National Side Saddle Show 2017

A round-up from Area 12 from the National Side Saddle Show 2017

A round-up from Area 12 from the National Side Saddle Show 2017


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S I D E S A D D L E<br />

N A T I O N A L S 2 0 1 7<br />

R E P O R T I N G F R O M A R E A 1 2<br />

Lauren Allin and Ashton Flight<br />

<strong>Side</strong> <strong>Saddle</strong> Rider of The Year<br />

<strong>2017</strong><br />




What a FAB <strong>National</strong>s<br />

The Area 12 Members were definitely out in force for the <strong>National</strong> <strong>Side</strong> <strong>Saddle</strong><br />

<strong>Show</strong> <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

Three days full of competition, all side-saddle with classes ranging from dressage<br />

to equitation, to veterans and jumping, there was literally something for everyone.<br />

Millie Somerfield<br />

and Penny<br />

Friday is the day for Newcomers. Our junior rider Millie Somerfield riding the<br />

beautiful Penny rode a well-designed test to come 3rd overall.<br />

Penny is based at Hazel Allin’s yard in Nottinghamshire and has benefitted from<br />

the expert tuition that’s on offer both astride and side saddle. Millie joined the Area<br />

towards the beginning of the year and started her side saddle campaign at the<br />

Spring <strong>Show</strong> at Wellow where she was Junior Champion. Penny has proved to be<br />

a natural at side saddle enjoying both the flat and the ridden work.

Their successful day was not over<br />

as being one third of the A Team<br />

in the dressage, she went on to<br />

win, alongside team-mates,<br />

Lauren Allin, Rachael Barker and<br />

Chloe Gunn.<br />

Ayisha Longdon and Rebel<br />

continue their consistent streak,<br />

being placed each time out. They<br />

took 5th in Equitation and 8th in<br />

the jumping phase to be 7th<br />

overall, a great effort given the<br />

numbers forward.<br />

Ayisha Longdon and Fenrose Silver Rebel<br />

The Adult Newcomer of the year<br />

went to new Area 12 member<br />

Georgia Love. Riding Sarah-Ann<br />

Beirne’s Jasmine Diamond Mist<br />

(Jazz), a 7 year old purebred Irish<br />

Draught, it is hard to believe this<br />

was Georgia’s FIRST EVER side<br />

saddle competition.<br />

The horse, had also won<br />

Newcomers last year, piloted by<br />

Sarah-Ann. By any standards, that<br />

is pretty impressive to win on<br />

literally your first time out. Georgia<br />

is one to watch!<br />

Georgia Love and Jasmine Diamond Mist

Georgia is probably better known on the showing circuit for competing in county level<br />

working hunter pony classes, both plaited and Mountain and Moorland (mostly plaited) but<br />

over the past year and a half, she have moved into BS showjumping and that's what she<br />

predominantly does now.<br />

Georgia commented “it was only the 5th time I had ever ridden side saddle (and only the<br />

6th time Jazz had had one on) when we competed at the champs - just to have a ride side<br />

saddle has been on my bucket list for a while, so when Sarah offered me the opportunity to<br />

have a go, I jumped at it and fell in love, which I really didn't expect to, because jumping is<br />

my thing!).<br />

Chloe Gunn started her weekend campaign<br />

taking Champion Restricted in the Dressage and<br />

were awarded the highest place under 50 BD<br />

points.<br />

Hazel Allin, managed to get her young coloured<br />

horse The Aviator III away from the crosscountry<br />

course for the weekend to put in two<br />

comprehensive dressage tests in the Open<br />

Novice and the Elementary ahead of Daughter,<br />

Lauren and Ashton Flight who rode in the<br />

Elementary. The combined totals gave Hazel a<br />

well-deserved win and prize for the highest<br />

combined percentage overall.<br />

Above:<br />

Chloe Gunn and<br />

Oaklawn Gypsy<br />

Right:<br />

Hazel Allin and The<br />

Aviator III

All The Fun At the Caro!<br />

Clockwise:<br />

Louise 'Fairy' Graham and<br />

Andrea 'Wee Willy Winky' Guy;<br />

Kerry 'Harry Potter' Harrison;<br />

Lauren 'Princess Leia' Allin,<br />

Chloe 'Luke Skywalker' Gun and<br />

Darth Vader; Bruce 'Matador'<br />

Langley McKim

Saturday Championships<br />

After the warm-up day for many on the Friday, Saturday is home to the Equitation<br />

Championships for juniors and seniors, from Novice to Open. This year Area 12<br />

produced one Champion and no less than THREE reserve champions.<br />

Starting with the big one!<br />

She’s been top four in<br />

the Adult Open for<br />

around six years and has<br />

come so close to winning<br />

the title Rider of the Year<br />

but this year Lauren<br />

Allin, riding the<br />

indefatigable Ashton<br />

Flight (Fin) made that<br />

dream a reality.<br />

They were leading in just<br />

about every element on<br />

the day, and looked<br />

unbeatable from start to<br />

finish. A wonderful result<br />

for a wonderful<br />

partnership.<br />

That win was topped up<br />

by winning the leading<br />

Horse of the Year,<br />

Overall Points Winner<br />

and Leading Veteran.<br />

President Roger Philpott and Chairman Mrs Janet Senior<br />

presenting to Lauren in the International Arena

Saturday Championships<br />

Reserve Adult Open Rider of Year and<br />

Reserve Amateur went to Chloe Gunn,<br />

her second <strong>National</strong>s competing in the<br />

Open Equitation, having flown through the<br />

Novice and Intermediate sections in<br />

previous years with a win first time in<br />

each.<br />

Her reliable ‘cow pony’ Oaklawn Gypsy<br />

always puts in a foot perfect performance<br />

and clean jumping round and Chloe was<br />

beyond delighted to finish a close second<br />

behind her best friend.<br />

In the Intermediate Equitation it was down to Bruce Langley McKim riding his own stallion<br />

