22nd – 27th August 2011 and Lincolnshire’s popular venue Sheepgate Equestrian welcomed riders 25 years and under from all over the country to the prestigious Under 25’s Championships once again. Organised and hosted by the Sheepgate Team, this show has gone from strength to strength over the years and is now a major fixture in the equestrian calendar of any young dressage rider. The six days of competitions saw over eight hundred tests taking place and new national champions awarded their titles. All riders were welcomed with a gift of a feed bucket from Dengie Horse Feeds and a goodie bag from Schockemohle Sports and Groomers.Sheepgate’s organiser Sarah Payne, a former international pony team member and young rider is constantly looking for new ideas and initiatives with the development of the horse and young rider in mind. 2011 saw many new ideas included within the show for the first time, welcoming ‘fledgling’ riders and offering them their own ‘intro’ test as well as a freestyle pony class aimed at 4, 5 and 6 year old ponies. The evening entertainment of ‘dog agility’ with the Sarber Team, Zumba lead by Donna Avison of D4 Dance and the annual Gersemi Fashion show were well received by all.
The ever popular team competition was well supported with teams from all over the country competing. The eventual winners were the North West Red Team, of Lucy Pincus, Amy Bount, Emily Bount and Lindsey Rollings.
A full report can be found under the CHAMPIONSHIPS tab on Sheepgate’s website and detailed results can be found at www.sheepgate.co.uk
The Baillie Haylage Preliminary Champion: Megan Roberts and Machno Countryman
The Image Point Event Photography Novice Champion : Lucy Pincus and Sheepcote Don Calisto
The Elementary Champion sponsored by Mr & Mrs Manning : Lucy Pincus and Sheepcote Sandmartin
The Gersemi Medium Champion : Kirsty Imm and Languard 4
The Ariat Advanced Medium Champion : Elilidh Grant and Comanche Crumble
The BDSC FEI Pony Champion: Erin Williams and Dynasty
The NFU Mutual (Louth) & SENOTS Rosettes FEI Junior Champion : Jessica Knapton and Remarkable
The Equetech FEI Young Rider Champion :Amy Woodhead and Pardon
The Juliete Horne Freestyle to Music winners: Amy Woodhead, Elilidh Grant, Erin Williams, Chloe Bell, Katie Hills, Lily Hewitt, Kirsty Imm, Samantha Thurman Baker
The Sheepgate Team would like to express sincere thanks to the following sponsors:
Belstane Marketing, BDSC, KBIS British Equestrian Insurance, Mrs Juliet Horne, Sheepgate Tack & Togs, The Worshipful Company of Master Saddlers, Dengie Horse Feeds, Baillie Haylage, Aerborn UK Ltd, Gallopers, Taurus, Battle, Hayward & Bower, Stockshop, Groomers, Cavallo, Keiffer, Woof Wear, Ariat, Spartan, KM Elite, Schockemole Sport, Gersemi, Joules, NFU Louth Branch, SENOTS Rosettes, Laura Payne Human & Equine Sports Therapy, Mr & Mrs David Manning, Westgate EFI, Nettex, NAF,Patey Hats, Sue Carson Saddles, Gallopers, Dodson & Horrell, Image Point Event Photography, Blue Chip, Supreme Products, Mrs Islay Auty, Mrs Alice Elliott, Mrs Tanya Larrigan.