January 2016 Sponsored Rider Round-Up

Sophie Corney

I have few updates from recent shows I went to Harrogate on the 22nd December where I had a good show getting 2nd on ocean breeze in the 85 amateur class, lapaloma won the 1.05 amateur and stanhopes good Friday jumped amazing to win the topscore!
I went back to Harrogate on the 23rd December where ocean breeze was 2nd again in both the 85&95 amateur classes and stanhopes good Friday won both the 1.05&110 amateur classes the horses jumped great and was a good end to a fantastic year with them.

Yesterday I went to bishop burton for the blue chip star qualifier where stanhopes good Friday jumped a fast double clear to finish 2nd. Looking forward to seeing what 2016 has to offer.


Chelsea Round

Here’s an update of the last couple of weeks Another busy few weeks for us, we have been to Onley Grounds doing another elem and scored 68.7% coming 1st, then onto Solihull thurs 7th Jan to keep going with the dressage practice to win the elem 53 on 73.6% in hurricane frank!!
Sunday 10th I took Mac to Solihull Riding Club BS and had a win in the Discovery Class which had huge entries.
We have also been to 2 of the Caroline Moore Training courses held at Unicorn Centre. These are fab and cover lots of different, in depth, aspects of working and caring for your competition horse which has been great, plus practical training of flatwork and jumping throughout the days.

I have been able to tell the other riders about how brilliant Blue Chip is for my horses too.
Will be having a go at my first Medium dressage test next week so I will let you know how that goes.


Daisy Coakley

Addington High Profile show is the first big competition of the season. The classes were absolutely huge!

I was riding Merri and Finn in the Prix St George and the PSG Freestyle.

Merri warmed up well and stayed relaxed in the trot work throughout her test. She scored 7’s and 7.5’s for most of her trot work, shoulder in, 8m circles and half pass. The canter was also good scoring a 7.5 for her four time changes unfortunately we had a costly mistake in the three time changes. We also had a blip in the left pirouette but over all I was really pleased with Merri’s performance. She scored 66.27% which was a top ten placing and won the Silver Section!

It was not Finn’s day unfortunately….after warming up well we think he got his tongue over the bit in the test so I had to retire as he was clearly not happy. Retirement in a dressage test was also a first for me!


The PSG freestyle had many withdrawn as the snow hit on Saturday evening. Luckily we had late times so the majority  had melted by the time we left for Addington.

Merri was first to go… The trot worked minus  a small blip but overall it was very expressive. Her canter was good but unfortunately we had a mistake  in the 4 time changes which was costly and we didn’t have a spare line to redo them as we were slightly behind the music. 

Finn was a lot more relaxed performing to music although he had two explosive moments in the medium canter and trot!  His music was very loud as I asked them to turn it right up as Merri’s was far to quiet… but this meant it was a little distorted.

Overall I’m very pleased with both horses and now back to training to work on getting the marks even higher.

Thank you Addington for running a super show!


Catherine Beniston

It has been a tough year for Dryfesdale Debit as he has had to go up against mature stallions and he is only three years old. He has had some good results especially winning at the North of England Shetland pony show with a lovely trophy. In every show he has entered, he has been placed in the top three. He ended his season on a second place at the NCPA Pony of the Year show. Debit is now enjoying his winter break and maturing nicely.

Dundee has done well this year. For me, him coming fifth at the F21 National Championship was amazing. People who know Dundee will know that he can get quite stressed when he’s out showing, but he went into a busy ring and did not put a foot wrong – I was very proud!

Dryfesdale Cyclone did his first show in a year, as I had been concentrating on the standards, at Chipping and won. He has been doing the winter riding clubs and has won the mountain and moorland classes.

I think one of the highlights for me was gaining sponsorship from Blue Chip Feeds. They have just offered me another sponsorship contact and I would like to thank them for supporting our amazing breed.

I also set up the North West Shetland Pony Group on Facebook which has grown in popularity. Please have a look at it.

So… What does 2016 hold?

 A new arrival in February: Dryfesdale Dahlmor, a ginger colt foal who will be doing the yearling classes.

Debit will continue to compete in the stallion classes and obtain his licence.

Dundee will have an easy year but you will be seeing more of Cyclone.

Talking of shows please support Red Rose Shetland pony show at its new venue: Northcote stud – details on the Facebook page.

Another idea I’ve had is to set up a dating site for us Shetland pony people, to find like-minded people who appreciate the time our hobby takes.

See you all on the circuit shows will soon be with us again.”


Ellen Churchill

Ellen has qualified her novice pony today at Badgworth (Animo novice) – they came 7th out of 45.  So now she has two ponies qualified for the Blue Chip Winter Championships.


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