British Riding Clubs Area 8

Riding club Area 8 Showjumping qualifier at Tendering 14/05/17

Fantastic day out at Tendring for the area 8 show jumping qualifier.

The day kicked off with the 70cm class and juniors of Samantha Argent, Yasmin Bridge and Daisy Watson WON with their team of three!

Rosie Bates was placed for the seniors with her lovely 4 year old in her 1st proper competition.

Hayley Goode, Hannah Godfrey, Martin Watts and Hazel Butler then jumped superbly to clinch 3rd place in the 80. All 4 jumped clear in the first round and just a couple of poles dropped us down from 1st to 3rd. Well done to individuals; Abbie Rose Horne, who was giving her sister Zara’s new pony a test run and to Laura Bailey, who finished the day with a smile.

The 90 competition again saw 4 clear rounds in the 1st round, with Ellie Watts, Summer Dann, Julie and Peter Hayward all posting foot perfect rounds.

Both Julie and Summer then jumped further clears, with Ellie just rubbing a pole and Peter catching a couple, leaving the team finishing strongly for 2nd.

The day finished with the 1metre class, with Sam O’Keefe, Abbie Rose Horse, Summer Dann and Rosie Bates all posting polished performances to come 2nd.

Well done to everyone, it was lovely to see so many smiley faces.

Post written by Jayne Cummins Senior Team Manager

Team 13th at the Equi-Theme Intermediate dressage championships at Bury Farm on 29th April!

On the 29th April Billericay and District Riding club had a team competing and representing the club at the dressage championships at Bury Farm. The team consisted of Hayley Goode, Lauren Goode, Samantha O’Keefe and Jacqueline Adams-Hooker. Lauren and Hayley travelled up on the friday as they had early tests Saturday morning and Lauren had also qualified as an individual in the Medium and the individual competition took place on the friday.

Lauren and her horse Maximus came out very fresh on the friday and he did not want to settle in his test with the excitement of the competition. Lauren and Maximus held it together to achieve 60% and 14th place. On the saturday Lauren was first up for the team in the elementary and Maximus was much more settled and achieved a 65% for 12th place. Next up was Hayley and her horse Arnie, he had also been told by Maximus how exciting it was and was on his toes. Hayley and Arnie went into the Prelim and achieved 73% which gave them 11th place only 2% between the top 10. In the afternoon were the novice tests and next up was Samantha and her horse Harry. Sam and Harry produced their usual lovely test for 66% giving them 14th place. Last but not least was Jacqueline who produced a lovely test for 68% giving them 8th place. With the placings being really close Jacqueline just missed out on 3rd place with a slightly over excited medium canter affecting her marks.  I’m sure we would have all done even better if they hadn’t been playing such depressing music over the speaker system!

Everyone enjoyed the weekend and the team done really well to come 13th collectively against a large amount of very good teams from all over the country.

The next dressage qualifiers are at Ashfields on the 28th May, hopefully Billericay will qualify for the next championships too!

Billericay and District riding club show champions 2016!

Billericay Riding Club held their annual AGM and quiz night on Friday 24th March.

Thanks to Dave Lawson, who was our quiz master for the evening and provided some real brain teasers on the evening.

Well done to our 2016 champions, who were awarded their trophies on the night, as follows:

Senior Show jumping champion – Rosie Bates

Junior Show jumping champion – Zara Rose Horne

Senior Dressage champions – Wendy Marriner and Jayne Cummins

Junior Dressage Champion – Tenechia Brewster.

Well done to everyone who competed at our shows throughout the year.

The Club had a fabulous year in 2016, with riders competing at the National Championships for Horse Trials, Combined Training and Dressage. We also had teams at Hickstead and Blenheim.

2017 is jam packed too, with the team events on Sunday 14th May – Show Jumping, Sunday 28th May – Dressage at Ashfields, Sunday 25th June 2017 – Horse Trials Poplar Park with Area 14, Sunday 8th October 2017 -Winter Dressage Brook Farm and Saturday 11th November 2017Winter SJ – Wix.

We have 4 shows at Crays Hill, the first of which is dressage on Sunday 7th May, then Show Jumping on Sunday 2nd July, Dressage on Sunday 13th August, then finally Show Jumping on Sunday 17th September. We are a friendly club and all shows are open to all.

