Area 4 Dates to remember for 2017

# Team Winter SJ – no restriction on entries at this event.  However, entries must be given early with the area fee (ONLY) so that entries can be processed before the Prelim Entries to HQ deadline on Friday 3rd February.  Chef d’Equipe’s will be notified after this date so that their entries can be accepted before Prelim Entries to HQ deadline to ensure that we can accommodate all entries.

$ As the 80cm is a new class for 2017, we will try to accommodate all submitted entries.  However, entries may be restricted if we are heavily oversubscribed at the closing date.

*entries will be 4 ½ clear weeks before the Horse Trials competition as appose to the usual 3 weeks so that we can agree and hopefully accept all initial entries before the prelim entry deadline to HQ which will be Friday 26th May.  All clubs will be notified after 19th May so that they can finalise their prelim entries before that deadline.

**likely that entries will be restricted once more as in previous years for this event.  Details to be given out in early 2017.

***closing date for all competitions for deadline to prelim entries to HQ is always the Friday 3 clear weeks before the competition.  With the exception of the Horse Trials AND Winter SJ.

Competition Secretary:  GEORGINA ASHTON, Granstable House, Biggin Lane, Little Fenton, Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire, LS25 6HQ. 07795071741 / 01937557701 (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF DTM – Denise Newsome, 24 Saxon Rise, Beverley, HU17 7SN. 07837811409 )

BRC AREA 4 MEETINGS 2017 – Monday 30th January, Monday 24th April, Monday 31st July, AGM Monday 23rd October 2017

Novice / IntermediateTeam Winter Show Jumping – JUNIORS Saturday 25th February Bishop Burton CollegeYork Road,Bishop BurtonHU17 8QG Georgina Ashton £50 per team(no individuals) #Friday 20th January(Prelim Entries to HQ by Friday 3rd February) Friday 17th February Tuesday 21st February by 5pm 1 Winter SJ Entry Form 2017
Novice / IntermediateTeam Winter Show Jumping – SENIORS Sunday 26th February Bishop Burton CollegeYork Road,Bishop BurtonHU17 8QG Georgina Ashton £50 per team(no individuals) #Friday 20th January(Prelim Entries to HQ by Friday 3rd February) Friday 17th February Tuesday 21st February by 5pm
ShowCross Sunday 19th March Epworth Equestrian CentreDN9 1LQ Georgina Ashton £80 per team£20 per ind Friday 24th February$ Friday 10th March Tuesday 14th March by 5pm 2 Show Cross entry form 2017
Combined Training Saturday 8th April Bishop Burton CollegeHU17 8QG Georgina Ashton £70 per team£17.50 per ind Friday 17th March Friday 31st March Tuesday 4th April by 5pm 3 Combined Training Entry Form 2017
Horse Trials Sunday 18th June Helen Bell’sBreckenboroughYO7 4EL Georgina Ashton £180 per team£45 per ind Wednesday 17th May* Friday 9th June Tuesday 13th June by 5pm 4 Horse Trials Entry Form 2017
Dressage to Music Sunday 16th July 2017 Manor Grange, Cridling Stubbs WF11 0AZ Denise Newsome24 Saxon Rise, Beverley £20 per pair£10 per ind Friday 23rd June Friday 7th July Tuesday 11th July by 5pm 5 DTM Entry Form 2017
Summer Show Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd July Richmond Equestrian Centre DL10 7PL Georgina Ashton £40 per team£10 per ind Friday 30th June Friday 14th July Tuesday 18th July by 5pm 6 Summer Show Entry Form 2017
Summer Camp 14-20 August Bishop Burton College Margaret Smith n/a n/a
Winter Dressage 2018 October 2017 – DRAFT Venue to be decided Georgina Ashton £40 per team£10 per ind **     7 Winter Dressage Entry Form 2017



100+ horse trial champions who are Josie Proctor and Capron, Jane Lee and Georgous, Tessa Downs and Calligstown Can Do and Anna Garside and Silvermine. From Harewood Combined Training Group

Mary Foster representing Ackworth and District Riding Club

Mary and I travelled down on Thursday lunchtime, hoping to beat the traffic and as long as Mary kept telling me where to go (the wonders of google maps on your phone!) we were all good.   We got parked up at Swalcliffe a little after 4pm and made our way to the horse check in, then Mary took Maytime for a little hack, while number 2 groom got stable ready and wagon set up for the night.   We went to the competitors briefing, and discovered that the vet inspection on Thursday am was going to incorporate a ‘tack and turnout’.   In the morning we brought May to the wagon to get ready, and Mary decided to go ‘all out’ pony club turn out.   I asked Mary if they had practised the ‘trot up’ and was told no, we will do it on the way down.   So off we went, presented May to vets, trotted up a little tract (50 yards) and back again.   All done.   Dressage was not until 2.30 pm, so May had another little hack.  The dressage went reasonably well, nothing startling, but nothing to complain about either.    I have to say at about this time, we were beginning to realise how hot it was, and after going down to the xcountry course with the meter wheel, we realised that it was nearly 1km to the stable and back!   We set off to walk the course, and supposedly to measure it, however, not very successfully – jockey and number 2 groom slight difference of opinion – again.   We met up with the Tarlings – not easy as there were a lot of horse boxes there, and arranged to ‘do t’.   Mary went to look at the scores, and saw a notice to say that she had won tack and turn out!! So we had to go to the cocktail party to collect her prize.   I have to say the organisers made an effort  to put on a lovely drinks party with food too, and Mary was quite excited to be presented with a lovely rug and cheque for winning tack and turnout.   Then off to the Tarlings caravan for BBQ T and tactical planning for xc day!

