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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 9 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

22 year old, Harry Horton from Essex won the IN at Stratford Hills on a horse called “Maybe This Time” owned by Mrs Judy Savage. It was the horse’s first time at this level and exceeded all expectations. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Due too all the bad weather earlier in the year, his season started rather late. The aim is to go to Hartpury for the 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 been to Stratford Hills quite a bit over the years, through pony club, riding club and BE. The organisers always put lots of effort in and it’s one of our most local events!

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

I’ve obviously always had event riders I’ve idolised over the years but Helene Braeckman has to be the biggest influence, she’s taught me for many years and when I left Hartpury I went to work for her. I still go there to ride for her everyday alongside running my own yard and she is a very good owner, supporter and coach!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My whole family play a massive role but Sophie my girlfriend is definitely the unsung hero. She drives the lorry, she turns all the horses out immaculately everyday, she is in charge of all the office work and when she isn’t running around doing all of that she ends up cleaning up after me!

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

How expensive it is and how hard it is too win!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I’ve done a few stupid things that are funny when I look back on them but definitely weren’t at the time! I did forget my stock shirt once and ended up borrowing a girls sleeveless one, I definitely didn’t have the tan or the muscles to pull it off so I just had to suffer in the heat and keep my jacket on!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event I have competed at is Rockingham Castle, it has such a buzz about it and it’s lovely to jump in the main arena even if you’re just in the national classes and it’s not a million miles away! I recently also went to Tattersalls for the week with some friends and that is definitely one for the bucket list!

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

When we get back from the event most probably something easy like pasta washed down with a beer! Sophie and I definitely can’t be bothered to cook when we get back! (Gone are the days of living at home and going back to a Sunday roast). However I would go to Nando’s to get my chicken dinner if we lived nearer one.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

As the driver Sophie gets to choose the CD’s so it ends up being a bit of Beyoncé, but I can roll with that, I’ve learnt the words over the years!

25 year old, Stephanie Stewart from Fordyce (Aberdeenshire) won the BE80 at Burgie riding Eden IV a 7 year old Dark Bay gelding.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Eden is new to eventing so my aim for him this year is to get as many runs in as I can and move up to BE90.

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 one of my local events and I regularly compete there. I had a couple years off from eventing so it’s great to be back at Burgie!

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

Karen Dixon!!! I went to work for her is 2012 and stayed just short of 2 years and she taught me so much and has definitely made me the rider I am! She is one of the most hardworking people I know!!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I don’t really have a team but have great friends and family that try their best to come and support me when they can!

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

How expensive it is! And the problem is once you have the bug for it you some how manage to find the money to pay for all the events!!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Going wrong in my dressage test near the end (when I was a lot younger) and saluting facing ‘A’ the judge didn’t beep me till I had left the arena!! Very embarrassing!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event is Aswanley because it’s the closest one to home and my cousin got married there .. it’s a gorgeous venue!!

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

My Chicken Dinner would be – Chilli and I would wash it down with red wine.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I’ll Be There – Jess Glynne

32 year old, professional rider Caroline Day, 32 from Great Finborough won the BE100 at Stratford Hills riding Redpath Star Dancer. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

5yo Championships at Burghley & 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 am a regular at this event as it’s our most local event. It’s also very well run & they make an effort with the ground.

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

Pippa Funnell.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My husband! As he gives me all his time & energy with the horses & the yard. I couldn’t manage without him.

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

How much I would have to eat to keep my energy levels up!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing?

Getting the wrong horse out for dressage who I thought only needed a 10 minute warm up but it was a different one who I thought needed 40 minutes but ended up getting a 24!!

Which is your favourite event & why?

Horseheath as they have great viewing for owners & everyone is so friendly.

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

Barbecue chicken washed down with a Kopperberg cider.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left To Cry”.

22 year old, Alex Colborn from West Sussex won the BE100 section P at Rackham Horse Trials riding Nederlands Fleetwood. 

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Nederlands Fleetwood had a late start to his eventing career, he started this season straight in at BE100 with a few educational runs, but I knew he had it in him to be competitive at this level, and on Sunday that showed.

He’s a massive horse nearly 17.3, an exceptional mover and he’s really starting to get the hang of jumping. He gives the most amazing feel cross country and just eats up the ground! Fleetwood is going to step up to Novice after one or two more runs. And I’m sure he’s going to be just as competitive at this level too. Who knows how far he will go, he gets better and better every time he goes to an event.

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?

Rackham is probably our most local event, I have been here the last two years, I’ve always had good luck here and the horses have always gone well. It’s a great inviting course for the more inexperienced and younger horses. It’s a very well organised event and the owners Nick & Catherine Dugdale are lovely people.

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

My biggest influence has to be Ken Spencer. Ken has ridden at the top of the sport and has started off many of the top horses at the beginning of their careers. He knows how to get the best out of horse and rider.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

I have more than one unsung hero. Again Ken has to be one of them. He’s lorry driver, groom at shows (when he’s not riding horses), chief plaiter, and does so much behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly. Obviously we have to thank the team at home that do the yard of 10 stables and without those we would be working till midnight after finishing at some of the later finishing further away shows.

