Thursday December 7, 2023
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Well done to our members who travelled to Cheshire for the regional championships. The branch had success with winners across the three disciplines.  Our grassroots dressage team of Lucinda, Emily, Gabriella and Harriet finished 5th  with Emily taking 8th individually and Gabriella posting a winning score and a ticket to the ride off. Well done girls a great start for the club. This success was follwed up by the show jumpers of Amber, Emily and Amelia winning the team competition with Emily 4th and Amelia 5th. The eventing team of Gabriella, Lucinda and Emily rounded off the championships with Emily posting a personal best dressage and winning he section. 

A huge well done to Hamish Scott and Little Lil who took part in the 70 section, realising Hamish’s dream of competing at a stay away championship.


JCB pony club championships 2023 Offchurch Bury

Well done to our members who qualified and attended the championships  held at Offchurch Bury. It is a huge achievement to compete at such a prestigious event where competition is so strong. Zach did brilliantly in the junior boys tetrathlon taking 5th place along with best shoot. Ella was 11th in the hotly contested  intermediate girls section. Dressage followed with the novice team of Sophie, Sophia, Poppy and Emily repesenting the branch. Once again Emily and Merlin wowed the judge to post a whooping 80.42% to take 3rd individually narrowly missing out on a ride off place. Jade picked up a 10th place in the warm up class. Our good fortunes continued with the show jumpers, Holly was 3rd in the Elite Class on Phantom and 4th on Cloud in the 90 open. Ellie won the 100 warm up on CBI Shot in the Dark. The girls made up a mixed open Area 3 team which finished 7th.  The novice event team of Sophia, Lyra and Emily rounded off the championships with the girls gaining valuable experience for the future. 

Endurance Championships 2023

Conratulations to Kathryn on her win in the open class and being part of the winning team. Kathryn now heads to Wales, by special inviatation, to take part in the Home International championships on the Irish squad. Good luck Kathryn.





Gabby & Kitty take a win in their grassroots arena.

The branch had a very successful day at the Area 3 dressage qualifier, hosted by the Holderness PC, at Bishop Burton on Saturday 3rd June 2023. The day started with the preliminary 70 where our team of Ellie, individually 2nd, Evie, Hamish and Harrison finished 7th all qualifying for the regional championship at Kelsall Hill in August. Club success continued in the Grassroots where the team of Charlotte (5th) Lucinda (6th), Harriet and Gabby (1st) finished 4th collecting another team qualifaction for Kelsall Hill in August. The club was represented by three teams in the Novice, which must be something of a club record, with the White team of Emily J (1st) Poppy (6th) Sophia (2nd) on Smartie and Sophie G on Dave taking a convincing win to qualify for the JCB championships at Offchurch Bury in August. The Blue team of Jade (4th) Holly (3rd) and Sophie on her second ride Flower were narrowly beaten into 3rd place. The Black team of Harry, Sophia on Bobby, Lyra (5th) and Holly on her second horse Monarts da Vinci just missed out on a 6th team place beaten on collectives. A huge thanks to Gill for organising regular training with Laura Milner who also attended to support our members in the warm up. Good luck to everyone at the Championships.

A delighted Ellie takes 2nd in the prelim 70 at the Area 3 Dressage




Lucinda receives her prize from John at Eland Lodge after finishing 3rd in the show jumping

WEll done to all our members who represented our branch at Eland Lodge in the Grassroots, regional final.  The weekend started with dressage where Harry and Hugo put on their dancing shoes and produced great tests.  Harry finished 8th in a very competitive section with Hugo narrowly missing out on a top 10 place. Show jumping followed on Sunday with Lucinda, Hugo and Verity making up a team. The day was very long with 2 rounds jumped before a third round against the clock for anyone with a double clear.  Lucinda did brilliantly to not only jump a triple clear but finish third overall from a huge entry with over 100 starters.

Hugo,Lucinda and Verity prepare for the show jumping

Monday was the day for the event team of Gabriella, Noah, Hugo and Lyra. All four riders rode competitive tests for the team to be handily placed after this phase. The show jumping proved tricky with only Gabriella jumping clear. The cross country gave our riders no problem with all four posting good clears and a final team postition of 6th. Gabriella finished 5th individually with Lyra picking up an 8th place too. 

Grassroots event team take 6th at Eland Lodge





JCB Pony Club Championship 2022 at Offchurch Bury 

Congratulations to our members who travelled to Warwickshire to represent the branch at the JCB pony club champs. To qualify is an achievement to come home with a rosette is a bonus and our members certainly rose to the challenge. 


Zach and Ella started the campaign in the tetrathlon, made extra gruelling by the intense heat, in fine style. In his first year as a junior boy Zach finished 12th from 40 starters making nothing of the cross country which caused many issues. Ella had an impressive shoot and maxium points on the XC to finish 9th in a huge section of 87 junior girls. The comittment to excel in tetrathlon is huge so massive well done to the pair in achieving such fabulous results in this sport. 

Ella successful junior girl at JCB pony club champs 2022

Zac and Ella part of a mixed Northern Team at the JCB pony club championships

 Novice Dressage.

