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Sue Varnals

April 19, 2019

UPDATE: Arrangements for Sue’s funeral are as follows:
Thursday 16th May at 1:45pm at the Haycombe Crematorium, Bath BA2 2RQ.  The funeral directors are the Co-operative Funeral Services in Frome

Many of you will remember Sue as one of the original organisers (with Val Cooper and Liz Hinings) of the Wiltshire Droves Ride and the Three Rivers Ride which both ran from Salisbury Racecourse from the early 1980s. Sadly Sue passed away in the Bristol Royal Infirmary on 9th April following treatment for cardiac problems. When details of her funeral are known I will post details here. Liz

 

This photo attached was Sue competing at Wiltshire Droves in 1987 on her beloved Smokey.  She and Valerie went out as the first riders on course to check the route, leaving me back at the venue as RO.  Happy days!!

Snowdrop Ride Report

March 11, 2019

The Wessex season got underway at the second attempt when the Snowdrop ride took place on 24th Feb. The earlier rides scheduled for 9th and 10th had a very good entry of 159 horses over the weekend but had to be cancelled at the last minute due to the equine flu situation. 
The rescheduled ride was not quite as well supported but still 48 riders enjoyed themselves in unseasonably warm sunshine, it was the mildest, driest Snowdrop ever! 
The new 7km class was popular with both riders new to endurance and more experienced riders introducing new horses. 
The 34km class gave experienced combinations a chance to test their fitness before the competitive season gets underway. 
As always, I'm very grateful to those who gave up their time to help me put the ride on. 

Claire 

Snowdrop Pleasure ride - CANCELLED

February 14, 2019

RIDE CANCELLED.- MESSAGE FROM RIDE ORGANISER
sorry everyone, I've only just got in from route marking and the situation has changed drastically in the last few hours.
In light of this I've taken the difficult decision to cancel the ride.

RIDER PLEASE CONTACT RIDE ORGANISER CLAIRE QUINNEY TO CONFIRM YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS MESSAGE

2018 Trophy Results

January 20, 2019

WESSEX PROGRESSION AWARDS

 

UPGRADE TO OPEN

BLESSINGTON ALL STAR – RHIANNON HOLMAN

HAMDAANY ZAID ALMAHA – NATHAN SWEENEY

RAINBOW DREAM – CAROL LEGG

HUNTACOTT ECHO – ELLIE BYRNE

 

FIRST 80KM AWARD

DIVING BELLE – AMANDA TOVEY

SAM’S MAGICIAN – SARAH DAVENPORT

 

UPGRADE TO ADVANCED

DIVING BELLE – AMANDA TOVEY

SAM’S MAGICIAN – SARAH DAVENPORT

ARCHWAYS LOVADA ADA – ALISON HOUSE

 

FIRST 120KM AWARD

LATERAL THINKING – CAROL LEGG/SAMMY MOWATT

FIRST 160KM AWARD

None

 

WESSEX SEASON ROSETTE

Awarded to Wessex Group Horse or Pony and Rider combinations successfully completing SIX or more Wessex Group Rides.

BROWNBREAD EASTER RABBIT – Sally Rowe (6)

DRUID ACHIEVEMENT ROSETTE-

Presented by the Wessex Committee. Awarded to Wessex Group Horse or Pony and Rider combination achieving THREE Grade 1's or 1st Place in Wessex Rides.

 

DISTANCE OASIS – Heather Whiteley (3)

 

CROSSMOOR CAZNA MEMORIAL TROPHY

- Presented by Mike and Irene Farmer

Awarded to the Wessex Horse or Pony successfully completing the most kms up to and including 52kms (excluding first season novices). All Wessex and South West rides will count, but at least ONE ride must be a Wessex ride.

 

3= C S CORINTHIAN Claire Quinney (190)

3= ELENORA Maxine Golledge (190)

2- BEEWITCHED Peta-Jane Field (212)

1- PIZWELL NESSY Sidney Stanley-Whiteley (216)

 

 THE ROSALIE TROPHY

Presented by Louise Graham

Awarded to the Wessex Horse or Pony gaining the most points in Graded Rides of between 50kms and the maximum distance permitted for Graded rides.

 

3. ARCHWAYS LOVADA ADA Alison House (372)

2. ARGENTINA Rosemary Henderson (662)

1. ABERLLWYD BRIAR ROSE Alison House (756)

WESSEX NOVICE TROPHY

Presented by Margaret Swords

Awarded to the Wessex Horse or Pony and Rider combination gaining the most points in Novice division rides in the Horse or Pony’s first season of competition and remaining as a Novice for the whole season. Best SIX Wessex rides to count.

 

3. FINAL ENCOUNTER Sarah Hurst (140)

2. OAK II Heather Whiteley (172)

1. BROWNBREAD EASTER RABBIT Sally Rowe (305)

CAME PARK NOVICE/NOVICE TROPHY

Presented by the family of the late Mr. McGregor

Awarded to the Wessex Horse or Pony and Rider combination gaining the most points in Novice division rides in the Rider AND Horse or Pony's first season of competition and remaining as a Novice for the whole season. Best SIX Wessex rides to count.

 

3. SHINY LITTLE COWGIRL Ella Hooper (101)

2. TRIXIE Grace Hurst (115)

1. BROWNBREAD EASTER RABBIT Sally Rowe (305)

 

THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT TROPHY

Presented by Carol Legg

Awarded to the Horse / Pony bred by its current owner who must be a Wessex EGB member, gaining the most rides in Wessex Group rides ridden by any EGB member. To be awarded to the owner of the horse/pony.

 

3. OAK II Heather Whiteley (172)

2. ARCHWAYS LOVADA ADA Alison House (422

1. SAKEENA SKY ZAYIN Paul Simmons (464)

 

COCKY SOCKS MEMORIAL TROPHY

- Presented by Vic and Julie Pedder

Awarded to the Highpoint Wessex Veteran Rider. Riders to be 60yrs old or over.

 

3. SATEER Geraldine White (211)

2. WARRENS HILL ZHAHEEN Liz Ashmead (524)

1. BEEWITCHED Peta-Jane Field (534.5)

 

THE WESSEX DISTANCE TROPHY

Presented by the Wessex group Committee

Awarded to the Wessex Adult Rider gaining the most points in Wessex Group rides, successfully completing on more than one horse or pony.

