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Well done to our annual award winners
4th November, 2015 - We are delighted to announce the winners of our EHOA Awards which were presented at our annual dinner, held on Monday evening at Saddlers Hall, London.
Darby’s Rider Award (£500 + glass trophy) winner selected from candidate riders nominated by EHOA members: Amy Martin (presented by Helen Niebuhr of Darby’s)
Amy Martin (right) and Helen Niebuhr
Shearwater Owner Award (£500 + glass trophy) an owner who has made an exceptional contribution to the sport: Wendy Rae (presented by Jeremy & Susan Lawton of Shearwater Insurance)
Wendy Rae and Jeremy Lawton
Shearwater Owner Rider Award (£500 + glass trophy) selected from nominations by Susan Lawton: Tamsin Drew (presented by Susan Lawton of Shearwater Insurance)
Tamsin Drew (left), Jeremy & Susan Lawton
EHOA Award (Devoucoux leather headcollar + glass trophy) chosen by the EHOA board for a professional rider who has had an outstanding season: Kitty King (presented by Cathy Butler)
Cathy Butler (left) and Kitty King
Huntridge Plaque, presented to the Owner of the horse which gains the most BE points in the season, the sire or dam of which is a thoroughbred: Trisha Rickards (presented by Cathy Butler to Nigella Hall as Trisha Rickards was unable to attend)
British Eventing Awards were presented to:
The Britannia League Trophy: Winner of a Fairfax saddle & girth, trophy + £5,000 bursary: Dani Evans (presented by Vanessa Fairfax & Nigella Hall)
2nd place received a Fairfax girth + £3,000 bursary: Flora Harris (presented by Vanessa Fairfax & Nigella Hall)
3rd place received a Fairfax girth + £1,000 bursary: Dani Evans (presented by Vanessa Fairfax & Nigella Hall)
Owner of Winning Horse received a beautiful bronze: Luana Edge owner of Smart Time (presented by Nigella Hall & Vanessa Fairfax)
Best British bred horse in Britannia League: Nicola Dickson for Cooper’s Law (presented by Nigella Hall)
Two Star Future League trophy, a bronze horse’s head, won by Daisy Berkeley for Strike Smartly, presented by Paul Hodgson, to Daisy and Penny Barker (owner)
The Calcutta Cup for leading Owner was presented to Christina Knusden owner of Wesko
BE Foundation Points Leading Owner was presented to Edwina Phipps by Paul Hodgson for her horse Summerhigh
End of the 2015 season
November 1, 2015 - The 2015 British Eventing season reached it conclusion last weekend. We started at Burnham Market in April and concluded at Aldon in October. Badminton, Chatsworth, Houghton, Bramham, Nunney, Barbury, Burgham, The Festival at Gatcombe, Burghley, the Europeans at Blair, Blenheim, South of England, Osberton and Weston Park. What a busy year!
We’ve seen so many friendly faces, and welcomed old members as well as new.
We very much look forward to seeing you all in 2016.
Equi-Trek Aldon International Horse Trials
Monday, October 19 - We are very much looking forward to Equi-Trek Aldon International Horse Trials this weekend which brings the curtain down on the 2015 eventing season. We’ll be hosting the marquee for owners of competing horses and EHOA members. Do pop in and see us if you are at Aldon. We're open Friday until Sunday from 9am.
Our sincere condolences to friends and family of Caroline Creighton
Monday, October 19 - We were so very sorry to hear that Caroline Creighton has lost her battle against cancer. Caroline was based with the Wiegersmas at Beaworthy Farm, Holsworthy, was a huge friend and supporter of the EHOA. She was a much-valued member of the equestrian coaching workforce in her role as coach educator and UKCC Assessor. She had also completed the coaching development programme and was one of the first to complete the eventing specific UKCC Level 3. As a coach, mentor and friend Caroline will be missed greatly by so many and her passing will leave a huge hole.
Our thoughts are with everyone connected with Caroline.
Our condolences to Tina Cook after the sad loss of De Novo News
Tuesday, October 13 - We’re so sad to hear that Tina Cook’s top horse De Novo News has died due to an infection that developed after he fell sick while travelling.
