Thursday 21st of June 2018
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 7 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

17 year old, Bizzy Loffet from Gloucestershire won the BE100 at Ascott-Under-Wychwood riding Everton B (Buzz). 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Buzz is a new member of the team this season, and is converting from SJ to eventing. He’s done 3 events this season as his start to eventing (all at 100) and is now moving up to Novice. With the aim to go CCI* at the end of the 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?

Ascott-Under-Wychwood is our most local event, so I have competed here many times over the years, with young ones coming up through the levels. It is always a nice, fair XC to introduce a new or young horse to the next level.

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

Rob Lumb, my dressage trainer. I have been having lessons with him for 6 years and I would never get anywhere with my horses without him. He isn’t just my trainer he is a great friend and I always look forward to our weekly lessons not only to ride but for a good gossip too!!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My parents, Mum spends hours of her time driving me up and down the country to events and training! Dad is SJ coach at the events and owns my lovely string of horses. They are my backbone and none of it would be possible without them!

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

There will be many good and many bad days, but it’s worth it.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

“Going for a swim” in the water at Tweseldown this year when my horse decided to jump the fence in massively and catapult me out the saddle, I was managing to stay on until my air jacket went off and pushed me over the edge!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Oasby, I have competed there almost every year doing pony trials and now ONU18. It’s always a nice open track for the first event of the season, to get the horses out and galloping. (I also won the pony trial once, so can’t not love it!)

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

Chicken kiev’s with a Diet Coke

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Footloose, my favourite musical, movie and song of all time!

22 year old, Imogene Knight based at Boomerang Stables, Berkshire won the BE100 at Ascott-Under-Wychwood on her 6 year old Houdini VIII.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

He is stepping up to Novice this weekend and I would like to aim him for the CICYH* at Osberton.

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?

Ascott-Under-Wychwood was the first event I did on my pony back in 2009, I haven’t been back since but it’s a lovely event especially for young horses. The organisers did a great job and I would definitely go back!

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

I get inspiration from all of the top riders in one way or another but in particular Michael Jung. I have spent hours watching videos of him riding! His XC rounds look effortless and he has such an amazing bond with his horses.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I’m very lucky to have such supportive parents! Mum and Dad come along to most events, mum’s a pretty good groom and dad’s great for videoing and coffee runs! I can’t forget the lucky mascot, Sprouts my spaniel, he definitely brings me good luck!

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

It’s a lot harder than it looks!! And it’s not all about winning, especially with young horses.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I’ve had a few bloopers, they usually involve me forgetting something like the saddle!! The most frustrating one was probably when I was at Rockingham (3 hours away) doing the Intermediate, had done a great dressage but turned up to the show jumping too late and they had changed it to the Advanced course so I was eliminated… gutted!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

It has to be Barbury! It’s my local event, I first went as a spectator when I was 9, not really knowing what eventing was. I did my first CIC** there in 2016 and had the best XC round ever! It’s beautiful!!

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

Now the weather is better it has to be a full on BBQ with a large G&T!!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

As long as I know the words I’ll be singing it, which seems to be most songs on the radio at the moment!

46 year old, Sam York from Nottinghamshire won the Intermediate at Belsay riding Oakring Daliance. Sam coaches the BE Under 18’s and the British Army Equitation team.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

To consolidate at Intermediate and 2 star level this year with an advanced run and to also do the British Dressage regionals and nationals.

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 a fantastic event, I’ve never been before but it is a stunning location and the most friendly helpful team of organisers. I loved it and I will definitely return again. The course was a really nice challenging course with great variety of the type of fences and two waters and excellent use of the natural features of a castle.

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

This is a tricky one as I have had some super coaches that obviously influence you. Caroline Moore, Tiny Clapham, Nick Turner all for different reasons but my previous owners have got to have been the biggest influence to me, they provided some of the most class horses I have ever had the privilege to produce and compete and we got to advanced and three star. I just wish we could of had that one four star ride to complete the picture, and I miss them terribly Mr and Mrs Saunders, great owners and great supporters of British Eventing.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

It has to be my poor long suffering partner Pete! I’m never home as I work all the time away coaching both here and Internationally on top of all my other roles. When I am home I want endless jobs doing …topping the fields, yard maintenance, building the new arena!! As well as doing all the cooking washing and looking after himself! He now also drives the lorry to most events as I don’t ride for owners anymore so he comes and provides the best picnics!
Mum and dad also are always the most supportive parents you could ask for, they live down in Somerset but we are on the phone endlessly and they come to as many events as they can now and are the biggest moral support ever!

They keep me going when we all have those times when we could just give up and walk away when the financial strain of producing and competing horses just gets on top of you and you do nothing but work. They always seem to remind me of the long term goals and how much it all means to us so “kick on” and get in with it. We have many more good days than bad!

Also Amy Hall who is so much more than a groom, she does a lot of the commercial work at home and breaking and schooling but is more to me as a great friend and always seems to say the right things at the right times she a hard worker and puts up with all the drama behind the scenes!

