GRS FUN SHOW - 5th SEPTEMBER
We will be donating a total of £787.11 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Results are available here:
Many thanks to the sponsors who helped make the show a success:
Carol Street Photography
Clarke & Simpson
Deben Valley Veterinary Clinic
Easton Farm Park
Equitrek / Agrimark
Grange Farm, Hasket
Hilton Macarons, Framlingham
James Buckle, Master of the Essex and Suffolk Hunt
Lucy Gooderham / Equilinks
Optimum Event Management
Poplar Park Equestrian Centre
RW Curle Electricians
Salter Pet Nutrition
Saracen Horse Feeds
Water Farm Dressage Centre
Lots of positive feedback received and seeing so many people enjoying the day with their horses and ponies made the sleepless nights, weeks of planning, hours of graft and the last minute panics worth it!
Just a few of the comments received below:
Thank you all for a fantastic show.. the friendliest and best organised we’ve been to this year.. having times for the classes was brilliant and took the stress out of the day… we all had a lovely time.
Thank you everyone who made the day possible. A lovely relaxed and friendly show. Look forward to seeing the photos
Thank you for such a lovely friendly show we had such a wonderful time x
Thank you for the loveliest morning! Fletcher’s first ever show and he was presented with a red ribbon! Such kind and encouraging people all round xx
Thank you for a lovely show on Sunday. We had such a nice time for my little ones’ first show - they really enjoyed it. My little boy even decided to show off his ‘no hands’ riding to the judge!
Thank you to all the organisers for a lovely friendly show yesterday.
NAF 5 STAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - 5th SEPTEMBER
Team Manager’s report for the NAF 5 Star National Championships at Lincolnshire Showground Sunday 5th September 2021.
What a junior team to be proud of!
The start to preparations was a little fraught with two of our members not being able to bring their horses due to injury, so at the last minute, and true to Gipping team spirit, we managed to work out a way to share the horses that were going so that the everyone could still take part, and Amber and Megan quickly got acquainted with Freya and Jessica’s ponies having some fun on Saturday evening in the parking field!
Competition day started bright and early at 6am when the ponies were collected from their stables and brought up for breakfast along with lots of scrubbing, plaiting, painting, and brushing, as our youngest members, Freya and Jess were on first at 8.30am. They had chosen to enter a junior pairs direct entry class and had choreographed a very sweet test incorporating all the required movements. They had super matching expertly plaited tails, thanks to Kath, and looked quite a pair on their height matching skewbald and piebald. Their test was very well executed, and they had the sharpest timed salutes you ever did see! We may have struck lucky on the number of entrants, but we were super happy to take a beautiful second place rosette and a huge bucket each of NAF goodies from the sponsors!
Next up was the turn of Charlotte, as she had entered the native pony dressage direct entry class, which started just as the pairs were finishing – so we all rushed to the opposite end of the field to capture this, especially Amber, who kindly was photographing all the proceedings throughout the day for us! Charlotte left the arena with the biggest smile and was super proud of Shewy’s performance, so that was enough for us, and they received a very respectable 66% - which I think Charlotte claimed as their best yet! Just out of the placings on this occasion.
Quickly the team of four dressage championship classes started, with Jess riding Pea in Prelim 12, Charlotte and Shewy again in Prelim 7, Megan on Dolly (Freya’s pony most know as Floss) for Prelim 18, and Amber on our trusted cob Bluey (Who not only had just finished pairs, but was also now trying his hoof at novice, only to notice his front shoe was missing – gulp!) for Novice 24. They all rode super accurate tests, with mid 60’s scores which we were really proud of in the circumstances, to secure a team 15th overall. Out of the placings, but I think it’s safe to say they all had a great time!
As the dressage concluded the pairs combinations were rushing off to find the Showjumping rings as Freya and Floss had qualified to compete in the 75cm SJ with Style and Jess and Bluey in the 85cm with Style. To achieve this, another great team effort, as Amanda took Pea back to the stables with Shewy, so I could follow Jess in the hope of finding the farrier before the jumping class started! We arrived at the SJ just as Freya entered the arena and stood mesmerised as she rode a clear round with no time penalties! Sadly out of the placings, however, I want to recognise the huge achievement for a combination, who at the start of the season was struggling with confidence over small jumps! Mum, Clare was in floods in tears, and I was choking up too – it was quite a spectacle and Floss really was the star of the day at this point!
Next Jess was warming up for the 85cm, and still sadly no sign of the farrier, so after trying the practice jumps, we decided Bluey was sound enough to compete, so off they went. They had a super start, and the commentator was clearly very taken with this honest pony giving his all to jump a challenging course, when, at jump 5 Jessica had a stirrup malfunction, and felt it best to retire! A very brave and mature decision!
The return to the stables found that Charlotte and Amanda had kindly done the mucking out, and then the Dickson’s cleared down the stables, whilst Clare and I packed up the camp area. Once ready to leave we met at the secretary tent for final farewells, to collect test sheets and grab this photo! The photo shows the happy and tired faces of the team, all sporting their championship clothing, which excitedly has the names of all their horses on the back! Everyone got home safely, and I think are looking forward to next year to try again, with several lessons learned. Time to think about the winter championships now, especially sleeping alternatives to a tent LOL – please get in touch if you would like to join us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to all our riders today at the National Dressage Qualifiers, you really danced your socks off and did the club proud. It was a sticky start with a few withdrawals and changes for injury but we still managed to turn out our teams (with hats ;0) )
The photo here is our junior dressage team who achieved joint 1st place to qualify for championships! Sadly they had run out of rosettes, so they will follow! Amber Dickson placed 1st in her novice class Kathryn Dickson Megan Dickson placed 3rd in her prelim. Jessica Baldwin placed 1st in her prelim and Charlotte Amanda Salmon placed 5th - super results!
