Posted on October 17th, 2014

Katherine conquers!

The Pony Club Open Eventing League, generously sponsored by Likithas reached its conclusion for 2014. Over 30 Likit Open Eventing League competitions have been held all over the country since March, accommodating hundreds of Pony Club horse and rider combinations across them.

The winner of the Likit Open Eventing League for 2014 is Katherine Mason, from the West Norfolk Branch of The Pony Club. Katherine, aged 15, amassed a total of 24 points with her horse Fernhill By Design (Buzz) and will benefit from the top prize of a day’s training with successful event rider John-Paul Sheffield and a very smart rug courtesy of Likit!

“I was over the moon when I found out I had won, it just shows that all the hard work pays off!” comments Catherine. “Buzz and I have been in partnership for a couple of years, I got him with the hope of reaching Pony Club Open level and he has guided me through and taught me so much over the past two seasons. I would also like to say a big well done to everyone else in the Likit Open Eventing League; especially to my fellow team mate Annabel Lyles for finishing second, go West Norfolk!”

Winners down the line to 10th place will also receive training bursary amounts, from £200 for second place down to £50 for tenth place, and also a smart rug. A presentation day has been arranged at 4* event rider Francis Whittington’s yard, where winners will enjoy a yard tour and lecture demo from Francis before receiving their Likit Open Eventing League prizes.

Pony Club Branches whose events include an Open (1.10m) Class, are eligible to register for the League with entrants gaining points for places and double clear rounds. The horse and rider combination with the highest number of points at the end of the season wins, with further placings being awarded to 10th place.

“Since it started the aim of the Likit Open Eventing League has been to encourage as many Members as possible to compete at Open Level events, whether organised by their own Branch or by others” comments Liz Lyle, Chairman of Pony Club Eventing.  “It continues to achieve this and promotes some great healthy competition along the way!”

Based in Scotland, Open League sponsor Likit manufacture a wide range of stable toys and treats. Brand Manager, Lindsay Gall comments “This is our third year supporting this amazing competition and we are so proud of all the competitors and their horses and ponies that have entered this year.  The courses are challenging both mentally and physically so just getting round the courses, never mind achieving a place in the top ten, is a fantastic achievement.  The Pony Club remains at the forefront of young rider development and we are delighted to continue to support such a worthwhile organisation”.

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Posted on October 17th, 2014

‘Clip for a Cure’ Campaign

A new campaign has been launched in order to raise money and awareness for the Equine Grass Sickness fund.

The ‘Clip for a Cure’ campaign is the brainchild of friends Natalie Young and Rachel Mangto, following the loss of three horses Jasper, Storm and Spencer, to Equine Grass Sickness (EGS), from one field.

Rachel Mangto says, “Our family friends lost two Clydesdale’s, Storm, in April followed by Spencer in May 2014. Then our Jasper was diagnosed with EGS on 14 August 2014. He went to sleep after a brave fight on 27 August 2014.

“We can’t bring our lads back but we can raise funds and awareness. This is our way of fighting back – one day at a time.”

The campaign has grown legs following the involvement of vets, Loch Leven Equine Practice who treated the horses and have been actively promoting the campaign, Liz Burton, a Director from Loch Leven Equine Practice says, “This is such a fantastic way of promoting awareness for EGS and the idea of clipping a triangle is such a simple one. Our clients are showing their support and we have already been asked to clip a few triangles at the clinic. The disease itself is devastating and as a practice we feel very strongly about supporting the fund to find a vaccination.”

Kate Thomson, Equine Grass Sickness Administrator Kate Thomson says, “We’re very grateful to Rachel and friends for their ‘Clip for a Cure’ brainwave, which seems to have really caught the imagination of clippers everywhere, raising a staggering £847 already! These donations are being made in memory of Jasper, Storm and Spencer who lost their lives to EGS earlier this year and will help us carry out the research so badly needed to prevent more heart-breaking deaths from this deadly disease.”

To show your support simply clip a triangle onto your horse’s quarters and donate £3 by texting JSSF60 £3 to 70070. To date the campaign has already raised £847 of their £3,000 target. To see how much has been raised go to

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Posted on October 13th, 2014

Mission Accomplished For Simon Charlesworth

Simon Charlesworth paid a glowing tribute to his champion horse Fait A Cobbli after winning the Virbac 3D Worming Cob of the Year Championship at Horse of the Year Show 2014.

Newmarket-based Simon was thrilled with his nine-year-old chestnut gelding after continuing a rich vein of form this year that has included triumphs at Royal Windsor and Hickstead’s Royal International Horse Show.

“He couldn’t have done any more in there,” said Simon.

“He has been fantastic all season, and he pulled the stops out tonight. I can’t quite believe it, really.

