Wednesday September 22, 2021
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Showjumping
Hickstead Teams 2021
 
Wow its a long time since we had a show jumping report.  Teams jumping at Hickstead is one of those marmite shows, you either love it or hate it.  For many children its their one opportunity to get that coveted photo jumping the Hickstead planks but its generally an early start and a long day.  We were very pleased to have 5 teams competing this year:
 
70 cms team – Boyd , James, and Lilly all had their first experience of Hickstead but sadly we missed poor Millie whose horse was lame and are very grateful for Sandy standing in at the last minute and getting a great clear round
 
80 cms Team – Brilliant riding from our young 80cms team of Maisie, Molly (clear), Matilda (clear) and Harley (4) for an amazing team 6th place.  So proud of you all! 
80 cms Team – Florence, George (Clear), Boris and Sophie, all made it successfully around the course, but tipped a couple of poles to be out of the rosettes this time.
80 cms team – We were thrilled that Daisy (clear ) IST INDIVIDUAL  Georgie Estall (4) 4TH INDIVIDUAL and Lauren (8) WERE THE WINNING TEAM AND DID A VICTORY LAP WITH THEIR WINNING RUGS #rugenvy
 
90 cms team – Josie Boxall, Isabella, Holly Killick (Clear round) were not placed this time but we were so pleased to see you all competing.
 
Area Showjumping 2021
A long day at Felbridge but some very happy children. Well done to Boris and George who qualified for the regional championships and to Jess who rode well under pressure to keep her qualification from 2019 on a different horse to qualify for the 2021 National Champs.
May be an image of 1 person, riding a horse, standing, horse and outdoors
A special mention to smiling Holly who stepped up to make up the team at 90cms and jumped every single jump in her three rounds clear to be 12th out of 130! 
May be an image of 1 person, standing, horse and outdoors
 
19th September 2020 – Spring Festival qualifiers show jumping
 
We managed to book the last day of summer for our competition which made complying with the 2M social distancing rule out in the sunshine much easier.  Thanks to everyone who came, we have an enormous turnout running from 8am to nearly 7pm. 
Well done to our own members who did so well:
 
50cms class
Grace, Boyd, Poppy, Sandy – 4th team
Lilly, Izzy, Charlie, SophieS – 5th team 
 
60-70 cms
Boyd, Sandy, Poppy, Lilly – 3rd team
 
70-75 cms class
Jessica, Florence, SophieB, Ella – first team
Maisie, Megan, Harley, Molly – 2nd team
George, James, Boris – 3rd team
Jessica – 2nd individual 

Harley, Maisie, Molly 2nd team

Scurry
Hope – 6th
 
Spring qualifier
Jess HH – 5th and qualified for the Spring Festival 
 
1M class
Josie – 5th
 
Photos HERE
 
23/2/2020
 
Our show jumpers were on top form today.

Sophie B (Debut), Megan (Debut) and Jess HH have all qualified for the 2nd round of the Winter League. Huge congratulations.

And our team of Megan, Jess, Hope and Red were 2nd in the 85/90cm with a WIN for Hope, Jess 4th and Megan 5th. Amazing, well done everyone.

13/10/19

 
Eaglesfield SJ with WKM PC
 
Whoops! its was one of those days were not everything went to plan, an error with the timings meant that Charles and Jessica did not have the best start to the day and did not make it around the course.  Boris’s pony was also less attentive than usual resulting in an uncharacteristic run out. Thanks to mums Laura and Kate for supporting the children, whilst Charles’s mum was elsewhere with other ponies and children, hope next time will be a bit less stressful!
 
More positively our new member Jessica Hursey jumped a nice double clear in the 80cm qualifier and came 6th, well done.  Hope and Daisy also both did well in the 90cms winter league qualifier too with a 7th and 8th place respectively.  Congratulations girls and thanks everyone for representing us.
 
9/9/19
 
Thanks to The Old Surrey & Burstow Pony Club for a well organised friendly show jumping competition at Felbridge. Congratulations to everyone as we had someone placed in nearly every class! Boyd was 3rd in the 40/45cms, Harley 6th in the 50/55cms, Matilda 5th in the 60/65cms, Boris 6th in 75/80, Hope 3rd in the 80/85cms, and Aidan 3rd and Jess 8th in the 1M. A confident start for all to the winter show jumping season.

