Wednesday 16th of September 2020
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Part 9

New for the 2017 season, we’ll be celebrating your wins in our new 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, Lauren Webster from Dundee Angus won the BE100 at Kirriemuir Horse Trials riding Balhagarty Lancelot.

Lauren Webster © Bruce George

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

I would love to qualify to compete at Novice with ‘Stumpy’ aka Balhagarty Lancelot.

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 competed here previously but this was my first attempt at BE100. I keep coming back as it’s right on my doorstep and the amount of effort that goes into designing the XC course is phenomenal. It’s one of the most challenging XC in Scotland I think.

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

Biggest influence would be the greats Pippa Funnell and Nicola Wilson but as well as my trainers Shelagh Steven and Shonagh Stark.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Probably my mum. She supports me all the way, even if she struggles to watch me go XC.

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

The cost! It is very expensive to event but the thrill you get from the ride makes up for this. It’s addictive.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Stumpy competing in his first BE90 at Kirriemuir and he lost the plot inbetween fences and bucked me off for no reason other than to get rid of energy. I fell off and he ran off jumping the 100 course backwards to home. I eventually met him (after running) at about half way round (on his 2nd lap). I jumped on and completed. Our BE record shows we went clear XC because I fell off in between obstacles. We racked up almost 100 time penalties on what could have been a winning dressage score and we weren’t last!!! I even gained 1 FP as it was still classed as a double clear.

Which is your favourite event & why?

 Dalkeith. It was here that I realised Stumpys true potential.

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

 After my win…it was fish and pasta washed down with water. Rock and roll I know!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

If I was allowed to play music in the truck it would have to be Outro by M83.

45 year old, Joanne Moses from Scotland won the BE90 section B at Kirriemuir Horse Trials finishing on her dressage score so far of 20.3 riding Greenburn Sunrise.

Joanne Moses

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

To jump double clear at the BE90 Scottish Championships at Hendersyde and qualify again for the Grassroots final at Badminton

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 been 2nd in 2013 and 3rd 2014 here before. The cross country course is challenging and it is a beautiful drive.

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

I was lucky enough to have dressage lessons in the 1990’s with Bill Noble. He gave me a very solid foundation in riding and training which has really helped my eventing dressage scores.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My husband Chris. He comes along to all my events and never complains about the sometimes very early starts and long drives.

Joanne Moses

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

How unpredictable the day can be no matter how well prepared you feel you are which makes doing well all the more rewarding.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

They seem to happen at most of the events! I have lost diamond earrings in the grass, missed fences on the xc course and learned the wrong dressage test.

Which is your favourite event & why?

Forgandenny and Kirriemuir because of their lovely cross country courses and beautiful scenery.

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

We have a fish supper on the seafront at Helensburgh after an event washed down with a bottle of water. I’m easily pleased!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Nancy Mulligan by Ed Sheeran

Joanne Moses

 

20 years old, Kate Bleloch from Warwickshire won the Novice at Broadway riding Goldlook (his first Novice).

Kate Bleloch

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

He is only six so he will do some more Novices and will aim for Osberton CICY* 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?

I did my first ever BE100 at Broadway in 2008 and have been coming back ever since! I find it a really rewarding and flowing course so often use Broadway to step my young ones up to the next level. Broadway is lucky as I had a win in 2013 on Shannondale Lily in her first Novice too!

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

It has to be Caroline Moore! I first went to Caroline for some training on a very green and wild Bulano about six years ago. Caroline has taught me so much, supported me through the ups and downs and encouraged me to progress through the levels.

Kate Bleloch

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

My mum is definitely the hero in my team, she must have special powers being able to be a full time accountant and groom! She has been a huge part of my eventing career and I wouldn’t have been able to do what I have without her.

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

Money doesn’t grow on trees!

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Having been told my name was in Horse and Hound by a friend I excitedly looked to find that my ‘claim to fame’ was actually being called ‘Katie Bollock’ by Mike Tucker at Belton. 

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Belton, the XC is always big and bold which is really fun to ride! I can usually tempt my boyfriend and dad to come and watch too due to the multiple bars! 

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

Steak and a pimms!

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

We don’t really have one! I like radio 1 and mum likes Heart so it usually depends on who gets to the radio first.

Kate Bleloch

25 year old, professional event rider Tom Rowland who runs a 20 stable yard near Cirencester in Gloucestershire won the Novice at Broadway riding Freshmans Minstrel owned and bred by Lynne Langridge.

He has won an amazing 5 novice events and has now upgraded to intermediate in points. The first three were with Chezzie Brough, a great friend of mine (we were working pupils together in 2009 at Angela Tucker’s) who has produced him beautifully from a four year old to the end of last year. He then won two weekends ago at Solihull and then again at Broadway with me. He is flashy and very reliable and consistent.

I was also 2nd of Rosie Dickens’ homebred Libris Vagabond, a very exciting 6 year old who was competing in his first BE100.