 Saturday arrived – even hotter – Amy was on the course before 11 am to do the 100 class, so we were all there ready to see her off on roads and tracks. After short road and track phase, steeplechase phase, long road and tracks phase,  She came back, pony and rider were fine, passed the vet, and then we washed pony down ready for the final xc phase.   A really good effort, but one stop coming out of the water would put Amy out of contention.

Mary and May went about 2.30pm.  Dad and big brother turned up to see her go, and dad stayed for the rest of the competition.    The breeze had got up a little bit by then.   Off they went same distance as Amy but Mary was dong the 100+ and so her times were faster, we all waited in the 10 minute box for her return, and home they came, plenty of time to spare, passed the vet, and headed for a cooling wash down.   Off on the xc and I don’t mind admitting a nervous mum due to our disagreements on distances when walking the course! No worries, both home clear within the time, finishing on her dressage score.  

 So as soon as horses all settled, what do you do? Off to pub for T.

 Sunday, it was hard work getting up, another km down to see Maytime, and get her ready for vet inspection.   Passed fine, so prepare for show jumping.    Ours was after 3pm, Amy was 10.30 .   After Amy’s round, they were not in the placings, so decided to pack up camp and go home.   We had to wait for Mary and Maytime until after 3.30pm.   A lovely clear round, and 5 more to jump, one after the other, they knocked a pole down.   Even the winner knocked a pole down.   Mary still finished on her dressage score 31.   The overall winner was the winner in Mary’s arena.   If she had been in any other arena, we would have had a 1st!.   Have to say, that the team winner of the 100+ was Harewood Combined Training Group, who won at our area competition, so very well done to them.

We thoroughly enjoyed to competition, had a real experience, and were glad to get home at 9.30 that evening, all safe and sound.

 Many thanks

Sarah Foster and Mary and Maytime

This weekend Pete Wicks, Rosie Burbidge and myself ( Faith Padmore )from Selby Riding Club represented Area 4 at the Animalife Horse Trials Championships at Swalcliffe in Oxfordshire in the Senior 90 section.
Selby had won the qualification back in June at Breckenbrough along with Amanda G Walker andHeather Blakey, who unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances weren’t able to ride at the champs and I was able to step in as a reserve.
This was the first time any of us had ridden at a 2 day event or with the long style format so we were all a bit apprehensive and unsure what to expect but really excited for the opportunity.
On one of the hottest weekends of the year we started day 1 (Saturday) with Dressage and Showjumping.
Pete had a dressage score of 41 and went clear SJ, Rosie’s dressage was 35 and had an unlucky pole SJ. I completed the day with a dressage of 27 and clear SJ finishing 3rd in my section and 4th overall.
Day 2 (Sunday) was Roads and Tracks, Steeplechase and XC.
All the team successfully completed the endurance phase and all of us managed fast times on the steeplechase (minimum speed was 500mpm, Rosie and I went at approx 600mpm and Pete at a staggering 725mpm); after the all clear from the vet and a 10 minute compulsory wait we were allowed to continue with the final phase XC – the course was built to height with lots of very solid boxy fences with some tricky combinations over a very hilly course.
Pete and Rosie both had bold (and slightly too fast) clears. Unfortunately my horse found a caterpillar shaped fence a little too frightening and I collected 20 penalties.
Although none of us came home with a ribbon (Rosie was just short of being placed), we were all delighted to have the ride and overall we were pleased with how our horses had gone during the competition.
We would also like to express lots of heartfelt thanks to everyone who came to help us, suffering sunburn in the process – without your support we simply wouldn’t have been able to compete. So in honour of our unsung heroes… Big thanks to Zena & Kevin Richards who were the clubs official BRC helpers. To the grooms who helped to keep us and the ponies cool in the heat.. Jodie Livsey, Katie Boddy, Julie Peach and a big thanks to Ellie McNeil who left pony club camp early even though she was winning the HT on a score of 22 after SJ and DR!

— at Swalcliffe Horse Trials.


