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Hanbury Countryside Show 2013

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 by Heather Dodd

Redditch, Worcestershire, 6th July 2013

The Hanbury Countryside Show 2013 was a huge success; the sun shone all day and over 6,500 people attended the event. Entries across the show broke all records with the Horse Show having its highest entries for more than 20 years.

Megan Thomas Hanbury Show for Central Horse News

Megan Thomas and her Welsh Section B pony Flo Jo (pictured) won the 2ft 3” 12 years and under Show Jumping class. Megan has owned the grey mare for three years and enjoys show jumping. The pair qualified for Scope in 2012.

The winner of the Open 2ft 9” Show Jumping was Jordan Caville riding Charisma. Charisma is Jordan’s first horse and she descibes her as “one in a million. She never puts a foot wrong and always gets me out of trouble when I make a mistake. I couldn’t ask for a better horse or friend.”

Seven year old Gemma Watts had a brilliant time at the show and it was her birthday too! Megan was riding her chesnut pony Friars Welsh Punch. They won the Lead Rein Jumping class and the 8 years and under 1ft 6” Jumping class as well as being awarded second place in the First Ridden Pony class.

Holly Wylde from Worcestershire had only owned her bay pony, Glenives Sebastian, for three weeks and they won the 10 years and under 2ft Show Jumping class.

Abbie Treadwell-Handsand was second in the Central Horse News Best Rider class riding her Dutch Warmblood gelding, Valian. Abbie enjoys competing in dressage and show jumping competitions and this was Valian’s first time competing in a Best Rider class and Abbie was really pleased they came 2nd.

Grace Hyett from Worcestershire and her thirteen year old Irish Sports Pony, Thunder, were first in the Open 2ft 3” Show Jumping.

Twelve year old Emma Field and her Welsh Section D, Leighfield Roger, won the Central Horse News Best Rider class. Emma and Roger compete in riding classes, working hunters and cross country and have formed a great partnership over the past two years.

Scarlett McGourlay won the 2ft Show Jumping with her 12.2hh grey mare, Maisie. Scarlett said “Maisie and I compete up to 3ft 3” and we’re hoping to affliliate. Doing the 2ft was a one-off but I’m glad we won.”


Worcester jumpers do it with style

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by Heather Dodd

Worcester & District Riding Club won the BRC senior style jumping qualifier, held in Malvern back in the Spring.

The Worcester club has brought the national trophy back to the city five times in recent years and was hoping for similar success in September at Lincoln, competing against area winners from all over the UK and the British Riding Clubs National Championships.

Worcester’s winning jumpers were Vicki Hancox on Dunnaire Duke of York – with 109 marks the second placed individual as well, Leanne Bennett on The Magician’s Nephew, with 107 marks fourth placed individual, Gina Halford on Oreo One, with 104 marks fifth individual and Megan Pountney on Farmer’s Surprise.

Another Worcester team was placed third in the competition: Leanne on her second ride, Foxes Troy, placed individual third with 107 marks, Ali Tate on Lady of Athenrye placed sixth with 102 marks, Karen Richardson on Jasper and Gina Halford on her second ride, Trefeinon Six.

The club’s novice show-jumping team was also in the rosettes, taking fifth place, and Beth Evans was sixth individual in the intermediate show-jumping.

WDRC Chairman Alison Harris said: “Our team manager and strong competitor Jess Viney broke her collarbone the day before the competition and another competitor’s horse suffered an injury but luckily Jess managed to find replacements from among our enthusiastic membership and we are now looking forward to defending our championship title”.

The following day more club members competed in the local Mercian League’s showing show and with every rider placed and the teams placed second and fifth stayed top of the league table, with several competitions still to go however.

Alison Tate was second in the working hunter class and Leanne Bennett sixth. Charlotte Harris was second in the veteran class and Kate Webberley fourth. Leanne Bennett was third in the mountain and moorland class and Liz Willetts fourth. Mel Taylor was third in the riding club horse class and Joyce Brown sixth.

WDRC Charlotte and Kate for Central Horse News
WDRC Charlotte and Kate: Kate Webberley on Thomas (aged 20) and Charlotte Harris on Crunchie (aged 17) were fourth and second respectively in the Mercian class for veteran horses

WDRC Ali and Leanne for Central Horse News
WDRC Ali & Leanne: Alison Tate and Leanne Bennett – second and 6th in the working hunter class

WDRC winners for Central Horse News
WDRC Winners: Worcester Riding Club teams took first and third places in the senior style jumping qualifier and several individual placings. L-R Megan Pountney, Karen Richardson, Ali Tate, Leanne Bennett, Vicki Hancox and Gina Halford

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