Friday July 20, 2018

Dear Members,


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Area 2 Eventing took place last Sunday at Warwick Hall. The South Northumberland Branch had an exceptionally good show of entries from the Open Class to the Grassroots. The heat and the hard ground made the Competition even more of a challenge than usual with ice packs on ponies’ legs between phases being the order of the day.

Our Open Team of Gemma Burville (3rd), Jack Donaldson (4th) and Maddie Oliver (6th) came 2nd overall and have qualified for the National Championships at Cholmondely. We were the first Team with all Members from one Branch. Georgina Clarkson missed taking part this year due to her horse having a bruised foot. Georgina has an automatic qualification to the Championships through having four clear BE Novice runs. Georgina was however there on her feet supporting her Team.  Open Novice Susie White (3rd)

Our Intermediate Team of Libby Colmer (4th), Lucy Bailey and Katie Wood each came (6th) in their Arenas and Emily Davidson were so unlucky to miss qualification by ½ a mark. Libby and Lucy both qualified as Individuals for the National Championships. Megan Coburn and William Quinn were in a Mixed Area Team coming (5th). 

Our Novice Green Team of Ella Pigg (2nd) and Cameron Crawford and Abby Foster each came (6th) in their Arenas and with Jemima Stewart the Team came (5th). Ella Pigg and Finlay Marsden (3rd) qualified for the National Championships as Individuals and Ava Marsden came (4th). Our White Team were 3rd overall: Will Bailey, Laura Ridley, Ava Marsden Individually (4th) and Finlay Marsden (3rd) with an Individual Qualification for the National Championships. These were very good results. Likewise our two Novice Individuals Charlotte Crawford and Fern Anderson rode so well and were a credit to the South Northumberland.

Land Rover Regional Championships ( formerly Grassroots ) 

Pink Team: Oli Courage (2nd) Katie Forster (3rd) Charlotte Wilson (5th) and Annie Davidson (6th) have qualified for Regional Championships at The Ian Stark Centre. Also qualified as Individuals are James Britton (6th) and Abbie Forsyth (7th) who were part of our Silver Team along with their young Team Members Brandon Fort and Connie Henderson who performed to such a high standard.  

Thank you to all our Competitors for representing the South Northumberland Branch with your usual competence and hope you enjoyed the Warwick Hall British Eventing experience.

A massive thank you to Barbie Clarkson for Dressage Training and Team Co-ordination, Ashley Suddes for Show Jumping and Cross Country Training and Kellie Davidson for Training and Co-ordinating the Grass Roots, all of whom were there all day with lots of encouragement and support.

Thank you also to Iso Smailes, Mary Ann Reay, Helen Proctor, Anne Spottiswood, Jane and Erin Smith, Liz Dent and Rebecca and Sally for volunteering to help on the day and Catherine Leech and John Galpin for being there to support our Teams. I was, as always, so pleased to be with you all from the South Northumberland Branch.

 Full results will be up on the website shortly.

This coming Sunday 8th July is the Area Dressage run by the South Durham Branch at Binchester.

Land Rover Regional Team: Annie Davidson, Oli Courage, Erin Smith and Megan Fort with James Britton and Brandon Fort as Individuals.

Novice White Team: Will Bailey, Katie Forster, Sally Dent and Ella Pigg.

Green Team: Anna Sewell, Charlotte Crawford and Cameron Crawford.

Intermediate Abi Courage, Emily Davidson, Libby Colmer and Megan Coburn.

Open Susie White, Lizzie Dodd, Gemma Burville and Maddie Oliver.

90 Open Emi Rowell and Susie White.

Good Luck and all our very Best Wishes go with you.

Heather McDonald



At the  Area Tetrathlon, hosted by the Zetland Branch at Stapleton Manor last weekend, all our Tetrathletes coped extremely well with the intense heat.

Our OPEN MIXED TEAM of Jack Donaldson (1st), Will Quinn (2nd) and Katy Bailey (4th) took Team 1st place.

In the INTERMEDIATE our Individual Boy Cameron Crawford came 2nd. Abby Foster our Individual Girl had a high score although out of the rosettes.

In the JUNIOR Boys Section will Bailey came 2nd and Ella Pigg came 6th in the Girls Section.

All the above have qualified for the National Championships at Offchurch, Warwickshire on 10th and 12th August. 

In the MINIMUS Boys Josh Martin-Ivory took 2nd place Charlie Bailey came 6th and our MINIMUS Girls Team of Erica Rayson, Fern Anderson and Charlotte Wilson came 1st.

