Bloom Cup ODE August 2016
Thetford Chase sent 8 riders to this competition.The Bloom Cup team of 3 were Harriet Smith, Rosie Gilmour and Summer Lawrence. Sadly Jessica Sloan had to withdraw as her pony was lame. This team produced 2 clear rounds Show Jumping and 2 clear rounds Cross Country which did leave them just out of the ribbons but Harriet did have a rosette for a double clear . Well done to all.
The Junior Bloom Competition included Millie Thurtle, Ellie Hawes, Charlotte Clear and Shannon Lohan, with Georgia Watson riding as an individual. All 5 riders went clear in the Show jumping and Charlotte and Millie went clear Cross Country so had double clear round rosettes. All riders were immaculately turned out and on time for each section which was brilliant. The time was an influential factor in the final results for all riders and is something to remember for another day. Well done to all and many thanks to Kate Campbell for being team manager for the day.
Area Eventing Report 2016
Area 8 Eventing was held at Blackwater Farm, hosted by the North Norfolk Branch. Although we did not have a team the individuals we sent did us proud. The Open section included Jess West and Lauren Marsh. Both did a very good Dressage and Jess was placed second in the section. Lauren went on to ride a clear round in the Show Jumping and had one mistake across country which also incurred some time faults, so no prizes but a very good performance from Sgt Squirrel.
The Intermediate section was represented by Paddy Mountford, recently returned from Rider Development Pathway Camp, riding Primative’s Pebbles and with a Dressage score of 30.4, a clear round Show Jumping and Cross Country , finished 4th in his section in some very good company.
Jessica Sloan was our Novice rider in a huge class of 30 teams. Her dressage was 35 which was a joy to watch and just one fence down in the show jumping. The cross country was held up at the start due to a fall in the show jumping arena which meant she was waiting at the start for nearly half an hour. This really had an impact on the pony who went on to jump halfway round the course but was eventually beaten by the ditch. A sporting performance by Jessica in a situation for which you cannot prepare. Thanks go to David Merrett who kindly did our coursewalk on Saturday and to all who supported the riders on the day.
Area 8 Show Jumping was hosted by Easton Harriers
at Trinity Park Ipswich on the Suffolk Showground. Thetford Chase had riders in all 3 classes Novice, Intermediate and Open.
The novice team of Jessica Sloan, Charlotte Clear and Harriet Smith (pictured right) competed against 38 area teams . They all rode well in this very competitive event.
The Intermediate team was Paddy Mountford, Charlotte Rose Eyre and Sara Collison. In the first round the team collected 5 time faults which was unlucky as they all jumped clear. In the second round Charlotte and Paddy were clear but Sara collected some faults which was a pity. This left Charlotte (pictured bottom right) to jump off for a qualifying place. She jumped a fast clear round and finished 2nd out of 103 starters and earned a place at the Pony Club Championships.
Lizzie Marsh was our Open rider who looked stunning She rode 2 stylish rounds although she did collect some faults.
All riders were a credit to the Branch and many thanks go to Georgia Leader White for the recent training and for her help on the day. Thanks also go to Becky Smith who takes the bookings for training.
More photos can be seen on the Gallery pages.
We recently sent some members to compete in friendly showjumping team competitions at Sotterley, organised by the Waveney Harriers Branch and at Isleham, organised by the Soham Pony Club. Well done to all those who took part - you can read more under the Results tab.
We're delighted that Paddy Mountford, Thetford Chase PC member since he was a whipper-snapper of just 5, has been selected for the Pony Club Rider Development Pathway for 2016! The RDP, supported by Sport England and the BEF Excel Talent Programme, is designed to aid the development of Pony Club members who show ability to progress in their sport. He was put forward by the TCPC for selection so went off for a very scary Assessment Day in Essex over the Easter holidays. There, happily, the scariness ended – the coaches were brilliant, the organisers welcoming, the other candidates friendly and the general atmosphere positive, busy, vibrant and fun. He came away thrilled with his pony and having learnt an enormous amount from the two top notch instructors Jill Day and Paul Crago.
Paddy was selected for the Eventing discipline and so goes on to represent East of England eventers at the Development Pathway National Camp in July in Cheshire. Well done to him and Pebbles – and to the TCPC for the preparation / shove!