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Preparing for the Event Season with International Event Rider Michael Owen

 

We are delighted that Event Rider Michael Owen will be giving a demonstration at Reaseheath Equestrian Centre on Friday 3rd March 2017 at 7 pm.  

Join Michael Owen for an action-packed evening of demonstrations about training the modern-day event horse. Benefit from Michael’s vast experience while watching him work with some of his equine stars, including 'Bradeley Law' who is being aimed at this year’s Badminton Horse Trials.  

Cheshire-based Michael, first stormed to prominence at the tender age of 21 after making his 4* debut at Burghley Horse Trials aboard the brilliant ‘Perks of the Job’. Since this time, he has completed most major competitions in British Eventing’s (BE) calendar. Highlights from last season include winning the CCI*** at Tattersalls International Horse Trials with his long-time campaigner ‘The Highland Prince’, a horse who was ranked 10th in BE’s top horse listings for 2016. 

  • Do you worry about jumping skinnies, corners or accuracy questions? 
  • Is your dressage score letting you down?
  • Are you considering moving up a level this season? 

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your questions answered by Michael who will be offering top-tips about how best to prepare for all three phases of this exciting sport.

Said Michael: “Having been closely involved with Reaseheath for over 10 years, I'm really looking forward to hosting a demonstration at their world-class facilities. Anyone involved in the sport of Eventing knows that careful preparation is the key to enjoying competition success. I will be sharing my own training tips with the help of some of my top event horses.” 

Tickets for this unique opportunity are available for just £15.00 via our online store and why not send  your questions for Michael in advance by clicking here: http://store.reaseheath.ac.uk/product-catalogue/equestrian-centre/demonstrations/michael-owen-demonstration

 

For further details please contact Heather Cooper (Equine Events Coordinator)

Tel| 01270 616 497 

Email| heather.cooper@reaseheath.ac.uk

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Winter League 11/12/16


What a great day for the CHS WL show jumping team's.  CHS class 2 menbers took 1St , 2nd 3rd and 4th team placing. And several individual place's.

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THE CHOLMONDELEY CASTLE FUN RIDE

 

 

SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2016

 

CHOLMONDELEY CASTLE & PARKLAND

SY14 8AH

 

FIRST HORSE 10AM - LAST HORSE 3 PM

 

Something for every rider, young or old with numerous optional cross country

fences in over 10 miles of stunning countryside

 

Adults £15, Children under 12 £10.

Start & finish off the A49 at Cholmondeley (signed)

Good parking, BBQ & drinks

Call 07970 978199 for further information if needed.

 

 

THE CHOLMONDELEY CASTLE FUN RIDE

 

 

SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2016

 

CHOLMONDELEY CASTLE & PARKLAND

SY14 8AH

 

FIRST HORSE 10AM - LAST HORSE 3 PM

 

Something for every rider, young or old with numerous optional cross country

fences in over

10 miles of stunning countryside

 

Adults £15, Children under 12 £10.

Start & finish off the A49 at Cholmondeley (signed)

Good parking, BBQ & drinks

Call 07970 978199 for further information if needed.

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Lavinia Johnson aged 13 on her pony Dublin rode in her first Premier League at Medium/FEI Team Pony Test in May; selected to ride for England at Elementary Level in July and in August Lavinia & Dublin claimed the Under 25's FEI Pony National Champion title 2016 at Sheepgate.


Well Done Lavinia!

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PONY CLUB MOUNTED GAMES CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

 

Pony Club mounted games is a fun, fast discipline for teams of 4 or 5.  It is great for children who enjoy some speed and fun and games and you don’t have to have a pony that can jump to take part!  It really helps children develop balance and control of the pony without them even realising they’re learning.  And it is the only Pony Club discipline where the children work really closely together all the time as a team, so it’s great for developing teamwork and making good friends.

 

CHS practices began back in January this year, on Thursday evenings in Reaseheath’s indoor school.  It takes some stamina to get through weekly practices on dark, late evenings in the freezing cold but the mounted games lot are a hardy bunch!  The first friendly competitions were in March, and CHS managed to field a team for Warwickshire, Atherstone, Bramham Moor, Waen-y-Llyn, East Cheshire, Wynnstay, United and Flint & Denbigh competitions, giving us essential practice before the area qualifier at the end of May.