Well done to all who took part and thank you for representing our Branch to such a high standard. As always with Tetrathlon Competitions there was such a nice atmosphere with friendships made across the Area and further afield. It was good to see all our Competitors mixing so well.

A massive thank you to Mandy Donaldson and Nicky Martin-Ivory for all the time they have given to organising Training and Teams and to Commander Galpin for the support he gives to every one.

This coming weekend on Sunday 1st July we have Area Eventing at Warwick Hall, Carlisle. 

Our Team in the OPEN Competition comprises Jack Donaldson, Gini Clarkson, Maddie Oliver and Gemma Burville with Philippa Nixon as an Individual.

In the 90 OPEN WE HAVE Susie White and Emi Rowell.

In the INTERMEDIATE 100 level our Team is Libby Colmer, Lucy Bailey, Katie Wood and Emily Davidson. As Individuals are are William Quinn and Megan Coburn.

At the NOVICE 90 level our White Team is Fin Marsden, Ava Marsden Will Bailey and Laura Ridley. Our Green Team is Cameron Crawford, Jemima Stewart, Ella Pigg and Abby Foster. As an Individual is Charlotte Crawford.

In the LAND ROVER REGIONAL PONY CLUB EVENTING (formerly Grassroots) our Teams are Pink  Charlotte Wilson, Annie Davidson, Katie Forster and Oli Courage. Silver James Britton, Abbie Forsythe, Connie Henderson and Brandon Fort.

All our Best Wishes go with all these Members for a successful and most importantly enjoyable day,

Emi Rowell who recently passed her Pony Club AH Test is attending the prestigious A Test Camp in Warwickshire this week.



Bramham Horse Trials - Pony Club Show Jumping Competition

Our Team : Lucy Bailey, Emily Davidson, Ross Fiori and Jack Donaldson were an excellent  Team but due to some unfortunate poles were just out of the rosettes coming 7th. Our Senior Games Team : Ella Pigg, Jemima Stewart, Ava Marsden, Tessa Stephenson and Sally Dent were also unlucky to be out of the rosettes. All came home in high spirits having thoroughly enjoyed the Bramham experience. Thank you to all our competitors for representing our Branch at this prestigious event.

Last weekend our Senior Games Team : Tessa Stephenson, Ava Marsden, Sally Dent, Jemima Stewart and substitute Anna Bailey had a great time at the Cumberland Show coming 2nd in the Competition. Very well done to them.

This coming weekend is the Area Tetrathlon Competition at Stapleton Manor, Nr Piercebridge run by the Zetland Branch. South Northumberland representatives at this competition are Open Mixed Team : Katie Bailey, Jack Donaldson and Will Quinn. Intermediate Individuals : Abigail Foster and Cameron Crawford. Juniors : Will Bailey, Ella Pigg and Charlee Rayson. Minimus Individual Boy : Josh Martin-Ivory. Minimus Girls : Erica Rayson, Tamsin Swan, Charlotte Wilson and Lily Waller. Mini Minimus : Nancy Pigg and Charlie Bailey. As always all our best wishes go with our Branch competitors for lots of luck, success and enjoyment of your weekend.

On Sunday 1st July the Area Eventing Competition will be held at Warwick Hall, Carlisle. Help is needed to run this and offers to help would be greatly appreciated. This is the ideal opportunity to support our Branch competitors. Please contact me for a day out in picturesque surroundings ( packed lunch provided)

Heather McDonald




Pony Club Show Jumping at Belsay Horse Trials

Class 1 Results: The South Northumberland Red and Blue Teams were the only Teams finishing their first rounds without penalties and therefore each had to put one Member forward to jump off against the clock. For the Red Team this was Laura Ridley and for the Blue Team Brandon Fort. Both rode lovely clear rounds. Laura just pipped Brandon on the clock and so Red Team were first and Blue Team second. Although luck was not with our White Team on the day their behaviour and support did them credit.

Class 2 Results: The South Northumberland Team rode very well on testing ground conditions and came away with well earned fourth place rosettes.

Tetrathlon Junior Regional National Championships at

Morton Morrell, Warwickshire

Our Tetrathlon Competitors competing for the Junior Northern England Regional Teams at the National Championships also had a good weekend. Charlee Rayson’s Girls Team came sixth and Will Bailey’s Boys Team came eighth.

Well done to them as the Competition was full on as you would expect for National Championships and the Cross Country Course was technical and challenging.

Well done and thank you to all our Competitors for representing the South Northumberland Branch to such high standards. 

Heather McDonald









Amended SNPC Open Competition results 2018

SNPC Open Competition results 2018