News From Reybridge Eventing

We’ve had a very exciting few weeks since our last Newsletter, including a 2* win, a weekend in Holland, the babies at Badminton, David’s first ride in the 2017 3* ERM series, and the u25 National Championships.

And not forgetting that Travelling Head Groom Jade Roberts was voted ERM Supergroom at Chatsworth – very well deserved as Chap looked amazing.

Our first trip in April was to Oudkarspel in northern Holland with Jane and Ian James’ Eisfee (Alice) where she finished in 5th in the CCI2*. Next stop Bicton Arena (Devon) with six horses, which were rather scattered across the three days, meaning quite a lot of driving up and down but it was worth it.

Carneyhaugh Rua (Roly), Dunge’s Don Perignon (Don), Ferro Point (Ferro) and Rainstown Star (Duncan) were all entered in the Intermediate. Duncan did a great dressage test (27.1) but had two down SJ, and David decided to withdraw from quite firm going XC and save him for Chatsworth. Meanwhile Don, Ferro and Roly all had mid-30s dressage marks and went into the showjumping very evenly matched. Ferro had a double clear and minimal time faults XC to finish 5th.  Don and Roly had one and two down respectively, and a few more time faults to finish 15th and 16th.

Gillian Jonas’ Chap was another withdrawal after dressage – also going to Chatsworth (see more below) – but Gillian’s other horse, Shannondale Quest (JJ), was in second after dressage in the CIC2* and despite a pole down, David really went for it XC. JJ duly obliged and galloped as fast as he needed to, finishing one second under the time to win. Gillian was delighted – not least because Bicton is her local course.

Hot on the heels of David’s Bicton success, he took the ‘babies’ to Badminton for the Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier. Reybridge Riverdanz (Jimmy, below left, with the Reybridge support crew watching from the sidelines!) and Sarah Warden’s Jumbo’s Question (Bertie) were very well-behaved in their dressage, and both jumped clear but were perhaps not quite what the conformation judge was looking for.

These two also had their first BE outing at Broadway later that week, along with Mark Milligan’s Royal Conquest (Edgar).  All sub-30 dressage marks, all one pole down SJ. Bertie and Jimmy went clear XC with only eight time faults but Edgar took exception to something and added a few more faults. David was very pleased with all of them at both events.  Their next outing was to Ascott under Wychwood and they brought home a win (Bertie), 4th (Jimmy) and 7th (Edgar). Positively running up their learning curve!

Eisfee (Alice) went to Aston le Walls, where she finished second in the OI on a fantastic dressage mark of 22.1.  Then some very exciting news from the 2017 ERM series:

“The next 10 accepted into the ERM (CIC3*) at The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials brings us some seriously high class riders from different nations:

30   Francis Whittington Eventing representing Great Britain

29   Hector Payne HP Eventing representing Great Britain

28   David Doel Reybridge Eventing representing Great Britain

27   Elizabeth Power Eventing representing Ireland ”


And suddenly David and Chap were practising their dressage to music!

And here is Chap, on top form and looking fabulous, doing that dressage test to score 55.7, putting him in about 35th place. He had one pole down SJ – as did a LOT of others – but whizzed round XC with only 10 time faults to finish in 18th.  A fantastic performance and David was “chuffed to bits”.  And you can see from these pictures why Jade was voted ERM Supergroom

Rainstown Star and Carneyhaugh Rua also competed at Chatsworth finishing 12th and 21st in the CIC*.

The ERM series is televised and broadcast live, so you can watch David next time round, and you can watch his Chatsworth performance on demand –  go to

Tweseldown next with three entered in the Intermediate – Don, Duncan and Roly.  It was a very hot day with the horses sweating up just in the warm-up.  Don and Roly each had a pole and Duncan was clear SJ but he really didn’t like all the ditches XC and we took home 10th, 14th and 23rd.

May seemed like a very long month – and Sarah Warden’s Man About Town II (Teddy) topped it off with a 36.3 dressage and a lovely double clear in the Novice at Pontispool to finish 10th.

And finally, Chap to the fore again in the CCI3*u25 National Championships at Bramham, where he tried his hardest and despite being way down the list after dressage, he skipped across the country to end up 10th overall, and 6th of the Brits.  A great result, although more work to be done on his showjumping……

Alice also went to Bramham for only her second CIC3*. She was about half way down the order after dressage, had a few poles SJ but ran really well XC round a seriously strong track, staying very straight and coping with all the difficult, technical questions she encountered.


16 June Nunney International BE100 5YO Bertie, Jimmy
 Frome, Somerset BE100 Edgar
Novice Teddy
ON Duncan
Intermediate Don, Ferro, Roly
1 July Chepstow BE100 Bertie, Edgar, Jimmy
Monmouthshire Novice Teddy
Novice Regional Final Duncan
6 July Barbury International Novice Teddy
Marlborough, Wiltshire CIC2* Don, Ferro, Roly
28 July


Burgham International, Northumberland CIC3* Alice, JJ

Of these next events, Nunney is significant because David will be defending the CIC2* title, which he won last year on Patsy Mason’s Mr HiHo.

Huge thanks as ever to the team at home who keep everything rolling along while we’re away, and to all of you for your support, encouragement, help and delicious food items which keep us going at these lovely events.  If we haven’t seen you out and about yet, please come and find us and say hello.

David and Maggie

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