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

How addictive this habit would be and how much money it would cost, but I wouldn’t do anything else.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I think at a three day championship many years ago I was off to give the horse a leg stretch and passed a gang of friends that were having a BBQ so I was pretending I had just learnt to ride and jogged off down the lorry park bouncing about like a beginner, all very funny until someone suddenly shook a tent cover, the horse spooked and I feel straight off! That was a very sore few days of competing, but we laugh about it even now!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Blair Castle, it was my first one star many years ago when it was the long format with roads and tracks and steeplechase and it was in the days when you went up to the Castle for the cocktail evening that was a very formal and traditional Scottish evening with Scottish dancing and all the traditions. It’s so stunning in Scotland and just the most lovely event we always had such lovely evenings with mum and dad and my friends and owners at the time, I have been many times but I always so look forward to going, I’m not doing it this year but have it is down for next year, I cannot wait to return again.

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

I cannot beat a roast chicken it literally is my favourite dinner with all the trimmings including Pete’s legendary Yorkshire puddings and cauliflower cheese. Washed down with a pint of cider (being Somerset born and bred).

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Obviously “We Are The Champions” by Queen when we win, but also due to the “condition” that Oakring Dalliance (Ruby) and I carry we love “Fat Bottomed Girls” also by Queen. 

19 year old, Esme Hatton from Warwickshire won the ON at Little Downham riding Fursten Jubilee.

Ferdie as he is known at home did finish with 3 shoes (as he usually does!). We have had a very slow beginning to the season as everything has been cancelled followed by Ferdie having various ailments, causing him to be off. This was our first event since this.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Our aims are to get back up and running successfully at Intermediate level and complete a few OIu21 classes. We would love to complete our first 2* by 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?

This was my second time at Little Downham. I competed their last season in the OIu21 class. Although it is a long journey for us, it is a very nice event and the XC is well suited to Ferdie, so no doubt we will be back again.

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

I wouldn’t say I have one specific biggest influence on my eventing career, but all of my trainers and previous instructors have helped and encouraged me to get where I have got to.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Definitely my mum. She plays every role in the team, from driver to groom to number 1 supporter.

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

How expensive it is, and how far you end up travelling!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

When I was younger I was doing a school’s event. I had just finished the XC and was so chuffed because it was my first 100 and I had gone clear, but turns out I had missed a whole field out and got the team of 3 eliminated…

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Aston Le Walls because we don’t have to travel for miles to get there and dressage and SJ is usually on a surface which is great! However, my favourite has got to be Rockingham because it’s a big event with so many classes and spectators and shopping! So a great day out as well.

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

My chicken dinner will have to be steak and chips, washed down with a Gin and Tonic!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

The radio in the box is quite temperamental so we have to just be happy with whichever songs come on! But as mums the driver, it’s usually her choice of radio station (she’s a big Radio 2 fan).

45 year old, professional rider and coach, Tina Canton from Newark on Trent won the ON with Owe Two at Little Downham. She runs Tinderbox Sport Horses.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Aiming for CCI**.

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 done Little Downham lots. It is a super course. Lots of variations & challenges.

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

So many!! The rider I currently admire is obviously Michael Jung. However Izzy Taylor XC, Tom McEwen SJ and Ros Canter’s new style.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My head girl Elle and my mum.

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

Before starting eventing – get good health insurance!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Blooper – once jumped an Intermediate arrowhead on a 100 horse!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event is Blair or Rockingham – good galloping courses.

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

Roast chicken of course with a nice crisp white Sancerre if I’m feeling rich!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

The new George Ezra album.

32 year old, Jenny James won the BE90 at Little Downham riding Billy Rocket.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I have produced this awesome fella to sell, so hope to sell him as future FEI pony. As I truly believe this pony is a star in the making.

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 Little Downham many times. I love going as it’s friendly, well organised and you can never predict the course and it’s always technical and keeps the rider thinking.

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

I love watching Tom McEwen and his horses.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My parents for letting me develop our farm into a dream home for your horse and building up the facilities for making it possible to do what I love.

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

I wish I’d won the lottery.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

My first time at Keysoe I got lost on the XC between fence 8 and 9, went up down so many times to find the right track I managed to clock up about 30 time faults. 2 horses managed to overtake me while I was trying to find fence 9. 

Which is your favourite event & why?

Probably one of my faves is Little Downham, great prizes and great courses. I love Chilham too because of the rolling hills and the big house in the background. Makes it all feel very grand. As an amateur it is like being at a mini Blenheim, Burghley or Badminton.

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

Mac n cheese washed down with a fruity cider.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Love Florence and The Machine’s song “Hunger” at the moment.

21 year old, Amateur (apprentice plumbing and heating engineer) Isabella Stagg from Crowfield in Suffolk won the BE90 at Little Downham riding Quite A Compliment. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

We have qualified for three regional finals at BE90 which means that we can go forward to the next level of competition. If we then finish in the top 20% of one of these finals we will qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championship at Badminton 2019.

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 have competed at Little Downham for many years and we always love going there. The ground is always well prepared and the courses are varied and challenging. The events are always really well run.

