What an incredible 2017! The South East Eventers League in its 21st year goes from strength to strength. This year we have had record participants and such engaged sponsors, we are proud to contribute to the development of the south-east eventing scene.
Felicity Collins and RSH Contend Or (main picture) have won the Home Farm Equestrian Leading Horse and Rider, 21 years after her mother won the same title in SEEL’s inaugural year. Felicity confesses she spent the day at South of England doing the arithmetic to see if she had won, SEEL were delighted to confirm she had! This tops an amazing year for Felicity, which includes becoming the British Young Rider Champion and representing Britain at the Young Rider Europeans. Felicity commented how special it feels to follow in her mum’s footsteps. Mother, Vicky won the first ever SEEL Leading horse and rider rankings 22 years agoon her seasoned campaigner Welton Molecule. The league has featured on her “to win” list and she is so excited that she has a horse in Mickey capable of winning and progressing to greater things. She feels he is a 4 star horse and therefore is planning to consolidate at 3 star next year and complete their qualifications. Avrina Milton (his part owner), Felicity and her mum can’t believe what a special talent they have in their hands to nurture. RSH Contend Or has been produced by Felicity from BE100 up to advanced level. He was purchased locally having been produced up to BE100 with another local rider, Sam Penn.
Sam has for the second year running won the Equine Travel Agency Veteran Horse with Becky Rignall’s Burntwood Sorrell. Ginger is now 18yo but continues to enjoy his eventing, having secured 4 BE100 wins this year. Another previous winner 14yo Anna Martin and Sannanvalley Classic have won the Equ Stream U21 rankings. Anna has had a very successful year with this lovely coloured mare which includes winning a valuable ticket to the Badminton Mitsubishi Cup at BE100 level, by winning the Regional Final at Goring(2).
Karen Maurice (pictured left) and her own mare Panache II have been more present within the south east than our other leading contenders, supporting many of the league events. They have secured the Voltaire saddle for winning the overall grassroots league, as well as the Rachel Lamb Veteran Rider and the Poppinghole Leading Mare.
The Moorhouse Communications BE90 ranking has been won by Jokers Promise and Victoria Linfield. This coloured gelderlander is not a conventional event type, but proves you don’t need a stereotypical eventer to event. They have enjoyed 4 wins at BE90 level this season and also have a return trip to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup booked. Victoria advises her bouncy coloured is now on holiday and is currently “fat, hairy, feral and very muddy!”
26yo Harriet Colderick has enjoyed a successful season with 2 ex-racehorses, Watergate Bay and Jack Harbour. These 2 ex-racehorses both raced for the Colderick family, before being retrained by Harriet, they are proving to be super-consistent event horses and a tribute to Harriet’s training. Harriet and Watergate Bay have won the Jim Boyle racing ex-racehorse league by a significant margin, the Wellington Riding Novice as well as coming a very close second to Felicity in the Home Farm Equestrian Leading Horse and Rider League. An unfortunate fall at South of England prevented them picking up the few points they needed to overhaul Felicity within this league. Harriet juggles teaching in the Equestrian department at Mayfield school with running a yard at her home, her plans for next season are a CCI1* and a CIC2*.
The SEEL Equestrian and Commercial Repairs International ranking was secured at South of England by Katie Preston and her own Templar Justice. This was as a result of a sparkling win in the CIC**. Katie is a vet at Milbourn Equine Vets and she has produced the 10yo gelding Templar Justice from a 4yo. Rebecca Williams and Barley Bree have won the Carnegie Osteopathy BE80 rankings. The 10yo 16.1hh mare started competing with Rebecca in 2016 and in 2017 they have gelled at BE80 level to take 2 wins and a second place this season.
The SEEL committee now look ahead to the famous SEEL ball on the 18th November 2017 at the High Rocks near Tunbridge Wells. Tickets are selling fast, therefore please get your orders in quick. All details can be found at www.south-east-eventers-league.co.uk.
Article Source: British Eventing News
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