3. DIZZY MISS LIZZY Wendy Everson (382) – 4 horses

3. KHARTOUM WITH A K Nikki Malcolm (382) – 2 horses

2. MAHBUBTI Sally Mcilwaine (432.5) – 2 horses

1. LUCKY LANE CINDERS Heather Whiteley(485) – 3 horses

 

WESSEX JUNIOR TROPHY

Awarded to the Wessex Horse or Pony and Junior Rider combination gaining the most points in Wessex Group Rides.

 

3. MUSIC MASTER OF HAVENHURST Sophie Berry (58)

2. TRIXIE Grace Hurst (115)

1. PIZWELL NESSY Sidney Stanley-Whiteley (261)

LONDIANI TROPHY

Presented by Jim Harrison

Awarded to the reserve Junior Rider.

TRIXIE – Grace Hurst

YOUNG RIDERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Presented by Liz Hinings

Awarded to the Wessex Horse or Pony and Young Rider combination gaining the most points in Wessex Group Rides.

3. NOT AWARDED

2. NOT AWARDED

1. HUNTACOTT ECHO Ellie Byrne (135)

 

WHAT NOW TROPHY

Presented by Pat Kingston

Awarded to the Wessex Highpoint pony (14.2h and under) and adult (senior) rider combination.

 

3. MAHBUBTI Sally Mcilwaine (294)

2. BROWNBREAD EASTER RABBIT Sally Rowe (305)

1.​ FIRYUZA Annette Hansford (348.5)

 

OLIVE LINGE MEMORIAL TROPHY

Presented by Bernard Linge and Geraldine White

Awarded to the Horse or Pony and Rider combination riding in the Horse or Pony’s first season at Open Level gaining the most points based on Performance Formula in Graded Endurance Rides up to the maximum allowable distance. Performance Formula points will be applied retrospectively to the ride results. Horse or Pony must remain at Open Level for the entire season.

 

3. NOT AWARDED

2. NOT AWARDED

1. HE’S A CHARMER Lynn Harvey (51.99 points)

 

WESSEX 80km ZAYIN RIDE TROPHY

Presented by Zayin Arabian Stud

Awarded to the Wessex Group Horse or Pony and rider combination gaining the most points in Wessex rides of 80km (+/-5%) in a day. GER and CER rides to count.

 

3. MAHBUBTI Sally Mcilwaine (294)

2. SAKEENA SKY ZAYIN Paul Simmons (464)

1. WARRENS HILL ZHAHEEN Liz Ashmead (524)

MELINWYNT STUD TROPHY

Presented by Sue Lees

Awarded to the Wessex rider and Pony combination gaining the most points in Wessex Group rides. Ponies must be British Native Pure-breeds and registered with a recognised British native pony society.

 

3 OAK II Heather Whiteley (172)

2. PIZWELL NESSY Sidney Stanley-Whiteley (261)

1. BROWNBREAD EASTER RABBIT Sally Rowe (305)

 

​YAVELIN PLEASURE RIDE SHIELD

Presented by Chris Smyth

Awarded to the Wessex Horse or Pony and rider combination completing the highest Pleasure Ride distance. Wessex Associate members are also eligible for this trophy. All Wessex Group rides count. Competing in a Graded Endurance Ride (GER) does not exclude you from this trophy. Riders must return a completed Ride Log to the Results Secretary by 30th November 2018.

 

3. VLACQ ITARILLE Judy Hallam (72Kms)

2. CRIMSON STAR Michelle Watts (75Kms)

1. ERRAY MERCURY April Walsh (94Kms)

 

​WESSEX PLEASURE PAIRS SHIELD

Presented by the Wessex Committee

Awarded to a pair of Horse or Pony and Rider Combinations registered for the competition which gains the highest combined distance of successfully completed Pleasure Rides run in the Wessex Group. All rides to count. Wessex Associate members are also eligible for this trophy. Pairs to be registered with the results secretary and each combination must return a Ride Log to the Results Secretary by the 30th November 2018.

 

3 Not awarded.

2. Not awarded

1. VLACQ ITARILLE / Judy Hallam and ERRAY MERCURY/April Walsh (72kms)

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EPISTLE TEAM TROPHY

Presented by Sally Grant

Awarded to the team, consisting of three named Wessex Group Horse and rider partnerships, gaining the most combined points in Wessex rides. Nominations for teams, including a team name, to be sent to the Results Secretary by 1st May.

 

3. 50 SHADES OF NEIGH – 675 (Sarah Davenport/Sam’s Magician) (Claire Quinney/C S Corinthian) (Amanda Tovey/Diving Belle)

2. HQ – 1027 (Alison House/Aberllwyd Briar Rose) (Fiona Faulkner/Desert Thorn) (Eleanor Milln/ H S Exile)

1. MAY THE HORSE BE WITH YOU – 1160 (Rosemary Henderson/Argentina) (Heather Whiteley/Lucky Lane Cinders) (Sid Stanley-Whiteley/Pizwell Nessy)

HAGGIS TROPHY

Presented by Jane Devote

Awarded to the Wessex Highpoint Veteran horse. Horse or Ponies to be aged 18 years and over. Best EIGHT rides to count, ONE of which must be Wessex

 

3. C.S CORINTHIAN- (20) Claire Quinney (660.5)

2. KHARTOUM WITH A K- (20) Nikki Malcolm (667)

1. MAHBUBTI- (18) Sally Mcilwaine (684)

 

WESSEX ENDURANCE TROPHY

Presented by Fran Kallaway and Wendy Dunham

Awarded to the Wessex Horse or Pony gaining the most points in THREE Competitive Endurance Rides (CERs). Horse must have done at least1 Wessex ride.

 

3. LATERAL THINKING Sammy Mowatt (890)

2. DISTANCE OASIS Heather Whiteley(900)

1. WARRENS HILL KIZMET Alice Loten (1150)

 

.WESSEX WANDERER TROPHY

Awarded to the Wessex female rider and Wessex horse/pony combination gaining the most points in any Endurance GB graded Endurance rides (GERs), Best EIGHT rides to count, ONE of which must be Wessex.

