Well we had a great day’s competition on Saturday 18th October. Sorry for the delay in writing this but has been some confusion with getting hold of the results! Great atmosphere, very exciting competition, a few thrills and spills but none serious, all in all a very good day. The Junior Novice section only had three teams, two from Cropthorne and one from West Oxfordshire and Cropthorne were the winners! The Junior Intermediate class only had one entry, Cropthorne and so they won that. In the Senior Novice competition there was a jump off between 2 teams for the qualifying place and Bromyard won!!!!! in second place were Cheltenham Tigers who were most sporting in defeat. Our girls did a fab job. The team was Chloe Hayward, Pippa Balch, Caroline King and Ali James. Ali in her first competition on her new horse was 10th individually, Chloe was 8th individual on her young dun horse and Pippa Balch was the best individual coming in 5th. Her Cobweb really jumped his socks off and got better and better as the rounds went on. All rode most professionally and kept their heads. It was a fully deserved win. So we shall be representing Area 18 at the Winter Championships on 4th and 5th of April at Hartpury College. Exciting!! The new Senior Intermediate competition was fairly well supported and the winners were Worcester so congratulations to them. Our team of Di Ralph, Fae Armstrong, Chloe Hayward and Natalie Canning were 4th. It was a pity as Fae could not jump due to vaccination errors on her passport so it left a team of three. Fae was so disappointed but there will be another day for her. Natalie Canning did 2 superb clear rounds and was 3rd placed individual.
I had the best helpers in the world who all did a fantastic job. The SJ judges and Official Area Stewards commented on how efficient and pleasant the stewards/helpers were so that is great and well done to all of you. Penny Richmond, Louise Wild, Julie Crawshaw and Kate Loupart did door duties between them. Kay Newman, Lisa Bateman, Karen Cholerton and Toni Woolley were the tack checkers and collecting ring stewards. Arena party were Charlotte Wild and Penny Richmond,(who put in a full day helping so special thanks to her.) They were a bit busier with the Seniors than the Juniors but helped course builder with course changes and were very cheerful. Margaret Williams did numbers and had to be there very early and stay later due to the new Intermediate classes. Thanks to her. Stalwart car parkers, Ian Haynes and Mavis Price, extremely efficient and cheery and this is a vital job so thanks. Jill Cartlidge who helped judge in the box. Jan Stern and Anne CZ who went round making sure helpers were fed and watered so very welcome ladies! Dean James kindly sponsored the beautiful Individual rosettes which certainly put the BRC team rosettes to shame. The Juniors in particular were delighted with their beautiful frillies. Last but certainly not least a huge thank you to Gerry , Des and Caroline King for hosting the event at Kings and doing all the scoring and keeping the cafe running and generally being wonderful.
Final thanks must go to Ali James who was the Entries Secretary for the Competition and had to deal with all the changes that inevitably come in last minute and did the times and handled all that side of things. She was great.
We have received several emails congratulating us on the organisation and the friendliness so that makes it worth while. I would like to thank you all for all your help in putting on this great competition.