SWDRC’s 2014 Quadrille ‘The Seven Dwarfs’ won the Quadrille qualifier at Bury Farm and are now headed to Olympia for the final in December.
Having only started seriously practicing at the beginning of September the team revisited their formerly unsuccessful theme from 7 years ago only this year the Dwarfs were on ponies and rode without Snow White. Unbeknownst to most people watching the riders were all heavily handicapped by very limited vision through their masks but after only 4 full practices they performed well at Bury Farm against 14 other teams to earn their place in the final.
It seems to be a bit of a tradition now to almost always leave Saffron Walden until last when they announce the teams going forward to Olympia and this year was no exception – very nerve-wracking. The team were absolutely thrilled to hear their name finally called out and even more so when they realised that they actually went through in 1st place!
Three of the team’s ponies are in their 20s, Jim and Taffy are games ponies, Gunner a field companion / happy hacker while Mena is only 5 years old but all took to carrying the additional 3 dwarfs with no hesitation at all and behaved brilliantly throughout the routine despite all the crowd’s clapping.
For anyone wishing to get tickets for Olympia to watch the team in action the final is on the morning of Sunday 21 December (afternoon tickets are almost sold out already so hurry if you want one – but morning only tickets readily available).
The team were: Sophie Haylock on Gunner, Suzannah Engelmann on Jim, Claire Engelmann on Taffy and Jane Hood on Mena.
Many thanks to Leah Brown & Sarah Rook for grooming and to Dave, Charlotte, Keith and Jess for the extra last minute and much appreciated help with getting ready.
SWDRC had a very good time at the 2014 BRC National Championships at Lincoln!
Huge congratulations to:
Vicky Rutherford & Carry – Elementary Dressage Individual Arena Winner
Lisa Spence & Jessica – Riding Test Individual Arena Winner
Jo Wilkins & Honey – Overall Open Show Jumping Individual National Champion
Emma Neville (Frank), Claire Engelmann (Angus), Sophie Haylock (Lines) and Lisa Spence (Toughie) – Novice Show Jumping Team National Champions
Also a huge well done to:
- Senior Dressage Team (Sophie Haylock, Vicky Rutherford, Claire Engelmann & Lisa Spence) who finished 2nd and all placed individually
- Senior Intermediate Show Jumping Team (Sophie, Vicky, Lisa & Suzannah Engelmann) who finished 4th
- Claire & Sophie who placed individually in the Novice Show Jumping
- Claire who placed individually in the Style Jumping
- Alice & Ella Caton and Martha &… Millie Sparrow who finished 5th
in the Junior Teams of Four Dressage and 9th in the Junior Style Jumping Teams
- Alice who placed 2nd individually overall in the Junior Style Jumping
- Sophie Byford who placed 7th individually in the Junior Dressage
Many thanks to Gibsons Saddlery, Newmarket for sponsoring the Snr Intermediate SJ Team.
24/08/14 – 19:30
Show Jumping is still going ahead tomorrow despite the weather forecast! However, please be advised that pre-entries are extremely low and in the event of inclement weather classes are likely to run well ahead of schedule and may be amalgamated at the organisers’ discretion.
Please support this event if you can!
We had a lovely day at St Aylotts at the Annual Show on Sunday 29 June. We would like to thank all the judges, stewards and volunteers who helped to make the day such a success. A few club members took photos throughout the day and these are available to view on the links below.
Ring 1 photos can also be found on the club facebook site to download for free. If you wish to purchase any of the photos from rings 2, 3 and 4 please go to www.clubentries.com/saffronrc. A digital file will be emailed to you, £4.50/image (+ 50p per order – multiple images can be ordered at any one time). All you need to do when ordering is to ensure you advise the photo number you require.