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Says Sally Edwards and Jo WareFrensham Common, rrey

Official. The National Trust does not own or have any other interest on the common land apart from the burial mounds .............. read more

Frensham Common, Surrey

Tony Barnett writes to the Chief Constable, Surrey Police

"I request a full examination by Surrey police into my complaints of fraud by the National Trust and Waverley Borough Council."

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony BarnettI have on more than one occasion requested police action to investigate the actions of solicitor for Waverley Borough Council Damian Bainbridge and the solicitor at the National Trust Tim Butler for fraud under the 2006 fraud act, "false representation, failure to disclose and abuse of office/ position" on each occasion I have been refused, fraud is fraud and should be investigated.

Butler states that Waverley council have a lawful of Frensham and ponds, for which a lease agreement have been created, there is no land registry documents to show freehold status of the land and waters.

Subject to the leases from the National Trust, Daniel Bainbridge, supported by the trust applied to the planning inspectorate as owners for consent for developments, also subject to the leases, Daniel Bainbridge has drawn up lease agreements with Frensham angling Association, where £7,150. I believe this lease is joint and shared between trust and council, the angling club will not give a full statement. The sailing and boating clubs will not give any details apart from saying the pay rent to council and trust.

The statement now from the council is that they do not have freehold status to the common land or ponds, but still demand,,as "landlords" payment to fish.

I hold copies of all of the lease agreements, but no evidence of rents demanded.

I also hold all the information from the trusts archives, which consist of plans of the area, and statement claims to ownership on each of the two copies, no evidence to show pre-registration of titles to pre-date 1189, no conveyance document.

There is a registration, but declared as for information purpose only, and therefore is not conclusive evidence, this document I have copies of, held by Helen Gilbert at Surrey.

Legislation supports the lawful registration of rights to commoners, the leasing of those rights breaches the legislation.

I request that a full examination by Surrey police into my complaints of fraud by the National Trust and Waverley Borough Council.

Says Steve YandallThis sign is illegal

Equestrians are entitled to use this route - legally.
There are thousands of other illegal signs all over the country banning equestrians.

THEY MUST BE REMOVED

Rider lodges £300,000 claim after she broke her back following dog attack

Rider lodges £300,000 claim after she broke her back following dog attack

Temporary. What does it mean?

Temporary. What does it mean?Different inspectors have different meanings
For Chailey, it was 20-years.
For Chobham, it was six-months.
For Odiham, it was five-years x twice ......... read more

Horses around the world !

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Steve McCarronSays Steve McCarron

What is the point of the OPEN SPACES SOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
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Behind the scenes ...with Eventer Emily King

Says Naomi Smith

Says Naomi SmithIt is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more

Irish Grand National

Barry Geraghty wins on Shutthefrontdoor

Barry Geraghty wins on Shutthefrontdoor

Barry Geraghty won his first Irish Grand National by guiding 8-1 favourite Shutthefrontdoor to an exciting win at Fairyhouse.

Geraghty got the ride as champion jockey AP McCoy, the usual first choice of owner JP McManus, was suspended.

It was a second Irish National success for trainer Jonjo O'Neill and the first victory by a favourite in the race for 15 years.

Golden Wonder was second with Saoirse Dun taking third place. "I live just a mile down the road and this means a lot to me."

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Joanna HeardIt's hard to describe a typical day as my work is so varied.

I usually start the week checking what jobs need to be done. These can be anything from repairs to bespoke orders. I then check if we have the correct materials and fittings required to complete these jobs and order any we do not have.

I also check and reply to email enquires throughout the week. Customers also come in with their repairs and bespoke orders, I book these in and advise the customer on cost and time scale as well as how I plan to repair or make their item.

...... read more

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A horse, a horse, a Smart Car for my horse!

A horse, a horse, a Smart Car for my horse!

Two-foot high Argentinian Falabella is too small for a horsebox - so gets about in the back of smallest car on the road

- Argentinian Falabella 'Sammy' is too small to travel in a normal horse box

- Owner Kim Scholz, 23, instead transports him in the boot of her Smart car

- Student from Koenigsbrunn, Germany says police regularly pull her over

- But she has always been able to prove that Sammy is happy and secure

Read more details ............