3. DIVING BELLE Amanda Tovey (962.5)

2. DIZZY MISS LIZZY Wendy Ellen Everson (1011)

1. ARGENTINA Rosemary Henderson (1057)

 

RANDALL McGREGOR MEMORIAL  TROPHY

Presented by the family of the late Mr. McGregor

Awarded to the Wessex owned Horse or Pony gaining the most EGB points for FEI rides in the UK, ridden by any EGB member.

 

3. LATERAL THINKING Sammy Mowatt (720)

2. TROP VITE AZUREEN David Yeoman (930)

1. WARRENS HILL KIZMET Alice Loten (1078)

 

​VELVET TROPHY

Presented by Prue Mackintosh

Awarded to the Wessex Highpoint Thoroughbred or non-Thoroughbred horse registered at Weatherbys. ONE must be a Wessex ride.

 

3. NOT AWARDED

2.. BETH’S CHOICE Lynn Harvey (126)

1. HE’S A CHARMER Lynn Harvey (568)

 

GOLD EMBLEM TROPHY

Presented by Lavinia Mitchell

Awarded to the Wessex Highpoint registered purebred Arab horse. ONE ride must be a Wessex ride.

 

3. WARRENS HILL ZHAHEEN Liz Ashmead (1354)

2. DISTANCE OASIS Heather Whiteley(1526)

1. WARRENS HILL KIZMET Alice Loten (1745)

 FIESTA TROPHY

Presented by Wendy Dunham

Awarded to the Wessex Highpoint registered part-bred or Anglo-Arab horse. ONE ride must be a Wessex ride

 

3. BEEWITCHED Peta-Jane Field (823)

2. FIRYUZA Annette Hansford (828.5)

1. LATERAL THINKING Sammy Mowatt (960)

 

LEIGH TROPHY

Presented by Fran Kallaway

Awarded to the Wessex Highpoint unregistered Horse or Pony. ONE ride must be a Wessex ride.

 

3. ARCHWAYS LOVADA ADA Alison House (422)

2. DIZZY MISS LIZZY Wendy Ellen Everson (1011)

1. ARGENTINA Rosemary Henderson (1179.5) 

 

GWENBEE TROPHY

Presented by the Newman family

Awarded to the Wessex Male Rider gaining the most points Graded Endurance Rides (GERs). ONE ride must be Wessex.

 

3. PIZWELL NESSY Sidney Stanley-Whiteley (316)

2. ABU RUKOMET David Yeoman (406)

1. DEARNEBANKS MIDO Jim Phillips (474.5)

 

MYEBON TROPHY

Presented by Olive Linge

Awarded to the Wessex Horse or Pony, ridden by any Wessex Group member, gaining the most points in Wessex Group Rides.

 

6. DIVING BELLE Amanda Tovey (427.5)

5. SAKEENA SKY ZAYIN Paul Simmons (464)

4. WARRENS HILL ZHAHEEN Liz Ashmead (524)

3. BEEWITCHED Peta-Jane Field (534.5)

2. ABERLLWYD BRIAR ROSE Alison House (836)

1. ARGENTINA Rosemary Henderson 854.5)

 

 MARLPIT TROPHY

Presented by Maureen Johnson

Awarded to the regular crew of the winner of the Myebon Trophy.

 

PHIL NUNNERLEY

PITTVALE TROPHY

Presented by Terry Graham

Awarded to the Wessex owned Horse or Pony, ridden by any Wessex Group member, gaining the most points in any Endurance GB Rides. Best TEN rides to count.

 

6. TROP VITE AZUREEN David Yeoman (1000)

5. DIZZY MISS LIZZY Wendy Everson (1011)

4. ARGENTINA Rosemary Henderson (1179.5)

3. WARRENS HILL ZHAHEEN Liz Ashmead (1354)

2. DISTANCE OASIS Heather Whiteley (1526)

1. ​WARRENS HILL KIZMET Alice Loten (1745)

TOTTLE TROPHY - Presented by Kirsty Wiscombe

Awarded to the regular crew of the winner of the Pittvale Trophy.

 

PAUL & MADELINE LOTEN

 

THE UNSUNG HERO AWARD

 

LIZ HININGS

Your Invited - Wessex Awards Dinner

January 19, 2019

Come and join us for Wessex Awards Dinner at The Haselbury Mill, Haslebury Plucknett, nr Crewkerne on Saturday 19th January 2019 to celebrate the 2018 Season. Full details and tickets are available from the Wessex Website

Helpers Needed - Barbury

August 11, 2018

Barbury ride on Sunday 12th August is in need of helpers if you can spare a few hours to help please contact:

Janet Kenward   01225 742750 /07956 356692

janet.kenward@outlook.com

or

Maxine Golledge 07841 495342 maxgolledge@hotmail.com

Helping at this ride will count towards Wessex Group season trophies

Anne Newton

July 17, 2018

A message from Anne's son, Richard: "Anne died at home on Saturday 14th July, peacefully following a very long illness. She had lived with me since moving to Cardiff in November 2010 – and we were fortunate to be supported by two amazing live in carers who have been with us throughout this journey. Mum deteriorated following a stroke in October 2013 – and to be honest since that point her quality of life was significantly compromised. That said we kept her at home surrounded by many pictures and other memories of her Endurance days.

The funeral will take place next Tuesday (24th July) at 14.15 at Thornhill Crematorium in Cardiff in the Briwnant Chapel -https://cardiffbereavement.co.uk/getting-to-a-funeral/ - and the invitation is open to all who knew Mum. There is then an invite to guests back to the family home in Cardiff.

It's family flowers only - but donations to Cancer Research Campaign –
c/o Green Willow Funerals -

Eclipse House,

Coronation Road,

Birchgrove, Cardiff,

CF14 4QY

Mum used to be a very active member of a Cancer Research Fundraising group in north Devon – so we are directing the donations to that group – rather than the general fund."

