Posted on August 19th, 2019

Voting Now Open for Absorbine National Groom Awards

For the ninth year running, Absorbine are hugely proud to be sponsoring The Groom of the Year Awards. Voting for this year’s nominees is now underway for this prestigious national award, with the winner to be announced at The British Showing Awards on 19th October 2019, at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.
Finalists have been split into two categories; professional and amateur grooms, with a total of eight individuals. Spanning the country, ranging from Devon to North Yorkshire, the nominees have range of experience but all with a common interest – their love and devotion to horses and the discipline of showing.
This year’s nominees for the Absorbine Professional Groom of the Year Award are:
Alice Tomlinson of Team KMP; Charlotte Grooby of Team Jinks; Hannah Pollard of Emmersons and Mark Chester of Jayne Ross Showing.
This year’s nominees for the Absorbine Non-Professional Groom of the Year Award are:
Claire Batterbee from North Yorkshire, Rachael Longbottom from Lincolnshire, David Woolley from Devon and Laura Marshall from Lancashire.
Leading horse care products company, Absorbine are thrilled to be able to continue their support and sponsorship of these awards. Says European marketing manager, Rachael Holdsworth, “The ethos of Absorbine is reflected in this fantastic award and we are so pleased to support our grooms, without whom many competitors – both amateur and professional – could not be so successful. Our grooming products are used by so many and it’s fantastic to be able to give something back to those who deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to the discipline.”
To vote for the finalists in this year’s Grooms Award visit Voting closes Saturday 7th September.


Jo Jack receiving her award from Rachael Holdsworth of Absorbine

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Posted on August 13th, 2019

British Showjumping National Championships: Essex’s Suzannah Engelmann wins National Club Senior 1.00m Championship

The clouds broke just in time for the start of the Senior National Club Championships on Day 4 of the British Showjumping National Championships 2019.

Bringing the Senior National Club Final Championships to an end was the 1.00m Senior National Club Championships where we saw Suzannah Engelmann, riding Lissin Rocket, take the title posting the only clear round. Fellow Saffron Walden Riding Club member and runner up, Sarah Hamlett, riding Grafique Banta, have just returned from a successful trip to France, winning gold for Great Britain at the World Club Tournament in France. The pair were delighted to share the ring in the final lap of honour of the day in Arena 3.

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Posted on August 13th, 2019

In memoriam: Iona Sclater (2003 – 2019)

British Eventing was devastated to receive the news that one of our young members and bright stars in the sport, Iona Sclater, sadly died in a riding accident at home on Sunday 11th August.

Long-listed for the 2017 and 2019 European Championships for Ponies, 15-year-old Iona was an exceptionally talented and dedicated young event rider. In just five seasons competing with British Eventing, Iona amassed 33 top ten results and represented the Eastern region four times at the Under 18 Regional Team Championships (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).

Iona’s impressive results this season to secure her a place on the Pony European Championships long-list, include taking second place in the Pony Trial at Weston Park (1) and fourth in the Pony Trial at Lincolnshire Horse Trials in April, both on her pony Foxtown Cufflynx. Most recently Iona won the BE100u18 at Stratford Hills this June on Foxtown Cufflynx, and also claimed the win in the BE100 at Aston Le Walls (2) in May riding Machno Excalibur, along with the Open Novice Under 18 at Burnham Market International (1) in April with Janet Willis’ Watermill Rocks.

Our thoughts are with Iona’s friends and family, her Dad, Charles, Mum, Hetty, and sisters Lara and Alicia, at this very difficult time.

Photo: Adam Fanthorpe

Posted on August 9th, 2019

British Showjumping National Championships: Brentwood’s Nellie Lock and Ellie’s Miss Chief take the title in the Pony Bronze League 138cm & Under Final

With thirty-one starters, the Pony Bronze League 138cm & Under Final was a thriller of a class at the British Showjumping National Championships 2019. The jump off course proved a challenge, comprising of a double of verticals and oxer which dashed many Championship dreams, only a few combinations managed to go double clear.

Nine-year-old Nellie Lock and Ellie’s Miss Chief took the title with an extremely quick time of 34.91 seconds. The partnership have only been together for four months and within that time have gone from strength to strength. Their career together kick started by winning the 10 Year & Under Team Qualifier at Wales & West last month, and have excelled from then on to become a National Champion.

Chief has a lovely temperament and isn’t hard to control, so I told myself to just go for it,” beamed Nellie. “I’ve been training really hard with my instructor Sandra Dean, aiming for this class so all our hard work has paid off!”

