Monday 19th of August 2019
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 5 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

28 year old, professional Emma Rarity from Cheshire won the BE80 at Somerford Park on Jill and Dave Marsden’s homebred 6yo Royal Song. It was the mare’s second ever event.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Going forward into 2018 we are hoping to quickly progress onto BE90’s and maybe even a BE100!

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 very local to this event and just love coming back to this event each year. The course is always inviting but still has questions. The atmosphere is always brilliant too!

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

I have two, Hannah Bate who taught me the ropes of eventing as an apprentice and also Richard Long who has been a massive support with training.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mum is definitely. She is chief driver who takes us to all the events! Always behind the scenes sorting stuff out for me.

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

How addictive it was!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Quite recently actually I had a massive ‘blooper’. I learnt the wrong dressage test and only realised after the judge stopped me. Being eliminated in the Dressage wasn’t my finest moment!

Which is your favourite event & why?

It would actually be Somerford Park Farm. I just think the atmosphere is always brilliant and it’s always so organised.

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

Quite a few Yorkshire puddings… my favourite!! You can’t beat a glass of wine to go with it.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything Sam Smith – we love a good ballad.

42 year old, Scott Allen won the BE100Open at Poplar Park riding Wozz Two Of Bellhouse, his first run of the year.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I will be doing the ON at Little Downham and then moving up to intermediate or CIC*, hopefully with control so I can be competitive again.

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?

Poplar Park is a local event for us coming from Essex and the going is always good so I try to support it.

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

I don’t really have any wishes I have just realised that you never stop learning.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Galloping through the finish line fist in the air because I thought I had won at Great Witchingham on this horse only to be told by the steward I had missed a fence!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Most of my favourite events have stopped running now , Hambledon and Nurstead Court were the best two.

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

Chinese takeaway, I was up at 3am and didn’t return to the yard until 7.30pm.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

All songs are favourites.

25 year old,Sophie Croxton, 25 from Warwickshire won a BE90 section at Tweseldown riding Mr McGowan finishing on their dressage score of 24.8.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

We were lucky enough to qualify for Mitsubishi Motors Cup and competed there for the first time two weeks ago. It was such an amazing experience that I am hoping to get some regional qualifications so that I can try to qualify to be back there again 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 was our first time at Tweseldown as it took us approx 3 hours to get there. It was a fantastic venue and a lovely course, I would definitely like to return.

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

My mum. Without my mum I wouldn’t be able to get to any events as she’s the driver of the lorry! She’s always taking us out in her spare time for training, fitness work and lessons to help us prepare for eventing, as well as to the events themselves.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My sister, Amy. Since October 2015 I have worked away down in Hertfordshire during the week, and although we are able to utilise the company’s “flexible working” hours policy, it means that usually I only get to ride Split Friday-Sunday, and my sister Amy is responsible for helping keep Split in work so I am able to event him. My sister rarely misses an event and is our number 1 supporter, always waiting with polos for Split after dressage and show jumping!

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

How much money we would spend on Split, I’m sure if he was a human he’d be a bit of a diva!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

This year we were going to drive down to Badminton on the Monday, and had planned to leave home approximately at 12noon. I turned Split out in the morning so he had some time in the field, and Split decided to spend his time racing around with our other pony and subsequently pulled a shoe! (Split rarely pulls a shoe and I think this is only the second shoe he has lost over the 10 years that we’ve owned him). Luckily our farrier came out on his day off to put it back on for us, we just ended up leaving a little later than originally planned.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Having ridden at Badminton for the first time this year, I would have to say Badminton. The atmosphere was electric, and it was an amazing experience to be able to ride around such a phenomenal venue.

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

We love having an Indian takeaway for our “chicken dinner”, especially when we’re back late from events and we can pre order the food!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

George Michael – Faith. I’ve always loved this song, and sometimes you just gotta have faith! 

31 year old, Michelle Lowe (more commonly known as “Squid”) from Norfolk won a BE100 section at Poplar Park riding Vivendi Noble Cavalier.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I aim to remain at BE100 level with the hope that we might be lucky enough to bag one of the “Mitsubishi Motors Cup” tickets for 2019. Depending on how our season pans out I’d like to complete a Novice towards the end of the year (If we are ready) and my ultimate goal is to compete in a 1 star!

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 competing at Poplar (2) however I have competed at Poplar (1) for the last 3 years. It was actually my first ever BE event back in 2016 and despite being bucked off in the dressage warm up (also thanks to Val) it was where I was bitten by the eventing bug!!! Always a well-run event and the team of volunteers make the day a fantastic one!

