Debra Fews Wins Suregrow Elementary Silver Freestyle at Wellington Equestrian Centre
Veterinary Pathologist Debra Fews, has qualified for the prestigious British Dressage Winter Championships.
Debra and Fabizio took the Suregrow Fertiliser Winter Elementary Freestyle Regional Silver Champion title on a fantastic score of 73.53% at Wellington Riding School.
Homebred Fabizio, known as Freddie in the stable is a stunning 18hh nine-year-old chestnut gelding. He was bred by Debra out of her mare Zadorah and is by Fidertanz.
Based in Somerset, riding has been Debra’s passion for nearly 50 years. Debra also rides Fabizio’s older but smaller sister known as Mistress Zadorabelle who is also homebred out of her mare Zadorah. Mistress Zadorabelle is a 16.3hh, 11-year-old bay mare sired by Master.
Debra said: “I am so proud of Freddie, the test at Wellington went very well for us, it was our personal best competing in this test. We are looking forward to the finals.”
“I use Suregrow twice a year to keep our grazing in good condition. Our four acres of grass has to work hard for my three horses and three companion ponies as they all get turned out every day. Suregrow keeps my horses powered.”
Said Jonathan Cox of Suregrow Fertiliser: “Congratulations to Debra and Fabizio, what a brilliant achievement. We are proud to sponsor this series.”
Chloe Milne Wins Suregrow Elementary Silver Freestyle at Morris Equestrian Centre
Dressage rider Chloe Milne, has qualified for the prestigious British Dressage Winter Championships.
24-year-old Chloe and Cremmdalla Crem took the Suregrow Fertiliser Winter Elementary Freestyle Regional Silver Champion title on a well-deserved score of almost 72% at Morris Equestrian Centre.
Cremmdalla Crem known as Dory at home, is a 16.3hh rising 9-year-old bright bay Holsteiner. Chloe bought her as a just backed, very sharp green 4-year-old project pony with the intention to bring on and sell.
It took Chloe a year just to be able to stay on Dory’s back without her going through her manners, a lot of hard work and patience has gone into their partnership. Five years down the line and Chloe still has her project pony and wouldn’t sell her for the world.
Chloe said: “Dory’s party trick is seeing how long she can stay on her two hind legs, she usually likes to show everyone when we are warming up for competitions!”
The duo have had many wins over the past couple of years, from BRC National Novice Champions 2017, Scottish Elementary Bronze Champion 2017, being part of the winning team at Byrd’s home International 2017 and being part of the winning team at Sheepgate Under 25 Championships in 2017 to list a few.
The pair were placed fifth at the Nationals Elementary Bronze, Elementary Open Freestyle Champion at Sheepgate 2018 and most recently double Regional Champion at Morris Equestrian Centre winning both Freestyle and the Elementary Straight class.
Based in Bonnybridge central Scotland Chloe lives on her yard, Woodchip Stables.
Chloe has been riding since she was six-years-old and first starting competing at British Dressage when she was 18-years-old.
Chloe said: “It was the best feeling ever finding out I had won with an overall score of almost 72% with one judge awarding us an amazing 76%.
“I had never competed at regional finals before so to win both the classes is overwhelmingly fantastic. I’m so proud of how my girl went, she is not the easiest horse to train and compete but she took everything in her stride and was on her best behaviour.
“I cannot wait for Harpury.”
Said Jonathan Cox of Suregrow Fertiliser: “A very well done to Chloe and Cremdalla Crem, a brilliant result.”
Patsy Wins Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Regional Final
Dressage trainer, Patsy Bartram, has qualified her six-year-old gelding, Greenacres Cadiz, for the prestigious British Dressage Winter Championships.
Patsy and Darcy, as he is known at home, took the Suregrow Fertiliser Winter Elementary Freestyle Regional Champion Gold title on an amazing score of 74.74% at Bishop Burton College.
The smart 16.1hh Warmblood x Irish black gelding excelled in his class. Darcy has been with Patsy for two and a half years, during which she broke him in.
Said Patsy: “Darcy had a fantastic day winning two classes. I felt so lucky. He performed a good test and the judges really liked his classic swing music. I am very excited for the championship.
“Darcy is a strong, powerful and accurate horse that has a very promising future ahead of him.”
Said Jonathan Cox of Suregrow Fertiliser: “We are delighted to sponsor this championship. It’s brilliant to see such a high standard of competitors, and our congratulations go to Patsy and Darcy.”
Lynn Wins Suregrow Fertiliser Regional Elementary Freestyle Silver Title
Dressage Trainer and Pilates Teacher Lynn Perry was delighted to take the Regional Champion title at Easton and Otley College in the Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Music Silver class.