Harley and Poppy

Matilda and Tommy

Boris and Toffee

 

Boyd

Jess and Murphy

 
3/8/19
 
A long day at Southdown Hunt West Pony Club Interbranch Teams Show Jumping competition at Hickstead.  We had three teams, 1M, 90 and 80cms team all course walking at 8.30 and our Team Manager off to team brief at 7.30am.  At least we were early enough to avoid any traffic on the M25!
 
When we arrived friends from Romney Marsh PC had a lame pony in their 1M team so one of their remaining competitors joined our team as we only had 3 AVHPC members.   Sean from RMPC went first and was clear setting the standard.  We were the last competitors to go; Seb led the way and after a disagreement with Ted at the first was clear over everything else, Aidan then went around at his usual speedy pace clear and fast, our last to go was Jess and although she has feeling dreadful her lovely horse Murphy, who had won the Hickstead Derby in his youth, stormed round clear giving them individual 3rd place and the team 6th.  Well done.

Seb, Aidan, Sean and Jess

 
Our other teams had a few poles between them sadly meaning there were not in the rosettes this time
 
90cms – Daisy (clear), Toby (4 faults) and Elizabeth (4 faults)

80cms – Chloe (clear), Hope (4 faults), and Millie (4 faults)

80cms – Katie (clear), IsabellaS (12), IsabellaR(4 faults)  and George (E – although that E does not really show the brilliant riding on the first half of the course, well done George for stepping up to this level for the day)

 

Well done to everyone, you all rode brilliantly, your ponies looked beautifully turned out and your behaviour was impeccable.  We are very proud of all our riders.  Thanks to Keely and Charlie for coming to support us all and helping with the course walks and warming everyone up too.

At lunchtime we were allowed in the international arena for the 90th birthday celebrations, can you spot us here…

 

 

20/7/19

 
We just had two teams competing this  year at Area Show Jumping.  Our 1M team of Seb, Amy, Laura and Jess had to be at Golden Cross at 7.30am ready for the first class!
 
A very tough course with a couple of combinations causing most of the problems with poles hitting the ground a little too frequently, however we managed enough poles up over the 3 rounds to come 4TH!!  Our victor was Jess and Murphy who kept poles up in all 3 rounds and won the class for qualification at National Champs.
 
 
Our 80cms team really stepped up today, all riding new ponies and competing for the first time as a combination for AVHPC.  Well done to Hope, Sam and Red who all rode confidently and sympathetically, unplaced this year but look forward to seeing you all again next year. 
 
28/4/19
 
Very strong competition today at Hickstead international.   The classes were big with much waiting time in between, the  courses were inviting and jumped well. 
George riding the beautifully turned out Finn represented Ashford Valley and competed  in two classes the 65cm and 75cm, they jumped well over both courses but sadly were not in the ribbons.
Speaking with George after, he confirmed he enjoyed the course and was happy Finn jumped well. Another experience chalked up for this exciting pair. 
 
 
10th February 2019 
 

Chloe, IsabellaS and IsabellaR – 4th team and Chloe 3rd individual

Thanks to North West Kent Pony Club for a well organised show jumping event run at Eaglesfield Equestrian Centre.   Free photo downloads are available on NWKPC facebook group if you ask to join to get access to them they will approve you.

Well done to all our members who rode so brilliantly, particular congratulations to Red and Fred who qualified for the 80 and 90cms Dengie second rounds respectively on 24th March.

Red and Jax

 
George B had a lovely morning he was in a mixed team who came 4th together and then he had a clear in the  70-75. 
 
Our 70cms team of Chloe, IsabellaS and IsabellaR (top) were 4th in this class too, with Chloe (below) 3rd individually. 
 
In the 80cms class IsabellaS and IsabellaR (below) were both clear with IsabellaR 6th. 
 
Our 85 cms teams of Fred, Daisy, Toby were 4th, 
 
 
and Hope, Millie (on chestnut) and Sophie (all below) were the winning team with Hope 3rd individually too.  Great riding, well done.
 