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

I’m fairly new to eventing but I’ve always enjoyed watching the “big boys” on TV over the years but have never had a role model as such…. however I’m lucky enough to belong to a brilliant Riding Club (Carleton) who have organised some superb training. This is where I was lucky enough to meet Jonty Evans and Simon Grieve. Both were full of energy and gave some fantastic tips that I remind myself of daily!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

MY MUM (and DAD)!!! Mum is always on hand to offer help and support at home (sometimes when I don’t want to hear it!) and is ALWAYS on the yard/in the lorry with me at silly-o-clock (both AM and PM) plaiting, tacking up, carrying, filming, titivating and general dogs-bodying!! Her help and support is unconditional and without her none of what I do would be possible! Although Dad doesn’t attend many events (if any as he is also a Fire Fighter and remains on call 24/7 if possible) but he normally spends his time off building/repairing, making hay or improving the yard in any way he can…. All to benefit my horses and me!

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

How addictive it would be!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

The weather at my first BE event was predicted to be awful so I had packed a spare pair of pants…. Just in case! We were very lucky with the weather but in the XC phase it had completely slipped my mind that Val likes to launch into water and today was no exception… she leaped into the middle of the water complex leaving me in a “planking” position, face in her ears and feet on her bum thinking “MY PANTS, Thank god I packed my pants!!” Thankfully I didn’t get a dunking that day and all it cost me was a few time penalties as I managed to scrabble my way back into the saddle and point at the direction of the B element and flap my way over it!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

This will sound cliché but I think it has to be Poplar…. Not only was it my first event, but it is also the first one of my “season” so I spend all winter looking forward to it!!

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

It’s no secret that I love wine so most meals (after lunch) are washed down by my favourite chardonnay but my “Chicken Dinner” on this occasion was a family BBQ cooked by my parents followed by a “Krispy Kreme” doughnut brought by my Fiancé to say sorry for not making it over to watch!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I don’t sing…. The lorry windows would crack!! But I merrily mime away to “Madness” and the all the other golden oldies… purely for mum’s benefit you understand (cough!)

31 year old, amateur rider Rebecca Glasson from Cumbria won a novice section at Warwick Hall riding Denver, a horse she has produced since a 4 year old.


What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

My aims for 2018 with Denver are to gain more experience at intermediate level, I would also like to do some more CIC1*’s and ultimately one day do a CIC2*.

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 this event, I was 2nd at this event last year in a novice section. I keep going back as it is a very well ran event in a lovely location. Lucinda and Douglas Weymouth always run a very good event and there is always a very good show jumping course designed by John Collier.

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

My mother Jenny McDonnell has been the biggest influence in my eventing. My previous horse Landetto also – he taught me everything! He took me from pre-novice to intermediate, he was a cross-country machine!!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mother Jenny McDonnell – she looks after my horses when I am at work, she will pick me up after work en-route to lessons and has done everything to help me with my horses throughout my life. My husband is also an unsung hero for me that supports me in everything 100% while having no interest in horses himself and being allergic!

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

Just how addictive it would be!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I’m not sure if it was funny at the time but probably when I fell off at Allerton Park Horse Trials last year going over a fence, when I finally caught my horse after chasing him around a field to get back on to finish the course to be told I had also missed a fence out – a round to be forgotten!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

That’s a tough question to answer! I would probably say Belsay Horse Trials – I like the location, they are always really friendly and put a lot of effort into the presentation of the whole event.

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

I’m very boring!! It would be my mum’s homemade veggie lasagne washed down with appletizer!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I’m not one for singing out load in public but my all time favourite is always ‘Don’t stop me now – Queen!’

15 year old, Kitty Ashby from East Sussex won the BE90 on her mare Rose at Tweseldown finishing on their dressage score of 25.3. 

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What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

We had a difficult first year together as I had come off a very honest and forward pony so my main aim is to get consistent double clears and keep our dressage ever improving. It would be great to qualify for MMC Grassroots at Badminton in our RF and I would like to do some BE100s by the end of the season. Qualifying for the Pony Club Championships would also be fantastic.

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 are regulars here at Tweseldown, the fact that they always produce different tracks which are up to height and often challenging so it is very rewarding to come back with a clear round. I have been coming here since I started eventing on my pony in 2016.

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

Everyone who I have had lessons, clinics and help from, but especially my trainer Bryony Whittington as Rose and I had some problems last year and Bryony has helped us build a better trust in one another, working hard on both our dressage and jumping.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Probably my family, Mum and Dad who take me everywhere for competitions, training, to the yard, helping me with course walking and warming up and my sister Alice who is top number collector and videoer as well as stain remover for my other horse Noodle, who is grey!

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

The very long hours, but then how rewarding it is!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

The countless number of times I have walked to my xc round without a number bib, watch, stick etc…

Which is your favourite event & why?

I haven’t been eventing for long so wouldn’t say I have a ‘favourite event’ but Tweseldown always builds a lovely course. Horse Heath is also a beautifully prepared and very friendly event.

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

We got home late as I had to plait and prep my other horse Noodle for Sunday at Tweseldown, so just snacks in the well stocked lorry on the way home and then whatever is at home!

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What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything that everyone likes as we all have very different taste! But our current favourite is Aloo Black’s new song, Brooklyn in the Summer.

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