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

Michael Jung because he works so hard to get the best out of his horses and he seems so in tune with them that his riding seems so effortless.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My trainer Andrew Day who specialises in bio-mechanics and dressage. The way he trains our horses enables them to face any discipline with the correct muscle structure.

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

To be more mentally positive and to have more self belief.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

My horse Holly didn’t used to travel to events without her little shetland friend. Whilst grazing her in hand, another horse walked past the shetland and Holly leapt in between them to protect him from an ‘invader’. It took me quite by surprise as she leapt quite a long distance!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Getting to the Grassroots Championship at Badminton is a feeling like no other. The atmosphere makes you feel like a real professional rider.

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

I love lasagne with garlic bread and salad followed by ice cream. I am particularly partial to a Rekorderlig which is a Swedish cider.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

All the songs from Calamity Jane with Doris Day and Howard Keel.

41 year old, Tara Staveley won the BE90 at Ascott Under Wychwood riding Indi. Tara keeps Indi at home near Allesley, West Midlands. She is a Mum of two lovely kids, Hunter & Jasmine who keep her very busy along with all the horses, dogs, cat, chickens etc. Indi has had two foals last year via Embryo Transfer who are really lovely.

We arrived a bit late as missed the sign and we only had 10 minutes to warm up for the dressage, so I was delighted when I saw my dressage score of 23.5.  The pressure was on though as another competitor got the same score & was also clear show jumping. Luckily we came in a second under the optimum time to take the win.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse? 

Ultimately our aim is just to have lots of fun however to complete every event on our dressage score & hopefully to qualify for Badminton Mitsubishi Motors 2019 would be great.

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 to Ascott Under Wychwood before. I love the event, it is well run, laid out beautifully and the location is just stunning.  The show jumping & cross-country are more challenging than some, which we like as Indi is a jumping machine and eats up the tougher courses. I like events that make the SJ & XC count on the scoreboard & Ascott Under Wychwood does that.

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

I have many influences from top riders who show they can consistently produce amazing horses at top level to riders at lower levels who work hard, practise lots & often go out and conquer fears.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why? 

My husband Pete!  He is not horsey at all, yet he has built such great facilities at home for us.  One of his sayings is “horse in the stable no food on the table”; I’m not that bad but he is good to put up with my horsey obsession. He started coming with me so I don’t end up going long distances on my own, as have my kids who are proving to be lucky charms!

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

I started eventing when I was 16 with non-horsey parents so I’ve pretty much had to figure things out myself, making lots of mistakes in the process, I know now that learning from mistakes makes you a better rider.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

At Sapey in 2004 I had really late times, the air was heavy with thunderstorm & I ate too much at lunch… when I was doing my dressage test I think all the blood went to my stomach not my brain, I went wrong but couldn’t figure out where as the judge didn’t beep, I ended up going up the centre line to salute in the wrong direction!  It was so hot & muggy I think the elderly dressage Judge had nodded off, as she didn’t seem to notice!

Which is your favourite event & why? 

There are many to choose from, I particularly like events with varied terrain, lots of trees & natural water features, I love the setting of Weston Park.

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

On Saturday we knew we would be late home with the kids so we took the BBQ to Ascott Under Wychwood.  We had a lovely BBQ, in the glorious Cotswold countryside with amazing views, hot air balloons in the sky, it was perfect. I was driving back but normally I would celebrate with a nice glass of something bubbly!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We mainly listen to the Radio… anything & everything…

26 year old, Laura Ritchie-Bland based just outside Richmond North Yorkshire won the BE100 at Belsay Horse Trials riding HTS Hobson Dee.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

HTS Hobson Dee aim is to do the CIC1* at Burgham Int, followed by the CCI1* at Millstreet Int.
Lord Aster will be aimed for the 6yr old champs at Osberton.

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 Belsay before as it’s a local event for us. I just love this event, the organisers put in so much effort and are always finding ways to improving it for the competitors. Also the bar is always a good social!!

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

I always loved watching Nicola Wilson, also because she was local to me she was also so friendly and helpful. It was always great fun following her mum out hunting .

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I’d have to say my 3 friends Emma Hobday, Jay Ryder and Faye Archer. They are always there to celebrate the highs with me as well as picking me up from the lows. They are all there to help me at a drop of a hat and continue to support and advise me on where to go and what to do!! I do also have to mentioned my parents who are a constant support, especially Dad who loves waking courses with me and telling me he’d jump bigger on his greenest Hunter!!!!

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

The injuries, which my team and myself have occurred a lot off. Still wouldn’t change it for the world.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing?

I can’t really think of one for myself but I can tell you a few from my dads event “career”, which consisted of many telling offs, going under trakehners, going wrong, losing his way etc but he always finished with a smile.

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite national event is Allerton Park. It’s a great event and I love the course there. I also jumped my first advanced there so it’s always been a special event for me!!
Tattersalls has to be my favourite international however, no matter what the outcome we always have a great time.

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

Chicken and chips with a gin and elderflower tonight (there were a few after Belsay).

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Well Daniel Scott and I actually have a full CD which we have sung along to for years now in the lorry which consists of Robbie Williams, Mcfly, George Ezra and a few others, I don’t think we will ever replace it.

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