Says Maureen ComberI have been given an ASBO by the Hampshire County Council for standing up for riders rights.

How many other people have been silenced by Hampshire County Council? ........... read more

A happy ending for abandoned horse

A happy ending for abandoned horse

Says Amy Williams

A horse rescued from abandonment whilst pregnant has now been rehomed thanks to equine rescue charity HorseWorld in Bristol.

Bronwyn arrived at HorseWorld in February 2012 as part of a large group of horses which had been found illegally fly grazing in Wales. Like many of the mares rescued, Bronwyn was pregnant, and later that year, she gave birth to a little black filly which the charity named Jubilee.

HorseWorld’s grooms estimated Bronwyn’s age at 7 years, and they could tell she had not been handled very much. She had come into HorseWorld with an issue with her tooth that couldn’t be sorted until she had given birth. As her tooth was so uncomfortable, the grooms struggled to touch her chin or face, which meant she didn’t enjoy having a head collar on.

After giving birth to Jubilee, Bronwyn had her tooth removed, and after the grooms weaned her foal from her, she started her rehabilitation training to become a riding horse. Due to her discomfort with her missing tooth, the grooms decided to ride with her without a bit in her mouth and were amazed at Bronwyn’s laid back attitude towards it.

Soon Bronwyn was declared suitable for rehoming and was lucky enough to be rehomed to Amy Coles in June last year; “The second I met Bronwyn I knew she was perfect for me. Her laid back attitude meant a perfect partner for me, and we love spending time hacking across the countryside. I couldn’t have asked for a better horse and look forward to spending many more years with her”.

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Says Sandra Smith

Says Sandra SmithThe speed required to ensure that a gate closes is greater than the velocity required to amputate a finger, crush a child or the head of a dog, trap a push or wheelchair, or – literally - tear a hole in the side of a horse ......... read more

Senior Conservatives abandon pledge to hold vote on controversial hunting ban before general election

Senior Conservatives abandon pledge to hold vote on controversial hunting ban before general election

- Senior Tories drop pledge to hold vote despite it being signed off in coalition agreement

- They believe it is unlikely to pass if held before next year's election

- Rural groups are demanding Tories include pledge in next manifesto

Read more ..........

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

Grazing is always used as an excuse for fencing And fencing creates problems for riders read more

Defra announces funding for National Parks for bridleway and other repairs after winter storms and flooding

Defra announces funding for National Parks for bridleway and other repairs after winter storms and flooding

Five National Parks have today each received a share of £394,075 in funding from Defra for urgent repairs following the winter storms and flooding.

The recent storms caused damage to footpaths,bridleways, locks and bridges across five Parks in England. After National Parks applied for grants to carry out repairs, Defra has today announced the allocations for each Park which total nearly £400,000.

Environment Minister Lord de Mauley said:

Our National Parks are the jewels in the crown of our precious natural environment – this investment will ensure they remain so. Given each pound spent by National Parks on recreation provides £4 of wider benefit, it is essential to get our Parks back to the highest standards ahead of the busy tourism period.

In the Broads, the Mutford lock which facilitates over 1,000 boat passages a year will be restored after coastal flooding in December damaged electrical and hydraulic systems leaving staff to operate the lock manually. In Dartmoor numerous footpaths and bridleways will be repaired and drainage infrastructure will be restored.

This latest funding adds to the existing measures government have taken to rebuild Britain after the winter floods.

Other initiatives include: grants of up to £5,000 for homeowners and businesses flooded between 1 December and 31 March to make their properties more resilient to future floods all affected businesses will get 100% business rate relief for three months and will also get an extra three months to pay the business taxes they owe to HMRC as they get back on their feet a £10 million fund for farmers suffering water-logged fields to help restore it to farmable land as quickly as possible.

This is now open for applications from farmers grants for fishermen to replace storm damaged gear such as lobster creels and crab pots Allocations to authorities Broads - £82,000 Dartmoor - £150,000 Exmoor - £99,197 North York Moors - £32,230 Yorkshire Dales - £30,648

Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more

Horses and publicity stunts don't mix

Horses and publicity stunts don't mix

SAVE ENGLAND FROM NATURAL ENGLAND

SAVE ENGLAND FROM NATURAL ENGLAND

Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment.

