August has been a busy month for the Blue Chip Sponsored Rider team. They have seen success at all levels and achieved wins, placing’s and qualifications across the disciplines. Read below to see what they have been up to!
Chelsea Round is proving to be one of the shining stars of Youth Eventing in the UK and has been chosen to represent Great Britain in the European Championships in Italy this September on her Hanovarian gelding, Fleetwood Mac V, who started their campaign for selection after victory at the Racesafe Equestrian Junior Championship held at Brand Hall Horse Trials in June.
Chelsea recently spoke to British Eventing on her win at Brand Hall and said:
“I came here with no real expectations so to win is a complete surprise! My main aim was to come to get experience and I wanted to get a good dressage mark as he can be inconsistent in that phase, but he felt great. To lead throughout was incredible and I’m glad all my training with Caroline Moore and the Junior Programme has paid off.
“I started eventing with British Eventing at BE80(T) level with my last pony, and at that time I had no idea about the youth programmes. I would definitely encourage others to give it a go, I have met so many people through eventing – it’s like a family’
She has been extremely consistent throughout the season this year, gaining eight top fifteen finishes so far, including three wins at both CCI* and Open Intermediate Level, with her latest being a win at the Wellington International Horse Trials where she finished on her dressage score of 28.40, well ahead of the rest of the field.
We hope that after such a brilliant season, her and Mac can go on to take Gold at the Championships, which are to be held on the 22nd – 25th September in Montelibretti, Italy. We will be regularly updating our social media pages with her progress, but you can follow Chelsea yourself on her page at: Chelsea Round Eventing
Well, it has been a whirlwind the last month! Annie has been such a superstar with her performance, that I have now been able to fine tune parts to enable us to get those all-important last few marks that we need to get us where we want to be. I have focused so much on the dressage, but I must admit it has been rather frustrating as per usual! She achieved some fantastic marks in May/June but they have slightly gone up from 20’s to low 30’s which has been a shame for qualifications.
We went to Breckenbrough for a tough BE100 run and that it was! So many skinnies, combinations and angled brushes that tested us both but she jumped another brilliant double clear, and it was just the dressage that held us back with a reasonable score of 32.5 placing us 7th. This was a blow as we needed to be in 6th place to gain another regional final qualification.
We then scheduled in mid-week the new BEDE Eventer Trial, who are going to hold a final at Osberton for the top 30 placed riders. Annie was super, and jumped a double clear, picking up 2nd place which gave us 9 points and enough to get us into the final which I am really looking forward to.
Up next was our first regional final at Shelford Manor. We knew it would be tough competition but I never thought I would be way down in 12th place with a 31 dressage double clear with the winner on a 20.5 dressage! Lots to work on I told myself on the way home!!
The following week all I did was work on the dressage and my up and coming test which was the BE105 in the long arena. I popped down to Sarah Healy’s for a lesson and we really worked on the consistency to the bridle. At the end we were both knackered but had felt we had mastered it finally, so off we went to our second regional final at Llanymynech feeling a lot more confident about the dressage. She did a really lovely test, but there were still a couple of parts that could be improved upon, like the buck over X when I asked for canter! But the whole test was so calm and consistent I came out beaming!!
I was gutted to see a mark of 32.5 which was about half way in the section, as I really did think it was high 20’s from the previous tests she has done, but then again I have to remember I am against a lot more established horses at the top of their game.
She did another amazing double clear but as I looked at my watch and saw I still had a minute to go, I stupidly slowed down at the end, picking up three time penalties for going too slow, as opposed to at Shelford when I went too fast! This cost us the place we so badly wanted to get us to Badders booo hoooo!! If I was 2 seconds over I would have qualified it was that close! There was only 0.1 seconds in it from 5th to 6th! Unfortuntely, for some reason it wasn’t meant to be our turn, so I am setting our sights firmly on Aske Regional Final coming up in a few weeks. It was nice to see us up there in top 6 I must admit, and it has given me confidence to keep going. We can do this!!
If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen an exciting new member joining my team called Shannondale Gold Run. She is a stunning 3 year old, unbroken grey roan mare with the same Sire as Annie, Shannondale Sarco out of a TBxID mare by French Buffet. It is going to be really exciting to be involved with her training from the very start, including the breaking process which I have never done, so I will definitely be blogging about that experience! She arrives at the end of the week direct from the Shannondale Stud, and I am really grateful to Martin & Pat who have partnered Goldie to me from my wish list. Will keep you all posted.
Annie is off to the Yorkshire Challenge BE100 final in 2 weeks at Frickley, which I am hoping to successfully get round this time!! It will be perfect prep for her should we get to Badminton, as it is a top end BE100 course. Also, a familiar face is coming to stay with us… Candy Blue gets her old stable back for the weekend. Delighted to have Alison and Candy with us who are also competing in the BE105!
New Blue Chip Sponsored Rider Tahnia Jordan – Jones has had a fantastic time at Scope with her three ponies Thyme Flies, owned by Anastasia Snook, Oakhurst in the Spotlight and Sulan Hollywood Knight, achieving some brilliant results over the course of the Show Jumping Festival.
All three ponies each jumped excellent rounds and made it in to the main ring for the Championships of the classes that they were entered in. Thyme Flies and Oakhurst in the Spotlight achieved a 2nd and 4th respectively in the 138cm Waddlesdon Stud preliminary rounds, before heading on to the finals where unlucky poles were had, leaving Tahnia in 4th and 5th positions on her two mounts. Her luck changed though in the 138cm Graham Heath finals, where she achieved a 2nd on Thyme Flies and a 3rd on Spot after they jumped foot perfect rounds over the technical jump off course.
Sulan Hollywood Knight also put in an excellent performance in the very challenging 1.20m Pony Jubilee Final, where she finished in 6th position, before going on to achieve a 3rd place in the Dunglenn Final, which had large fences set to challenge both horse and rider, but the pair, once again pulled it off to come home with some fantastic results
This Scope Festival will have been Tahnia’s last on her 138cm ponies, so her and her team are overjoyed to have achieved such brilliant placing’s
Karen tells us, ‘July was full on with the British Dressage BYRDS Inter-Regionals and then waiting for them to hear if they were selected for the England team was nail biting! In the meantime, April also took part in the Badminton Dressage Championships and finished with fab results, and to top it off we then found out April and Robin were selected to ride on the team, with her taking Elegance as a reserve! April and both horses were chosen to ride at the Under 25’s Sheepgate BYRDS Team Championships at both Novice and Elementary level and they also took part in the Novice National Under 25’s Championships, where out of 90 riders, April came 5th & went through to the finals.’
Aside from dressage, April and Robin took part in the National Riding Club Style Show Jumping Championships which were held at Hartpury College, where they came Individual 5th 2nd with the team. Also, their stallion, Rooks Corker, also went to his first show and behaved impeccably, coming home with two second place rosettes.
The month ahead brings plenty of excitement for Team Joynson, with April and Ellie competing together at in Novice and Elementary Classes at the PetPlan Equine Area Festivals, and also Robin will be entered into the Riding Club National Dressage to Music Championships, having qualified in Novice and Elementary. Also, after qualifying both Robin and Jim for the Elementary BYRDS Myquest & Team Quest classes, April will be off to the Regional Championships! Karen also has a big yard move at the end of the month so it looks like September will be a very busy, but hopefully very successful month for this mother and daughter duo!
Keep up to date with their progress via their Facebook page:
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