“You have got to take each competition as it comes. You never know what is going to happen. They are horses at the end of the day, and it is about luck, hard work and preparation.

“It’s so special at HOYS. It’s the one that everyone wants to win at. Everyone works all year towards it.

“When you win I think it is a mixture of relief and a bit of shock.

“He’s got fantastic limbs, he has got loads of bone for a lightweight cob, he’s a lovely mover and he has got a fantastic engine. He is so light and he finds everything so easy. That is what makes him a great horse.”

Photo: E.S. Photography

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Posted on October 13th, 2014

One Special Pony!

The Supreme Pony of the Year Championship at HOYS 2014 was taken by Barkway Moonfairy, the LEGO Friends First Ridden Champion partnered by 10-year-old Peterborough rider Taliah Aristidou.

“It feels absolutely amazing. It is my last show on her, and I absolutely love her,” Taliah said. “She is just the best pony I will ever have or ever will have.”

Photo: E.S. Photography

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Posted on October 9th, 2014

Valkyrie Makes Championship Flight!

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Suffolk rider Chloe Winchester added her name to an illustrious Horse of the Year Show honours list at the LG Arena in Birmingham on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old, who lives in Gislingham, won the Canaan Farm Young Riders Championship of Great Britain, and in doing so followed former previous winners like London 2012 gold medallist Nick Skelton, Michael Whitaker, Ellen Whitaker and Robert Whitaker.

And she did it in style, clocking 36.97 seconds aboard Avoca Valkyrie, an 11-year-old mare owned by her mother Gilly, in a four horse jump-off to win by more than 1.5 seconds from Oxfordshire-based Alfie Bradstock, riding Caicos.

“I am over the moon. I can’t believe it has actually happened,” said a tearful Chloe, who competed for Great Britain at this year’s European Young Rider Championships in Italy.

“I have been watching HOYS for years and years, so to actually win here is amazing.

“Looking at the previous winners of this class is just amazing, and that lap of honour, I just wanted to go round and round in that arena!

“I have learnt so much from being involved with the Great Britain Young Riders, and I was fourth in the Arena UK grand prix recently, so that really set us up for here.

“The mare is unbelievable. She has been on really good form, and she was so careful for me today.

“Going into the jump-off, I was second to go, so I was hoping to post a clear round and be fast enough.”

Photo: E.S. Photography

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Posted on October 9th, 2014

HOYS: Cambridgeshire Rider Takes British Showjumping’s Silver League Championship

Cambridgeshire rider Richard Barton made history at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) on Wednesday 9th Ocotber by winning British Showjumping’s inaugural Silver League Championship.

Richard, from Cambridge, triumphed with his dark brown gelding Solitary Boy, winning a seven horse jump-off after clipping 67 hundredths of a second  off previous leader James Johnson’s time.

The Silver League finalists qualified for HOYS via local leagues that were launched in April this year, followed by northern and southern semi-finals, with 14 combinations from Devon to Durham lining up in the Silver Championship.

Seven riders progressed to the jump-off in the Andrews Bowen International Arena at Birmingham’s LG Arena, and Richard knew exactly he had to do, chasing 47.69 seconds or better – and going clear – to win the class.

Richard, 47, said: “It was very close between first and second. It’s a great win.

“Going last, there is not as much as pressure as jumping first because you know what time you are chasing.

“The horse is home-bred, and he is terrific. It’s all about consistency, and we were lucky enough to win the semi-final at Keysoe, which qualified us for HOYS.”

Posted on October 7th, 2014

Client Evening near Framlingham

Deben Valley Equine Vet Clinic will be holding a client evening on 15th October at 7.30pm at the Dennington Village Hall, near Framlingham.

Topics covered during the evening will include biosecurity and measures you can take that will keep your horse safe and healthy; Strangles, the facts; plus find out how Chloe Stone MRCVS spent 12 intensive days providing assistance for the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust.

Tickets purchased by 10th October will cost £5, or it will be £10 on the door. Tickets include light refreshments and all proceeds goto the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust.

For more information call 01728 685123.

Posted on October 6th, 2014

Biomechanics Clinic – Revolutionise Your Riding!

Do you ever find that your instructor tells you time and time again that you are still doing the same thing wrong – and you know it, but can’t change it, as don’t know how?  Then a biomechanics session could really help you.

Re-educate the mind and body in order to achieve greater balance, harmony and communication with your horse.

Date:  Friday 24th October from 9am

Venue: Pine Lodge School of Classical Education, Stoke Holy Cross, Norwich NR14 8NR

40 mins private:  on own horse £55   school horse £65

50 mins Shared lesson (2): on own horses £35  school horses £45

Lessons must be booked in advance. To book call 01508 521800.

Posted on October 2nd, 2014

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Posted on October 2nd, 2014

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