Cos Me Is Black to produce a result for the Area and they did just that coming 7th overall.

Saturday Championships<br />

The Adult Novice Reserve Rider of the Year went to Alexandra Molesworth St Aubyn.<br />

Fourth year lucky… having been so close since taking up side saddle in 2014 they were<br />

determined to stick at Novice until they could legitimately move to Intermediate.<br />

Alex (right) completed the day<br />

taking Reserve Champion in the<br />

Horsemanship class (formerly<br />

Restricted Equitation).<br />

Junior Reserve Novice Rider of the<br />

Year went to Millie Somerfield<br />

(below right), her dressage was<br />

faultless and the jumping put her<br />

slightly down the ranking but<br />

sufficient enough to leave her in 2nd<br />

place overall. A great first season<br />

for Millie.<br />

Rachael Barker (below) riding Amanda<br />

Chatfield’s Kingsclough Masquerade<br />

took a 4th place in the Novice<br />

Equitation and 6th in Classical Ladies<br />

having been initially pulled in 14th.

Welcome New Riders<br />

New side saddle rider Andrea Guy (right)<br />

and her wonderful coloured horse Killowen<br />

Victor enjoyed their first ever <strong>National</strong>s.<br />

Sharing the ride with seasoned<br />

campaigner, Louise Graham, Victor was<br />

impressively placed in many of his<br />

classes, including a 2nd in Mature Riders,<br />

6th in the Coloureds and 3rd<br />

Horsemanship piloted by Louise and<br />

Andrea came home with a 10th in Intro<br />

Dressage and 11th in Restricted Turnout.<br />

Andrea commented that it had been a<br />

steep learning curve and such an<br />

educational weekend but she might not<br />

enter quite so many classes another year<br />

as it was quite a lot of hard work!<br />

Amanda Chatfield (below), having watched her horse compete at <strong>National</strong>s the last few<br />

years took on the challenge herself this year, choosing the <strong>National</strong>s as her first EVER<br />

side saddle show – nothing like a challenge! A great routine gave her 4th place in Novice<br />

Dressage to Music and then a 5th in the Newcomers.

Welcome New Riders<br />

Another first for <strong>National</strong>s was Yvonne Bacon (above) and her super little Dun<br />

Connemara, Bertie, who came home with a 5th in the ‘Ladies who Lunch with Roger’<br />

and a great performance in the Mountain and Moorland class.<br />

Mary Tonks, after a dramatic journey to Addington, got a 6th in Versatile Horse or Pony.<br />

Kerry Harrison and Albus Dumbledore started their weekend with their freestyle routine<br />

in the Caro Cripps, performing, maybe not surprisingly to the Harry Potter Theme,<br />

suitably attired in full character.<br />

Albus, always game for anything had a brilliant win in Versatile Horse or Pony, totally<br />

unphased by anything.

Sunday's Classes<br />

Wrapping up the weekend saw Lauren and Chloe back together for the Pairs class<br />

and taking the top spot for the third year in a row and then they changed their hats,<br />

joined forces with Emma Brown and went on to win the team jumping.<br />

Louise Graham (right) , riding<br />

her own Corrileas Imp, took<br />

3rd place in Classical Ladies<br />

(the numbers of which<br />

seemed to have slimmed<br />

down from previous years<br />

when there had been a cast<br />

of thousands), 2nd and<br />

Reserve Champion Riding<br />

Horse and won the Mica<br />

Trophy for the most points<br />

for a rider over 50.

Practice Makes Perfect<br />

It is worth noting that the Area ran a Pre-Champs show, focussed more on Equitation<br />

and jumping and it was completely free for any Area Member to attend. A decent<br />

turnout from Area members and also two from other areas came to have a lastminute<br />

practice. Huge thanks go to Barbara Wale, ably assisted by Hazel Allin as<br />

there were no less than 5 riders in top positions, all of whom had attended the pre-<br />

Champs show. Three in the Open, one in the Adult Novice and one in the Junior<br />

Novice. A pre-Champs clinic is definitely on the cards for next year so make sure<br />

you make the most of it.<br />

All in all, a totally fabulous result for all in Area 12. Well done.<br />

Clockwise: The Winning Equitation<br />

Jumping Team receiving the Elegant<br />

Airs Trophy from Area 12 Chairman, Dr<br />

Karen Milbourne; The winning Equitation<br />

team being presented by Chairman<br />

Roger Philpott; Dr Karen Milbourne<br />

presenting to the top three teams in the<br />

Equitation Jumping

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