Keep up to date with the latest news about the club and how our teams and individuals are doing at Area 13 qualifiers and BRC National Championships. Also read about important rule changes and updates from British Riding Clubs, the Area Liaison Committee and other relevant bodies.
Due to the government’s Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, there will be no organised Riding Club or BRC events or competitions between 5 November and 2 December 2020.
As from the 24th October 2020, the Cross Country & Show Jumping Schooling Facility at Bucklands Farm is now closed for the winter period.
The government has now allowed us to organise Clinics and Training again, but the club will be enforcing the following protocols to prevent Covid-19 infection and spread:
The Area 13 Dressage to Music Qualifiers were held at Belmoredean on Sunday 6th September.
Congratulations to Allison Ingram who finished 2nd in both the London & South East & BRC National Qualifier in the Novice with points class.
Member’s Team Points after 5 Competitions.
Saturday 14th March 2020
BRC HorseQuest Arena Eventing Championship
held at Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, NN11 6RT.
Congratulations to Byrony Whitby who finished 7th overall in the 70 cm. Mixed Class with a total score of 0.4 faults. Unfortunately the other three riders in the team were eliminated, but we hope you all enjoyed the experience of riding at a Championship and representing Ardingly Riding Club.
New BRC Rules for 2020
Flu Vaccination: update to rule for BRC Handbook 2020.
**Important Flu Vaccination Update**
From 1 January 2020, it will be strongly advised when competing at BRC events to have a flu vaccination within 6 months and 21 days of the competition.
From 1 March 2020, this will then become mandatory.
This does not mean vaccinations need to be done every 6 months, it means that the vaccination needs to be within 6 months and 21 days of the competition, e.g.: if your competition was the 22 September, you would need to have a vaccination after the 1 March, (1 March – 1 September = 6 months + 21 days = 22 September).
However, British Eventing require the Flu Vaccination to have been within 6 months prior to the competition: The most recent booster injection must have been given within the six calendar months prior to the horse arriving at the competition.
British Dressage also state the same: The most recent booster injection must have been given within six calendar months prior to the horse competing.
British Showjumping however appear a little more relaxed: We continue to recommend that if it has been longer than six months since the last vaccination, owners should discuss a booster with their veterinary surgeon. But please check with BS about their current regulations before you enter one of their competitions.
Whips for Show Jumping, including Horse Trials & Arena Eventing.
The new British Showjumping Whip Rule, (also includes BS Spur Rules for 2020), has been adopted by BRC for any BRC Competitions involving Showjumping.
The Area 13 Intermediate Winter Dressage Qualifiers were held at Sands Farm Equestrian on Sunday 2nd February.
In the Qualifying Class our team of Susannah Givons, Laura Cotterill, Allison Ingram and Sarah Branagan won the class and hopefully will get an invitation from BRC to ride at the National Championships at Bury Farm on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April.
Individually Laura came 1st in Novice 30, Susannah 2nd in Prelim 14, Sarah 3rd in Elementary 44 and Allison 5th in Novice 34. Allison also rode as an individual in Novice 30 where she finished 3rd and Helen Brown rode in Elementary 44 finishing 5th.
Sarah Branagan also rode in the Medium 63 Non-Qualifier which she won.
What a wonderful day and weekend for our club members. Congratulations to you all on your success and thank you also to the helpers without whom this successful weekend could not have happened.
The Area 13 Novice Winter Dressage Qualifiers were held at Sands Farm Equestrian on Saturday 1st February.
Our team of Kate Cox, Sue Orpen, Laura Cotterill and Allison Ingram won the Non-Qualifying Team Class. Individually Allison finished 1st in Novice 30, Kate 2nd in Prelim. 7, Sue 2nd in Prelim 12 and Laura 4th in Novice 28. Congratulations to you all, a splendid days work.
For 2020 we have added Indoor Show Jumping Clinics at Alder Lake Farm, Newick. The first is on Thursday 9th January, 10:30 – 12:30 and the second on Thursday 6th February, 10:00 – 12:00. A chance to get some good training in the warm and dry!
Having added Arena Eventing Clinics to our calendar in 2019, we now have two Arena Eventing Clinics booked at the new Hickstead arena. The first one is on Thursday 16th January 09:00 – 13:00 and the second on Thursday 13th February, 10:00 – 12:00.
If they are successful more will follow.
The Area 13 2020 Arena Eventing Qualifiers were held at Brendon Equestrian Centre, Pyecombe on Saturday 9th November.
In the AE 70 cm. Class our team of Caroline Arnold, Byrony Whitby, Jacqueline Delaney and Laura Cotterill won the class and have qualified to ride at the National Championships at Aston on 14th March 2020. Many congratulations ladies. Individually Laura Cotterill finished 3rd and Byrony Whitby 5th.