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

This was only our third event together, Chezzie has done such a beautiful job so my biggest aim is now to build my own partnership with him.

He has qualified for some Novice Regional Finals – hopefully he can be competitive in these and then we will look to upgrade to intermediate.

Unfortunately his owner / breeder Lynne may have to sell him so ideally we are also looking to arrange a syndicate to secure his future.

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?

Broadway is only half an hour away from us so we are very regular visitors, both for the spring and autumn runnings. I think the course flows well and really encourages horses to open up gallop, before having to learn to close up again before the downhill water at the end.

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

I was lucky to do work experience with Pippa Funnell in 2010 and she is my hero, mainly because of the partnerships she Builds with her horses. They really love her. Also she’s a perfectionist and has now been at the top of her sport for over 20 years.

Owen Moore has taught be for a number of years and he is an incredible horseman who really gets into a horse’s mind.

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

Hopefully no one is “unsung” because that slightly implies that they are forgotten or hidden too much behind the scenes. I have great staff, led by Leanne Bathurst who was double clear herself at Broadway in the BE90 with her horse Quantum IV. Additionally I have brilliant owners, supportive parents and a generous landlady Samantha Alberto.

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

How hard it can be to make ends meet. Professionals are trying to make a living out of a sport run by goodwill of volunteers. That makes you realise how precarious earning a living can be and how dependant we are on the generosity of others.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

We drove all the way down to Pau 4* in Southern France. It was my first four star so I brought a suit specially, but apart from my riding boots I basically forgot any other shoes. So I had to wear really old causal trainers with my smart new suit.

Which is your favourite event & why?

I love Blenheim. It’s quite local so lots of friends and clients come to watch, and I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of memorable cross country rounds.

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

I am a big fan of Roasts with all the trimmings. I know some people find it offensive but I like to have Yorkshire Puddings with everything.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Anything upbeat. Quite a lot of Jess Glynn recently. We listen to Radio 1 a lot too.

30 year old, Charlotte Jeffes from Tetbury, Gloucestershire won the BE90 at Moreton Morrell Horse Trials on her 5yo Humphrey (only his 4th ever event). She works full time as a sales consultant for a healthcare company and spends all her spare time eventing her 3 horses.

Charlotte Jeffes © Ultimate Images

What are your aims for 2017 for this horse?

I brought Humphrey as an unbroken 3yo and have backed and produced him myself – updating facebook with regular #HumphreyUpdates of his progress. We are stepping up to BE100 at our next event at Mount Ballan. Unfortunately this is likely to be our last event together this season as I am expecting a baby at the beginning of September. I have ambitions that I will be back out eventing to catch the last 90RF at the end of the season but this might be a touch unrealistic. We will practice lots of dressage over the next few weeks and over the winter so we can come out all guns blazing next 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 to Moreton Morrell a few times now. It is mid week so means a day off work but have always liked the course. This year was even better with a few changes to the xc course and a new area for the dressage. Despite the lack of rain the going on the XC was amazing and SJ is always on the surface.

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

This probably has to be my Mum, she has always been very supportive throughout my riding career. She has also taught me everything I know and I don’t show her enough appreciation. I’m sure I’m not the only person who still gets a bit grumpy with my mum when she’s trying to help me in the warm up.

Charlotte Jeffes © Ultimate Images

Who is the unsung hero of your team and why?

There are two – my partner Matt and my Dad. They are my unpaid grooms and they put in so much hard work – Doing studs, holding horses, getting up at silly o’clock in the morning, doing the bacon bap run and getting shouted at when they can’t tell you whether your horse looks in the correct outline. They have had to learn to love eventing and I think they are slowly getting there.

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

That you will have absolutely no time in your life for anything else.

Describe the funniest “blooper” you have experienced eventing

Well as it happens I had a bit of a blooper at this event. On another horse I was riding earlier in the morning. On the XC I accidentally rode too far to the left of a little woodchip path that was crossing the road. I only realised at the very last minute at which point it was too late and managed to canter straight into a low branch which whacked me over my nose and the side of my face. All I could see for the rest of my round was a big flap of skin and blood on my nose. I think the adrenaline took away the pain.

Which is your favourite event & why?

I absolutely love Barbury set in beautiful Wiltshire countryside. There is such a sense of occasion. The viewing of the XC is great for all your supporters and it’s great to watch some of the Pro’s go round after you are done. There is even a scampi van for a cheeky re-fuel.

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

Ooooh well this will probably have to be good old Fish and Chips (with curry sauce) and a can of Rio to wash it down. Oh and I must not forget about the bag of haribo for the journey home.

What is your current favourite lorry karaoke song?

Oh Goodness, I’m not sure! On the way there I’m often trying to learn my dressage test and on the way home I like to watch my DR SJ and XC videos lots of times especially if it’s been a good day. Matt would probably go insane if I sang all the way home as I was not blessed with a singing voice – probably better to stick to the riding.

Charlotte Jeffes © Ultimate Images

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