Lynn and Starmaker took the winner’s rosette on a score of 71.923%, to qualify for the British Dressage Winter Championships.
Based at First Choice Dressage in Suffolk, Lynn is a highly respected and fully qualified dressage coach and has been successfully training riders and horses for more than 20 years.
Starmaker, known at home as Sparky is a homebred eight-year-old, 15.3hh chestnut gelding, by Showmaker out of Lynn’s mare Little Lady.
Currently Lynn has three horses competing from Novice to Advanced medium, all homebred and home produced, and has several youngsters waiting in the wings from yearlings upwards.
Said Lynn: “I was really pleased with how well we kept to all the timings in the music that emphasised the transitions and medium paces.
“I think Sparky was a little tense as he wasn't as forward as he normally is, so I felt parts of the test could have been more expressive.
“There are things we hope to improve on for the championships but I was surprised and also elated to win and it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
Alice Oppenheimer Wins Suregrow Elementary Gold at Merrist Wood College and at Wellington Equestrian Centre
Professional rider and trainer Alice Oppenheimer is on a wining role and has qualifyed for the prestigious British Dressage Winter Championships.
29-year-old Alice and Headmore Dionysus took the Suregrow Fertiliser Elementary Gold Freestyle title with an impressive score of 75.25% at Merrist Wood College.
Known at home as Dillon, Headmore Dionysus is a 15.3hh British Hanoverian, liver chestnut gelding and is a rising eight year old. He was bred by Sarah Oppenheimer and has been owned by Amanda Radford for the last four years. Alice started competing Headmore Dionysus in October 2018.
Said Alice: “I am so pleased with Dillion’s test at Merrist Wood and I am delighted to have won a sash for his owner.”
Alice also took the Suregrow Fertiliser Elementary Gold Freestyle title at Wellington Equestrian Centre with an outstanding score of 78.59% on Headmore Bella Ruby, Headmore Dionysus half-sister.
Headmore Bella Ruby, known as Bella at home is a 16.3hh liver chestnut, seven-year-old Hanoverian mare. Owned and bred by Sarah Oppenheimer at Headmore, Bella has the same mother as Dionysys called Rubinsteena.
Added Alice: “We can’t wait for the finals.”
Having starting riding as a three-year-old Alice is now a successful professional rider and trainer producing mainly home bred horses up to International GP level and has been a member of several Nation cup teams representing Great Britain.
Based in Four Marks near Alton, Hampshire Alice’s other competition rides include Dillion’s half-sister Headmore Davina and Caroline Dibden’s horse Headmore Diffinity who have all also qualified for the Winter Championships at various levels.
Said Jonathan Cox of Suregrow Fertiliser: “A very well done to Alice for taking home two titles from our Suregrow sponsored events both of which have been very competitive rounds. We are pleased to support such a prestigious dressage series.”
Jayne Wins Regional Dressage Championship at Summerhouse
Jayne Chapman and Life on Mars are celebrating after qualifying for the prestigious British Dressage Winter Championships.
The pair won the Suregrow Fertiliser Winter Elementary Freestyle Regional Silver Championship at Summerhouse on a fantastic score of 71.99%
Based in Taunton, Somerset, 47-year-old Jayne has been riding all her life. Formerly a keen event rider she decided to concentrate on dressage after under-going three sessions of spinal surgery to repair damaged discs. The intensive surgery forced her to hang up her jumping boots and call it a day.
Focussing on dressage in a bid to keep riding Jayne has had a great success at Regional and National level. She has ridden for Team South West at the Home Internationals and has discovered a real passion for the Freestyle enjoying co-ordinating all her own music and choreography.
Life on Mars, known at home as Toad is a 17.1hh, bay 12-year-old British Sports horse, owned by Jayne for the last 10 years.
One of six horses on her busy yard, five are now all concentrating on dressage from Novice to Advanced Medium level.
Said Jayne: “I was absolutely thrilled to win. I had two of my horses in the Regional Final, the other horse being Hector III.
“I was completely stunned when I saw the results! I couldn’t believe I’d pulled off first and second place earning two places at the Winter Freestyle Championships. They scored 71.98% and 70.76% there was only just over 1% separating them.
“I am really excited about the finals and will be spending the next few weeks dedicated to getting ourselves as tuned up as possible with help from my trainers Adam Kemp and Helen Griffiths.”
Said Jonathan Cox of Suregrow Fertiliser: “A very well done to Jayne for taking home first and second place in our Suregrow sponsored event. We are pleased to support such a prestigious dressage series.”