In the AE 80 cm. Class our team of Susannah Givons, Louise Bradley, Kate Cox and Sue Orpen finished 5th. The Individual event was won by Laura Cotterill, this time riding her own horse. Well done Laura and congratulations to the team.
Every member that rode at this event came away with a rosette. Marvelous achievement ladies!
The final placings in the members’ points competitions for 2018/2019 have now been calculated.
Unfortunately the club was unable to organise any open club events this year, so there will not be a Member’s Points competition or an Overall Points Champion this year.
Trophies and rosettes will be presented after the Club AGM on Thursday 14th November.
Members’ Team Points
1st: Susannah Givons/Manor Charm – 37 pts.
2nd: Allison Ingram/Master Comic – 33 pts.
3rd=: Helen Brown/Sir Alex – 11 pts.
3rd=: Helen Pickett/Tacon TB – 11 pts.
The London & South East Dressage to Music Championships were held at Sands Farm on Sunday 27th October.
Susannah Givons riding Manor Charm finished 2nd in the Novice with points class, just 2.5 marks behind the winner. Well done Susannah & Manor Charm!
Regrettably Helen Brown, who should have ridden in the Elementary class, was unable to compete due to illness. We wish Helen a speedy recovery.
The Area 13 2020 Festival of the Horse Combined Training Qualifiers were held on Saturday 28th September at Felbridge Showground.
In the Team Competition, our team finished 2nd. Individually, Susannah Givons finished 1st and Sue Orpen 5th at the 75 cm. height, whilst Louise Bradley finished 3rd and Allison Ingram 4th at the 85 cm. height.
Jacqueline Delaney entered as an individual at the 75 cm. height and finished 4th, whilst Susannah Givons also entered the 85 cm. height as an individual and finished 1st.
Thank you to the ladies for volunteering to represent the club and congratulations to them all for winning rosettes.
The British Riding Clubs Horse Trials Championships were held at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian on the weekend of 3rd & 4th August. Congratulations to Allison Ingram who finished 3rd in the new HT80 Open class.
The Area 13 Dressage to Music Qualifiers were held on Sunday 21st July at Plumpton College.
In the London & South East Qualifiers, Susannah Givons finished 2nd in the Novice with points Class, whilst Helen Brown finished 6th in the Elementary Class.
However in BRC TopSpec National Qualifier, Susannah Givons went one better and finished 1st in the Novice with points Class.
Congratulations to both Susannah and Helen.
This year the club will be resurrecting the Ardingly Riding Club Summer Camp. This will be held on Sunday 11th & Monday 12th August at Parwood Equestrian Centre, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. For full details and how to book, please go to the Clinics & Training page.
The Area 13 BRC NAF Horse Trials & London & South East Horse Trials Qualifiers were held at Coombelands on Saturday 1st June.
Congratulations to our team of Sue Orpen, Kate Cox and Lesley Campbell who finished 5th in the BRC HT80 Class and 7th in the L&SE HT80 Class. Congratulations also to Allison Ingram who finished 1st in the new BRC HT80 Open Class. Emily Greenwood also rode for the club in the BRC HT90 Class.
The Area 13 Intermediate Winter Dressage Qualifiers, run by the club at Brendon Showground on Sunday 17th March, were a great success for the second year running. Thanks to Allison Ingram for organising the event and to Steward, Diane Baker, but also to all the club members who volunteered to make it such a successful event. Thank you.
For 2019 we have added Arena Eventing Clinics to our calendar. The first one is at Brendon Stud, Pyecombe on Friday 18th January, 11:00 – 13:00. The second is at Coombelands Equestrian, Pullborough on Thursday 14th February, 10:00 – 12:00. We hope you will all be interested in these new clinics.
Congratulations to our team of Helen Pickett, Julie Miller and Allison Ingram who finished 2nd in the Area 13 Novice Winter Dressage Non-Qualifying Competition held at Brendon Show Ground, Pyecombe on Saturday 9th February. Helen finished 6th in Prelim. 2, Julie finished 2nd in Novice 24 and Allison 1st in Novice 27. Well done ladies!
Congratulations to our team of Allison Ingram, Helen Pickett, Diana James and Helen Brown who finished 2nd in the new Area 13 Arena Eventing 70 cm. Qualifier held at Brendon Stud, Pyecombe on Saturday 10th November. Congratulations also to Helen Brown who finished 2nd individually. Well done ladies!
Since there are no more eligible competitions between now and the end of October, the final placings in the members’ points competitions for 2017/2018 can now be published. Here are the category winners. Trophies and rosettes will be presented after the AGM on Thursday 8th November in The Reading Room at Hapstead Hall, Ardingly. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m..
1st. Suzie Priest/Coolboy Randall – 24 pts.
2nd. Allison Ingram/Connor – 23 pts.
3rd. Helen Pickett/Editora ZM- 20 pts.
Members’ Team Points
1st. Sarah Branagan/Pooklands High Noon – 44 pts.
2nd. Allison Ingram/Connor – 37 pts.
