Wednesday 18th of September 2019
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 6 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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Ruth Starey, Borde Hill Novice winner

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Jessica Copsey, Borde Hill BE100 winner

45 year old, Ruth Starey from Reigate Surrey won a Novice section at Borde Hill on her homebred horse Buzz aka Bee My King. Ruth runs a small livery yard, teaches (BHSII) and is also an equine body worker.

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What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

To compete and be competitive at Intermediate and 1*.

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 a regular at Borde Hill, I love it there it’s such a beautiful venue, it’s local, I love the course and Lucy Cunliffe and Bill Kear do an excellent job.

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

Lucy Thompson by a long mile, she’s taught me so much and got me started with Buzz.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My partner Ken, he’s always behind the scene supporting me, looking after the yard so that I can train and compete.

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

So so many things, if I had to choose one it would be that going to your hand in front of a fence rarely helps.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

OMG, my parents!! They are non-horsey and rarely have seen me compete, anyway they decided to come and watch me in the Novice at South of England a few years ago. I was warming up for the dressage when they arrived, seeing a group of horses they headed for them, there was a few cars scattered about so they picked their spot and manoeuvred the car into a spot next to one. They had only parked next to the judge at C!! Seeing the stewards in hot pursuit I headed the other way deciding no one would know they were mine!!

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Which is your favourite event & why?

Borde Hill, I just love it there.

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

I’m veggie so no chicken for me, my winning dinner would have to be Thai though and would definitely include sticky rice.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Santander is currently in the CD player, I’m no singer but there’s lots of foot tapping and head nodding… possibly a bit of air guitar.

23 year old, Saskia Davies from Gloucestershire won a Novice section at Pontispool riding Singing Usk. Saskia works part time from home as a Business Manger for an events company and spends the rest of her time looking after her three horses and two shetlands.

The ground was perfect and the course was very well thought out. It was big and bold and a great test for my horses. Ash (Singing Usk) produced a very relaxed and flowing dressage test to score us 24.5, leading the section going into the SJ. We had a silly pole in a very technical SJ course but I was very pleased with how he jumped. Still in the lead Ash and I stormed round the XC course enjoying every minute of it inside the time to finish with a win. A very special win for this little horse who I brought when I was 16 as my first horse. He tries his heart out for me and he is just so special.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

My aims for Ash are to go to the Restricted Novice Corinthian Cup at Gatcombe in August and then to hopefully to do a 1* at the end of the season.

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 competing with British Eventing since I was 16. It’s the hard work and passion that you get from event riders that really shines at events. We all work so hard for our horses and when you have a successful day that’s what it’s all about!

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

I don’t have anyone in particular that has influenced me as such but going to the big events such as Badminton and Burghley really makes you realise the teamwork and effort put in and the drive that the riders have to do well and look after their horses.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The unsung hero of my team would be my Mum and Dad, they have supported me from the beginning through the ups and downs. Coming from a not very horsey family they have allowed me to pursue my dream of owning and competing horses and I can’t thank them enough. Also making the effort to come and support me at events I really am grateful for.

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

One thing I wish I had known before eventing would be that it’s addictive and each year I just want to do more and more events and see new courses!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

My funniest blooper would be falling off my horse at my first Novice event at Chepstow, he proceeded to run off into the woods and no one could catch him. Finally when he would be caught I got back on and completed my round. Racking up 100+ time penalties! Haha

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event would be Withington Manor, I have only been there once but the XC course there was amazing! I’m all about the big XC courses!

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

Red wine – obviously!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

My favourite would be Let it go – Frozen.

30 year old, professional Christopher Whittle was 1st and 2nd in the Intermediate at Bishop Burton riding Kilwaughter Blade and Tregaverne.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Kilwaughter Blade will be aimed at the Intermediate Championships and also a CCI 2 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?

Bishop Burton is a very local event to me so I have been for many years, it’s a fantastic venue with a great XC course and excellent facilities. The team there are very helpful and they always work hard to ensure good going for the horses, I show jump regularly there through the winter.