Piddle Ride - NEW DATE

June 30, 2018

Unfortunately due to a last minute issue arising with the venue field we are unable to run the Piddle Ride on the 1st July. We will now be running the ride on Sunday 22nd July instead. All entries for the 1st July will be refunded and if you are able to attend the new ride date entries are now open via this link:  https://endurancegb.co.uk/…/EGB…/Auto_ID/1235/Ride_Year/2018

Sam

piddleride@gmail.com

Three Rivers is reopened for late entries

June 08, 2018

The Three Rivers ride is now accepting late online entries. If you are not planning on riding maybe you could spare some time to help, if so please contact ride organiser Pauline Beach

Golden Horseshoe

May 17, 2018

Congratulations to all Wessex members who took on the Golden Horseshoe challenge this past weekend. It was a glorious weekend and the scenery was breathtaking.

Special congratulations to:

Alison House for successfully completing The Exmoor Stag, 120km 2 Day. Only two riders in that class succeeded.

Liz Ashmead and Paul Simmons who took 2nd and 3rd in The Exmoor Fox 80km 1 Day.

Peta-Jane Field who came 3rd in The Exmoor Hind 80km 2 Day.

Geraldine White who came 5th in The Exmoor Otter 40km 1 Day

Congratulations to everybody else who were successful and commiserations to those who were not.

Deepest Condolences

February 21, 2018

As Snowdrop ride organiser and on behalf of Wessex Endurance GB I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Rebecca's family.

Claire Richards

Following statement from EGB:

It is with the deepest regret we announce that rider, Rebecca Gray was taken ill at the Endurance GB Snowdrop Pleasure Ride in Stourton, Wiltshire on the 11th February 2018, and subsequently passed away in hospital. Rebecca had not started the ride when she was taken ill. We would like to send our heartfelt sympathies to Rebecca's family  and a thank you to all the volunteers, first aiders and air ambulance who worked so hard on the day. We are offering support to all volunteers who may have been affected and are in communication with the family. 

We will of course release more details as and when it is appropriate to do so. 

2017 Trophy Results

January 13, 2018

WESSEX TROPHY WINNERS 2017

 

WESSEX PROGRESSION AND 80KM AWARDS

 

UPGRADE TO OPEN

ASHAD – ROBIN EVERSON

ZAFHIR – MORAG WEBB

HE’S A CHARMER – LYNN HARVEY

DIZZY MISS LIZZY – WENDY EVERSON

MALUKA LEIA ORGANA – DEBBIE TINKLIN

MALUKA TWI’LIK – KATIE GARDNER

SAM’S MAGICIAN – SARAH DAVENPORT

CRIMSON STAR – MICHELLE WATTS

SATEER – GERALDINE WHITE

 

FIRST 80KM AWARD

R V GOLDEN FLAME – SARAH SCRASE

DEARNEBANKS MIDO – JIM PHILLIPS

VLACQ ICENI – ANNE WALTON

RAPHAEL – GERALDINE WHITE

 

UPGRADE TO ADVANCED

R V GOLDEN FLAME – SARAH SCRASE

DEARNEBANKS MIDO – JIM PHILLIPS

VLACQ ICENI – ANNE WALTON

RAPHAEL – GERALDINE WHITE

 

FIRST 160KM AWARD

DISTANCE OASIS - HEATHER WHITELEY

 

JUNIOR RIDER BURSARY

Sid Stanley-Whiteley

 

YOUNG RIDER BURSARY

Ellie Byrne

 

THE UNSUNG HERO AWARD

Kathy Friday

 

WESSEX SEASON ROSETTE

Awarded to Wessex Group Horse or Pony and Rider combinations successfully completing FIVE or more Wessex Group Rides.

 

Desert Thorn – Fiona Faulkner (6)

Venus - Carol Sobucinska (6)

Zafhir - Morag Webb (5)

Mallards Wood Corunna – Frances Hall (5)

C S Corinthian – Claire Richards (5)

Argentina – Rosemary Henderson (5)

Press to Reset – Hayley Gilmore Andrews (5)

THE YAVELIN PLEASURE RIDE SHIELD

Is Awarded to the Horse/Pony and Rider combination completing the most Pleasure Ride mileage.

2. KEEN PLEASURE CHARLES NEWMAN (102KMS)

2. SC SORAYA CREE JANTHEA NEWMAN (102KMS)

1. BROWNBREAD EASTER RABBIT SALLY ROWE (234KMS)

 

LEIGH TROPHY

Awarded to the Highpoint unregistered Horse or Pony. Best 6 Wessex Rides

 

3. MAY BLOSSOM MANDY BROWN (211)

2. ARCHWAYS LOVADA ADA ALISON HOUSE (252.5)

1. ARGENTINA ROSEMARY HENDERSON (846.5)

 

VELVET TROPHY

Awarded to the Highpoint Wessex Thoroughbred or Non-Thoroughbred Horse registered at Wetherbys.

 

3. BETH’S CHOICE LYNN HARVEY (206)

2. HE’S A CHARMER LYNN HARVEY (255)

1. PRESS TO RESET HAYLEY GILMORE ANDREWS (458)

 

FIESTA TROPHY

Awarded to the Highpoint registered partbred or Anglo Arab Horse or Pony.

 

3. FIRYUZA ANNETTE HANSFORD (304.5)

2. DESERT THORN FIONA FAULKNER(352)

1. BEEWITCHED PETA-JANE FIELD (636.5)

 

GOLD EMBLEM TROPHY

Awarded to the Highpoint registered purebred Arab Horse.

 

3. C S CORINTHIAN – CLAIRE RICHARDS (467.5)

2. ABERLLWYD BRIAR ROSE - ALISON HOUSE (500)

1. GOLDEN DREAM – SAM MOWATT & STEPH COLE (631.5)

 

THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT TROPHY

Awarded to the Highpoint horse / pony bred by its current owner who must be a Wessex EGB member. To be awarded to the owner of the horse/pony

 

3. MALLARDS WOOD CORUNNA FRANCES H HALL (301.5)

2. DESERT THORN JUDY BAYNES (352)

1. GOLDEN DREAM CAROL LEGG (631.5)

 

HAGGIS TROPHY

Awarded to the Highpoint Veteran Horse or Pony. Horse or Pony to be 18yrs or over.