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

Eventing is never going to make you a millionaire, lots of highs and lows but never a millionaire.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Not sure if this was the funniest or most annoying ‘’blooper’’. Setting an alarm for 4am. Yes 4am and I am not a morning person, to head to Hambleden horse trials last year. First to go dressage and when we arrived around 6am, first on site to the knowledge that they were abandoning the event due to poor weather. I think we had to find it funny rather than cry at the fact I woke up at 4am for nothing!

Which is your favourite event & why?

My favourite event has to be Chatsworth. A long way from us but it’s just simply amazing. I also did my first international event there earlier this year and finished in the top 10 round my first CIC1*. It will always be a strong favourite.

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

My Chicken Dinner was a meal at the local Thai restaurant when we got home. Funnily enough I said to Ken can we get a Thai takeaway if I get placed today, luckily taking the win meant I didn’t have to pay either!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We have actually just bought a lovely new lorry and it’s debut outing was to Rackham horse trials. It obviously brought us some good luck and hopefully will carry on to do so. We currently don’t have a favourite lorry song after one journey. But come back to me in a few months time, I’m sure we could give you our own debut album!

49 year old, Pauline Nield from Cumbria won the BE90 at Warwick Hall riding Forest Bay.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I have another 10 BE events planned for the rest of the season covering Cumbria & North Yorkshire.

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 this event 3 times as it is a local event. I am also planning to do Warwick 3.

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

I met Mark Todd & Mary King at an event showing their Olympic medals & that inspired me.

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

It hurts when you fall.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Falling off at fence 6 & realising I didn’t have my point 2 attached.

Which is your favourite event & why?

I don’t have a favourite event, I love them all as I just love to compete.

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

Filet steak with peppercorn sauce & a lovely chilled class of Pol Roger champagne.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Your simply the best by Tina Turner.

41 year old, Katie Barber from Leicestershire won a Novice section at Catton Horse Trials riding Diamond Mine.

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

Diamond Mine is homebred and was a late starter due to my lack of time! I’d hope to finish the season with some reasonable 1* results and a couple of intermediate runs…..

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 at Catton, it’s not too far to travel and a lovely venue that’s well run.

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

It would have to be Caroline Moore, she’s a dynamic trainer, makes you reach for the stars and grab hold of them…..I feel like I can take on the world after training with her!

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

The owners never get enough credit I don’t think, the sport wouldn’t exist without their input!

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

How to run my accounts better.

 

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

I’ve had lots of bloopers, probably falling in the water and being interviewed on the way back announcing I needed some dry pants, I didn’t realise the whole event could hear, oh dear, got teased about that for ages…

Which is your favourite event & why?

Got to be Burghley, living the dream! 

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

My chicken dinner would literally be that!! Although I don’t eat much meat our local butcher supplies free range happy chicken, that’s a treat.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I’m always singing in the lorry and I’m not sure it’s great for everyone else but I do like to sing along to the Disney songs.

16 year old, Josh Moore from Ewhurst in Surrey won the 100u18 class at Rackham Horse Trials.

© Jeremy Harvie Photography

What are your aims for 2018 for this horse?

I have now entered my horse Timmy into our first Novice together at Tweseldown. We hope to have a good day there and also at the Open Pony Club area event which is a part of the ONu18 section at Eridge. We have now been shortlisted for the 100u18 team to go to Frickley for the Championships at the end of July which is very exciting. So if we are picked from the short list to compete we hope to be competitive at Frickley. In the Autumn we hope to gain more confidence and experience at Novice level.

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 had not competed at Rackham before Sunday and I was so impressed by the event. It was very well organised and everything ran perfectly to time. All the phases are very close together meaning that everything can be easily watched by spectators. Both the jumping courses were very well built and were more testing than I had anticipated. I will definitely come again.

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

I am very lucky that Will Furlong has let me come down to his yard in the holidays a few times and I have learnt loads from him. Also he has been extremely successful himself doing exactly what I aim to do with my horses so I would say he has been a huge influence but also I am very lucky to be trained by Tracy Priest, Mel Breen and Rebecca Gibbs all of whom are very generous with their time and are experts in their fields.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Definitely my mum! I have three other siblings so I do almost everything myself but without my mum I would not be able to do anything. My sister is also a very competitive swimmer and my other sister does lost of gymnastics yet she is still able to let us all do everything on one day. She gives up all her time to helping my siblings and I and never gets a break. I am incredibly lucky to have her.

© Jeremy Harvie Photography

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

Winters are miserable in this country!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

At Eridge Horse Trials in 2016, I had just received my new embroided kit from my sponsor KBIS, I went down to the dressage looking smart and Wilf the horse I had at the time was immaculate, he had at least 30 plaits in his mane. So I warmed up absolutely fine and then two minutes before I had to go into the arena my horse pooed all down his back legs and then swished his tail and put it all over me, my white breeches and my new numnah! Then mum started trying to wipe it off using a tea towel, much to the amusement of my friends, but it was no use and despite my best efforts to look smart for that day I now looked (and smelt) awful.

Which is your favourite event & why?

I would probably have to say Chilham. Out of all the events that I have been to the courses there are always bold and favour the strong jumping horses. Also when I have been there the ground has always been great and I have had some great results there.

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

This is a difficult one. At this time of year all my family like a bbq so I would have to say that. To drink it has to be something fizzy!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

I have to keep mum happy so often we listen to what she wants to listen to but on a sunday evening we do like the top 40 countdown. However I must confess that singing is not one of my talents at all and so I let mum take centre stage in that department!

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