They are supposed to provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.

They are supposed to ensure sustainable stewardship of the land and sea so that people and nature can thrive.

They are supposed to see that England’s rich natural environment can adapt and survive intact for future generations to enjoy.

They are supposed to work with farmers and land managers; business and industry; planners and developers; national and local government; interest groups and local communities to help them improve their local environment.

Except in many cases they dont. In fact, in some cases they are doing the exact opposite.

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Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

Julian Wilson:
BBC broadcaster dies following illness

Julian Wilson: BBC broadcaster dies following illnessFormer BBC racing broadcaster and commentator Julian Wilson has died aged 73 following a long illness. Wilson joined the BBC in 1966 and went on to cover some of the most iconic moments in racing history. He spent 32 years with the corporation until he retired in 1997.

Clare Balding, who succeeded Wilson at the BBC, was among those to pay tribute,tweeting: "Very sad news. I owe Julian Wilson my first break in TV and will forever be grateful."

Former Classic-winning jockey Jimmy Lindley, who worked with Wilson for many years at the BBC, said: "He was the most thorough professional I've ever come across."

Wilson also owned several horses with a degree of success and was racing manager for the late Sir Clement Freud. Lindley added: "He was probably the most astute person that's ever been involved in racing. "We were great friends. I'm so sorry he's no longer with us. "He was a wonderful man and a credit to his profession and the biggest compliment I can pay him is that along with Sir Peter O'Sullevan, they put it all together. Racing was very professionally run in those days on TV, as it is now, those two set the standard.

"He loved life, wine and people and was a great man."

Wilson leaves behind his second wife, Alison, and has a son from his first marriage.

BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght said: "Wilson's range of racing interests spread further than the media, taking in writing, punting and racehorse ownership: his Tumbledownwind was successful in York's prestigious Gimcrack Stakes in 1977 and Tykeyvor won at Royal Ascot (1996).

"Outspoken on a range of racing issues, including fixtures staged on Sundays (of which he didn't approve), he famously insisted, in a 1998 memoir, of a feeling of betrayal by Sir Peter O'Sullevan over the veteran commentator's retirement plans.

"Wilson had hoped to succeed him, but ended up going in 1997 aged 57 a month after O'Sullevan quit aged 79.

"Wiz was what you might call old school, and was full of bluster, most of it harmless.

"Once, when we were both staying with a leading trainer, I got the most beautiful, only recently decorated, main spare bedroom, and he opted for much smaller quarters, simply because, he claimed, the smell of fresh paint would keep him awake.

"He went further, producing a special pillow and breakfast cereal. We all laughed but he saw no joke.

"Julian Wilson was an individual who was happy not to be everyone's cup of tea, but to me he was unfailingly helpful and encouraging."

Says Maureen ComberI have been given an ASBO by the Hampshire County Council for standing up for riders rights.

How many other people have been silenced by Hampshire County Council? ........... read more

The Pony Club Seeks Out The Young Artistic Talent Of Tomorrow

The Pony Club Seeks Out The Young Artistic Talent Of Tomorrow

Following a successful inaugural year in 2013, The Pony Club has once again teamed up with the Society of Equestrian Artists (SEA) to run an Art Competition that discovers future young equestrian artistic talent.

The competition invites Pony Club Branch and Centre Members to produce a piece of equestrian artwork based around a specific theme which helps celebrate The Pony Club’s 85th Anniversary - “The Pony Club Then, Now, and in the Future”. Artists will need to depict either their favourite past Pony Club memory, their favourite current aspect of being a Pony Club Member or what they imagine The Pony Club will be like in future years!

Artwork will be judged in a two-stage process by representatives from both The Pony Club and the SEA, producing a selection of finalists across three age categories (11 & Under, 12 to 16 and 17 & Over). Finalists will be invited to display their work at The Pony Club Championships, held in August at Cholmondeley Castle, and the overall winner will have the unique opportunity to have their artwork displayed at the SEA exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London; and will also be presented with a perpetual trophy.