The 12-year-old, who was bred by Tina, was part owned by EHOA member Jim Chromiak. He helped Britain to team silver at last year’s World Equestrian Games.
De Novo News contracted shipping fever on a return journey from Strzegom, Poland in June and was moved to Newmarket Equine Hospital in early August.
After showing positive signs in September, the infection moved into his joints and become unmanageable. He was put to sleep today (Oct 13).
Tina Cook riding De Novo News at Nunney International Horse Trials
Well done to our members who filled the top three places in the Britannia League
Tuesday, October 13 - Members of the EHOA have filled the top three places with their horses in the prestigious Britannia League that is a terrific endorsement of the significance of our association. EHOA member Nigella Lawson supports the league and Fairfax Saddles and gives direct help to young British riders on their way to becoming team riders of the future.
Luana Edge’s grey gelding Smart Time, who is ridden by Dani Evans, leapt to the top of the league after taking fifth place at Boekelo in the Nations Cup and wins this year’s title with 170 points. Smart Time’s stable mate Raphael III, who is owned by Vanessa Watson, finished in third place on 148 and Flora Harris finished in second with Caroline Harris and Rebecca Salts Bayano on 150 points.
Dani receives a £5,000 bursary and a Fairfax saddle of her choice for winning the title, with £3,000 for second place and £,1000 for third.
Nigella Hall developed the League with BE in 2014 to give riders who haven’t represented Britain at FEI European Championships, World Equestrian Games or Olympic Games a substantial reward to target each seasons. Points for the League are accrued at CIC3* and CCI3* events in GB as well as at all FEI Nations Cup competitions.
Nigella continues to contribute to the League in terms of funding as well as providing the Owner of the leading horse with a beautiful bronze trophy awarded at the end of the 2015 season.
EHOA members in the winning line up at Osberton
Tuesday, October 6 - Congratulations to the winners of the KBIS Young Horse Championships at Osberton with both the six and seven-year winners – Billy Walk On and Caja 20 respectively – owned by members of the EHOA.
Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw’s Billy Walk On was ridden by Pippa Funnell into pole position with a super dressage test and a double clear in the one star championship. Billy Walk On is a British-bred gelding by Billy Mexico out of Shannon Line.Former GB young rider medalist Willa Newton rode the German-bred Caja 20, owned by the Caja Syndicate 20. The mare is by Carenzo out of Ravenna.
Pippa Funnell on Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw's Billy Walk On
Willa Newton on the Caja 20 Syndicate's Caja 20
Team Silver for Britain at the European Championships
September 24, 2015 - The EHOA would like to send its hearty congratulations to the British team for winning Silver at the European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle.
Congratulations to EHOA members Frank and Jane Innis owners of Persimmon who finished fourth individually ridden by Kitty King. Persimmon finished the cross country full of running and jumped the most immaculate clear to miss out on a Bronze medal by just 0.1 penalties.
We’d also like to congratulate all owners, horses and riders on the British team:
Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero (William Fox-Pitt)
Nicola Wilson, Janine Shewan and Gerry & Mary Kemp’s One Too May (Nicola Wilson)
Pippa Funnell, Ruth McMullen and Jenny Nolan’s Sandman (Pippa Funnell).
EHOA Hospitality at South of England and Osberton
September 22, 2015 - The EHOA will be hosting the Owners facilities for all owners of competing horses and EHOA members at South of England International September 26 – 27.
Stuart and Anna Buntine of BEDE are very generously offering an Owners facility at Osberton International, October 1 – 4, which is open to all owners of competing horses and EHOA members. This will be hosted by BEDE.
Best Wishes to the British team at the European Eventing Championships
September 8th, 2015 - We’d like to send our very best wishes to the British team competing at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle which begin on Thursday.As the host nation, GB can field 12 riders rather than the usual six.
The British pairs selected for the championship are: Laura Collett (Grand Manoeuvre), Dani Evans (Smart Time), William Fox-Pitt (Bay My Hero), Pippa Funnell (Sandman 7), Kitty King (Persimmon), Wills Oakden (Greystone Midnight Melody), Gemma Tattersall (Arctic Soul), Izzy Taylor (KBIS Briarlands Matilda), Oliver Townend (Fenyas Elegance), Francis Whittington (Easy Target), Nicola Wilson (One Two Many) and Holly Woodhead (DHI Lupison).