Sarah-Jane Brown February Blog
This may be a slightly shorter blog than usual as shortly after writing my last blog I had a little issue that involved me diving onto concrete.
It’s that age old problem of being a working rider with limited light in the week, it means at the weekend I try and give them a good hack or box them to a school. On this particular Sunday it was windy, ok let’s be honest there was a weather warning for wind and being only a mile or so from the coast we are pretty exposed. I decided to plough on and ride both regardless, I had survived a ride on Ellie but on mounting Fliss she spooked with me half on causing me to kick her on the backside next minute I was hurtling toward the concrete with the knowledge this was likely to hurt. It did and it ended up with a trip to casualty where fortunately no breaks were identified but soft tissue damage around the ribs. It may only have been soft tissue but it was extremely painful and I lived in fear of something making me sneeze!
I was unable to ride for 10 days and then only sit and pootle round the block it was nearly four weeks until the sharp pains had subsided enough for life to be fairly normal. Luckily the girls were fit and going nicely so a break wasn’t the end of the world. We also timed it well as we had a few days of snow, but you can see Ellie had fun.
I am lucky I have enough grazing for both girls to not to be too short in the winter. Also huge thanks to Suregrow for helping maintain the grass and keep it in great condition with a good root structure. As I have no schooling facilities I also use Ellie’s field to ride in through the winter and it is looking great still.
We did manage one outing a jumping show at Bicton Arena. I cannot believe the weather we had, warm sunny weather and perfect for some jumping at Bicton. It has been a while since we have been out. I decided to just take Fliss although I kept my brave pants on and entered the 1.05 and Newcomers rather than stepping back as was sorely tempting.
The Bicton jumping shows at the beginning and the end of the season are some of my favourite jumping shows, with just one arena running and everyone gathered around there is a great atmosphere, it is well organised with great competitive jumping. I was sensible for once and went for consistent quality rounds without getting carried away for fast times. I am very excited about Fliss's future and don't want to spoil her jump at this stage by rushing her.
She was fab and over two decent tracks jumped two nice double clears. In the Newcomers she jumped her first treble albeit rather greenly managing to add a stride but was very honest. It was the only mistake she made in either round and she had the ability to get away with it.
As I write this we are preparing for a big road trip with a journey to Northants (seven hours in the lorry) to Aston Le Walls for the BRC Arena Eventing Championships which both horses qualified for in the Autumn. I am really looking forward to representing Threewaters Riding Club in this great competition. As we have travelled so far we are planning a couple of days of boot camp on the way back with a stop at the fabulous Attington to have some lessons with International Irish Event rider Austin O’Connor. He is a fabulous trainer having first taught me 30 years ago when based in Cornwall. My lessons with Austin this time last year really shaped a huge improvement in both girls and very excited to be going back.
Hopefully plenty more for the next blog if you want regular updates do follow me on my website www.shoestringeventing.co.uk
Jo Barry Wins Suregrow Elementary Gold Freestyle at Morris Equestrian Centre
National Dressage rider Jo Barry and Hidalgo II took the Suregrow Fertiliser Elementary Gold Freestyle title with an outstanding score of 77.37% at Morris Equestrian Centre.
The Suregrow Elementary Gold winner has won numerous Regional and Scottish titles and 16 National Championships throughout her Dressage career and currently competes up to Small Tour Level.
Having ridden from a young age, Jo started riding at her local riding school at just four-years-old. She had weekly riding lessons, which soon turned into spending weekends at the yard as well as many evenings after school whenever possible. Jo got her first pony when she was eight-years-old and took part in Pony Club activities.
Based in West Lothian near Edinburgh Jo now works professionally with horses, providing livery and coaching while working and training her own horses in her goal to reach international level.
Jo trains with Olympic Gold Medallist Carl Hester and well known dressage rider Paul Hayler, Jo currently has four competition horses from Novice to Small Tour.
Known at home as Humphrey, Hidalgo II is a 17.3hh, chestnut gelding by Rousseau, out of a Donnerhall mare, although he is not bred by Jo she bought his mother from Holland whilst in foal with Humphrey. He was born in 2012 at Jo’s yard.
Owned by Jo and Lady Hope, Hidalgo II also won the Elementary straight class and the medium freestyle at the Regionals.
Said Jo: “The Suregrow Elementary Gold Freestyle test went very well at Morris Equestrian Centre and I am thrilled to qualify with Humphrey.
We are very much looking forward to the finals.”
Said Jonathan Cox of Suregrow Fertiliser: “Congratulations to Jo and Hidalgo II on winning the title with a fantastic result. We are pleased to support such a prestigious dressage series.”
Photo by Equiscot.