The club had a bumper contingent going to Lincoln this year with 12 members attending. This was one of the best yet with a fabulous atmosphere from start to finish. Julia was the first to arrive and was allowed to block of a huge space so everone could park together which is much better for the party at night. Once most peole arrived the horses were exercised and washed, plaited etc especially the early starters.
Vic had organised a BBQ and quite frankly had enough food to feed the whole show field! Mark Gibson was head chef ably assisted by Richard Pinkney they cooked while the beer and wine flowed and the laughter started. Not sure when the die hards went to bed but Bishops definately had the biggest party.
The next morning Caroline and Barry had early jumping times so were up and about sharp to get started while most of us doing dressage etc had a little more time. Its funny because you end up not really seeing much of your team mates during the competitions as everyone is spread out during the day in completely different areas of the show field. I think everyone were pleased with thier horses, some this was thier first experience of the championships and it is a lot for the horses to take in and for the riders too.
As the results start to filter through we learned Vic Gibson had won her arena on the lovely Frog (Lismakeera Sambuca) Jo Pinkney and Woody (Brithdir Benjamin) were second in thier riding test arena, so these two ladies were needed for a mounted prize giving. Julia and Nelson (Vanquish) were 6th in her arena also. The jumpers all jumped round but with faults spread around but they all had a great time and some of those young horses will have learned lots.
Once again I was sooooooo proud of our members, the seasoned campainers helped the newbees and a good time was had by all.
Thats it for this years championships and hopefully we can have the same amount of members going next year.
WOOHOO!!! Qualifiers 2014
We are so proud of our members that competed at the Summer Qualifiers. You all did a sterling job in representing the club. All turned out impeccably as usual. Keep up the Good Work...
Bishops riding club now have 4 teams going to the Championships in September!
At the dressage qualifier the Riding test team won, they are Linda Davis(who sadly cant attend the champs as she has undergone surgery) she will be replaced by Julia Hather on both teams, Joanne Jones, Jo Pinkney and Lynne Bradwell, also the Open dressage team won, again Linda, Joanne, Lynne and Vic gibson, Vic also qualified her other horse as an individual al together we have 11 members going to the champs, that is going to be one big party in the evening.
On the jumping teams Jane Bromley is replacing Vic (who already has 2 horses going)
WOW.. Bishops won the Area 2 Winter League Competition. Well Done to all members that took part and supported us
Its been another busy one. Lots of rallies that have been very well attended and a lot of new faces coming along.
We have a style jumping team, open individual and riding test individual at the championships at Lincoln in September Dawen Emerson finished 5th in the style jumping and Angela Curry finished 11th in the open jumping, its such a great venue with so much going on and plenty of shopping.
Due to popular demand John Smart ventuered North in October and taught 30 members and non members in 2 packed days this has proved very popular and is a good money raiser for the club so we can then subsidise other events.
We are just about to start the winter league which is a great competition to get young horses going and also to encourage members to have a go.
We have various intructors lined up for the winter and are lucky enough now to be able to use Stonechester so unless the roads are icy or snowy we are able to keep going.
Members have been going great guns outside the club as well, Jayne & Barry Sexton and Jill Vasey finishe off a great summer by competing at Countryside live in the Northern show cross finals all coming away with rosettes and Jayne receiving an award for the most improved over the series.
John Smart clinic - Spring 2013
Well what a brilliant weekend we all had, two full days of jump training from a top class trainer.
We had a selection of Bishops members and members from Area 2 and a few non members and over the 2 days we had no falls at all but a lot of smiling faces.
John works on improving the canter so it becomes rythmical and balanced then the jumps look after themselves. It always surprises me how John manages to kid people along into jumping bigger than they thought they were capable of.
On the second day the improvement in the horses that had done day one was remarkable ( a lot less poles to pick up).
Hopefully we will get John to return North in September time whatch this space.
We had teams in all the winter league and winter qualifiers and at most events got rosettes, the winter league show jumping we managed to field 3 teams which was brilliant again mixed fortunes, what is great to see is lots of newer members coming along and having a go which is what we are all about.
To end the winter season we had the are quiz and we were 5th & 6th in that, the day before we had the combined training, on the day we were given 5th rosettes but the next day on the results sheets the girls were 4th, and Barry put up a sterling performance in the 90cm FOH challenge.
The horse trials took place last weekend and the 90cm team were 5th which was brilliant as only had three on the team as Sarah had had a disagreement with her PJ's and the stairs so had a twisted ankle so poor Walter missed his trip out!
We have 2 girls going to the horse trials championships as Natalie Everitt and her horse Phoenix rising won her arena of the 90cm and Frances Hillier won her 80cm section with Shannondale Star, good going girls!!
We have a busy few months planned with the John Smart clinic and camp both in May then we all need to be gearing up for the summer qualifiers.