Carleton youngsters shine

The Regional Dressage Finals were held at the ILPH Headquarters, Snetterton and were sponsored and Organised by Carleton Riding Club.Despite the rains of the preceding week and the cold windy start to the Sunday morning, great fun was had by all and the competition was well attended with nearly 100 competitors coming from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The Regional Dressage Finals were held at the ILPH Headquarters, Snetterton and were sponsored and Organised by Carleton Riding Club.

Despite the rains of the preceding week and the cold windy start to the Sunday morning, great fun was had by all and the competition was well attended with nearly 100 competitors coming from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

There were 12 qualifying teams for the senior section, five for the junior section and a number of individual competitiors, so competition was fierce.

Colne Riding Club won the seniors for the British Riding Club NAF Qualifier for the Winter Dressage Championships, with Carleton Riding Club winning the juniors. Both teams will be off to the NAF Winter Dressage Finals to be held on April 5 and 6 at Hartbury.

The results for the British Riding Club NAF Qualifiers for the Winter Dressage Championships and the Area 14 Chairman's Cup Winter Dressage Inter-Club Competition were: Seniors: 1st Colne Riding Club; 2nd Carousel Riding Club, Navy Team; 3rd Beccles & Bungay Riding Club, The Belles; 4th High Fen Riding Club, Starlings; 5th Carleton Riding Club, The Moles; 6th Carousel Riding Club, Gold Team.

Juniors: 1st Carleton; 2nd Beccles & Bungay Riding Club, Pearl Team; 3rd Beccles & Bungay Riding club, Diamond Team; 4th Deben Riding Club; 5th Carousel Riding Club.

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At the time of going to press the results for the individuals were not available, however Milly Rose Stark from Carleton Riding Club was the junior individual winner of the Novice 27 Class and part of the Carleton winning junior team.

Milly Rose is only 12 and a pupil at Riddlesworth Hall and has lessons with Pippa Childerhouse. She is also a member of Thetford Pony Club and has recently started jumping her Welsh Section D 'Diamond Comet'.

For more details about the finals, contact Carleton Riding Club on 01953 861138 or send an email to enquiries@carletonridingclub.co.uk

There will be Indoor Show Jumping on January 20 to welcome in the new Year.

t It's hard to think that before February this year, there were very few members of the equestrian community that had heard about Fuller Fillies.

But, since the company's launch at this year's BETA International, Fuller Fillies have become somewhat of a household name, especially with the larger lady rider.

“From the extensive research I carried out before I started Fuller Fillies, I knew there was a gap in the market that needed to be filled,” explains Suzanne Wild, managing director and designer for Fuller Fillies. “Being a larger lady myself, when I bought my horse a good few years ago, I found it very easy to find beautiful clothing to fit him, but when I looked for clothing for myself, the situation became fairly obvious.

“I managed to get a hat and some boots but really apart from that, I was struggling. The only jods that would fit me were a sort of orangy brown in colour so I took to riding in stretchy jeans and a long fleece top. This was adequate but I couldn't understand why a lot of clothing for horsey people stopped at around size 16.

“After the initial idea was conceived, I recruited a work group, put together my designs, carefully worked on the sizing and set about producing a fully colour coordinated range. It took a long time, but judging from the results we have achieved since February, it was certainly worth it!”

Since BETA, Fuller Fillies' stockists have multiplied beyond recognition and the new autumn/winter range has just been launched. The key to the range though is listening to what ladies want, as Suzanne says: “My work group and the numerous emails I receive everyday keep me on the right track as far as designs and colours go. I run my ideas past my extra lovely ladies; they tell me what they think and we go from there.”

Fuller Fillies sell direct to the trade and their range can be found throughout the UK. For larger ladies in Norfolk there's some good news - the range is now available at Honeypot Riders Tack Shop based at Eden Meadows Riding Centre!

“It was actually my mum who first found Fuller Fillies as she was looking on the internet for something for a friend,” explains Stuart Beckett of Eden Meadows. “We got to know the range through this, really liked the clothing and then we decided to stock it.

“It's been great to see so many larger lady riders enjoying their horses in style,” added Suzanne.

To find out more, see www.fuller-fillies.co.uk, e mail info@fuller-fillies.co.uk or call 0800 1300 426. Or, to find more about Eden Meadows or to arrange to go and see the collection, call 01953 483545.