Two groups of riders came to the clinic at Herringswell which was led by David Merrett who has previously competed at Badminton and Burghley, as well as holding various positions within the eventing world including Technical Advisor for over 30 years for British Eventing and a technical Delegate for the FEI. He was also Chairman of the Young riders selectors for 11 years, senior squad selector for 4 years and was for some time the Junior Regional Co-ordinator. His experience and expertise is second to none and we are very lucky to come under his watchful eye.
Both groups concentrated on the technical aspects of cross country riding, particularly the speed required for different combinations of fences. Much attention was given to knowing the rules particularly when alternatives are available both on Pony Club and British Eventing courses.
Riders were encouraged to use a light seat between fences and a cruising speed which offers a suitable speed for the competition. Riders were encouraged to be economical with their jumping so that the horses are confident and ready for the next fence especially when it comes up quickly or requires a change of direction.
David was inspirational and all riders made good progress on this purpose built training venue. Parents and riders are now much better informed about the rules. The 2017 rule book comes out in the new year and it is recommended that families read it through before the new season begins so that they are not caught out on a technicality. (more photos on Gallery page)
The half-term Rally held at World Horse Welfare on Thursday 27 Oct was attended by 10 members making up 2 rides for the first part of the session. Philippa Kemp Welch and Nicola Stockton were instructing for us for the first time – both are delightful, and both did a great job teaching the children and their horses/ponies.
Philippa supervised the youngsters and was full of ideas to get the 5-9 year olds and their ponies working really well on the flat. The other ride included horses and ponies with riders 10-13yrs, all of varying experience so was more challenging, but Nicola was not daunted by this and in her calm manner got the best out of everyone. During a short break from riding, Philippa did a little stable management with her group, and there was time for a drink before going back to the indoor school for a few mounted games which everyone enjoyed.
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.