 

We couldn’t quite manage to beat the super sharp Wynnstay team at areas this year, but came an easy 2nd to secure qualification for the central zone final at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire at the beginning of July, for which we had to practice a new set of games.  At zones CHS came a solid 5th, with top 6 qualifying for the Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Park in August.  We hadn’t been at all sure that they would make it that far, so the support team was pretty pleased!

 

We put in some hardcore practice in the summer holidays running up to the championships and the team arrived with techniques a little more polished than they had been a couple of months earlier, and ponies and tack a lot more polished than usual, winning them a 3rd for tack and turnout!  24 teams from Scotland to Kent had qualified for the Championships, so there were two sessions of 12 teams in the morning, with the top 6 in each session going forward to the afternoon’s final.  CHS excelled themselves and came 3rd in their strong session, which included two of the final top three.

 

All the children stayed amazingly cool in the afternoon final to produce some really slick handovers and fast riding in the first 4 races, which were bending, three mug, old sock and tennis ball shuffle, so that by race 5 they were lying in 4th place, with 3rd not too far ahead!  All the support team were starting to get quite excited at this point but then some tangles with the sacks, a knocked over bin and a missed flag meant that we only achieved the minimum 1 point for each of the last 4 races, bringing us down to 6th=.  This meant the pressure of a run off for 6th place, but they won the 2 flag run off at a canter, guaranteeing them the 6th rosette.  The top three placed teams were Wynnstay, Bramham Moor and Atherstone.

 

Randall Cooke did an incredible job as team trainer.  His training sessions are always fun, but he still has high expectations of the children and perhaps felt they could have done even better.  Nevertheless, 6th best games team in the country is quite an achievement and the team and support team should be really proud of themselves.  The experience of competing at the Pony Club Championships is very special.

 

If anyone would like to try mounted games in 2017, come along to some practices (which will be listed on the website soon) to find out what it’s all about.

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WIN WIN WIN!


Who: Martha Newall, Lucy Lanni, Rose Diggle, Kate Samuel

What: Inter Branch Pony Club Open(1.10m) Team Showjumping Competition

Where: Shrewsbury Flower Show 

When:13th August 2016

Result: Team 1st!! & Martha also scooped the Style & Performance Award!

Prizes: The Royal Mail Silver Salver, Trophies, Sashes and Rosettes!! Wow

Martha also won a stunning Horse Figure Individual Trophy

The Highs and Low's:


Well a beautiful balmy evening brings a wonderfully successful barmy day to a close. 

Martha, Lucy, Kate and Rose were pitted against 6 other Pony Club teams to compete for The Flower Show's 'Pony Club Inter Branch Showjumping Silver Salver' and what a result- They won!

They came away with a generous bundle of prizes from what is considered Britain's oldest Market Show. 


Being snuggled away in the centre of Shrewsbury, the show ground was an absolute picture. Flanked by the gently flowing river with it's little bridges and quirky streets made for a great backdrop at such a stunning venue BUT makes navigating a 7.5 tonne horsebox rather a challenge. Under bridges, over bridges, up and down the inclines of the town centre and apparently it's various cul-de-sacs too!  It had even well seasoned Katherine Diggle and Navigator Penny Weston bending most of the Highway Code in their bid to get to the show on time. 


Judges and parents twitched, mobile phones were passed person to person to try and steer the lost lorry to its destination. On their eventual arrival, officials came running over to complain about the speed at which the lorry came through the barriers, as they were batted away you've never seen two ponies saddled and studded up so fast, whilst Rose and Kate ran to learn a skiddy grass course in just a matter of seconds before collectively doing what they do best and adding to Martha and Lucy's successful rounds to bring home the ribbons. 

To add to her recent medal haul, akin to Usain Bolts, Martha also picked up a beautiful trophy for the 'Style and Performance' award! Bravo MN!:

Well done girls. 


A great day out at a stunning show, with the usual trimmings of a typical competitive horsie day out- stress, panic, laughs, stories to tell and memories to cherish!

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Any members interested in having a go at the Cheshire Show pony club team relay on the 21st June pm 


Please contact Martha Newall 07917855337 or Sarah Ford07773619527

 

All members must be of High school age!!

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