Being a member of the Pony Club, Nellie was also awarded the sash for best placed Pony Club member, making it a brilliant finish for the young rider who is based in Brentwood. “She’s a lot of fun and I have five years left in 138’s so would love to aim for the 138cm HOYS Final one day,” she grinned. With such early success for the new partnership, there is no doubt they will have an extremely successful five years.

Sienna Palin and Calusa take second place, with Cameron Cobb and Williams Dream Boy taking third.

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Posted on August 8th, 2019

British Showjumping’s Team LeMieux Pony European Championship Squad Announced

Two locally-based riders have been named as part of the squad selected to represent Great Britain under the title sponsor banner of Team LeMieux in the Pony European Championships in Strzegom, Poland.

The competition takes place between the 13th – 18th August 2019 at the Stragona Equestrian Centre.

Claudia Moore, aged 14, from Brentwood, Essex with Elando van de Roshoeve, a 15-year-old bay gelding owned by Katrina Moore and Holly Truelove, aged 16, from Brigg, Lincolnshire with Rexter d’Or, a 14-year-old grey stallion owned by Barrie Truelove will be joining Hannah Barker, Lila Bremner and Shaunie Greig.

The Pony Team medals will be decided on Friday 16th August and they will then compete for the Individual medals on Sunday 18th August. The Chef d’Equipe accompanying the squad will be Clare Whitaker.

Posted on August 8th, 2019

British Showjumping National Championships: Eloise Squibb takes the Pony Foxhunter Masters

Eloise Squibb piloting 12-year-old grey gelding Rudgeway Maestro continued their winning streak and were the well-deserved winners of the Pony Foxhunter Masters on Day 3 of the British Showjumping National Championships, after winning the Pony Newcomers Masters the day before.

At just 14-years of age, Eloise showed experience beyond her years navigating her way around the jump off accomplishing a quick time of 35.92 seconds out of the fifteen competitors who made it through to the jump off.

Commenting on her win, she said. “I didn’t think I could have a double win! Especially as I knew the people before me in the jump off were really quick so I had to go quicker.”

She continued, “As I’ve only had Rudgeway Maestro for two months I came to practice my jump off turns.” Which after her two wins at the National Championships it is safe to say she has mastered! Having had an unbelievable show together so far, the combination will be competing in the pony 148cm Silver League later this morning to see if they can end their time at the National Championships with a triple win.

Ella Quigley and Daisy De Chambord take second place, with Charlotte Hollinshead and Alenas Ennistymon taking third.

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Posted on August 8th, 2019

British Showjumping National Championships: Chelmsford’s Izabella Rogers is crowned the National 128cm Champion

Izabella Rogers aboard the grey mare Whinney Lass jumped to the finish to take the National 128cm Champion title at the British Showjumping National Championships 2019.  With the top four placings offering a qualification to Horse of the Year Show as well as Olympia there was all to play for.

Izabella took the title riding the 16 year old mare Whinney Lass after travelling to the Championships from Chelmsford. The combination have been a partnership for the past three years, where they have gone from strength to strength and are the reigning Horse of the Year Show 128cm Champions. Speaking of their win today, Izabella explained: “I thought my round would be fast enough as Whinney covers the ground quickly.”

Izabella has competed at HOYS previously in 2017 in the 128 Championship aboard SNL Ginger Ninja where she came fifth, and returned in 2018 with Whinney Lass where they took the 128 Championships title. The combination now hopes to defend their title at HOYS this year.

Second place was Noora Von Bulow with Sparkel III and third place was Emily Irvine with Bunbury Conquest.

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Posted on August 8th, 2019

Dumped six-week-old foal lucky to survive: Charity appeals for information

A six-week old foal found dumped in a field on the outskirts of Swaffham in Norfolk has survived against the odds and is now in the care of World Horse Welfare. The charity is appealing for information and is keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the foal previously or spotted anything suspicious in the area.

The skewbald colt foal, who has one very distinctive blue eye, was found by the owners of the field when they were tending to their sheep on the morning of Tuesday 31st July. They contacted World Horse Welfare who immediately collected the foal and took him to a safe yard where he is receiving the care and attention he needs.

“At such a young age this poor little chap should still be with his mother,” said World Horse Welfare Field Officer Jacko Jackson who was called out to collect the foal. “It’s lucky he was found relatively quickly as had he been left for much longer, especially in the extreme heat we have had, it’s unlikely he would have survived.

