Area 12 Novice & Intermediate Show Jumping - King Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre - Sunday, 23 February 2020
Delighted to report that our 80/85 cm show jumping team (Tamsin O'Connor, Sarah Midwinter, Sally Watts and Emily Northam) WON their class to qualify for the Winter Novice Championships at the end of March!! Sarah had a fab double clear for individual 1st. Sally also finished 3rd.
An Evening with Lizzie Kelly - Witheridge Parish Hall - Monday, 20 January, 2020 (in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund)
A group of some 29 members and non members enjoyed an evening of conversation with British National Hunt Jockey, Lizzie Kelly in January. Lizzie, who rides mainly for her mother and stepfather, Jane & Nick Williams, based at Culverhill Farm, George Nympton kept us entertained as she spoke frankly of her early years based with various well known trainers and how it prepared her for her famous victory in the Kauto Star Novices Chase at Kempton in 2015, aboard Tea for Two, where she became the first female jockey to win a Grade One race in Britain. During the interval we all enjoyed a cup of coffee, cake and biscuits and took part in the prize raffle which helped raise funds to the sum of £193.00 for The Injured Jockeys Fund.
Thank you so much to everyone for coming along to support this event and to our all our very generous sponsors who donated prizes for the raffle.
Charlotte Warman Bitting Clinic Talk - Mill Barton - Thursday, 21 November, 2019
What a fabulous night we all had at our Bitting Clinic talk with Charlotte Warman. I’m sure all will agree it was absolutely fascinating to hear all of the history back to the first bit that was invented. We had a great first session on Caroline’s lovely guinea pig horse in the stable yard then back for some fabulous warm food and cake followed by another session of chat and questions and passing around of ‘Winston’ (Charlotte's horse skull).
Thank you all so much for coming. We were still going at 10.20 pm! I shall be organising another clinic at mine at some point so please get in touch if you would like to join us with your horse.
Area 12 Intermediate Dressage - Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre - Sunday, 17th November, 2019
Our Senior Intermediate Dressage team all put up a strong performance at KSEC back in mid November. Tamsin O'Connor and Gallway View were 3rd in the Prelim warm up before finishing 6th in the Qualifying team Novice class. Rebecca Brown and Rathmorrissey Ransom hit the magic 70% in their Preliminary Q test and finished 4th. Andrew Parry and Autumn Bright Starr also came 6th in the other Qualifying novice class and then Jane Phillips and Fair Duchess looked really classy in the Elementary , finishing 3rd.
It was a tense finish as there was a 3-way tie of teams with the 3 bestt scores of 13 so all four placings had to be used to decide the results and luckily this gave WRC the edge, as we had such consistent results, for 4th rather than 5th or 6th place.
Tamsin and Jane had only recently stepped up to this level and both looked very confident and their results were impressive. Poor Rebecca was still recovering from a nasty bug and was struggling to breathe and Andrew had been away working for 10 days but you wouldn't have known as both did very smart and accurate tests.
Helen Govier and Mr Armani were competing as non-Qualifying individuals and were also in the placings with 4th in their warm up Novice test and 2nd in the Elementary with a really strong 68.8%
So, it was an excellent day for Team Witheridge and as Team Manager, I was very proud of them all and was able to sit back and enjoy watching as they were all so smart and well prepared.
Area 12 Arena Eventing - Bicton - Sunday, 10th November, 2019
The sun shone. The courses were widely considered to be pretty beefy and the going in the Everys arena for the 80 class was very wet and holding.
We had 2 teams for this competition. In the 90 team was myself, Alex Barnett, Sam Englefield and Sharon Routley. Alex did a lovely clear to start the class and ended up 3rd individually. The team were 6th with good rounds by Sam and Sharon. The 80 team was Claire Owen, Tamsin O’Connor and Vikki Maddox. Claire and Tamsin has clear rounds. Vikki has a couple down but did very well on her young horse. The team did really well to come 4th of 9 teams even though they only had 3 members.
A lovely day out and, as always, I appreciated the friendliness of our club members.
Area 12 Winter Novice Dressage - Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre - Sunday, 6th October, 2019
Witheridge had a successful and enjoyable day at the Area 12 Novice Winter Dressage competition held at Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre on Sunday 6th October. It was a very long day, with huge entries of a high standard. We sent out three full teams, (two qualifying) and one individual qualifier, Claire Owen, who must have been chuffed with her 6th place as it was her horse's first dressage competition, well done!
Our 'blue' team, Charlotte Underhill and Sharon Routley (prelim), Caroline Thompson and myself (novice) were delighted to win the area team competition, and we were placed 3rd in the qualifying team competition. Charlotte came away with two individual second placings, Sharon 6th, Caroline 2nd and 5th and I had a 3rd and 6th. Our 'red' team, Kerry Sleep and Carolyn Day ( prelim), Tamsin O'Connor and Kate Kellaway (novice) came away with a 6th place in the team qualifier. Individually, Kate came second in her qualifying test, and Carolyn 5th. And the 'green' non qualifying team, Debbie Down and Katherine Govier (prelim), Sian Brown and Emma Jane Auger ( novice) also had a super day coming 3rd in the area teams. Congratulations to Katherine Govier who won her individual test with a massive 74.26%! and Emma Jane had a second.