We’d also like to congratulate Michael Jung who became the first German to win the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials - and is already the only rider in history to hold Olympic, World and European titles at the same time. The 33-year-old was riding La Biosthetique Sam.
Good luck at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2015
August 31, 2015 - Good luck to everyone competing at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CIC4* this week!
We’re looking forward to hosting the owners’ marquee, for all owners of competing horses and members of the EHOA. The marquee has a prime location adjacent to ring two where the Burghley Young Event Horse classes are staged, and close to the first and final fences of the cross country course. Do come and join us if you are at Burghley.
This year’s event won’t be quite the same without the presence of Andrew Nicholson who is recovering from an injury sustained at Gatcombe. Andrew created history last year by becoming the first rider to win a four-star event three consecutive years with the same horse. We wish him a very speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in action next year.
Blenheim celebrates 25 years
24 August, 2015 - To celebrate 25 years, Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, which take place from September 17 – 20, will be hosting an anniversary celebration dinner on Thursday, 17 September for riders, owners, supporters, sponsors and connections. The evening includes a delicious four course dinner with a half bottle of wine per person. Premium tables are available which include wine and champagne all evening for all occupants and the guest speaker is Alice Plunkett. For more information please visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk/25th-anniversary-celebration-dinner
The Festival of British Eventing
August 10, 2015 - We had a wonderful time at the Festival of British Eventing where we hosted the marquee for owners and supportes with the HTSG.With a superb view of the main arena, it was a wonderful place to enjoy all the action.Well done to all the winners, including Noah Brook who was crowned the inaugural winner of the TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup, pictured here with Kate Radford, Paul Crompton and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
British squad named for Blair
The EHOA would like to congratulate all the owners and their riders who have been selected to compete at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships in Blair Castle, Scotland (10-13 September 2015). Part of UK Sport’s National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio series, supporting British athletes’ preparation and qualification for Rio 2016, this summer’s event is the last major Championship before the Olympic Games, where GBR will be represented having already qualified a team spot after the World Equestrian Games last year.
The selected squad has been named as (in alphabetical order): Laura Collett (25) from West Berkshire with Mrs Diana Chappell’s Grand Manoeuvre
Dani Evans (23) from Bristol with Mrs Luana Edge’s Smart Time
William Fox-Pitt (46) from Sturminster Newton, Dorset with Mrs Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero
Pippa Funnell MBE (46) from Dorking, Surrey with Mrs Jennifer A Nolan, Miss Ruth McMullen and her own Sandman 7
Flora Harris (27) from Hungerford, Berkshire with Mrs Caroline Harris and Ms Rebecca Salt’s Bayano
Kitty King (32) from Chippenham, Wiltshire with Jane and Frank Inns Persimmon
Gemma Tattersall (30) from Horsham, West Sussex with The Soul Syndicate’s Arctic Soul
Izzy Taylor (32) from Banbury, Oxfordshire with Miss Susan Holroyd and Ms Frances Carter’s British Bred Allercombe Ellie
Oliver Townend (32) from Ellesmere, Shropshire with Mr P J Hegarty’s Fenyas Elegance
Francis Whittington (37) from Crowborough, East Sussex with Mrs Catherine Witt’s Easy Target
Nicola Wilson (38) from Northallerton, North Yorkshire with Mary & Gerry Kemp and Mrs Janine Shewan’s One Two Many
Holly Woodhead (21) from Marlborough, Wiltshire with Ian and Heidi Woodhead’s DHI Lupison
Four of the selected athletes have also been named with direct reserve horses; William Fox-Pitt is selected with Miss Carol Gee and Mrs Catherine Witt’s Fernhill Pimms and Mrs Catherine Witt’s Luxury F H. Pippa Funnell is selected with Mr Marek Sebestak and her own Second Supreme; Izzy Taylor has KBIS Briarlands Matilda, owned by Mr Guy Avis as a direct reserve, whilst Nicola Wilson is also named with WEG ride, Mary and Barry Tweddle’s Annie Clover.