“We received over 200 entries in 2013, depicting a wide range of Pony Club memories from the Member’s first rally or competition to their favourite experience at Pony Club Camp, so we have adapted the 2014 theme to fit in with the 85th Anniversary and give a slightly different angle,” comments Marty Bibby, who administrates the competition for The Pony Club.“We hope the entries will reflect the rich and varied history of The Pony Club, the enjoyment Members experience currently, and we’re really quite excited to see how Members will perceive it in years to come!”

For ease and so the artwork can be enjoyed by as many as possible, entrants are invited to submit their artwork electronically via the online portal at http://memories.pcuk.org, where a full set of competition rules can also be viewed. Entries to the competition close on June 15th 2014.

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Lara Dyson hoping to produce quality homebred dressage horses

Lara Dyson hoping to produce quality homebred dressage horses

As well as competing, dressage rider and Cyden Stallions owner Lara Dyson has a passion for breeding and is hoping to produce some quality homebred dressage horses by her wonderful stallions.

Much to Lara’s delight, stallion Cyden Cadans M who is by the popular dressage stallion Sir Donnerhall, has already sired two beautiful fillies, both born last summer.

Cyden Cleo

Cyden Cleo was born in May last year and is out of Cyden Parell, a KWPN chestnut mare by Habicht Trak. Lara describes Parell as being an excellent mother and not at all what most people think of in a chestneut mare.

Dark brown in colour with impressive looks and already showing outstanding front legs, it is hoped that Cleo will make 17hh.

Cyden Channel

Cyden Channel was born last June and is out of DHI Finestra, a German Warmblood owned by Jo Graham Wright, the wife of the late and well respected horseman Andrew Graham of DHI Performance Horses.

It is hoped that Channel will make 16.2hh; she is bay in colour and displays a striking head and fabulous front legs.

Channel will happily stand and be groomed in the field without the need for a headcollar, thanks to her easy going nature.

Both Cyden Cleo and Cyden Channel are already demonstrating amazing temperaments and love attention, always looking for a scratch when they are visited in the field.

At the moment Lara is concentrating on ground work with the fillies, with both being incredibly well handled from a young age, which will hopefully provide them with solid foundations from which to further their education.

Looking to the future Lara is hoping to produce Cleo and Channel to compete in four-year-old classes with the view to eventually selling them to new homes to continue their dressage careers.

All three Cyden stallions, Cyden Cadans M, Cyden Bodyguard Moorland and Cyden Oostings Amigo will be standing at Stallion AI Services for a limited time this April and May. After this, frozen semen will be available.

For further For information contact Lara Dyson on 07920 452739 or visit www.cydendressage.com

Lara Dyson hoping to produce quality homebred dressage horses

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Giant Kelpie horse head sculptures lit up for pyrotechnic launch event

Giant Kelpie horse head sculptures lit up for pyrotechnic launch event

Scotland's biggest art installation has been lit up as part of a spectacular launch event.

At the first of two night-time events, artist Andy Scott's 300-tonne, 30m high Kelpie horse heads were brought to life by a light, sound and pyrotechnic display.

It was staged by Groupe F, a pyrotechnic outfit which lit up the Eiffel Tower at the Millennium.

The Kelpies, near Falkirk, officially open to the public on Monday.

The massive steel sculptures are part of the Helix, a £43m redevelopment of about 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

They are being launched at a two-night arts event called HOME, which also celebrates the opening of the John Muir Way, a new national pathway stretching across the central belt.

It is hoped the Helix will attract 350,000 visitors a year, bringing in £1.5m of extra tourism revenue.

Each of the sculptures, which were created by Andy Scott, weighs 300 tonnesThe Kelpies form the spectacular centrepiece of the
new Helix development on the outskirts of Falkirk

Each of the sculptures, which were created by Andy Scott, weighs 300 tonnesEach of the sculptures, which were created by Andy Scott, weighs 300 tonnes

Giant Kelpie horse head sculptures lit up for pyrotechnic launch event
They pay homage to the tradition of working horses which once pulled barges along Scotland"s canals

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony BarnettGATES OR STILE’S WILL ONLY BE LAWFUL AS LONG AS THE REASONS FOR THE INSTALLATIONS ARE SERVING THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY WERE INTENDED.

