British Riding Clubs Area 8

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


Caterers for 2016 at BDRC

We are also very pleased to announce that MGRILL will be catering for all the shows for 2016.

For more information on the food that will be available on show days visit the website below:

Photographers for 2016 at BDRC

We are pleased to announce that Naturally Focused will be covering the shows this year again as official photographers.


Combined Training Qualifiers – 20th February 2016 – Norton Heath

A fantastic turnout for our first team event of 2016  to get us underway this season!

Well done to all Billericay seniors who braved the wind and the rain at Norton Heath today.
Hayley Goode, Janet Hyde, Annette Philpot,and Lisa Cameron-Errington competed for Billericay purple team, which came 5th overall.

Hayley rode her usual polished test for a 27.3 dressage mark, with Janet Hyde snapping at her heels with 34.5. Annette borrowed son Thomas’ pony for a lovely 36.3 and clear SJ and Lisa’s Chester went really well for a 37.3.
Sally Munt, Francesca Nunn, Rosie Bates and Lizzy Bird rode for Billericay Blue to come 7th overall, with Francesca making her debut for BRC! Rosie had only just returned from wintering out in New Zealand, so the rain was more of a shock for her than anyone else!

Laura Edwards, posting a cracking 29.5 dressage on her senior debut, Cheryle O’neil, Cat Moody and Lizzy Bird also did well for Billericay Red and came 8th overall.

Billericay Gold was our 4th team entered in the competition. They finished just out of the placings, but  asuper well done to Julie and Peter Haywood,] (the clubs cross country specialists, for competing at dressage and posting pretty good scores too!), Keli Louise Reed rode her super young horse for his team debut, and a 32.3 dressage, well done. Stephanie Key stole her Mums horse at the last minute and rode a nice test too, for 39.5, so all in all, a good day for the seniors.

It was great to see so many of you out, roll on the Spring and the next event on the 17th April for the Eventer Trial at Stratford Hills, this event is open to Juniors and Seniors at 90 and 100cm – so get contacting your team managers (Jayne Cummins (Senior) and Sally Rose-Horne (Junior)) if you want to take part!

Look forward to seeing you all there 🙂

Winter Showjumping Qualifiers – 8th November – Wix Ec

Great day for Billericay riding club at the show jumping qualifiers. A fabulous 2nd place for the Novice team, consisting of Lauren Goode, Cat Moody, Janet Hyde and Suzannah Bucket! Clean sheets across all 3 rounds for Lauren and Suzannah with double clears for Cat and a clear for Janet.


Super results for the intermediate team who came 3rd! The team consisted of Laura Johns, Lisa Cameron-Errington, Sam O Keefe and Sophie Hyde. A fabulous return to competition for Sophie’s Harry who posted a double clear after a long lay off from competition.


Well done to all competitors and horses and a big thanks to Jayne Cummins for making her way over after having to be stitched up after a fall off her horse earlier that day!

Blenheim International Horse Trials Eventers Challenge – 17th September 2015

So a fantastic couple of days for Billericay!

This year we decided to enter the Blenheim International Horse Trials 90 Eventers Challenge for the first time.

Four riders decided to make the drive to Oxford on the 16th September in the torrential rain, Rosie Bates and her mum Mary, Lizzy Bird and her mum Louisa, Lauren Goode and her mum Jan and Annette Philpot and family.

The course for was an up to height and twisty track which would proving quite a task with many riders as faults were cropping up all over the score board!

We were one of the last teams to go in the competition which had a starters list of 50 teams.

Our first rider was Lauren Goode on Arnie, and as usual Arnie put in a faultless double clear but picked up 2 faults for time. Nevertheless a great start for the team.

The next rider in was Rosie Bates and Bud’s Bargain. The pairing put in a fantastic round over the cross country fences, making light work of the long distances but unfortunately picked up a few faults in the showjumping phase and finishing on a score of 16.

Rosie also rode her other mare Dot 2 Dot in the morning in a super BE Jump Training Demo with Nick Gauntlett and Jonathon Chapman in the Blenheim Arena.

The next rider was Annette Philpot on Polo, who put in a foot perfect double clear. Polo was also a superstar earlier in the day coming 11th individually in the young event horse dressage finals. So a fantastic day for the both of them!

The last of the team riders was Lizzy Bird and Todd. Todd being the youngest member of the team had a lot to take in with the big arenas, tradestands and his first stay away show but he took it all in his stride! Caught one very unfortunate pole in the showjumping phase, but was very brave and careful cross country!

So a super day for the team, 3 scores were taken forward which meant the team finished on a score of 6.8!

Only 6 teams managed to keep clean sheets all day which meant we finished overall 8th out of 50!

Such a great show and as always such great support from everyone who helped!

Well done to all riders, horses and groom’s! And bring on next year!!!