Please see our facebook page, or website for all details.

Billericay and District Riding club newsletter: Spring 2017

Attached is the latest newsletter, which has all the details for both the Billericay shows and the liason qualifiers.

BRC Newsletter 2017

The AGM is on 24th March at Downham village Hall and will be in the usual format, with the AGM and presentations to prize winners, followed by a fun quiz. 2016 champions are listed in the newsletter; please do come along, as photos of winners will be sent to the Essex Rider.

British Riding Clubs Area 8 qualifiers – 22/05/16 at Ashfields Carriage & Polo Centre.

Billericay had a busy day, with 2 open teams, 1 prelim team and 1 riding test team entered.

BRC Gold were first up with Cheryle Oneill on Teagen (7th), Laura Johns on Majestic Girl (7th), Rochelle Shaer Rackham on Quirilina (10th) and Lauren Goode on Finbarr’s Pi (10th). Everyone rode well, with a special mention to Rochelle, who had her first attempt at team dressage, after taking a heavy fall show jumping the previous day. The team finished a creditable 10th.

Billericay Blue comprised of Hayley Goode and Arnie (8th, after literally no warm up, having got lost en route to the venue), Samantha O’keefe and Lord of the Lake (1st, 77.86% and qualified for the national finals!) Jayne Cummins and Spring Vayu (2nd, 3 weeks before his 5th birthday and qualified for the national’s) and Janet Hyde and City Slicker (8th and 67.41%). This was good enough to secure team 5th, in a tightly contested qualifier.

The riding test qualifiers followed, with Lauren Goode 14th (another with no warm up, after a satnav error), Hayley Goode 7th, Sam O’Keefe 6th and Jayne Cummins 9th, leaving the team in a creditable 5th.

Last to ride were the prelim riders and it was lovely to see Dominy Whiten on her your horse Major O’Malley score 62.5% for 14th. Keli Louise Reed was also on her striking young grey horse; KR’s Twilight Moon and finished on 61.25% for 18th. New members Sarah Henderson (Hanningfield Bertie) and Danielle Gilis (Sir Galahad) both made their debuts and rode very well for respective scores of 56.25% (22nd) and 54.58% (24th)

Our grateful thanks go to Jackie O’keefe, who wrote for a dressage judge from 9:30 to 14:00; without her, this event would not have run!!
Well done to everyone and we look forward to seeing you at our next show at Crays Hill on 19/06/16.

BRC Intermediate Winter Championships 30 April 2016 at Bury Farm Equestrian Village.

Victor 3bclaire2On Saturday 30th April Victor and I competed at the British Riding Clubs Intermediate Winter Championships in class Elementary 44 in Arena 4. We had qualified as individuals representing Billericay and District Riding Club.

We arrived early on Saturday morning to a sea of horseboxes and trailers. We were second to compete in a very large class at 11.50am. In our warm-up Victor was not his usual relaxed self. I presume he knew it was a big occasion as things were hectic in the warm-up arena.

About 5 minutes before we were due to compete, Mother disappeared and Victor still needed his boots to be removed. Sack the groom, I hear you cry!! Eventually she returned, following a comfort break and she removed Victor’s boots. With all the rushing we had begun to feel quite stressed, but once in the arena we composed ourselves, focused and we presented the test well, with only a couple of minor blips.

After a long wait they announced our score, and to say I was surprised was an understatement. We had achieved a 71.40%, putting us into the lead and me over the moon. It seemed like forever, waiting for all the other results to come through and

the class eventually finished at 2.45pm.

We had walked a trench in the car park going back and forth from the horsebox to the scoreboard which seemed to be miles away. However, with the scores all in, we had won! I couldn’t believe that we had held the lead all day long. You can see why this is sometimes referred to as stressage!

We are now the proud owners of a sash and a lovely rosette. I have to say that the event was very well organised and every official was very helpful. There was a great atmosphere at the event and everybody was very friendly.

Finally, after waiting for the horsebox to be towed out of the field by a tractor, we loaded up and had a safe journey home. A big thanks to Jayne Cummins for all her effort in organising my attendance at the event.

Clare Shrimpton-Wicks