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

When I was younger I was always so impressed with the bond that Pippa Funnell had with all her horses so that was a draw to eventing for me, I also worked for Heidi and Ian Woodhead for several years who made a huge improvement to my riding and gave me a real hunger for it.

Now I train with Chris Bartle and Judy Bradwell and they are both huge influences especially for me to be the best I can be.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

There are so many people to mention my whole team are amazing as are my family but probably the most unsung would be my long suffering girlfriend. Her full time job is an Equine Vet Nurse at Rainbow Equine Hospital and on a few occasions she has worked on emergency surgeries through the night driven home and then jumped straight in the lorry for a full day of eventing with no sleep.

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

Nothing’s perfect and you don’t have to be perfect to win.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

There are quite a few!! Probably the one that sticks out the most was when I had 4 horses in the Intermediate at Aske Horse trials. We left the yard at 4am and we didn’t get chance for any breakfast (I’m useless without food) basically the day went from bad to worse with one horse refusing to jump the first fence in the SJ and then the others messing about XC one resulting in me falling off!! I got back to the lorry, had a bit of strop and said I was going home and then one of the owners turned up (well timed) with a huge slice of chocolate cake which I literally inhaled as I was so hungry at this point and then I was fine, I rode all the others and we finished the day on a a high.

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event is a toss up between Somerford Park or Osberton they both put on lovely events. Somerford has the amazing facilities and Osberton is like a holiday camp with horses and it’s great for the social.

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

I like a traditional chicken dinner with all the trimmings it’s got to have honey roast parsnips and sausage meat stuffing and my drink of choice would probably be Coca Cola!! I know it’s not very grown up but I’m totally addicted to it.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

At the moment it’s The Greatest Showman soundtrack.

21 year old, Jessica Copsey from Horsham won the BE100 at Borde Hill finishing on her dressage score of 24 riding Glensensaw Sweet Girl. This is her second season eventing.

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What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

This horse is actually for sale, I work for Gemma Tattersall as a working pupil who owns her. Gemma gave me the opportunity to take her for a run around Borde Hill as it’s one of our local events. I have done some other bits on Spice the past year and have a big soft spot for her!! 

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?

The past two years I’ve been eventing, I have been to Borde Hill both years and have had great results! It’s a nearby event and I always used to drive past when I was younger saying to myself I’m going to ride around there when I’m older and I did!

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

Definitely Gemma Tattersall, my boss! I have to thank her for making me the rider I am today! She is so supportive of all of us girls who work for her. I have also been given so many opportunities I never ever imagined getting!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Everyone at the yard are heroes! We all work as one big team together!

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

I wish I knew my way around the world! Constantly getting told off for being totally clueless about negotiating myself and horses to events and training places!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I have had several… it has to be turning up the morning of an event after being at a festival the day before. It then started to rain when I was riding and through my white jodhpurs came the neon hand prints I had on my legs from the day before. Then falling off in the warmup for XC and finishing 3rd in what was my first 105!

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Tweseldown, I have had some great runs there including my second Novice on my little 15.1 mare who I love to pieces! I think it’s a lovely set up and course!

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

I ate so much that afternoon including brownies and crepes not forgetting opening a bottle of champagne when we got home!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything I know the words to!!

28 year old, Rosanagh Davison from Elgin, Morayshire won the BE100 at Scotsburn riding Rockwood Beau. Rosanagh is an amateur rider and works full time as a police officer.

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I was speechless after seeing our dressage score…it’s our first sub 30 so to say I was delighted with 25.8 is an understatement! Paddy is very careful showjumping so he gave me a nice tidy clear round. The cross country at Scotsburn is really hilly so it’s always influential on the results. I was really chuffed to see we were the only horse in our section not to get time faults.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

This is my third season with Paddy and having started at BE80 in 2016, I’m so happy he is proving to be so consistent at BE100. We are beginning to train harder at home with the hope of running at our first Novice nearer the end of the season. Our win at Scotsburn has also earned us a qualification for the Scottish Championships which is to be hosted at Blair Castle Horse Trials in August. We would love to be in the placings at the Scottish Champs!