I'd like to thank everyone for coming, supporting each other and performing so well for our club, but more importantly I hope everyone enjoyed the day and well done to you all!
Witheridge Riding Club’s Showing Show, at Paxtons’ Field, Rackenford on Sunday, 1st September, 2019
The day started early for the organisers and Cliff Richard Catering. Luckily the sun shone all day and the gentle breeze ensured that everyone kept cool and competitors and their mounts did not get hot and bothered. 32 horses attended, with owners/members from WRC and other local BRCs. 47 in-hand classes were entered and 32 ridden classes giving the judges some difficult decisions to make. There was also a Handy Pony Ring and a Clear Round Jumping Ring.
The In-hand judge, Lorna Norris, who runs the successful Oakfield Showing Shows series at Codden Hill Equestrian Centre near Barnstaple and breeds Welsh Section A ponies at her stud near Black Dog, had some large classes to judge. Largest was the Prettiest Mare/Filly class which had 9 forward and was won by Claire Owen’s Kannoodle with Verena Blyth’s Kilnamona Countess a close second.
The Championship was a huge class with 12 coming forward and was eventually won by Claire Owen’s beautiful 3 year old bay filly Kannoodle who moved beautifully round the ring. The Reserve Champion was Pam Wills’ very smart coloured cob, Thunder Flash. This super gelding was judge, Lorna Norris’ ‘take home’ horse of the show.
The afternoon Ridden section was judged by Jess Talbot of Peasedown Stud, who breeds Welsh and Part Welsh ponies. Although still relatively young, Jess is very well known on the showing circuit, riding and producing professionally full-time, and she says she was riding ponies before she could walk. So far this year Jess has qualified two ponies for the Mountain and Moorland ridden finals at Horse of the Year Show: her mum Helen’s young Dales gelding and a black Shetland pony stallion. Jess has also qualified for the Mountain and Moorland WHP finals at Horse of the Year Show this year with a young Connemara pony. The first two classes of the day, Best Combination and Novice, were very well attended with 5 and 6 horses forward. The Best Combination was won by Tamsin O’Connor on Galway View. Tamsin and Galway View had an amazing day with three firsts and a second in the ridden classes. The novice class was won by Connie Isaac on Micoh.
The Ridden Championship saw fewer horses forward as it had been a long day and some horses were showing signs of being tired and their owners made the sensible decision to leave. The eventual Ridden Champion was the Veteran Class winner, Stella, ridden by WRC Chairman Caroline Lowes with Connie Isaac and Micoh in Reserve. Judge, Jess Talbot, commented that Caroline and Stella improved greatly during the ridden classes in the afternoon and Stella came into the Championship bright and enthusiastic.
Area 12 - BRC National Show Jumping Championships - Lincolnshire Showground (31 August - 1 September 2019)
On the weekend of the 31st August, Witheridge Riding Club had a Senior 80 Team competing at the BRC National Championships in Lincoln. The team (Zoe Boyles, Nicky Day, Carolyn Day and Carol Luxton) qualified at King Sedgemoor earlier in the year where they finished 1st of the qualifying teams and 2nd overall, and made the 6 hour journey up to Lincoln to represent Area 12 and Witheridge nationally. They rode a great mix of horses - Carol on Foxy the cob, Carolyn on her Connemara, Fred, Zoe on her coloured, Robin and Nicky on her Irish Sports Horse, Sam - but all pulled it out the bag after 2 tough rounds and finished 3rd overall out of 21 teams, albeit with a pole here and there! The second round was challenging - lots of teams had riders retiring or eliminated due to the slippery conditions - but all of Witheridge completed and were pleased with their performance finishing on an overall total of 12 faults! All riders and horses enjoyed their weekend and would like to thank Witheridge RC for the opportunity and Paul Hulbert Transport for looking after their horses on the long journey!
Open Dressage - Paxtons’ Field, Rackenford on Friday, 23 August, 2019
On Friday 23rd August the WRC Show Jumping Team ran an Open Dressage Event at the Paxtons' Field, to raise funds for their transport to the championships in Lincoln. This was a successful event with 34 entries for the dressage, with great results all round, as well as lots of entries for the clear round jumping too. A cake sale was also taking place for the duration – thank you to all the donations from WRC members – this was sold out by the end of the evening. We had a few tack stalls too with varying success, but all round was a successful evening with a great variety of events to get involved in. The raffle offered some lovely prizes donated by the team, which were won by various competitors and helpers on the night.
Fundraising events are always stressful when there is an end goal to be achieved, but the team managed to raise over £500 which partially funded their transport to the championships.
The team would like to thank all their helpers on the night as well as the competitors who made the event such a lovely friendly affair that ran smoothly. We would also like to thank Irene Perrett and Carolyn Day, our friendly dressage judges, their writers and all of the stewards who helped on the day!
