Croft Farm riders out in force at East Flegg Riding Club event

Amy Russell competse at East Flegg Riding Club show. Picture: Chloe Reade.

Amy Russell competse at East Flegg Riding Club show. Picture: Chloe Reade. - Credit: Archant

Croft Farm riders were out in force at East Flegg Riding Club's summer jumping show at West Somerton. To prove it, Amy Russell and Siskin Jake won the scurry with the fastest time of the day.

Over the years the club has been the starting place for many successful local riders and young Ava Carter from Caister Indoor Riding Centre looks set to follow in their footsteps, winning two classes at her first ever jumping show.

Another first time combination, Ella Wharton and Lady, won the small open, just ahead of the Dering sisters, Phoebe and Ellie, who were on fine form, having already taken the top two places in two classes, with Penny and Blue.

The next East Flegg Jumping Show takes place on Sunday September 8 – further details can be found at

n Norfolk-based Susan Quinn is celebrating after her homebred TB x Hannovarian mare Beychevelle, aged 15, was selected as the In Hand Sports Horse Champion at the Trailblazers Championships at Stoneleigh Park.

She firstly won both of her classes under two different judges so claimed the Championship, then won both Saturday's and Sunday's Championship sections competing against the first- and second-placed horses and ponies from five different classes.

'We waited for the Supreme,' said Susan, 'and to my delight were pulled in in the final six, the only In Hand competitor and beating a Stallion. To say I was thrilled to bits is an understatement. Although my mare is homebred she was unbelievably difficult as a youngster and after I backed her she was nearly impossible to produce. We parted company many, many times. However, as a character and to handle from the ground she is a sweetheart.'

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Susan's friend's daughter, Jessica Lawrence also attended the Dressage Championship at Stoneleigh on her coloured pony Wolf. She came ninth in the Novice on the first day and was second in the Elementary. Day two saw an improvement in the Novice to claim fifth and a third in in the Elementary, which meant she was Reserve Elementary Junior Champion. Jessica works very hard with this pony riding before school most days.

'Both Jessica and I live in the village of Holme Hale in Norfolk with our paddocks adjoining,' said Susan.

The North Norfolk Pony Club held its annual one-day event at Dades Farm, Barnham Broom, by kind permission of Richard and Sarah Jewson.

Organiser Jo Gowing had a full day's competition with classes starting at 9.30am and ending at 4pm. Despite heavy drizzle in the morning, competitors started the day well with Kate Arnold and Suki Wales claiming the first class of the day, 1A, for competitors eight-years and under. With Grace Gowing and Georgia Bowett securing classes 1B and C.

In the intermediate classes Priya Moondi and Mollie Rix were both winners with Mollie Rix capturing best dressage for the class.

In the open class Tabitha Case and Rosanna Skitch took the honours, with the Toastmaster Trophy being awarded to Georgia Cattermole for the highest place NNPC member.

n Harriet Cooper, 15, from Whitwell has enjoyed a recent run of success. At Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre in Hampshire she qualified for HOYS. Achieving a double clear in The Pony Showjumper class she came third riding her 148cm pony Chocalarto, also qualifying for the Dunglenn Championship to be held at The Scope Festival of Showjumping at Staffordshire Showground.

Brampton Equestrian Centre held an unaffiliated showjumping competition on the Centre's brand new Martin Collins surface. To begin the day, Sarah Flatman on Flash Harry won the 65cm class with Charlotte Galliant making it a double victory in the 75cm and 85cm.

The new equestrian centre has a host of top names attending the venue regularly for clinics and teaching; next on the agenda is Steven James, international event rider who is in Brampton on August 29 and 30.

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