Many thanks to Emily Barnes, our Chief HT scorer, for preparing these so quickly despite being away from the competition for most of the day – helping to run our Mini-Camp – and also for drafting in most of the rest of her family to ensure it all went without a hitch.
Many thanks also to all other officials, volunteers, helpers etc. for ensuring that we had a splendid day and to the King family for making sure the infrastructure was so well presented and worked.
Thanks also to all you competitors, your parents, branch officials, family and friends for taking part so cheerfully – despite the 1.2 mile trip to the XC course.
We were glad to see you all and look forward to inviting you back to Somerford again – should we ever get the chance.
Regards … Geoff
Over the weekend of 9 and 10 July a number of Area 5 members took part in the Tetrathlon Competition at Warwick. For the Open, Intermediate and Junior classes these were the qualifiers for the Championships and I’m delighted to say that Area 5 will now be well represented at the Champs. Those qualifying were:
- Open – Ben Read
- Intermediate – Toby Johnson and Russell Wingfield
- Junior – Freddie Ashworth, Hamish Peffers, Orla Stott, Keeva Stott, Annabel James and Ella Booth.
A big well done to all of them and I hope they are all looking forward to competing at Bishop Burton in August.
Warwick once again put on fantastic courses for our younger members so that minis, tadpoles and tiddlers all had their own competitions. A further fifteen Area 5 members took part in these classes, with some excellent results. A special mention should go to Beatrice Taylor who beat 19 other mini girls to win her class.
As well as a thoroughly enjoyable competition many of the riders camped on the Saturday night and joined in the Area 5 (and friends) barbecue. Thanks to all those who provided the facilities for this – gas barbecue, fire pit, tables and chairs as well as the food, drink and company; what more could we want?
Please see below two points regarding the Show Jumping Championships:-
We have had a few enquiries as to whether a fourth member can be added to a qualifying Open Mixed Team (of three) after the Area competition.
Therefore, we would like to clarify the rules: NO fourth member can be added to a qualifying team of three after the Area Competition. In addition, no rider substitution can be made.
With regards to the Elite SJ Competition that is available to members at the Championships. We would like to amend the wording for any rider wishing to enter a pony.
First round: Max Height 1.20m, Max spread 1.25m Two upright fences in the second half of the course at 1.25m. One double and one treble combination, or 3 doubles. If the second or third part is a spread it must be on two strides. No three stride distances, no less than five strides before or following the combinations.
NEW – In the first round all ponies not exceeding 148 cm will jump first. The related distances and combinations will be set accordingly. The distances will then be adjusted for horses over 148cm who will jump after the ponies. We have made these adjustments to accommodate all members and ensure this challenging course is safe. Further details are available on the website.
Mounted Games, Endurance,
and Show Jumping Secretary
DDI: 02476 698307