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Cornwall equestrian round-up

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 20, 2013

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MEMBERS and supporters of St Austell Bay Equestrian Club enjoyed a lively annual meeting which incorporated presentations of the end of season point trophies.

"This was my first annual meeting as chairperson and I would like to thank all of my committee for their support," said Michelle Hartley. "I'd also like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to John and Susie Morris of Resparveth Riding Centre for offering our club such a warm welcome and opening up their wonderful facilities at Grampound Road. Utilising this excellent centre has helped to enhance our programme of events."

"We look forward to a busy and successful 2013 season," she said. "Our next event is an Easter Egg Gymkhana, clear round and showjumping this Sunday."

The club's website www.staustellbayequestrianclub.com is regularly updated with club news, results and the calendar of events. Further details contact Michelle on 07766662039.

St Austell Bay Equestrian Club point winners: Dressage: Julie Watts. Most Improved junior rider: Lowenna Tiplady- Most Improved senior rider: John Robinson. Mini, midi, maxi showjumping: Donna Sturdy. Junior showing: Isobelle Newton-Webster. Senior showjumping: Lucinda Hyland. Working hunter: Amber Whetter. Working hunter pony: Rebecca Hartley. Junior showjumping & overall points winner: Lucy Tiplady. Senior Showjumping: Julie Boswell. Gymkhana points: Tegan Giles.

SPURS show jumping look forward to bringing their season to an exciting conclusion at their final fixture on Sunday March 24 when the imposing Puissance wall will take centre stage at Barguse Arena, Lockengate.

The centre's owners, Lisa and Alistair Todd continue to support this popular event with a substantial prize fund which includes a £300 cheque to the winner.

Last year, a packed house raised the roof for Stef Tiplady from Chapel Amble and her 18hh gelding Henry who claimed victory when they soared over the 1.30 metre Puissance wall.

"We're very grateful to Lisa and Alistair for continuing their sponsorship of this fantastic class," said Mike Johns of Spurs.

"They are great supporters of the local community and their commitment is appreciated by all our riders."

Qualification is necessary to jump for the big money on offer in the Puissance. The class is open to unaffiliated riders with the added requirement that horse and rider combinations have competed at a minimum of four previous Spurs shows this season.

"Anyone can enter and have the thrill of jumping the wall but only those riders who have supported Spurs at four shows will be eligible for the money prize and the title," explained Mike. "We'll be checking all entries against the Spurs database and any riders not meeting the qualifying specifications will not be eligible for the money.

"We've put these rules in place as we believe it's only right that our unaffiliated horses and riders get a chance of winning some decent money to help them further their equine careers. I'd also be very grateful if last year's point winners could return their trophies before or on the day of the show.

"We will be presenting our new champions after the Puissance together with a cheque to our nominated charity."

In preparation for the Puissance the wall featured at the penultimate show in the Spurs series.

"I bought out the wall to give our competitors the chance to have a pop over it before our final show," said course-builder Mike Johns.

"Having the chance to jump the wall should ease any nerves for the big occasion. With our last class of the day being the Joker I decided to make the wall the Joker jump."

Georgie Hutchins from St Wenn made her mark scoring a victory on her promising pony Miracle.

"We hope to see a big crowd for our Puissance show which always provides plenty of thrills and spills for spectators," added Mike.

Spurs results: 1'8" – 2'0" Open: 1. Izzy Golightly (Star); 2. Sally Sanders (Merlen); 3. Xavia Flashman (West Prince Betsy); 4. Natalie Thomas (Diptford Saint George). 2'3" Juniors: 1. Lucy Tiplady (Sovereign); 2. Donna Long (Henney); 3. Chloe Hawken (Nutmeg); 4. Katie Glendenen (Sunny). 2'3" Seniors: 1. Tina Burden (Ronan); 2. Roxy Newstead (She's A Mystery); 3. Tina Burden (Storm); 4. Izzy Golightly (Star). 2'6" Juniors: 1. Xavia Flashman (West Prince Lady); 2. Georgie Hutchins (Miracle); 3.Chloe Hawken (Nutmeg); 4. Donna Long (Henney).2'6" Seniors: 1. Sally Sanders (Merlen); 2. Sarah Penney (Solitaire); 3. Abi Glencross (Star); 4. Sally Burchell (Sheeza Star). Joker: 1. Georgie Hutchins (Miracle); 2. Donna Long (Henney); 3. Sarah Penney (Solitaire); 4. Josh Hutchins (Lola).

A POPULAR tack auction being held at Goonhavern village hall has the added attraction of a Decorated Harness on the sales list.

The auction takes place on April 6 with the first lot going under the hammer at 6.30pm, while viewing is open to all from 2pm.

"I've not often seen a decorated harness such as this one come up for auction," said organiser Carole Nicholas of Polgoda Feedstore.

"It's a harness which has not been seen for at least 22 years in the county."

Refreshments are available at the auction. For details contact Carole at Polgoda Feedstores on 01872540434 or 07967 796731.

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