Hope, Sophie and Millie THE WINNERS

 
Sadly Aidan and Jess were missing their 3rd team member in the 1M class and were a bit rusty, so no placings for them this time but a fun speedy time had by them both.
 
 
19th August 2018 –   National Champs – Jess Paramor
 
Jess national champs
 
We arrived at 8:30pm at Cholmondeley Castle on Saturday evening. As we drove in the drive was surrounded by sponsorship and advertisements of the sponsors – I was in awe – it reminded me of driving to Badminton horse trials when we go to watch!
 
I was 20th to jump in the Intermediate. Our course was fairly twisty but not too big. We jumped round clear, my smile must’ve been the size of the moon! Murphy was really strong and took most people’s breath away as he flew round! The atmosphere was electric – I felt on top of the world as we cantered through the finish!
We were last to go in the second round and it was super twisty and tight, making me nervous as Murphy didn’t have studs and the ground was very rutted. Unfortunately because of the twisty nature of the course we had 3 down, but had a real breakthrough towards the end of the course when I asked him to half halt and he did! He jumped the last 3 jumps amazingly and that was what I was most pleased with out of everything! I got some amazing pictures and it was such a fantastic experience to ride at championships – I’m so glad I could finally get to the nationals and represent our wonderful pony club! It was daunting being the only AVHPC member doing the showjumping – but Crazy Catherine Pearse and Sara Jackson (Nelly and Lara where competing in the PC110 eventing which was meant to be dressage today but changed) were there to cheer me on which was lovely and made my time at champs even more enjoyable. I wanted to say a big thanks to all the instructors and discipline coaches that enabled me to have this opportunity.
 
A special thanks goes out to my mum and godparents who made it all possible by taking me to Area and the National Champs after someone crashed into our horsebox writing it off back in June. Without you all I would not have made it to champs!

4/8/18 HICKSTEAD

What a great day had by all this year at Hickstead. The annual SDHWPC show jumping competition saw Ashford Valley take 6 teams along and what a glorious day it was (for both the riding and the sunshine!)

First off was the 70cm’s. AV crystals consisting of Isabella Smith, Holly Killick and Ruby JP. All 3 rode beautiful rounds, Isabella putting in a fabulous clear and Holly and Ruby having an unfortunate 4 faults each. Well done girls, all three of you rode beautifully!

Hickstead 1

AV diamonds were next to go in the 70cm. Isabella Randolph, Jack Finn and Sophie Stern all producing beautiful clear steady rounds and finishing in 5th place! Amazing achievement guys, it was fabulous to watch.

70cms team at Hickstead

Next up was the 1m. Olivia JP rode a beautiful round with an unfortunate 12 faults, Seb had a very unfortunate 4 faults on Amy Tate’s cheeky, it was really well ridden. Jess Paramor has the crowd watching through their fingers as she and Murphy flew round clear in a very fast time. Jess Pearce made her debut with Lola as one of our associate members! And what a round is was, perfectly ridden just a really unlucky 4 faults two fences from home. The team finished on a total of 8 faults which saw them take 7th place in the line up. Amazing result guys! Jess Paramor brought home an extra rosette as she picked up 2nd place individually! Incredible achievement against over 70 individual riders!

1M team at Hickstead

Next up was the 90cm’s- AV rubies. Freddie JP put in a lovely round. After coming 2nd individually last year, he put in a great effort and just had an unfortunate 4 faults in the 2nd fastest time of the class. Daisy Parsler rode a lovely clear round, just picked up 5 time faults. Josie Boxall was next on her lovely new horse, well ridden with an unfortunate 4 faults. The last rider to go was Georgie Estall who produced a lovely clear round. Placings were to 10th place, AV rubies finished 12th. A great result against 30 teams!

Finally we saw the 80cm’s (it was really hot by this point!) but a great effort from all. AV emeralds saw a new partnership, Maisy Vane and Dolly, who was at her first competition. They had a steady round with just 4 faults. Elizabeth Bashford rode a great round with a really unlucky 10 faults- unfortunate “sat nav” issues! Hope Rutter and Red Robinson put in a great effort and both produced lovely rounds with just 4 faults each. Well done girls!

