Special day at Fakenham for Charlotte
Hayley GibbsNorfolk youngster Charlotte Wyatt rode a winner at Fakenham on Sunday. The 12-year-old from Snetterton guided her pony Sebastian to success in the 138 cms pony racing final.Hayley Gibbs
Norfolk youngster Charlotte Wyatt rode a winner at Fakenham on Sunday.
The 12-year-old from Snetterton guided her pony Sebastian to success in the 138 cms pony racing final.
Charlotte qualified Sebastian through hunting with the Dunston Harriers, finishing second at the Suffolk point-to-point back in March and first at the West Norfolk event at Fakenham two weeks ago.
She is a member of Thetford Chase Pony Club and is at school at Wymondham College.
Grand National winning jockey Bob Champion, who is visiting 60 racecourses in Britain in 60 days for his cancer trust charity, was at Fakenham and was on hand to present Charlotte with the winning cup.
This was a perfect way to end the season and well done to Charlotte and her team around her which includes Tash Lister, Daisy Beckwith and her mum Cherry.
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t Once again Norfolk riders shone at the recent Amateur Inter-nations Cup Show held at Towerlands Park, Braintree.
Hannah Vincent and Tamsin Conyers claimed the top prize in the hotly-contested team competition. Both riders were in the Small Tours team event, consisting of four riders.
Hannah (16), from Bunwell, rode her mother's Jabberwocky, a six- year-old black gelding, together with Tamsin, Norfolk's Accredited BS coach, riding her seven-year-old black gelding Welltimes.
Tamsin also went on to win team silver in the Grand Tour, this time riding Valerie B.
Jenny Mitchell from Kenninghall, riding Serendipity II, also won team gold for the Grand Tour, with Kevin Smith from Red Hall Liveries, near Norwich, riding Mr Inquisitive, taking team silver in the Small Tour. Gabby Dicker (16) from Dereham, riding Eindruck and It's Neyo, also had a good show.
The concept of the show is to give amateurs a real feel of a continental style event.
'The team competitions at this show are always exciting and great crowd pleasers,' reported Equestrian Events organiser Charlie Nathan, who is already working towards a bigger and better event next April.
t The North Norfolk Mounted games team put in a lot of effort for the Area 8 qualifiers for the Prince Philip Cup.
Having a 6am start to travel down to Essex, the team had some last minute changes.
Team trainer Denise Howes was very committed to the competion and gave up alot of her spare time to help the girls practice.
The weather was blazing hot and the team had to contend with the eight races being ran in heats, and a final for each race.
Charlotte Hipperson was first to go in the bending race which she made look easy.
Holly Bonhan gave a thrilling show with her pony Gladdy while Phillipa Howes took on the ball and cone race with style.
But the highlight was the flag race as Bonnie Hilldrup gave a clean change over to Holly, who galloped to the finish line, pushing them through to the final.
The team was made up of mainly junior members but due to unforeseen circumstances they competed in a very experienced senior section, coming in at a very respectable ninth place.
District commisoner Alison MIiller was in attendance along with good support from family and friend and commented: 'We don`t think the girls realise just how well they did.'
t St Clement's High School, Terrington St Clement, is organising a West Norfolk Schools show jumping competition, with the support of the West Norfolk Schools Partnership, to add a further dimension to their school PE curriculum.
The competition will take place on Sunday, July 11, at Lime Kiln Farm Equestrian Centre, Thursford.
The competition is open to students from Years 7 to 11. There will be three classes - a Novice class comprising a course of 2'3' jumps, an intermediate class of 2'6' jumps and an open class with jumps of 2'9'.
Teams will consist of a minimum of three students and a maximum of four. Each competitor will jump a course of jumps. If they jump clear, the competitor will immediately do a timed jump-off and the highest threescores from each team will count.
Closing date for entries is June 16. Any students who are interested in taking part should speak to their Head of PE in the first instance.
t The Barford and Wramplingham Horse Show will take place on Sunday, July 11, at Wramplingham Hall, Wramplingham, Nr Wymondham, Norfolk by permission of Mr & Mrs SB Vincent. Show Entries Secretary is Mrs S Palmer, Apple Lodge, Chapel Street, Barford, Norwich, NR9 4BJ, Tel: 01603 759545, Mobile: 07767767060.