Nunney International Horse Trials, supported by Hopkins Concrete, June 19- 21, 2015
June 22, 2015 - We had three super days at Nunney International in the Westcountry where we saw many EHOA members and owners of competing horses.
It was lovely to have the owners recognised on Friday with Kilver Court Designer Village near Shepton Mallet providing a voucher booklet offering a summer full of exclusive savings at the designer outlet, with special offers for every weekend in July.
Houghton Hall International
June 3, 2015 - We were delighted to host the Owners’ Tent at Houghton Hall where we donated owners’ prizes to the first three competitors in the one and two star sections.
In the CIC*, Dirk Schrade claimed first and third spots with Call Me Honey and Navarino respectively with Joem Warner second riding Vicco Pop.
The CCI2* went to Bettina Hoy riding Seigneur Medicott, with Christopher Burton on Nobilis 18 second and Dirk Schrade third on Mr Tomtom.
CCI2* winner Bettina Hoy and Seigneur Medicott with EHOA board member Monika Hunt and BE chairman Paul Hodgson
Christopher Burton, 2nd in the CCI2* riding Nobilis 18, with EHOA board member Monika Hunt (left)
International Supporters Pavilion FEI European Eventing Championships Blair Castle 2015
Members of the EHOA and the Horse Trials Support Group (HTSG) are to be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to the FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle which allows them access to the International Supporters Pavilion (ISP). Please be aware that numbers will limited to the ISP tent so early booking is advised.
Tickets are not on sale to the general public and are only available to select members of National Federations and recognised Eventing Supporters Clubs.
Any EHOA members who have already bought members’ tickets for Blair will be able to upgrade their tickets to the ISP tent. The Blair office will handle this directly when you submit your booking form.
Please click here for all the information on Blair and for the booking form.
THE EHOA HAS RESPONDED TO THE FEI’S RECENT PAPER REGARDING THE STRUCTURE OF EVENTING AND HAS POSTED THIS RESPONSE ON THE FEI FORUM
April 24, 2015
To whom in may concern,
I write, as chair of the Event Horse Owners Association ('EHOA'), so that our views will be available to those attending the meeting in Switzerland on Sunday, 26th April, 2015. The EHOA represents all owners of horses competing in the UK (including foreign owners). We welcome the opportunity to consider and comment on the FEI discussion papers. We understand the need to address factors of safety for both horse and rider, factors affecting the development of the sport and the importance of retaining Eventing as an Olympic event.
Let me first write to express full unqualified support for the views expressed so cogently by Bruce Haskell, the chair of ERA Int, in his open letter dated 23rd April 2015. In particular:-
1. We believe that Eventing must be seen by, and overseen by, the FEI as a sport separate from the others under the FEI umbrella. For that reason, we disagree with the suggestion in the FEI paper that there is a need to 'harmonise' the rules that Eventing has for the dressage and show jumping phases in its competition with the rules applicable to pure Dressage and to Show Jumping. We see no such need, especially now that each of these disciplines is, for IOC purposes, a separate 'event'.
2. The sport of Eventing went through a radical format change a decade ago to accommodate the short format programme required for Olympics. Clearly, as the FEI paper states, Eventing must be 'attractive, modern, TV and spectator friendly'. We consider that there is much that should done in this area right now. Bruce Haskell lists some of the presentational changes that we need to see. We urge the FEI to support and encourage these changes. But we do not consider that format change is necessary. We are now at a stage where it is more important to consider how the FEI presents Eventing to the viewing public rather than with the Sport itself.
3. We strongly support ERA's plea that the team competition at the Olympics should be at the highest level. Don't address the universality principle by lowering the standard. Instead, encourage and help aspiring nations to bring their riders' skills up to the highest level. Furthermore, it is contrary to the universality principle to prevent the same rider competing in the team and individual competitions. We do not accept that running each team sequentially is sensible. It would reduce the 'excitement factor' and increase the risk of accidents - no time to take account of feedback.