And finally, after what felt like hours to wait was the turn of AV Sapphires. Mia Waterman going first with an unlucky 4 faults. Lauren Bickley next riding well and finishing on 16 faults. And finally Mia Stack, who rode with real determination and finished on 11 faults. Well done AV sapphires!

As you can tell, it was a great day had by all. The best year we’ve had to date. All riders and ponies finished and came home safe and uninjured! No falls or eliminations!

Just a few special mentions…. shout out to CHIEF! She course walked with ALL TEAMS and also warmed up ALL TEAMS (and look at the fab results we had!) Also a special mention to Zoe who helped with warm ups too. I know the children and their parents are very grateful.

Also a special mention to our fabulous DC who there there to watch and support the first team go (at 8:30am) and the last team to go (at 4:15pm)!!

I’d like to also thank the Stern’s, who stood in last minute when we had a lame pony. Sophie stepping in meant we didn’t have to withdraw AV diamonds from the 70cm. Thank you so much (you helped my stress levels!!) and helped the team to bring home 5th place!

Finally thank you to you all, children and parents. You make it all worth while. You were a pleasure to watch and I can’t wait to see what next year brings! I am so proud of each and everyone of you as individuals. GO TEAM AVHPC!!

Roll on 2019….

Area Show-Jumping 15th July 2018

Well done to Jess and Murphy who are off to the PC National Champs in the 1M showjumping class.  And to Maisy Vane, Sophie Stern, Red Robinson and Josie Boxall who finished in 5th place at area and qualified for the Regional Finals

Jess and Murphy 2

18th February 2018 Well done to Amy, Jess and Will who won the 1M class on Sunday at Southdown Hunt PC showjumping competition, with Amy 3rd and Jess 4th individually too. Congratulations

SDH PC 1M

13/2/18 – Well done to our Senior Girls Show Jumping team of Daisy, Jess, Josie and Julia who endured freezing conditions and a very long day at Felbridge to come 6th team in the 90cms class today.

Girls at Felbridge 180213Jess at Felbridge

19th August 2017 Charlotte and her horse Poppy went to the NATIONAL CHAMPS!!! “What a weekend… Poppy has been incredible in a huge atmosphere up at the Nationals in Cheshire over the past couple of days. She gave me everything this morning in the main arena round a seriously tough Championship track for just 4 faults to be well within the top half of a big class with only 9 clears. Unfortunately we then made the decision to withdraw her from the second round this afternoon as we had the most almighty downpour making the ground seriously deep and she just doesn’t cope well in those conditions.
I am totally gutted not to have completed but she has looked after me all weekend, taken me to my first major Championship and round our biggest track to date, she’s so special and too good to waste on one round. Absolutely over the moon regardless, she’s done herself and me seriously proud this weekend.”

Charlotte nationals

5/8/17  Hickstead 2017 – Congratulations to Freddie who was 2nd in the individual 80cms competition at Hickstead on 5th August.  The team of Elizabeth, Liv, Freddie and Aidan all jumped double clear too and were 2nd out of 39 teams.  Well done to you all.

Hickstead teams August 2017

9/7/17 – Area SJ at Felbridge

Charlotte areaA very long hot day for competitors and supporters back to Felbridge which was the location for some of our SJ rallies this summer.  We think the practice might have paid off!  Well done to Charlotte who qualified for the Champs in Cheshire after she was 2nd in the enormous 1.10 Open class. CONGRATULATIONS.

Charlotte area jumping

 

 

For the rest of our competitors it was a frustrating case of just rolling a pole.  Emily was clear in the first round of the metre course and then had an unlucky pole in the second round. Anna had a few unlucky poles.  Laura (in photo below) had 4 faults in the first round and the second round of the Novice but was just glad not to be bucked round the course like the last outing to Felbridge at the rally!  Jess had a few poles down but was very pleased to get round and show some control in the latter stages of her round.

Laura area sj

 

We had 5 children competing at the Regional competition at 80/85cms.  Josie as an individual rode her new pony very well and was pleased to get round safely with only one pole down in the 2nd round.  Our team of Red, Daisy, Aidan and Toby had a few unlucky poles to come 11th as a team, but Toby was double clear and in the jump off as an individual .  He had a testing time as on the last corner his pony slipped and although she jumped the penultimate jump he had to pull her up lame before the last jump and within sight of the finish line.  He did an excellent job; hopped off, patted her and rolled up his stirrups, great horsemanship Toby.