This event was greatly supported by members and non-members, all of whom had lovely things to say about the event. They would also like to encourage other members to get involved with qualifying teams, as these are great opportunities that are sociable and enjoyable for all!
Piers Willmott Talk at Mill Barton on Wednesday, 10 July, 2019
On Wednesday, Piers WIllmott, who practises Horse Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy and Myo Fascial Relief, gave a talk to sixteen of us. He explained his work, the combination of long years of study, experience and instinct which leads him to treat a horse in a holistic way, and told plenty of amusing anecdotes along the way. The audience was so enthralled that they were still chatting to him after three hours! We have sent £55 to the Devon Air Ambulance as a result of everyone's donations.
BRC HorseQuest Arena Eventing Championship 2019 at Aston Le Walls on Sunday 10th March 2019.
This is a new BRC event on the competition calendar for 2018/19 for Senior and Junior teams and individuals. It takes place on a surface and consists of a course of show jumps immediately followed by cross country fences, and finishes with the last fence as a show jump – the joker fence, which is set 10cm higher than the rest of the course and must be jumped. There are a maximum of 20 jumping efforts, 9 show jumping, 10 XC elements and the joker SJ fence. The whole competition is timed and there is a set speed for an optimum time. There are classes at 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 100cm.
Area 12 Arena Eventing qualifier at Bicton Arena on Saturday 24th / Sunday 25th November 2018.
Due to a large number of entries this qualifier took place over two days. It proved to be a challenging course having had a large volume of rain and part of the course was flooded, particularly on the Saturday when some of the show jumps and XC jumps had water on landing and / or take off! Sarah Midwinter and Marley jumped on Saturday giving the team a great start with a clear round and just 6 time penalties. On Sunday one of the XC jumps was still sitting in water and was causing an awful lot of problems. However, the rest of the team also rode brilliant solid rounds – Rebecca Brown and Jimmi just had one SJ down but within the optimum time for 4 penalties, as did Nicky Day and Fred. Tamsin O’Connor and Cooper had a clear round with 2 time penalties. The team finished on a fantastic score of 10, and WON!!! They were the only team in the 80cm class to achieve 4 completed rounds and individually they all finished in the top 8 – Tamsin 3rd, Rebecca 4th, Nicky 7th and Sarah 8th. They qualified for the Championships at Aston-Le-Walls in March. A massive well done to them all! Witheridge also had another 80cm team originally but unfortunately this depleted just before the competition leaving Mary Coe to compete as an individual who finished with 16.4 penalties, so well done to her too for completing the tricky course. Huge thanks to Helen Goff for organising the teams, quite a tedious task!
The team made the long journey to the wonderful complex at Aston-Le-Walls Equestrian Centre, Northamptonshire on this windy weekend to compete early on Sunday morning at the national Championship. Rebecca Brown and Jimmi were first to go and managed a clear round, just 5 seconds off the optimum time for 2 time penalties. Nicky Day and Fred had an unlucky pole down in the SJ and a speedy round to finish with a few too-fast time penalties. Sarah Midwinter and Marley also had a clear round but did incur some time penalties. Last to go, Tamsin O’Connor and Cooper had a lovely clear round in the exact same time as Rebecca for 2 time penalties. The scores were incredibly close and the team finished on a score of 13.6 to gain a very creditable 5th place out of 17 teams, bearing in mind that every team there had previously won at their own respective Area qualifier. Rebecca and Tamsin also finished joint 9th individually out of the 82 entries. This is a great achievement and the first time this competition has been run. It was a very exciting competition with the time penalties not being announced immediately. It was great for spectators too, being able to watch the whole course – the SJ took place in one arena and then after the first XC jump competitors moved straight on to the linked XC arena through the water and onto the rest of the XC elements, which included a ditch, slopes and a bank, and finally the joker SJ fence. Incidentally, all four horses had won different awards for their performance last year at our AGM recently. Huge congratulations to them all, very well deserved!! Many thanks to Witheridge Riding Club for paying the Championship entry fees and stabling.
Riding club sweatshirts, rugby shirts etc.
Can be purchased from Maritime Motifs, Southley Road (opposite bottom end of pannier market and Market Vets) South Molton EX36 4BL.
T: 01769 572 727
Polo shirt unisex or ladies : motif left chest and right sleeve - £14
Hoody: motif left chest and large lettering on back - £22
Rugby shirt : motif on left chest and on right sleeve - £23
Regatta Dover jacket waterproof with fleece lining: motif left chest and large lettering on back - £37
All items are good quality and come in a range of colours.
Sizing: it is best to call in and see her and payment to be made to her direct.
Dressage to Music CDs
Further to training, the club have Prelim Dressage to Music CDs (produced by Sapphire Sounds) available to hire. The CD has music by Mantovani with walk, trot and canter movements. Please contact Ros Fisher-Smith stating whether your horses's paces are similar to 15hh or16 hh.