Our Junior Riding Test placed a fantastic 2nd place. With an individual 4th placing for Jessica and 6th place for Hannah Baldwin. Well done team!
Our individual juniors for Intro were all in the placings too. Freya Clare Button 6th, Lucie Claire Osborne 4th and Hannah Baldwin 3rd. (An extra well done to Lucie for her first outing thanks to the wonderful Dallas on loan from Emma Jardine - he did you proud and looked after her very well!)
Mary (Hayley) King competed as an individual junior in Prelim 7 and placed 2nd - another super result!
Our seniors did really well too, with our open team all placing 4th in their respective classes, securing them a 6th overall as a team - well done to Tayne Louise Eaton, Sarah Ahrens and Nicola Taylor
Unfortunately our prelim senior team didn’t place this time, however there was a 2nd Individual place for Tayne Louise Eaton and a 6th for Sarah Ahrens so really well done!
I didn’t stop running around today, so haven’t many photos to share, so please do share your highlights from today in the comments, I would love to see them as we all looked very smart!
I was so proud to represent each and every member today, it was another super Gipping team effort.
One final thanks must go to Iain Saunders and James Button, as they spent their afternoon as scoring assistants, taking our turn to help proceedings so that everyone could compete! They deserve a pint tonight!
The ODE individual results are in, although provisional at this point. Our junior 90 riders did really well, with a 3rd placing for Isla Mattock Vicky Mattock and a 6th placing for Rebekah Nicholson Rachel Nicholson - well done ladies and we will get your rosettes to you!
A final well done to all of our competitors, and thank you for representing our club, and we hope you had a lovely day!
Jill & Kerry
18th April - Spring Dressage at Crows Hall
Test Rider Horse % Placing
Intro B Phoebe Smith Lady WD
Intro B Florence Rosten Teddy 61.1 3RD
Intro B Megan Meadows Anchor Bustard 66.3 1ST
Intro B Emma Ford Hot Tottie 61.7 2ND
Intro B Tamara Sturgeon Jade IV 59.8 5TH
Intro B Rowan Dudley Mister Fluff 60.7 4TH
Intro B Abi Milner Taste The Rainbow 54.3 6TH
Intro B Nick Westwood Tomos 57 5TH
Intro B Abbie Oliver-Wilson Honey Brook Lucky Charm 53.9
Intro B Debbie Knights Greateaves Grandslam 70.2 1ST
Intro B Katie Hull Jamal 64.6 3RD
Intro B Sarah Lummis Bertie 59.3 4TH
Intro B Nicola Taylor Bee 65.4 2ND
Intro C Jasmine Briggs Mouse 61.1 3RD
Intro C Megan Meadows Greateaves Grandslam 59.6 5TH
Intro C Tamara Sturgeon Jade IV 60 4TH
Intro C Rowan Dudley Mister Fluff 59.6 6TH
Intro C Freya Button Floss 71.1 1ST
Intro C Brooke Sturgeon Cennan Sultan 67.2 2ND
Intro C Katie Hull Jamal 67 1ST
Intro C Sarah Lummis Bertie 62.8 2ND
Intro C Nicola Taylor Bee 61.1 3RD
Prelim 1 Jasmine Briggs Mouse 58.8 5TH
Prelim 1 Freya Button Floss 68.7 2ND
Prelim 1 Brooke Sturgeon Cennan Sultan 67.6 3RD
Prelim 1 Jessica Baldwin Careless Painter 62.1 4TH
Prelim 1 Mary King Redwing's Quincy 69.5 1ST
Prelim 1 Debbie Knights Anchor Bustard 75 2ND
Prelim 1 Helen Whitbread Hot Tottie 70.3 3RD
Prelim 1 Lucy Howell Saint Patrick 67.4 4TH
Prelim 1 Emma Matthews King Leo 66.8 5TH
Prelim 1 Lucy Gooderham Rockfield Tom Tom 77.4 1ST
Prelim 13 Brooke Sturgeon Cennan Sultan 58.1 3RD
Prelim 13 Jessica Baldwin Careless Painter 68.1 1ST
Prelim 13 Mary King Redwing's Quincy 63.1 2ND
Prelim 13 Emma Matthews King Leo 59 6TH
Prelim 13 Lucy Gooderham Rockfield Tom Tom 69 3RD
Prelim 13 Sarah Ahrens Striking Stone 66.2 5TH
Prelim 13 Kerry Baldwin Maddison Star 71.5 1ST
Prelim 13 Tayne Eaton Lochmore Isaac 71 2ND
Prelim 13 Julia HicksLolly WD
Prelim 13 Sarah Ahrens Crossowen Wise Guy 66.7 4TH
Novice 24 Sarah Ahrens Striking Stone 72.4 1ST
Novice 24 Kerry Baldwin Maddison Star 67 3RD
Novice 24 Tayne Eaton Lochmore Isaac 68 2ND
Novice 24 Julia Hicks Lolly WD
Novice 24 Sarah Ahrens Crossowen Wise Guy 66.5 4TH
Novice 24 Caroline Spurrier Casper WD
Novice 24 Sarah Lummis Charlies Spot 62.6 6TH
Novice 24 Rachel Leek The Tramp 65.7 5TH