 

3. MAJESTIC OMAR (25) BARBARA COOMBS (245)

2. KHARTOUM WITH A K (19) NIKKI MALCOLM (692)

1. C S CORINTHIAN (19) CLAIRE RICHARDS (715.5)

 

WHAT NOW TROPHY

Awarded to the Highpoint Pony (14.2h and under and Adult [Senior] Rider combination).

 

3. LUCKY LANE CINDERS HEATHER WHITELEY (225.5)

2. MALLARDS WOOD CORUNNA FRANCES H HALL (301.5)

1. THUNDER STORM NESTA OLIVER (325.5)

 

COCKY SOCKS MEMORIAL TROPHY

Awarded to the Highpoint Veteran Rider. Riders to be 60yrs old and over

 

3. VENUS CAROL SOBUCINSKA (208.5)

2. DESERT THORN FIONA FAULKNER (352)

1. BEEWITCHED PETA-JANE FIELD (636.5)

MELINWYNT STUD TROPHY

Awarded to the Rider and Pony combination gaining the most points in Wessex Group Rides. Ponies must be British Native Purebreds and registered with a recognised British Native Pony Society.

 

3. BLAKESWATER WILFRED SARAH DAVENPORT - 188

2. LUCKY LANE CINDERS HEATHER WHITELEY – 225.5

1. MALLARDS WOOD CORUNNA FRANCES H HALL – 301.5

 

GWENBEE TROPHY

Awarded to the Wessex Male Rider and horse combination gaining the most points in any EGB Graded Rides, one of which must be a Wessex ride.

 

3. ABU RUKOMET DAVID YEOMAN - 226

2. PIZWELL NESSY SIDNEY STANLEY-WHITELEY – 308.5

1. DEARNEBANKS MIDO JIM PHILLIPS – 410.5

 

CROSSMOOR CAZNA MEMORIAL TROPHY

Awarded to the Horse or Pony successfully completing the most kms up to and including 52kms (excluding first season novices) All Wessex and South-West Group Graded Rides will count, but at least 1 ride must be Wessex.

 

3. BLAKESWATER WILFRED SARAH DAVENPORT – 201KMS

2, DESERT THORN FIONA FAULKNER – 233KMS

1. VENUS CAROL SOBUCINSKA – 245 KMS

 

WESSEX 80km ZAYIN RIDE TROPHY

Awarded to the Wessex Group Horse or Pony and rider combination gaining the

Most points in Wessex rides of 80km (+/-5%) in a day. GER and CER rides to count. (There were a number of horses with 290 points so 3rd place has been given to the horse with the highest performance points)

 

3. DISTANCE OASIS HEATHER WHITELEY - 290

2. GOLDEN DREAM SAMMY MOWATT - 294

1. ARGENTINA ROSEMARY HENDERSON - 500

 

OLIVE LINGE MEMORIAL TROPHY - Awarded to the Horse or pony and rider combination riding in their first season at open level. Worked on performance formula. Best 6 Wessex rides

 

3. VLACQ ICENI ANNE WALTON (141.25)

2. PRESS TO RESET HAYLEY GILMORE ANDREWS (146)

1. DESERT THORN FIONA FAULKNER (182.75)

 

WESSEX PLEASURE PAIRS SHIELD - Awarded to the pair of horse or Pony and rider combinations registered for the competition which gains the highest distance in all Wessex group rides

 

2. CHRISSIE JONES /DUKE & BEVERLEY BRACHER /RONNIE (41KMS)

1. JANTHEA NEWMAN /SC SORAYA CREE & CHARLES NEWMAN /KEEN PLEASURE (102KMS)

 

ROSALIE TROPHY

Awarded to the Horse or Pony gaining the most points in Graded Rides of between 50km and the maximum distance permitted for Graded Rides. Best SIX Wessex Rides to count.

 

3. ABERLLWYD BRIAR ROSE ALISON HOUSE (500)

2. BEEWITCHED PETA-JANE FIELD (564)

1. ARGENTINA ROSEMARY HENDERSON (722)

 

WESSEX NOVICE TROPHY

Awarded to the Horse or Pony and Rider combination gaining the most points in Novice division rides in the Horse or Pony’s first season of competition and remaining as a Novice for the whole season. Best 5 Wessex rides to count.

 

3. SAM’S MAGICIAN SARAH DAVENPORT (247.5)

2. HE’S A CHARMER LYNN HARVEY (255)

1. MALLARDS WOOD CORUNNA FRANCES H HALL (301.5)

 

WESSEX ENDURANCE TROPHY – Awarded to the Horse or Pony gaining the most points in 3 Competitive Endurance Rides, plus one Wessex Ride of any description.

 

3. FIRYUZA ANNETTE HANSFORD (778)

2. BOBBY Q SHANTI ROOS (880)

1. GOLDEN DREAM SAMMY MOWATT/STEPH COLE (922)

 

EPISTLE TEAM TROPHY

Awarded to the team consisting of three Wessex Group Horse and Rider combinations, gaining the most combined points in Wessex Group rides.

 

3. FIFTY SHADES OF NEIGH - Sarah Davenport & Sam (785)

- Claire Richards & C S Corinthian

- Amanda Tovey & Bella

 

2. HEADQUARTERS - Sarah Oatley & May Boy (997)

- Fiona Faulkner & Desert Thorn

- Alison House & Aberllwyd Briar Rose

 

1. BEAUTIES AND THE BEAST - Heather Whiteley & Lucky Lane Cinders (1072)

- Rosemary Henderson & Argentina

- Rosemary Henderson & Muna Bint Shuwaimeh

 

WESSEX JUNIOR TROPHY

Awarded to the Horse or Pony combination gaining the most points in Wessex Group Rides.

 

1. PIZWELL NESSY SIDNEY STANLEY-WHITELEY (79)

 

YOUNG RIDERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Awarded to the Horse or Pony and Young Rider combination gaining the most points in Wessex Group Rides.

 

1. ELENORA LIBBY JAMES (112)

 

THE WESSEX DISTANCE TROPHY

Awarded to the Wessex Adult Rider gaining the most kms in Wessex Group rides, successfully completing on more than one horse or pony.