2/4/17

Meanwhile at North West Kent SJ competition at Eaglesfield our teams were competing, sadly our younger riders had a few poles down and a fall or two so no rosettes this time, but some good experience was gained.

Eaglesfield 170226Olivia, Evie, Amelia and Jess also had some poles down but were 4th in the 85cms class.

Jess and Jonny

Well done too to Anna, who rode late but had a double clear in the Dengie 90cms class and then another double clear in the 1m class to secure 3rd place.  Well ridden Anna.

26th March 2017

Mothers Day and the clocks changed but there are still PC events to attend!Red and Hope

Well done to Hope and Red who were 1st and 3rd in the mini class at Eaglesfield today, both having an pole in the next class. Aidan had a lovely but not quite fast enough double clear in the 2nd round of the Dengie class to come 12th and then an unlucky pole in the 90cms class.  Well done PC mums for getting up early on your special day too!

ERIDGE PC TEAM SJ ON 19/2/17

Daisy had a lovely double clear in the first class but Toby & George had some faults.  In the Dengie debut George had a double clear but just missed out on a place & Daisy just tipped a pole.  Emily came 2nd in the 90 cm and qualified for the Dengie 2nd round.  Well done Emily that is our 2nd Dengie qualification, see you in the 2nd round!

In the afternoon Florence, Isabella & holly all rode brilliantly to finish with a team score of just 12 faults & their team was 4 th.

GX girls 170219
In the final class of the day Sam did his first competition on the lovely Lucky with a fast double clear to finish 4 th too.

Well done everyone and thanks for competing at the end of a very busy half term.

Sam and Lucky GX Feb 17

EAST SUSSEX PONY CLUB TEAMS SJ ON 5/2/17

Not too early a start this time for the trip to Golden Cross, we had two teams at 70cms.  Hope was 7th individually with a double clear, Aidan and Daisy who were both clear were joined by Elizabeth who had a frustrating round to claim 3rd placed team.  Red had a fabulous clear round in her team with Elizabeth and Mia who finished the course but had some faults.

GX 170205

The new Dengie Qualifier Class at 80/85cms had a lot of entries including Elizabeth, Daisy and Aidan.  Poor Elizabeth was not having the best of days but Daisy had only one down on her lovely new cob, and Aidan had a slow and steady clear round, which was enough to be one of a handful of clears from more than 40 starters and gained him qualification for the next round.  Smiles all round!

Dengie qualifier 170205

 

Jess, Amber, Olivia, Amelia and Evie represented us at 85cms.  They had a few faults here and there but the course was difficult and they managed a very credible 4th out of 9 teams.  Sadly teenage girls no longer like their photo taken though!

Girls GX 170211

ERIDGE PC TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL SJ ON 16/10/16

A good day at Eridge PC Show Jumping at Golden Cross on 16th October, some lovely rounds and determined riding.

In the first class, Florence had an almost clear round, she got over all the jumps well but had a little steering problem towards the end of the course which made her miss a rosette.

In the Mini class Hope was 1st individual, Sam 4th and Red 6th all 3 had double clears and the team were first too – what a great start.  Team SJ Oct 2016

Double clears too for Elizabeth and Aidan who were placed individually 2nd and 3rd in the older mini section.  Special mention too to Hannah on the lovely Todd who had a clear round just outside the placings.

Eridge Team SH Oct 2016

 

In the novice section the course looked long and windy but not too complicated, little did we know!  Our first team of Ruby, Maisy, Hope and Red all rode very well and had a few faults, Ruby rushed off back to Ashford to do her Riding and Road Safety (passed!), our 2nd team of Aidan and Toby both had double clears and Daisy and Elizabeth were almost clear but had trouble at the last fence.  Mia rode a text book round, completely in control and following instruction to the letter for a fabulous double clear round.  We were thrilled to find out that our teams were 6th and 3rd, well done all!