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 competed at Scotsburn every year since starting eventing. It’s a bit of a lucky venue for me as I won the BE80 class in 2016 and second in the BE100 class in 2017. I love how the cross country has such an influence. Maybe next year we will be aiming to do the Novice…

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

Hmmm I’m not sure…I always watch the top level competitors with great admiration as their skill level is incredible! We all want to be able to ride like that!! However I also have a lot of respect for those amateurs who do it for the love of their horse and the sport. I love seeing people enjoying their horses. Seeing someone grinning as they cross the finish line giving their horse big pats reminds me why we all do it!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

There is no doubt who my unsung hero is…My very good friend and eventing buddy Naidene Urquhart. We truck around the country together with two children and a dog, having a whale of a time chasing our eventing dreams! We seem to attract chaos which gives us some hilarious stories…so much so we have started a blog to share our adventures with everyone. Have a look at our blog “mother trucking eventers” to read all about our crazy eventing stories.

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

That I would be hooked…it’s an expensive and time consuming sport. I would say it’s a way of life rather than just a hobby! But I wouldn’t give it up for the world…

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

There are literally too many to mention! Like I said the Mother Truckers attract chaos! Hence why we started a blog!!

If I had to choose it would probably be breaking down at the side of the motorway and recovery taking so long that we had to unload the horses from the lorry. Fortunately we were able to let them graze in a field nearby that was hosting a music festival! Fortunately our horses are awesome and embrace the chaotic lifestyle and the music made the long wait slightly more entertaining! We finally arrived at our stabling 17 hours after leaving the house…

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Central Scotland Horse Trials at Dalkeith. It’s a stunning venue and I just love the track. I have always had a great ride there!

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

Pizza washed down was a gin and tonic! Yummy!

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What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Well living nearly 40 minutes further than Inverness we often have a seriously long drive to get home after a show. The last two hours of the journey normally turns in to a karaoke party to keep us both awake! Basically anything cheesy…firm favourites are Queen, ABBA, Beyoncé, The Killers…the list is never ending!

Professional, Victoria Jessop from Wanborough near Swindon won a BE100 section riding Billy Betsy at Pontispool.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I bought Billy Betsy as a prospect to sell on but I am loving her too much, so I will aim her for 1star.

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 my first time at this event as I have just moved here from the USA.

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

I have been riding with Mark Todd, there is no better influence than that.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My husband Barry Thomason who is a pro rider too and a fantastic horseman.

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

That I should have married a vet!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Badminton – I have been going there since I was a kid and I was proposed too there.

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

I am a vegetarian so no chicken but lots of veggies washed down with Hendricks and Tonic.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything by Bruno Mars.

17 year old amateur eventer Sarah Gordon from West Sussex won the BE90 and BE90Open riding Boulabeha Who Dun It and Clonleigh Strike at Borde Hill

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What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

On Flo I would love to qualify for the MMC Badminton Grassroots in 2019.

My aim with Tom is to go to the Pony Club Championships in eventing representing Old Surrey and Burstow PC, hopefully this year. I would like to move up the levels with him and I hope to complete a Novice by 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 only joined BE last month so although it’s our local event it’s relatively new for us. I loved it there though – the tricky show jumping and tight cross country time meant it wasn’t a dressage competition. We will definitely be back!

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

I have a part time job at Felbridge Showground where I’m lucky to see a lot of eventers compete, such as Gemma Tattersall and Will Furlong. Seeing many of them go to Badminton this year was very inspirational!

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Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Definitely my mum! I have multiple joint issues so I really rely on her to do most things – I couldn’t compete without her.

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

How time consuming it is – but it’s definitely worth it!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

At Tweseldown this year I used a stopwatch for the first time. I got confused with my timings where I thought I was 30 seconds too slow but ended up 30 seconds too fast!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Chilham – it’s a lovely venue and I can’t wait to do it again this year with the dressage in front of the house.

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

Pizza every time!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We listen to the radio and sing along to absolutely everything!

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