“Horses are not normally weaned until six months of age but this little foal is clearly a fighter,” he continued. “We bottle fed him for a couple of days and he has now learnt to drink milk from a bucket and is doing very well.”

The foal will remain with World Horse Welfare and in time will be introduced to other youngsters at the charity’s Norfolk centre so that he can learn how to socialise and behave naturally within a herd.

Please contact 0300 333 6000 if you have any information that can help.

Posted on August 8th, 2019

Leading Names Head to Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championship

With the new and exciting Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championship just days away leading riders, owners, studs and industry professionals are heading to Cheshire.

A host of high-class show jumping and equestrian sport combines with industry trade and networking – 14th to 18th August in the stunning grounds of Bolesworth Castle.

International riders making the journey include well-known names William and Pippa Funnell, highly regarded not only for their show jumping and eventing skills but also for their driving force behind the Billy Stud.

Always huge supporters of Bolesworth events, the legends that are John and Michael Whitaker are entered to compete and support the young horse classes as is Michael’s son Jack, one of the many rising stars in the family dynasty.

Harriet Nuttall, a team Voltaire Design rider travels north to compete while the in-form Matt Sampson will be supporting his, and title sponsor Equitop.

Talented brothers, Will and Oliver Fletcher, also in the Voltaire Design stable of riders, return to Cheshire after recent successes while Irishman, Anthony Condon, a former winner of the Equerry Bolesworth International Grand Prix is on the start list.

Sisters Millie and Pippa Allen are well known for their speed against the clock and will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with throughout the five days.

Nottinghamshire-based, Louise Saywell has a growing string of young talent in her stable while local rider and producer, Keith Shore also makes the short trip to Bolesworth as does Equitop ambassador Corinne Collins and former Hickstead Derby winner Phillip Miller.

Supporting the world of producing and breeding are many well-known names with years of experience and knowledge behind them.

As well as the Billy Stud team, Shirley Light of Brendon Stud, Penny Cornish and Phillip Miller of Greenacres Equestrian, the Wright family of Windmill Farm Estate and Carron Nicol of European Sports Horses will all be in attendance as will Ashley and McKenzie Ray of Oakingham Stud.

The show will see the launch of two exciting new auctions; the Elite Ramiro B Auction, Wednesday 14th August, showcasing an exceptional selection of youngstock (foals – 3-years) all progeny of the late great Ramiro B, and the Bolesworth AES Elite Foal Auction on Friday 16th August.

Visit www.boleswortheliteauctions.comto view the auction brochures.

Leading industry experts and supporters include the Hales family of Shaw Farm Stud, Dave Quick of Ashdale Sports Horses, James Davenport and Janette Chin to name just a few who have added their weight to this exciting new show on the Bolesworth Estate.

One of the aims of the event is for it to become a hub for equestrian trade both within the UK and with the rest of the world, providing a trade centre of excellence for networking, buying and selling horses of Olympic calibre.

Tickets are now on sale at just £5 with free parking, when booked in advance online, giving event goers the chance to watch superb competition in an iconic setting, with access to view all Auctions and Young Horses that have been put forward for sale.

All general admission ticket holders will have access to Club Boles with food served all day into the evening and premium bars open till late.

Hospitality tickets are also available in the VIP area in Club Boles with tables for up to 10 people.  Bookings under six people will be allocated to shared tables.

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Posted on August 8th, 2019

British Showjumping National Championships: Pony Silver league 138cm & under Final

First to go in the 138cm final and setting the bar for the remaining 25 competitors was Welwyn Garden City’s Lucy Gilbertson riding Airbourne Freddie.

With an incredible time of 31.50s in the jump off, Lucy was in top position from the start after taking a risky tight turn after fence one and picking up speed as the course went on.

With only 6 clears, the pressure was on to beat Lucy’s time however she remained nearly 2 clear seconds ahead of runner up Alice Crowley riding The Agent with a time of 33.14s.

Fresh from their second place in the National 138cm Championship, Lucy’s father, Steve Gilbertson explained that the pair had previously won ten Graham Heath qualifiers to get to the British Showjumping National Championships and compete in the Pony Silver League 138cm Final: “The other classes we have entered are just for fun, but this is what we came for today.”

The Bronze and Silver Pony/Rider Combination League was introduced by British Showjumping in 2014 and allows all pony riders to be able to track their progress on a regional and national league table. There are three leagues; Bronze, Silver and Gold and they are split into three height categories of 128cm, 138cm and 148cm.

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