Eridge Team SH Oct 2016 novice

 

Daisy had a couple of stops in Dengie 80cm but got round, what very pleasing progress especially as there were lots of eliminations and faults generally.

Well done all, see  you next time!

SEPTEMBER 2016

Well done to our grassroots SJ team of Josie, George, Finley and Toby who made it through to the 2nd round at the Regional Champs in Keysoe.  The jump off course was much trickier with a couple of big fences and they went in first!  George was first to go and his horse Joe rolled a couple of poles but stayed within the time. Toby went next and again had a couple down and a couple of time faults.  Finley and Morse had just 1 down and a couple of time penalties.

It was a great experience to ride at such a big competition, they all learned a lot and rode very well.

Well done all and thanks to your mums for getting you there very early in the morning.

Regional SJ champs

 

Well done to our competitors at RMPC SJ show today (16th August).   Amy and Seb came 2nd in the 85cm pairs.  Both Amy and Seb narrowly missed placing in the 90cm after a refusal each.

Amy and Seb

Mia came 3rd and Aidan 6th in the 70cm SJ.  Josie did well on her new pony Ginny, showing lots of promise for the future, and Amber moved up a level to the 80cms. Well done all!

Aidan and Mia

SOUTHDOWN HUNT WEST PC TEAM JUMPING ON 6TH AUGUST 2016 

 

Ashford valley took 7 teams to the SDHWPC inter-branch show jumping event and had a great day. The 70cm’s saw the AV sapphires, Freddie JP, Maisy Vane, Hope Rutter, Amelia Kitchen finish on a score of 8 faults. Freddie JP putting in a fabulous clear round and making it into the jump off. AV crystals, Allisya Fattore, Amber Hope and Daisy Parsler all rode their hearts out and pulled out 3 clear rounds! Girl power! Each of them making it into the jump off. A very twisty jump off was ridden very well by them all, Daisy and Freddie jumped beautiful double clears however just missed out on rosettes.

AV Rubies and AV emeralds were our teams in the 80cms. Emeralds finished on an unlucky 8 faults, Josie Tabb, Toby Channnon, George Channon and Eva Wright all putting in a good performance. AV rubies were on fire with a score of 0 after the first round, riders were Laura Brightling, Josie Boxall, Finley BH and Olivia Reeves. Laura took the pressure and rode the jump off for the team. The team finished a very respectable 7th place in the line-up and each came home with a rosette!

AV Diamonds didn’t have the best off days in the 90cms. Our girls Epernay BH, Amy Tate and Jess P rode well however it was not the day for them. Next year will be your year girls!

And finally onto the 1m. A big solid course (with an even bigger jump off!). AV Gems started first, Alice Freeman, Charlotte and Anna BromlAll girls riding really well over a testing course. Alice and Danny were on top form flying round with a clear. Anna B sailed round just tapping the first part of the double (last fence to go!!) and had a VERY unlucky 4 faults. AV Pearls saw Will Reeves, Emily Brightling, Gabrielle G and Mary Ashby. The team finished on an unlucky 8 faults, Will and Emily both rode fabulous clear rounds. The jump off was ridden superbly by Will, Alice and Emily. Emily rode a beautiful steady clear round, unfortunate faults for Alice and Will.

As riders you should all be very proud of yourselves! And as AVHPC members you should be very proud of the support and commitment you showed one another.  You were all a pleasure to watch. Thank you for making my first year a memorable one! Roll on 2017.

Another lovely weekend for Ashford Valley at Area SJ July 10th 

Congratulations to the Boys!  George, Finley and Sam who were placed 6th out of 26 teams at Felbridge on Sunday and are on their way to the regional championships in Bedford in September.

They jumped 7 clear rounds between them on Sunday.  Well done!

Area 80cms 2016

18th April 2016

A great day for our mini novice competitors today at Eridge and East Sussex PC SJ at Golden Cross.  Well done to Hope, Mia and Sam who were 1st, 5th and 7th in the 60cms class and joined by Aidan for a WIN for the AVHPC team.  Congratulations!

mini team GX 160417

mini team GX 160417 2

A special mention to Florence who jumped two rounds off the lead rein and also to Hannah who conquered her nerves and jumped 2 rounds, getting a 7th place in one class.  Well done!