4. With regards to formats with the possible merging of the current long and short 1 and 2 star competitions, what are the objectives? Currently when riders and owners are planning their horses schedule for upgrading up the levels, the CIC competitions are used as a ‘stepping stone’ to the longer formats of CCI. Where is this proposal leading and what format is proposed if retaining CCI competitions at 3 & 4*?
5. We share ERA's concern at the 'one line' threat in the FEI paper to the essence of Eventing - to the existence of the CCI 4* competition. Why raise even the possibility of the 4* course length being reduced. What is this all about? Why this proposal? As owners who love the sport, we do not want a shorter cross-country course for 4* competitions.
6. A final word: again we echo Bruce Haskell's comment - no change of name for our sport is required. By improving the presentation of our sport, 'Eventing' - easy to remember and easy to spell! - will become readily identified by a wider public. But please let us have new names for our competitions. We must get rid of those dreaded initials - CCI, CIC CCIO. They have no place in a modern, outward looking sport.
Equestrian sports are unique. Only in Equestrian sports do two athletes necessarily compete in partnership together - horse and rider. However there is another extremely important partner in this relationship and that is the “Owner”. Owners fund these partnerships and allow their horses to compete for their nations. Owners should be assured of the highest standards at whatever level their horses are competing. When changes to the sport are being considered it is only right that their views should be taken into account and, accordingly, we welcome the chance to present them in this letter.
Cathy Butler (Chairman EHOA) 24th April 2015
EHOA gains support of Weatherbys Private Banking
February 6, 2015 - The Event Horse Owners Association is delighted to announce Weatherbys Private Banking as its principle sponsor for 2015.
Founded in 1770 by James Weatherby, the seventh generation family-run company has its roots in the horse racing industry but has built up a successful private bank.
Roger Weatherby, Chief Executive of Weatherbys Bank said: “Weatherbys have been involved in horse racing sponsorship for many years. However, 2013 saw us venture into headline sponsorship in the eventing world for the first time. Since then we have been involved with a growing number of events, including the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials, where we first worked alongside the EHOA.”
He added: “As we well know from the sport of horse racing, owners are key to the success and continuity of the sport, and we are delighted to announce our sponsorship of the EHOA in 2015. We look forward to meeting many of you at EHOA events throughout the year.”
The EHOA was founded in 1998 by a number of owners of event horses who were supporting the sport but felt that they were being seen as the sport’s outsiders. Through its work, the EHOA is now recognised throughout the sport and is widely regarded as the ‘Voice for Owners.’
The EHOA’s Jeremy Skinner said: “Last year, after a careful review, we moved our banking to Weatherbys Bank, seeing that as a natural fit. For us this has been excellent. To have a bank with staff we now know well makes all the difference.
“I am, therefore, delighted that Weatherbys Private Banking has agreed to cement our relationship with them. Weatherbys Bank is now the 'Event Owners’ Bank. We shall be welcoming people from the bank to our hospitality marquees during the season.”
Owners are now fully accepted by riders, organisers, British Eventing, the sport’s governing arm, and the media as playing an essential role in the sport. Having been the forerunner of rider training which BE has carried on, the Association’s further aim is to make eventing even more fun for owners.
The EHOA hosts hospitality marquees at many major events, including Badminton, Burghley, The British Eventing Championships at Gatcombe and Obsberton, and it will continue to exert pressure on event organisers to provide spaces for owners to sit down, enjoy a cup of tea and meet up with friends.
The EHOA’s chairman Cathy Butler said: "We are excited at the prospect of working closely with Weatherbys. With their support we shall indeed be able to make eventing more fun for owners.”
Can you help at EHOA Hospitality?
We are looking for volunteers to help at the Hospitality Marquees. As you are no doubt aware it is very important to have an enthusiastic team of people ready to host the marquees and welcome other members, owners and riders. We have been providing EHOA Hospitality at a number of Events and are rolling out new dates this season. We are looking for people to get involved in assisting in the Hospitality Marquees. You will have lots of fun and meet plenty of like minded folk getting together for the love of our Sport.
If you can spare some free time and would like to get involved we would love to hear from you.
Please contact Mrs Margie Hall -email@example.com
Check out our Hospitality page for dates