 

3. ANNE E WALTON (228KMS)

2. HEATHER WHITELEY (253KMS)

1. SARAH DAVENPORT (255 KMS)

 

WESSEX WANDERERS TROPHY

Awarded to the Wessex female rider and Wessex horse/pony combination

Gaining the most points in any Endurance GB graded Endurance rides (GERs)

Best EIGHT rides to count, one of which must be Wessex.

 

3. BETH’S CHOICE LYNN HARVEY (1021)

2. VLACQ ICENI ANNE E WALTON (1048.5)

1. ARGENTINA ROSEMARY HENDERSON (1362.5)

 

MYEBON TROHPY

Awarded to the Horse or Pony, ridden by any Wessex Group member, gaining the most points in Wessex Group Rides.

 

6 PRESS TO RESET HAYLEY GILMORE ANDREWS (458)

5. C S CORINTHIAN CLAIRE RICHARDS (467.5)

4. ABERLLWYD BRIAR ROSE ALISON HOUSE (500)

3. GOLDEN DREAM SAM MOWATT/STEPH COLE (631.5)

2. BEEWITCHED PETA-JANE FIELD (636.5)

1. ARGENTINA ROSEMARY HENDERSON (846.5)

 

with the MARLPIT TROPHY being awarded to her regular crew – ROSIE CARTER

 

PITTVALE TROPHY

Awarded to the Horse or Pony, ridden by any Wessex Group member, gaining the most points in any Endurance GB Rides.

 

6. MAHBUBTI SALLY McILWAINE (1137.5)

5. DISTANCE OASIS HEATHER WHITELEY (1186)

4. FIRYUZA ANNETTE HANSFORD (1272.5)

3. GOLDEN DREAM SAM MOWATT/STEPH COLE (1303.5)

2. WARRENS HILL ZHAHEEN LIZ ASHMEAD (1305)

1. ARGENTINA ROSEMARY HENDERSON (1362.5)

 

with the TOTTLE TROPHY going to her crew – PHIL NUNNERLEY

The British Horse Feed Red Dragon Festival of Endurance 2017

October 25, 2017

2017 saw EGB launch a new set of Championship classes. The National Championship has long been a fixture on the EGB ride calendar but this year an additional three championships were launched for Novice, Open and Advanced level with the finals held at the Red Dragon to coincide with the ride’s 40th anniversary on 29th Sep- 1st Oct.

The weather was certainly not kind over the course of the weekend with heavy rain in the run up to the ride making going slippery on the hills and boggy on the moors. The ride days themselves saw continued rain with some quite heavy fog in places in higher areas….some might say typical Red Dragon weather!

There was a strong turnout of Wessex members in classes across the weekend with Wessex members winning in 3 of the 4 championship classes in some very tough conditions. We asked the championship winners to recap their experiences of the weekend below.

Sarah Davenport and Sam’s Magician – Winner of the Novice Championship. – 48km Novice GER, placing determined by Performance Formula. The following report is actually from Sam!

My name is Sam's Magician, although my mum calls me Sam, Sammy and sometimes another couple of not so nice words!!  I am 8 years old and my mum broke me in, in April 2016. Time had gotten away from my previous owners and they just didn't have the time for me.

 

My mum spent most of that year just taking me out for rides, showing me lots of new and interesting things, often very scary things. Sometimes I would play up a bit even though she reassured me things were OK, I didn't know her that well, why should I trust her? Then all of a sudden, she just stopped riding me and I was stuck in the field again. Bored, she'd get me in everyday, but she didn't take me out!!

 

Then one day after she got me in, she put a saddle on me again and we were going out. Yippee! I didn't want to be left to do nothing in the field again, so I made sure I was a good boy and bravely faced new things, I even let her get on me from a gate, which I would not let her do before as it might have touched me. As we'd spent quite a bit of time together, I decided I quite liked her after all and she'd keep me safe.

 

Well we started going out for lots of rides and occasionally she'd ask me to go in the trailer (that's a whole other story) and we'd go out for day trips. It was very exciting when we'd get there, lots of other horses of all shapes and sizes. My mum took me down to see a vet, not my favourite type of human. I'd have to stand there and let complete strangers touch me. I didn't like that, oh no I didn't like that at all. I was sure they were going to stab me with one of those long thin pointy things. But as she kept taking me for these day trips, do you know what? That didn't happen, not once, they'd just chat with my mum and stroked me over, feels quite nice really. After these vet visits we would go for a long ride, I really enjoy these rides, although to start with I found it quite tiring, but as time went on I really found my groove and mum seemed to be enjoying herself as-well, despite when she'd occasionally fall off me. My fault, I admit that, I can be quite quick with my change of direction sometimes when I hear a monster hiding in a bush.

 

Mum took me for what she said was my last ride of the year, which was the Red Dragon. I can tell you I did not like the sound of that at all, I didn't want to see a Red Dragon!! But it turns out there were no dragons, not even red ones. I had to stay away from my friends at home for two nights, I had only done this once before and I didn't like it, but nothing bad had happened, so this time I let myself relax and mum had taken me home last time, so I was sure she would take me home again. Mum walked me around the venue and took me down to where she said I would be vetting. She let me walk around in the big echoey building and even trotted to see if the noise would bother me, it didn't, I'm a big boy.

 

The next morning mum was up early and came to see me and give me my breakfast, she told me it was an important ride today as I would be competing to become the National Novice Champion, then off she went again to have her own breakfast. It wasn't the nicest of days, it was raining and miserable, didn't bother me but mum wasn't too impressed. Mum introduced me to a nice man called Phil, she said he was going to be our crew today, Dad had to stay home to look after the noisy little boys that mum says I help her escape from. I quite liked Phil, I'm not usually that keen on the man human, but this one seemed nice. Mum took me down for vetting, no big deal, I'd been there before, I proved it by providing mum with my lowest heart rate ever of 36, then we were back to the crewing point and getting tacked up. I was ever so excited once mum got on, I was going to explore a new place.