6th March 2016

Well done to Jess, Josie and Ella who had great clears rounds at Eaglesfield today to win the Novice 80cms class, well done girls! (and bad luck to Aidan for being the scratch score this time)

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Sunday 24th Jan 2016 Interbranch Show Jumping at Golden Cross run by Eridge PC

7 teams made the trip to Golden Cross on 24th  January.  In the team events all participants were also competing as individuals so there was the potential for 2 rosettes for each, but there were big classes with nearly 50 ponies in each.

Mini mini – We had a team of 4 with Red, Ajay, Oscar and Sam coming 2nd with double clears from Red, Ajay and Sam – Sam and Drummer were also 3rd individually (although that looks suspiciously like Sam and Lucky in the photo showing off his double rosettes).  Daisy, Aidan and Allisya also rode as individuals with Allisya putting in a fast round to come 2nd individually.

Mini mini team 3 GX Jan 2016

 

Mini mini ind 2 GX Jan 2016

Mini mini ind GX Jan 2016

 

In the 70 cms mini section again we had 3 individuals and a team of 4.  Our team of Allisya, Aidan, Daisy and Toby rode well with the latter 3 getting double clears and were 2nd as a team.  Amelia and Josie had good practice rounds as individuals with Evie and Timmy coming 5th individually.

Mini team GX Jan 2016

 

timmy and evie

 

 

The Novice class was 80cms, we had just one team of Amelia, Evie and Josie.  The course was more challenging than their previous round and although they all had faults, they all rode very determinedly and beat many others to come 5th.  Well done to Evie who got her 2nd rosette of the day.

Novice team GX Jan 2016

We had 2 teams in the 90cms – the girls in Team Pink with Ella, Gabrielle and Epernay came 5th and Team Yellow with siblings Will and Liv, who came unstuck at the planks, however teammate Lily on the lovely 6 year old Horace came an impressive 4th out of 44 individuals.

Novice team 2 GX Jan 2016

Lily

 

The final “team of 3 challenge” saw our two teams of Ella, Gabrielle and Epernay and Will, Liv and Lily teams entering the arena in their teams to gallop over a 90cms course, handing over to each other and giving one person the responsibility of jumping the 1m joker fence – well done to Will and Gabrielle who managed this. Sadly galloping flat out often means fences down and we were not placed, although it was a lot of fun.

See you all next time!

EAST SUSSEX PC INTERBRANCH COMPETITION AT GOLDEN CROSS 15TH NOVEMBER 2015

Well done and thanks to everyone who came to Golden Cross to represent AVHPC on 15th November.  We had a nice range of children and ponies from very experienced riders on clipped ponies to shaggy first timers!  Not everything went according to plan but hopefully even those who did not do as well as they hoped will have gained valuable experience and will have calmer nerves next time. There are some particular challenges at Golden Cross with limited warm up, standing in the waiting area and a rattling indoor school, if anyone would like to go to Golden Cross again they have a couple of events before Christmas which you can find here   I will perhaps see some of you there…

Our smallest team did fantastically well, Ruby, Red, Ajay and Sam were 2nd team and Ruby was 5th and Sam 6th individually.  Oscar was on a brand new pony and came 8th too.  Well done all!

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The 70cms course was more of a challenge, we had double clears from Freddie, Toby and Red from our riders as unfortunately some of our younger ponies and riders found the experience more difficult.  Special mention to Daisy though who did fabulously well and will never relax at the last fence again!

We had two teams at 80/85cms with our first team of Will, Josie and Jess having a few faults each, but Liv, Laura and Olivia got 2 double clears over a windy course with Laura getting 5th individual and Liv 7th.   Even with only 2 clears and 60 children in the class their team did fabulously well to come 4th as a team.

As you see from the photo by now it was getting dark and the jumps were much bigger, up to 90cms, our 3 individuals did well over another long and windy course and Liv’s patience was rewarded with 4th place.  Well done Liv and Rio.

Liv Golden Cross

I think it was a good, if long, day and we learnt loads even those of us who did not jump double clear.  Hopefully we can put together some teams for the next event and we might even be inspired to hold our own event one day….!!