Emily and Hannah, both competing at this level of championship for the first time, both produced stunning tests. Merlyn wowed the judges with his big bold trot work to take 4th place. Despite an horrendous journey, best forgotten, Pixie put her sparkling best foot forward and claimed a win to make even Hannah smile. Well done girls, fantastic result against some very hot competition.

Pixie dancing her way to the top

Merlyn strutting his stuff for 4th place individually in novice championship dressage


Novice 90cms

Zach and Sophia both rode as individuals in this extremely competitive class of 59 starters round a testing course. The standard was high with only 8 combinations going through to a third round jump off. Sophia picked up an unfortunate 4 faults in both rounds with Zach’s horse uncharactistically not enjoying the ground. Valuable experience is always gained whatever the outcome and to have qualified is an achievement in itself.

Zach competing at JCB Novice 90cms PC Champs 2022

Sophia competing in the JCB Novice 90cms Pony Club Champs 2022


OPEN 90cms

Ellie, Nick and Hollie all took part in this individual competition, designed for riders who have previously competed at open level. With only one double clear placings were based on fewest faults and time in the second round. Hollie took 2nd place followed by Nick in 3rd and Ellie 8th. A fine effort from our older members who all juggle jobs alongside their riding.

Hollie zipping into 2nd place at JCB PC champs open novice


OPEN 110cms

Ellie was our only representative at this level and as usual posted a brilliant clear on Lil in the stiff first round. An unlucky 4 faults in the second round saw them finish 6th from a class which only produced 5 double clears. Ellie also picked up a coveted 5th place horsemanship award which is a huge achievement.

Ellie finishes 6th in 110cms at JCB PC champs 2022 collecting 5th place in show jumping horsemanship awards too



Team Eventing Novice 90cms

It was great to have a team in the eventing with Emily, Hannah, Sophia and Zach flying the flag for the branch. All four combinations produced accurate dressage tests with the team handily placed after this phase. The show jumping track, cleverly desgined with no one bogey fence, caught many out our guys included with everyone collecting 4 penalties. However, it was the cross country that proved most influential with only the more experienced competitors going clear. Given the firm ground Zach made the sensible decision to withdraw and save his horse for the future. Emily was the first out on the XC but picked up 20 penalties at the second part of the water complex. A speedy representation saw them clear and finish inside the time. Hannah blazed round clear with determined riding through all the combinations including the dreaded water. Sophia looked set for clear but sadly picked up two stops at the water where an attacking approach was required throughout. The team finished 13th which was a great effort for their first time at the championships. Hannah picked up a fantastic individual 4th with Emily 8th highlighting the difficulty of the track.

The novice eventing team at the JCB pony club championships



Emily on route to 8th place individually at the JCB pony club championships novice 90cms eventing


Eventing 100 plus

Golden oldie Nick finished his pony club riding days in fine style with Billy Bank in the individual 100 plus eventing. A solid performance in the dressage, of open level, left them handily placed. The 110cms show jump course caused a few problems across the board so it was frustrating to clip the middle element of the final treble combination and collect 4 pentalties when Billy had jumped out of his skin round the course so well. Once again the XC caused problems even for these more experienced riders but not so our pair.  A great round, inside the time, saw them pull up to finish 5th. The icing on the cake was Nick taking a win in the horsemanship and being presented with the Valori Cup. 

Billy gives it his all

No problems on the 100 plus championship track for Billy & Nick







Gabriella and Kitty in the juniors


A huge well done to our members who attended the Area show jumping hosted by the Hurworth at Northallerton Equestrian centre. The day started with the open class where Ellie qualified on Lil, finishing 3rd as an individual for the championships held in August at Offchurch Bury.  The intermediate class followed with Holly, Lucy, and Alice all posting clears in the first round. Lucy and Kato went clear again and finished 5th after an exciting jump off with the team finishing in third place. The novice teams of Sophie, Zach, Sophia, Hannah and Emily finished 5th and 6th. In an exciting jump off Sophia and Zach finished 2nd and 3rd individually to both qualify for the championships. Sophie narrowly missed out on a championship place finishing fifth.

Zach on route to the championships

The open 90 class saw all three YAS members, Holly, Nick and Ellie, qualify with Holly taking individual honours on Dante.

Holly takes the win on Dante


Nick comes out of retirement for a trip to the champs

The junior competition saw YAS represented by Gabriella, Amber and Harriet, although the team was not placed Gabriella and Barney jumped a double clear, with experience gained for everyone.  A big thank you to Gill for spending the day supporting her members and making sure everyone was in the right place at the right time.

A double clear for Gabriella and Barney in the juniors

Amber and Beauty clear in the 2nd round






Hannah and Spenny on route to 5th place in the debut first round qualifier








Holly and Jewel zipping round

Holly and Jewel zipping round


Nick and Billy on route for a clear round

Nick and Billy on route for a clear round

Amelia and Toddy over the sponsors fence

Amelia and Toddy over the sponsors fence

Sophie and Misty keep cool under pressure

Sophie and Misty keep cool under pressure


Saskia on Comet, Sophie and Misty, Charlotte and Duo, Ellie and Mad Lil

Saskia on Comet, Sophie and Misty, Charlotte and Duo, Ellie and Mad Lil