It is with deepest sadness that we learned of the tragic passing of one of our young members and BEu18 Midlands Region squad riders, Izzy Squire over the weekend.
We understand that the Sheffield based 19 year old and her sister, Beth Anderson (age 24) were both involved in a tragic accident which also involved a third Briton whilst travelling in Vietnam as reported by BBC news on Saturday 27th February.
BEu18 coordinator for the Midlands Region, Arabella Bealby has known Izzy since she joined BE’s u18 programme in the Midlands a few years ago with her pony Hufflepuff. “Izzy, known to us on the squad as ‘Specs’ was such a big player in the BE Midlands area. She came to a lot of training sessions and always would train very hard with our region’s coach Lisa Morris and was very keen to get everything right. However during ‘down-time’ at training camps or competitions she was an absolute bundle of laughs and made so very many friends.
“We went through a lot together, she started off very nervous about competing but we worked through the nerves, she trained hard and in her final year of being on the u18 squads she had progressed to CCI1J* level with her horse B Walt Lando Z at Weston Park last autumn, exceeding all expectations, especially her own. She will be missed by so many. ”
David Holmes, Chief Executive of British Eventing said: “I would like to express my deepest sympathies and I am sure also those of the eventing community to the family and friends of Izzy and Beth at this profoundly sad time.”
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With just days left until the start of the 2016 season, Burgham International (1) in Northumberland is preparing to kick off the series of events contributing to the 2016 Fairfax Britannia League.
Developed by longstanding BE supporter and Event Horse Owner Nigella Hall, along with British Eventing, the league uses the BE points system from CCI3* and CIC3* level events in the UK as well as at FEI Nations Cup fixtures. The league is now generously sponsored by Fairfax Saddles and aims to reward the next tier of up-and-coming British riders who have not started competition for their country at a senior FEI European Championships, World Equestrian Games or Olympic Games.
2015 saw Dani Evans securing top honours with Mrs Luana Edge's Smart Time under the leagues new title sponsor Fairfax, taking home a brand new Fairfax saddle of her choice, the generous £5000 rider bursary fund and a beautiful bronze trophy for the owner of the Smart Time, kindly donated by Nigella Hall.
Dani not only won the 2015 League but also took third place with Vanessa Watson's Raphael II, with Flora Harris and Caroline Harris and Rebecca Salt’s Bayano claiming second. Dani commented “It's wonderful to have something to aim for that recognises the strength of up and coming British riders.”
This season Fairfax and Nigella Hall continue their support through the rider bursary and bronze trophy, along with a £3000 prize going to second place and £1000 to third. Fairfax also provide a Fairfax Saddle and Performance Girth of the winning rider's choice and a Fairfax Performance Girth to the second and third placed riders in the League.
The following CIC3* and CCI3* fixtures in Great Britain are qualifying events for the Britannia League in 2016:
For a list of FEI Nations Cup event please visit the FEI website HERE.
Find more information, including where to keep up with latest league standings in 2016 HERE.
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It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Hendrik Wiegersma on the morning of the 23rd February 2016 aged 65 years.
Born in Holland on 4th May 1950, Hendrik moved to the UK at 20 years old to work for Olympic eventing gold medallist Bertie Hill. It was here Hendrik met his future wife Pippa Tomlin, Bertie’s head girl at the time, the couple later moved to the Tomlin’s family farm in Cornwall where they set up a successful competition and breaking yard.
Hendrik competed at international level including Badminton Horse Trials alongside bringing on innumerable youngsters who themselves went on to forge successful careers. In the late 1970’s Hendrik was involved in producing horse feed before setting up a stable manufacturing company in 1998, West of England Stabling, which grew sufficiently to demand his full attention.
Along with wife Pippa, Hendrik was also one of British Eventing’s longest standing Event Organisers. Taking over the helm at Penzance Horse Trails in the early 1970’s the Wiegersma’s then relocated to Beaworthy in Devon where they started up Hatherleigh Horse Trials in 2001 which ran its last event in July 2013.
Father to Jake and Lucy, Hendrik suffered a serious accident on 2011 which saw son Jake step in to support the running of the family stabling business, to which he is now in charge of manufacturing, whist daughter Lucy has followed in her father’s footsteps riding at international level, including representing GB at two European Championships. Lucy has one son with husband Irish international event rider Padraig McCarthy.
Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with Henrik’s friends and family at this sad time.
Funeral details to follow.
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Two competition jackets have been added to the Mark Todd Collection to coincide with the brand’s 20th anniversary. Part of a new, Italian designed clothing range, the jackets are available in ladies and gents styles and manufactured in top quality, lightweight, performance fabrics with a four-way stretch for total comfort and freedom of movement. In addition to the more traditional style with Alcantara collar, the summer design features zipped pockets and mesh panels for increased ventilation. Available in navy, black or grey.
One winner will receive a Mark Todd Competition Jacket worth £249.99
Entrants must supply their name, address and a daytime contact number plus email address
Open to UK residents only
What anniversary is the Mark Todd Collection celebrating this year?
a) 10 years
b) 20 years
c) 30 years
Westgate EFI Competition Terms and Conditions:
1. No purchase necessary to enter the competition which is open to everyone.
2. Registration must be made by the closing date specified. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.
3. Only one entry per person. No entrant may win more than one prize.
4. Entry is by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition will close on 31st March 2016.
5. Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value. No correspondence will be entered into. No cash equivalent will be offered.
6. The winner will be selected at random, once drawn, the decision is final and cannot be contested. No correspondence will be entered into. British Eventing will notify the winners via email. Prizes must be claimed within 3 calendar months of the competition closing date.
7. By entering, the winner agrees to take part in any reasonable post event publicity and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity.
8. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
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The technical issues at BE Head Office unfortunately continue today, Wednesday 24th February. We do however have most services running as normal on temporary power, which will be in place for the remainder of the week, please do bear with us during this time as we may still experience some problems.
If you have delays contacting BE via telephone please email email@example.com and we will handle your queries as quickly as possible.
We will provide further updates when we have them later in the week; many thanks for your patience.
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The weekend of the 20th and 21st February saw the 2016 final of the Baileys Jump Training and Jumping & Style (JAS) Championship. The climax of the winter training series saw qualifiers throughout January and February culminating in a bumper weekend of action at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, including an evening demonstration by CCI4* event rider Ruth Edge.
Kicking off proceedings on Saturday morning was the Bailey Jump Training Championship, with riders at each of the levels (BE80, BE90 and BE100) receiving a guided course walk at the beginning of the day, warm up guidance from an accredited coach, and a jumping test. After the first round of jumping, competitors have discussion time with a coach before jumping again.
The balance, rhythm, paces, rider position and accuracy are all judged and scores added to any time and jumping penalties to give an overall score and decide the final placings. Thirteen year old Kate Prendergast from Wilshire took the JT80 Jump Training Championship title riding her own grey gelding Kilpatrick Cassius. The only combination to produce a double clear jumping round with no time penalties, the pair added nothing to their riding score of 18 penalties to take the class win by 6 penalties.
The competitive JT90 final brought forward 25 qualified starters and with a riding score of 20.5 penalties and no penalties from the jumping rounds, it was Leistershire’s fifteen year old Lilly Sturmey and her own nine year old gelding Silvano Dazzling Diamond who came out on top in the JT90 Championship.
Ellie Healy from Derbyshire wrapped up the first day of competition in the JT100 Championship with a win on board Mrs Sarah Healy’s 20 year old Macallum. Fourteen year old Ellie scored just 10.5 penalties for her riding which produced a double clear jumping phase securing the pair a three penalty lead and the class win.
Sunday hosted the Bailey JAS Final and it was a successful day for Molly Fletcher from Derbyshire, taking the win in the JAS BE90 and BE100 on her own seven year old Motabower Katie. The BE90 class saw 13 year old Molly score 10 penalties for style and secure a clear jumping round in both the show jumping and cross country phases, before going on to do the same in the BE100 on a style score of 11 penalties to claim the title in both classes.
Molly, who qualified at Aintree Equestrian Centre, commented following her win; “She's quite strong so you have to sit up and let the fences come to you as she's got a really big jump. It rode really well, she's got horse sized strides so there was one bit to the road crossing fence which was tight but she managed it fine!”
The JAS competition sees combinations judged on style as well as technique; the style mark is converted to penalty points and added to any cross country or jumping penalties for the final score. The JAS Novice section win went to Worcestershire’s 14 year old Lydia Ward and her own Kiltroms Woodie Jumpit; the only competitor to not pick up any jumping or time penalties the pair finished on their winning style score of just 11 penalties.
The JAS Open final took to the main arena on Sunday afternoon with 21 year old Alicia Hawker from Wiltshire walking away with the title of Open Champion. Riding her own Nankin Des Ruettes, the pair scored 10 penalties for style and picked up just four time penalties from the jumping phase to finish on a score of 14.
The final prize awarded at the weekend went to Harry Horton, who took home the Kenneth Clawson Memorial trophy. Presented to the most promising up and coming rider in future JAS Championships, 20 year old Harry from Essex rode Miss Helene Braeckman’s 13 year old Renaldo II in the JAS BE100 Championship where they finished in 26th place. Paul Davies, JAS organiser commented "Harry is has a lot of talent and is showing real promise; he's made a marked improvement from the series through to the Championship."
The winter training series, sponsored by Baileys Horse Feed and open to both Member and non-Members, aims to prepare horses and riders for the coming season. Baileys Marketing Manager Jane Buchan commented on a positive 2016 series; "It's been a very successful second year of the combined JAS & Jump Training championships at Hartpury with the standard growing year on year and fantastic entries in all classes, the biggest ever in fact in the JAS BE90 & BE100.
"We also had a great turn out for our Ruth Edge demo which raised funds for Claire Lomas' nominated charity Nicholls Foundation with a great turn out of people to pick up some expert tips from her for the season ahead.
"I hope through the JAS and JT series everyone feels confident and set up for the season ahead; I look forward to seeing lots of finalists out on the circuit."
The JAS Final was livestreamed throughout the day with commentary from British Riding Clubs CIC2* European Championship gold medallist Franky Reid-Warrilow and BE Accredited Coach Darrel Scaife, along with filming from Horse & Country who will be showing a highlights programme at Monday 7th March at 8:30pm.
Full results can be found HERE.
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Unfortunately we are again today (23rd February 2016) experiencing technical problems at the BE Head Office. We are hoping to have some services up and running later today, however it would be advisable to email any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will handle your enquiry as soon as possible. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused but we please ask you bear with us during this time. Thank you.
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The FEI have recently implemented some changes to the FEI Horse registration and Passport/Recognition Card process which have been brought in with immediate effect. Any horses using what is considered a commercial prefix and not the breeding prefix listed on the passport from birth, will be charged at the commercial rate of £979 in addition to any FEI registration or passport charges. For further details see the example below:
NAME: ART MURPHY
NAME: ART JAKE THE PEG
Q. I have a horse with a commercial prefix but don’t want to pay the commercial fee
A. The commercial prefix can be removed free of charge but must match the name on the passport (i.e. this requires updating too).
Q. What documentation do I have to send to BE to complete an FEI Horse Registration or Passport/Recognition Card application?
A. For all new FEI registrations a copy of the following page of the passport is required:
For all FEI Passport/ Recognition Cards:
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