Results from the BRC Animalife – Feel The Difference Junior HT 80 National Horse Trials Championship 2016
1st North Ryedale RC – on a team score of 107
Ruby Thompson, Castee Quailer Tottie; Charlotte Armitage, Essenor Tell Me More; Pippa Jean Brown, Forest Son; Molly Brown, Danc Misschieff
Overall Individual Winner and Arena 6 Winner

1st Ruby Thompson riding Castee Quailer Tottie – North Ryedale RC – 28.8

Festival of the Horse Championships 2016

A win for Pat and Secret

I am a primary supply teacher in my early fifties and was thrilled to qualify for the Senior 90 Challenge Championship at Aston-le-Walls with my 14 year old mare Secret, an IDx I have owned for the last eleven years. She has always been a brilliant, clever jumper and she absolutely loves cross country so show crosses are her best events. Once I knew I had qualified I worked hard on improving her fitness and speed as she is not the fastest horse. The Sunday before the Championship I had a final practice competition, a showcross run by our local hunt, unfortunately Secret took exception to the second part of a double and slammed on the brakes, I flew off her and smashed into the very solid jump. To cap it all our horse box broke down on the way home. I thought the extent of my injuries was a badly bruised arm but by the Thursday my back had seized up and I was in immense pain. I was booked to have some cross country training at Epworth and had arranged a lift as the box was still at the garage. I managed to ride but the pain was extreme and I thought about pulling out of the Championship. Luckily, I got an emergency appointment at the chiropractors and she managed to relieve the pain and get me functional again.
On the day, I was last to go and had the advantage of watching a lot of the other competitors over the show jumps, which helped me make the choice about the route I would take (there were two alternative routes from fence 5 with the next six jumps mirrored across the arena). Secret is one of those clever horses (mares, I should say) that like to think for themselves and I am often just a passenger that she tolerates. I was worried that she would find the experience a bit overwhelming but she was very calm and went absolutely perfectly for me. She likes a flat course and firm ground, so everything was in our favour. She flew round the cross country, just steading up to trot through the water and over the bank. Even meeting another competitor coming back towards us on a narrow part of the course did not put her off her stride.
It was a complete surprise to learn that we had come first and I almost expected them to say they had made a mistake. I am so proud of my super mare and our achievement on behalf of Penistone and District Riding Club and Area 4. The Showcross was our first event since coming to Area 4, we look forward to many more!

Pat Haisman, PDRC Secretary


Top ten finishes for Harewood teams at the Festival of the Horse Championships

Harewood were proud to represent Area 4 at the Championshiops and had a brilliant weekend at Aston le Walls on June 4th & 5th.

Three teams were competing over the weekend; 100 and 90 show cross teams on the Saturday then a combined training team on Sunday.

The Clubs job at the Championships was to help build the the show jumping courses for both the show cross and combined training so the 100 team who were first up on Saturday had already seen the somewhat challenging course that gave two route options from fence 6 to 11.

With 4 clears cross country and good show jumping rounds the team finished 6th in a close fought contest.

The afternoon saw the 90 show cross team in action and 4 fantastic performances in what was an even closer competition saw the team secure a brilliant 2nd place.  Kelly Lazenby took the lead from early on in the day and had an agonising wait until the very last competitor, another Area 4 member; Pat Haisman from Penniston and District Riding Club, who just piped her to top spot by 0.4 of a penalty.


Harewood 2nd placed team.

As to be expected of a championship the combined training proved to be another challenging competition. Team members were also the arena party on the day and had seen many competitors hopes dashed by the long, technical and twisting course, however all stepped up to the challenge and followed up solid dressage performances with good jumping rounds to secure 8th place.

Aston is a fantastic venue and everyone had a great time there.  The camaraderie and team sprit of team events can’t be beaten and everyone finishing in the rosettes was an added bonus.

Combined Training win for Judith and Legato II


The long wait until the very end of the day at the FOTH championships was worthwhile for Judith and Legato II as it turned out to be a winning performance for the pair.

Legato is very sensitive and has a particular aversion to flags.  Knowing that there were plenty of flags at Aston Judith decided something needed to be done before the Championships so a selection of flags were purchased and put up in his field at home, much to his horror! Anyway, it seemed to do the trick as despite a breezy day and flapping flags he settled well to perform a super dressage test scoring 26.8.

The show jumping had caused a great deal of problems through out the day, with time also proving to be influential on the very twisty track, however an immaculate clear round secured the win in their arena.

The combined training competition also had an overall championship prize for the best result across all 6 dressage arenas and it was announced at prize giving that Judith had also won this.

Summer Show Results 2015

Morning all,

I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who gave their time over the weekend to help make the summer show a great success.

All our club volunteers had two very long days, and thankfully the weather was very kind to us.

Without you, these area competitions would not be able to run.

Well done to all members who competed and congratulations to the lucky ones going to the championships! Good luck to all of you and let’s hope you come back with some national titles for Area 4!

2015 Summer Style Jumping results
2015 Summer Jumping results

Finally a personal and on behalf of area 4 members, ‘thank you’ to Nicky and the committee for all of their time and work leading up to and over the weekend.

It doesn’t finish there…… all the results have to go into the office, sorting and sifting through hundreds of sheets is not a two minute job!

We have come to the end of our area qualifying competitions for another year !

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer and look forward to seeing you at Richmond for the  Winter Dressage in November.