ANY STOPPING UP OR CLOSING OFF OF RIGHTS OF WAY SHOULD BE CHALLENGED FOR APPROVAL/CONSENT FROM THE APPROPRIATE MINISTER OF THE CROWN ........... read more

FEI BUREAU TO REVIEW COMPOSITION OF ENDURANCE TASK FORCE

FEI BUREAU TO REVIEW COMPOSITION OF ENDURANCE TASK FORCEDuring its monthly teleconference meeting the FEI Bureau decided to review the composition of the Endurance Task Force following comments received from a number of National Federations.

The two UAE representatives Mohammed Essa Al Adhab and Andrew Holmes will be removed from the Task Force. They will be replaced by Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (BRN), Chair of FEI Regional Group VII who has a full understanding of the situation in the Middle East, and Frank Kemperman (NED), a hugely experienced event organiser, including Endurance, who will be able to assist in the understanding of how new technology and procedures can be deployed in the field of play.

The revised composition of the Endurance Task Force is as follows: FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos will chair the Task Force, and its members are Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (BRN); Brian Sheahan, FEI Endurance Committee chair; Frank Kemperman (NED); Jim Ellis, Equestrian Sports New Zealand Chief Executive; and Alain Storme (BEL), racing and equestrian sports expert. Experts from IMG will also be included amongst the core members of the Task Force.

IMG is a global leader in sports management with extensive experience in reviewing and modernising competition structures in other sports. Additionally, the Task Force will work closely with FEI 1st Vice President John McEwen and members of the FEI Veterinary Committee in an advisory capacity and the Task Force will also have the option of calling in, on an ad hoc basis, any other experts that may be required to facilitate its work.

“Throughout the process of seeking a solution to the issues we are facing in Endurance we have worked very closely with our National Federations, and when any of them have flagged up something we have taken that on board”, FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said today.

“We have received comments from some NFs that they do not agree with the composition of the Task Force and the Bureau has today agreed to review that following this feedback. Self-policing is a sign of good governance and feedback from our National Federations is important to us.”

During the teleconference meeting the Bureau also expressed its thanks to Meydan for its offer to fund the work of the Endurance Task Force, but stated that it was preferable that Meydan was not involved in this process.

The Bureau understood and respected the decision by Meydan to withdraw its sponsorship of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ due to its position as a regulator in Dubai for equestrian sports, and welcomed the news that a replacement sponsor had been found. Sponsorship by the SOBHA Group, a multinational, multiproduct group headquartered in Bangalore, India, will be considered for formal approval by the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Board on Thursday 17 April.

Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

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New Summer Parelli Courses Coming to a Venue Near You

New Summer Parelli Courses Coming to a Venue Near You

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Level 3/4 ‘Advancing Horsemanship in all Four Savvys’ – Scotland
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For more information about any of the courses contact the Parelli team on 02476 982151 or email courses@parelliuk.com

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Says Naomi SmithIt is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more

Jockey Coaching Programme re-launched at the British Racing School

Jockey Coaching Programme re-launched at the British Racing School This week sees the official re-launch of the Jockey Coaching Programme following the transfer of the management of the scheme from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to the British Racing School (BRS), in conjunction with the Northern Racing College.

The programme currently provides coaching and mentoring for 112 jockeys under the guidance of 19 qualified coaches across England, Scotland and Wales. Jockeys currently taking advantage of the programme include leading apprentices Oisin Murphy, Louis Steward and Shelley Birkett, and up and coming conditional jockeys Conor Shoemark, Ryan Hatch, Lucy Alexander and Gavin Sheehan.

Introduced by BHA as a pilot scheme in September 2011, it was agreed at the close of 2013 that the initiative should become a permanent feature of the British Racing industry's Recruitment, Training and Education programme. In line with the BHA's strategy in this area, the decision was made to outsource the provision of training to established providers with a view to delivering a more integrated and cost effective approach. This led to the transfer to the British Racing School, who will manage the programme, in conjunction with the Northern Racing College.