 

I was pretty keen and steadily caught up with a few horses and overtook them, mum tried to make me walk up this very big hill, but I was having none of it, I was fit as a fiddle and wanted to catch up with the bay horse on the hill. I liked him and decided I wanted to ride with him for a while. We had a lovely time cantering along for miles and miles, the ground was a bit boggy and soft in places, but I listened to mum and went where she told me to. Occasionally I'd get a bit carried away checking out the view, I could hear mum telling me to look where I was going, then I'd trip. I should listen to her more. Phil met up with us a couple of times on the ride and offered me a drink, but I wasn't thirsty, but his bottles of water that mum poured over me were nice and refreshing. We got to a point where I had to leave my new friend and I was on my own for a bit with mum, she kept talking to me, which can be quite annoying, but it probably makes her feel better. Then I came around a corner and there was this herd of wild ponies, right alongside the track we were on, as we passed them, they all decided to join us and cantered alongside us. Not for long though, they must not be as fit as me, mum thought that was amazing. We came across some sheep, they were on the track in front of us and decided to give us a lead, but then they went off in one direction, I tried to follow, but mum said we were going the other way. We caught up with another pony, we both stopped at a dew pond and had a nice refreshing drink, so we kind of stayed with him until the end, sometimes I'd leave him, but he'd catch me up when mum had to get off to do gates, at one gate she jumped off and slid down the hill. I just looked at her, I had no idea why she wanted to go down the hill on her front. We got back to that big hill, but this time we were going down it, didn't seem that steep going down, then we were back onto the road and I was still feeling really good, I had a good strong trot and I knew we were nearly back to the venue.  When we got back Phil was waiting for us and helped mum cool me off, but it was getting chilly, so mum swung my rug over me, she took my heart rate a couple of times and took me off to vetting earlier than usual, mum said I was starting to get cold, so off we went back to the big echoey place, at least it wasn't raining in there. The vet took my heart rate and I rewarded mum with another first, lowest post ride heart rate of 40. I did my trot up, but in a different lane to last time, this one had big black shapes on the floor, I didn't like them, so mum had to do it again, I manned up for the second trot up and didn't take any notice.

 

Mum took me back to my stable and left me to have a little rest until she came back a few hours later to tell me that I was the National Novice Champion, out of a field of about 30 horses that did the same class as us, I was the best. I don't mind telling you I am amazing. Mum was so pleased, she was super pleased with my prize, a beautiful coat with a picture of a mare and foal on the lining, she says it will keep her dry and she thanked me and gave my nose a big kiss, I tolerate this, she does it all the time.

 

Mum said I am having a nice long break now as I've done a lot this year, I think that is OK now as I know it won’t be for long, although she does jump on me to take me back out to the field, she won’t let me trot though as she says it hurts, but I quite like it!!

 

Sally McIlwaine and Mahbubti – Winners of the Advanced Championship. The Advanced Championship was awarded to the highest placed qualified combination in the 80km Little Dragon CER on the Saturday.

 

I have owned Mahbubti, known as Maisy since the end of her two-year-old year, she was bought with racing in mind, but never really took to it. Owning her has been all about the ups and downs of owning horses, as she was bought to replace my little mare when she did a tendon, and promptly had a field accident and went lame. We have struggled with the repercussions of this injury ever since, and she requires a lot of maintenance, seeing a wonderful lady called Mellissa Cooper before every ride.

 

She has been a challenge to deal with at times, as she is incredibly excitable, and Red Dragon was no different. We bypassed the mass start, as it would have been too much for her, and went out on our own with the car behind, and headed to the hills. She has a huge trot, so the first bit along the road went very quickly! Once out and up the first hill she was off. We soon started catching people, and passing them, as she simply wouldn't settle with another horse. After a slightly hair raising first loop, we were into the first vet gate, with a rather stressed me, as she was being so over the top.  Our poor crew has had to learn fast about horses, having had very little to do with them until a few years ago! We vetted with the same heart rate we started with of 60, and were back out on the second loop. Thankfully we saw very few people out, and she started to be a great deal easier and almost settled, then back to the vet gate for the last time. Again, this saw her with a heart rate of 60, although it dropped to 58 post trot up, and we were out on the final loop.

This loop saw us meeting people doing the shorter rides, so she was off like a bat out of hell again, and we finally saw the last rider in front of us and went by. The ride down the big hill, at a serious trot felt like we were flying, she loves to trot, and she kept it up all the way back, finally coming back to the venue.

 

Vetting is always nerve wracking for me, we struggle with heart rate, as she is often still wired, plus she has had a lot of soundness issues over the years, meaning we walk a fine line between keeping her calm and stopping her stiffening up, but this time she was great, again a heart rate of 60, and moving beautifully, so a huge relief!

 

To have got around the 80k at Red Dragon, having failed to complete in the past was wonderful, to win the Little Dragon, was a truly special day, with a wonderful mare and a very patient crew!

 

Finally, Wessex member Lauren Mills and Oakleaze Farm Czarko – Winners of the National Championship, awarded to the highest placed qualified combination in the 160km Red Dragon CER.

This is the second time Lauren and Czarko (now aged 20) have won the Red Dragon itself, last time was in 2014.

 

The Red Dragon class itself saw fifteen combinations start with thirteen making it through the first day and only nine starting on day two. Conditions got worse throughout the second day as the rain and fog continued and riders had to contend with deteriorating going with the ground churned up from the previous days competition. Lauren’s account of the day and tribute to both her horse and crew are as follows…

Czarko is a horse that excels over difficult terrain. He is very light on his feet and covers the ground amazingly well. I don't have to worry about him slipping, he is very clever and careful with his foot placement which is a huge bonus at RD. He also seems to love RD in general...he's been a few times now and has been successful in each attempt (in both the dragons tail or red dragon classes). The weather is also usually wet and cold which is perfectly suited to Czarks, he much prefers that to hot, dry days. I was very nervous throughout the ride...due to a few things but mostly due to Czarko's tendon injury. I knew it was fully healed and I knew he was strong enough, but he didn't make it easy for me to take care of him...his behaviour was quite unmanageable at times on the first day due to his enthusiasm and any wrong stride or awkward slip on the tops could have been detrimental.

