J Blige!

25 year old, Lottie Kennedy from High Wycombe won an Intermediate section at Aston Le Walls riding UCS de Dior. 

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It was her fist time at this level making it all the more special. She produced the test of her life and followed it by a wonderful double clear, giving me the most amazing feeling across the country as she felt like she loved every minute of it. I was so over the moon with her, she was such a little star.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

My aims for Elsie for 2018 are to establish her at Intermediate and 2* level, with the aim of competing at the Young Horse Championships at Osberton, and to be asked to represent GB at the World Young Horse Championships would be a dream come true.

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 we go to aston a lot. It is my favourite event as the dressage and SJ are on a surface and the courses are always really flowing and beautifully built, making it a wonderful event for the first time at a new level.

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

My mum! She was the person who got me into eventing and supported me throughout ponies and juniors, really setting up my eventing career.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Joy, my boss. The support she gives me at home and at the events both with the horses and personally is amazing. She is so giving of advice and support and her preparation for events is second to none, she always ensures we go to the event with no stone unturned.

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

How hard it is to make a living out of horses. However even with this knowledge now I would not change it for the world.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Forgetting my saddle! Fortunately we had another one on the lorry so I didn’t have to ride round my first Intermediate bareback!

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

A chinese takeaway, prawn crackers, crispy duck pancakes and a pancake roll. I don’t drink so it would be washed down with a cold Diet Coke!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Fight song – it really motivates me and gets me in the zone. However it has to be turned up very loud to drown out the sound of my voice!

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