Under the optional scheme, jockeys are assigned a coach on completion of their Apprentice or Conditional Licence Course at either the BRS or Northern Racing College. The coach then provides advice and assistance to the apprentice or conditional, including practical help with regard to race riding and tactics, theory, fitness and all aspects of building a career as a professional jockey.

All the coaches are UKCC Level 3 qualified and are either former or current jockeys. Coaches include Classic-winning riders John Reid, Philip Robinson and Kevin Darley, as well as former leading National Hunt jockeys Peter Scudamore, Mick Fitzgerald and Steve Smith-Eccles.

Andrew Thornton, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Cool Dawn in 1998 and is now one of the 14 jump jockeys to have qualified as a coach, said:

“As coaches, we’re not just there to help the young jockeys with their riding but also to pass on experience of problems we may have encountered during our careers as jockeys. Whether it’s paying your tax bill or managing your weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, these are all things we’ve been through, but in our day there was nobody really to help with this. The programme is a mentoring service as much as anything and is a great facility.”

The Programme also includes support for Apprentice and Conditional jockeys riding in the BHA Racing Excellence Series. This consists of seven series, made up of 74 races for jockeys of different levels of experience across Flat, All-Weather and Jump codes. Each race is attended by a Jockey Coach who will walk the course with the riders and carry out a video review with the riders following the race.

Rory MacDonald, Chief Executive of the BRS said:

“We are delighted to have been handed the responsibility for running the Jockey Coaching Programme. It’s very important that young jockeys have access to such tuition and advice in the early stages of their careers and with a first-class team of coaches assembled, we are able to offer them a leg up along the way.

“As an established Centre of Excellence for training in the horseracing world, the BRS is ideally placed to deliver this valuable service in an area where the sport had previously fallen short until the introduction by BHA of the programme.

“We are looking forward to continuing to guide and help the careers of apprentices and conditionals, many of whom are our graduates.”

The transfer to BRS also enables the success of the programme to be more closely assessed, consideration will also be given to methods of improving the initiative, such as ensuring the panel of coaches work more effectively by using a centralised recording system, reviewing the geographical spread of the jockey coaches and introducing regional simulators and fitness workshops.

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Pony Club Winners

Dengie’s successful Pony Club sponsorship
Dengie marketing manager Lisa Wilson presents Isabel Lindsey,
winner of the Show Jumping Championship with her prizes.

Dengie’s successful Pony Club sponsorship

A place in the prestigious Pony Club Dengie Winter League Show Jumping and Dressage Championships was like a dream come true for the hundreds of young riders who had won through to this highly prized competition.

They each arrived at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morell, for the event, determined to give the ride of their lives in a quest to claim the title with its Dengie winner’s rug and jacket.

“We have been sponsoring the championships for more than 15 years and they are tremendously successful for us,” said Dengie marketing manager Lisa Wilson.

“Members of the Dengie nutrition team were on hand for both days, checking weights on the portable weigh bridge, offering condition scores and providing plenty of feeding advice.

“The championships give us a fantastic opportunity to meet the riders and their families, and it is always encouraging to see how many of them have taken on board information and help given in previous years, with the results speaking for themselves as horses and ponies appear in great shape and brimming over with good health.”

On Day One, a strong field of 143 show jumpers fought for a place in the ribbons during the Warm-Up, Championship and Open Championship classes.

Day Two saw 80 young dressage riders put in a dazzling performance in the Novice and Open heats, with hopes held high that they had scored enough to make it through to the Ride-Offs later in the day.

Prizes were donated and presented by Dengie Horse Feeds and included salvers, trophies, championship rugs, jackets, saddlecloths and feed vouchers.

The Show Jumping Championship was won by 12-year-old Isabel Lindsay, from the Fife Hunt branch of the Pony Club, riding Bailey XII, with the Open title going to India Bussey, 13, from the South Norfolk branch, on Westside Menlough.

Isabelle Beeston, from the Atherstone Hunt branch, won the Novice dressage on VIP, while Charlotte McDowall, from the Ledbuy Hunt branch, took the Open Dressage Championship on Felimor Buddy. Joarc

Dengie’s successful Pony Club sponsorship
Charlotte McDowall put in a polished performance to take the
Open Dressage Championship on her pony Buddy.

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