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Posted on August 7th, 2013

Ben Maher Makes History One Year on From Olympic Glory

One year ago Ben Maher began his London 2012 Olympic campaign, jumping for the first time in the spectacular Greenwich arena as part of a team that would soon claim gold for Great Britain. Twelve months on to the day, Ben claimed his first victory in the historic Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, one of the oldest and most valuable Grands Prix in the country.  

The Essex-based rider had yet to win the class, also known as the British Grand Prix (with a €200,000 total prize fund), but it has always been one of his main aims. “There are a few big classes that every showjumper wants to win and the Hickstead Derby [which Ben won in 2005] and the King’s Cup are two of them – I’ve come close to winning this a couple of times so it feels great to have finally done it,” said Ben.

Posted on August 7th, 2013

Essex-Based Laura Renwick Speeds Away with the Spoils

Britain’s number one female rider Laura Renwick raced to victory on 3rd August in the Sky Sports Speed Classic, finishing more than 2sec clear of her nearest rival.

Her mare Beluga swept round Kelvin Bywater’s 1.45m course, and though last-drawn Guy Williams looked to be fast, he wasn’t quick enough and had to settle for second place with Bijou van de Vijfheide. Rather aptly for Ladies’ Day, all of the top four horses in this class were mares.

Laura had been confident of her chances today with Beluga. “She loves the International Arena and she’s won a few times here over the years, plus I thought she should win as she’s an out-and-out speed horse,” she said. “She’s quick through the air and is fast away from a fence, and she can keep up the pace all the way around. She makes my job quite easy.”

Posted on August 7th, 2013

Third Time Lucky for Zoe Adams

Satonamillion gave Hickstead visitors their money’s worth on 1st August when winning the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix for Zoe Adams, adding just five penalty seconds to their fast time of 185.66sec.

Zoe, 22, finished seventh in this class in 2011 and fifth in 2012, making it third time lucky for the Essex-based rider.

“The last couple years I’ve been close and I love this class, it’s such an adrenalin rush – the more times you do it, the hungrier you get to win it,” said Zoe. “This is his most prestigious win to date, and it’s always good to win in the International Arena at Hickstead.”

Posted on August 1st, 2013

Join The Parelli Fun at Riddlesworth EC

The East Anglian Savvy Team is holding a Parelli Games and Spotlights day on Sunday 1st September at Riddlesworth Equestrian Centre near Diss.

This is an excellent opportunity to join Licensed Parelli Professionals Cath Langley, Anthony Greenleaves, and Jennifer Woods for a day of fun and play where all proceeds will go towards the Parelli Education Institute and Riding for the Disabled. With an exciting competition to participate in, you can choose to stay online for 3 classes, or mix in liberty and freestyle, the choice is yours! All classes are at levels 1-2 and 3-4 to cater for everyone’s skills and experience. The afternoon will focus on spotlights at any level, so go along and showcase the relationship you have with your horse to music in a fun and supportive environment where everyone wants you to succeed and enjoy yourself. For a booking form, please contact Cath Langley on 07813 297401 or email cath@cathlangley.com.