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Connaught Village celebrates the 50th Horseman’s Sunday    

Posted on Friday, September 1, 2017 by Heather Dodd

Connaught Village, Hyde Park Estate’s luxury retail quarter, is proud to announce that it will be celebrating the 50th year of the Horseman’s Sunday, when many horses from the Hyde Park stables gather in central London at St John’s Hyde Park Church for a blessing and giving of thanks. The equestrian event remembers a 1967 protest that saw riders take to their horses to challenge the closure of the area’s stables. The tradition has continued and the celebratory service will begin at 10am on Sunday 17th September.
The service will feature a delightful orchestra and church choir. All the children who attend will be able to take part in various activities around the Eucharist, led by entertainer, Custard the Clown and his ‘horse’ sidekick, Caramel, before rejoining their parents to take the Holy Communion.
After the Eucharist service, guests can enjoy a fun féte that will take place outside the church. This will include a large area of children’s activities such as hook-a-duck, face painting and a book tombola. Easy listening jazz music from Nico Sabatini can be enjoyed, and there will be a wide range of stalls and delicious free food such as cakes, popcorn, and sweets for the children.
At 12pm, the colourful horse parade will begin, where the horses assemble at the front of the church for a service of Blessing and Thanksgiving. This will be followed by a second, larger parade around the surrounding area. This fun filled event will make for a great family day out in Connaught Village. www.connaught-village.co.uk
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Triumph for Stud Groom in the TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup

Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Heather Dodd

QUORN stud groom, Lorna Collins was in triumphant mood as the winner of this year’s The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park.

Riding the six-year-old Blackrock Ricardo, Lorna started the competition with a 24.6 score in the dressage before going clear in the show jumping.

Lorna’s husband Peter is the Quorn’s huntsman and thankfully jumping in torrential rain failed to dampen Lorna’s spirits with a classy round before the cross-country the following day.

The final phase saw Lorna and the bay gelding pick up 6.8 time penalties but this still left just enough margin to take the prestigious class, highly regarded amongst amateur competitors.

Said Lorna: “I was so pleased with the result he jumped out of his skin in the show jumping and was in fantastic form I couldn’t have asked for more.

“Then on the cross country he was just a bit green at the water complexes.  He is just a big baby really and still only six so I can’t ask for more at this stage.”

By the well-known sire, Ricardo Z, Lorna bought Blackrock Ricardo as a four-year-old and has spent the last two years producing him slowly.

“It was just a great result and to win at such a fantastic venue really made the occasion extra special,” added Lorna.

“The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup has been a fantastic competition once again and we are very proud to sponsor this challenge,” said Katy Mickle of TopSpec.

“It has been great to watch amateur riders take the stage alongside the seasoned pros and we look forward to seeing some of them returning to The Festival of British Eventing next year.”

Lorna Collins and Jess Burbage of TopSpec at the prize giving.
Lorna Collins with Jess Burbage
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