I also wanted to express a HUGE thank you to Philip because he really is my backbone when competing. The weather this year took quite a lot out of me on the first day, I always struggle to eat when at any race and I was quite exhausted. I started to have doubts that I should take Czarko out again on the second day due to how wet and slippy the conditions were. Czarko is my absolute number 1 and due to his age, injury and the hard work he's already done in his life, I tend not to be quite so confident in making decisions that I think could put him under any unnecessary stress these days. Sometimes that does interfere with my competitive edge so Philip really helps me get through that difficulty and has such a level-headed approach to overcoming those decisions.

As with any competitor, my crew really is what gets me through and I'm so grateful to have such great support who I can 100% rely on. I also wanted to say how brilliant the organisation was at Red Dragon and all of the helpers were so friendly. I'm just thrilled to have achieved the national championship title aboard my best friend at one of my all-time favourite endurance rides.

 

Thank you to Sarah, Sally and Lauren for such great write ups of their weekends and to John and Jane Hudson and all who helped make the weekend such a success.t year!

We Need You

April 23, 2017

TO BE PART OF THE WESSEX GROUP TEAM

Do you want to be part of the fun? We are looking for:

  • Saturday 15th July

    • 80km CER – 2 riders (Advanced)

    • 64km GER – 2 riders (Open/Advanced)

    • 80km 2 day (40/40) GER; overnight hold Saturday night – 2 riders (Open/Advanced)

  • Sunday 16th July

    • 40km GER – 1 rider (Open/Advanced)

    • 40km Novice GER – 1 rider (any level) – Horse must be Novice

    • 32km Novice GER – 1 rider – both Horse & Rider must be Novice

    • 32km Novice GER – 1 rider (any level) – Horse must be Novice

  • + 2 “wild card” entries

All classes, with the exception of 80km CER, will be calculated using Performance Formula for the purposes of the Inter-Regional results.

Correctly qualified Junior, Young or Para Riders are encouraged to enter any of these classes.

As part of the Wessex team, we can offer you:

  • Help with crewing

  • Team shirt

  • BBQ (weather permitting) – probably Saturday night

  • Camping/corralling costs for team riders/horses

If you are interested & have not already advised us, please contact Rosemary Henderson : 07894 477049 or email RoSpaniels@btinternet.com indicating which class(es) you’d prefer.

Southern Volunteers Conference

February 18, 2017

Our annual Volunteers Conference is aimed at Ride Organisers, Technical Stewards and anyone else who volunteers for EGB at whatever level. Get yourselves up to date with the latest rule changes and policy criteria, and hopefully have a bit of a laugh with friends while you do so.

 

Southern Conference: 18th February, The Radnor Hall, Salisbury, SP5 4EQ

 

Agenda: 

9.45 Introduction 

10.00 Safeguarding 

12.30 Buffet Lunch and networking 

13.30 – 15.45 Choose two breakout sessions: 

Volunteering for EGB, Ride Organising, Technical Steward Workshop 

15.45 – 16.00 Wrap up

 

Please e-mail Esther Young if you would like to attend.

 

NB: This year the conference will include a face to face session on safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk. BEF guidelines state that any volunteer who has safeguarding responsibilities as part of their role should attend a face to face safeguarding session. Please can all Group Welfare Officers and any other volunteers with safeguarding responsibilities make every effort to attend one of the three conferences.

Wessex Success at AGM

November 21, 2016

Congratulations to Sam Mowatt, Terminators Dream and owner Carol Legg for bringing home some awards from the AGM this weekend. They achieved 1st in the FEI Championship Trophy, 2nd Senior Grand Prix and 2nd Adonis Trophies. Well done ladies and Gent..​

Pictured - Sam and Terminators Dream (Arnold) winning the 1* at Kings this year.

Huge Congratulations for our members that achieved the following Awards in 2016:
Val Bradshaw for Magic Powers who won Boston Bay and second in Veteran Horse

 

* 5,600km 
Aberllwyd Briar Rose for Alison House

 

* 4,000km 
HS Exile for Judith Baynes (Ellie Miln riding this year)

 

* 1,600km 
Beths Choice for Lyn Harvey
Distance Oasis for Heather Elizabeth Whiteley
Magic Powers for Val Bradshaw
Pavots Dreamboy for Carol Legg (now ridden by SW Selina Burger)
Samsara Kabir for Tony Griffin
Terminators Dream for Carol Legg (ridden by Ylva Samantha Signe Mowatt)

 

* 400km
Ali Shamahl for Heather Caddick
Golden Dream for Carol Legg (ridden by several Wessex members)
HS Belita for Maxine Golledge
HS Cicero for Lesley Kennedy
Lucky Lane Cinders for Heather Elizabeth Whiteley
Rajastan for Kathy Friday

 

* 800km
Argentina for Rosemary Henderson
Venus for new Wessex member Carol Sobucinska

Archways Lovada Ada for Alison House

New Chairman

October 28, 2016

It was announced at the Branch Annual Meeting last night that current Chairman, Sam Mowatt, had decided to step down. Sam made the decision as she has been struggling to find the time. So I am sure you would all like to join me in thanking Sam for all the work she has put in during her time as Chairman.  Sam will remain on the Committee, so we will still benefit from her experience.  

 

Rosemary Henderson has been unanimously voted to take over the role and I know I am excited to see what direction the group will go in now with a new leader. 

Success for Wessex at Red Dragon

October 07, 2016

Congratulations to Wessex members competing at Red Dragon last weekend:
Ylva Samantha Signe Mowatt - 2nd in Little Dragon (80km)
Paul Simmons - 9th in Little Dragon & 2nd in Dragon's Tail (80 + 42km)
Heather Elizabeth Whiteley - winner of Dragon's Flame (2 X 65km)
Nicki Smith - grades 2 & 4 in the Dragon's Egg (42 + 36km)
42km:
- Geraldine White
Trish Griffin 
- Tony Griffin
Kathy Friday
- Sally McIlwaine
36km:
Claire Richards
- Maxine Golledge
Jane Perrett

Commiserations to all who were unfortunate but it was a very challenging weekend by all accounts.

"The Only Way is Wessex" team comprising Heather Whiteley, Paul Simmons, Claire Richards & Heather Giles came 2nd in the Red Dragon Team award.

Good luck to all Wessex members riding at New Forest Rufus tomorrow where we have another 2 teams taking part in the team event.

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