3rd. = Suzie Priest/Ashford Cleave Little Man – 23 pts.
3rd. = Suzie Priest/Coolboy Randall – 23 pts.
Overall Points Champion
Allison Ingram/Connor – 60 pts.
Congratulations to Helen Brown who finished 2nd in the London & South East Elementary Dressage to Music Championship held at Sands Farm on Sunday 21st October.
Congratulations to our FoTH Combined Training Team of Sam Fieldsend, Lesley Campbell, Sarah Branagan and Allison Ingram who won the Area 13 Qualifier held at Munstead on Saturday 6th October. Individual placings were Sarah 1st & Allison 4th riding BRC HT 100 Q & jumping 85 cm. and Lesley 4th riding BRC HT 90 Q & jumping 75 cm..
Congratulations also to Lesley Campbell who finished 5th in the FoTH Challenge 80 Area 13 Qualifier also held at Munstead on Saturday 6th October.
Congratulations to Helen Brown who finished 2nd in the Area 13 London & South East Novice Dressage Qualifier held at Plumpton on Sunday 15th July.
Our third Open Unaffiliated Dressage competition took place at The South of England Showground on Tuesday 3rd July. This competition was almost entirely an ARC club event with the exception of two riders, but numbers were down to usual which was disappointing. Congratulations to all the winners.
Congratulations to our BRC 80 Horse Trails Team of Lesley Campbell, Allison Ingram and Suzie Priest who finished 2nd at the Area 13 Qualifier held at Coombelands on Saturday 2nd June. Individual placings were Allison 3rd and Suzie 5th.
Full Results – BRC 80
The same team also rode in the London & South East Qualifier, but due to the addition of another team, they dropped one place to 3rd. Allison improved her placing to 2nd individually.
Full Results – L&SE 80
Sarah Branagan rode as an individual in the BRC 90 Qualifier and finished 5th.
Full Results – BRC 90
Huge thanks to our club helpers Simon Leadbetter, Kate Cox and Harriet Tidey. Also many thanks to Julie Miller and her Mum Sue Bunn for all their help. Without them the team would not have been able to compete.
Our second Open Unaffiliated Dressage competition took place at The South of England Showground on Tuesday 15th May. There was a large number of ARC members riding at this event, which was extremely pleasing. Congratulations to all the winners.
Congratulations to Susannah Givons riding her horse Baroness who finished 8th at the Equi Theme Winter Intermediate National Championship at Bury Farm Equestrian on Friday 27th April. Susannah was riding an Advanced Medium test in the Pick-a-test Dressage Competition. She actually won the Advanced Medium test, but the competition combines the more difficult Advanced Medium test with Medium tests in the same competition. Well done Susannah!
Our first club event of the year took place on Saturday 17th March. An Open Unaffiliated Dressage as part of the Area 13 Winter Intermediate Dressage Qualifiers at Brendon Showground, Pyecombe.
Congratulations to Gail Stephens, our only club member to enter the Open Unaffiliated Dressage, who won both Prelim 13 and Novice 27.
In the Area 13 Qualifiers, Susannah Givons won the Pick a Test qualifier riding an Advanced Medium 93 test. In the Team Qualifier our team finished 4th, with Suzie Priest, (Prelim 14), finishing 2nd, Sarah Branagan, (Novice 24), 3rd and Helen Brown, (Elem 50), 4th in their arenas.
In the Team Non-Qualifier our team finished 10th, with Susannah Givons, (Elem 50), finishing 1st & Helen Brown, (Novice 30), 6th in their arenas.
Congratulations to all who rode in the bitter cold and snow.
Huge thanks also to Helen Pickett, Debbie Wood and Leslie Campbell who were helpers from the club. Di Baker for being such a friendly Area Steward, Susan Barratt for being secretary and Allison Ingram for organising the event.
Area 13 Winter Novice Dressage Team – Non-Qualifier held at Brendon Horse & Rider Centre, Pyecombe on Saturday 17th February. Our Team of Debbie Harris, Allison Ingram, Suzie Priest and Debbie Wood finished 7th. Individually Suzie Priest finished 5th in Novice 28. Well done everybody. Many thanks to Lesley Campbell who helped so the team could compete.
Area 13 Winter Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifier also held at Brendon Horse & Rider Centre, Pyecombe on Saturday 10th February. The club just had one individual competitor, Suzie Priest, who won the Individual Competition on her other horse Ashford Cleave Little Man. Well done Suzie!
Area 13 Winter Novice Show Jumping Qualifier held at Brendon Horse & Rider Centre, Pyecombe on Saturday 10th February. Our team of Sarah Branagan, Julie Miller and Suzie Priest won the team qualifier, with Suzie Priest also winning individually on Coolboy Randal, whilst Sarah Branagan and Julie Miller finished 3rd & 4th respectively. Congratulations to them on a wonderful achievement in testing conditions.