Silvermoor Ambassador's 2019
We really need your help as we've found it so hard to chose our final riders due to so many amazing applications. Thank you so much to everyone who entered, honestly this has been so hard however we have chosen our top ten and now we need your help to pick our final riders. Please vote for the riders you would like to see be our Ambassador's for 2019. Fro further information on each rider please see below small snippets from their application forms.
Aimee Aspinall - I currently have a few horses in my yard;BLACK TUXEDO, owned by Zara Tindall, who competed him to 3* level eventing. I have so far competed him successfully at intermediate and 2* level with ambitions for more! EEVIL, owned by Scottish dressage trainer Jane Rutherford. Who I have been riding for a year. Together we have competed at the Novice national British dressage championships, finishing just outside the top 10 and now competing successfully at medium level. I also have two incredibly exciting young dressage horses on my yard; DOMINICA, a 4 year old mare by the stallion, Damon hill, owned by Dedi Leech and LAVANYA MC, a 2 year old who’s breeding is too spectacular to mention, bred by Moira Cain and owned by me.I have so many achievements I am proud of, not least all having a 2 year old son! But riding and competing horses for the Princess Royal and Zara Phillips, also competing at the British Dressage national championships after only having the ride on a horse for a few months, whilst simultaneously competing eventing at 2* level. I was also hugely privileged to groom for Zara at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014, where team GB won team silver. This was an experience that gave me a taste of equestrian sport at the very highest level. One which I came away from, with a belly full of fire, to one day compete there on my own merit. I am not from a horsey background and have no financial support. I believe that with hard work and determination, it’s not about what you’ve got, but what you do with it.
Beth Fewings - My horse is a 16.2hh, Irish Sports horse cross Thoroughbred. His name is Paintball Pow Wow, aka Merlin, and always catches people’s eyes with his stunning looks and quirky personality. He had a heart of gold, is stunning and always tries his best. He has a brilliant attitude and loves to please and knows his job. My main discipline is Eventing, and I’m competing at British Eventing 90 and 100cm level next season. I also compete at Pony Club, NSEA, and Riding club level. We’ve qualified for national finals in NSEA Show jumping, Novice level dressage, and the National Hunter Trial Series finals. We also compete at Burghley for Team Showjumping, Hickstead and aim for Badminton Grassroots next year. Best achievement: Having only had Merlin a year, and having to work extremely hard to get him to the level he is now, my best achievement would have to be qualifying for the National Hunter Trail Finals with a smashing clear round, or winning the 90cm Riding Club ODE with a 28 Dr and double clear, as when we first got Merls he got eliminated in dressage an would consistently score 50’s. However, he now consistently scores sub 30’s.
Carol Grant - I am an Equine Bodyworker and Therapist. My herd consists of 4 equines. Starting with the smallest who is Mushroom a 5 year old 27 inch Miniature Shetland gelding who is the naughtiest and most hilarious pony I have ever met. I then have our retired Appaloosa x Cob called Skye, she is 24 years old and 14hh. I also own Cola a 16.1hh Irish Gelding and Tully a 16.1hh 11 year old TB mare. In 2019 I will be competing in all British Riding Club Activities and Competitions for my Club Saffron Walden and District. As well as unaffiliated dressage Prelim and Novice. Without a doubt my biggest achievement to date was competing in the BRC Quadrille Competition. It was a number of years ago (2005) but I’m not sure I will ever be able top it. Back in 2005 the BRC held the qualifiers at Addington and the finals were at Olympia. Not only did our team qualify for the final but we won! Which meant we rode for a second time in the afternoon performance sandwiched between the Shetland Grand National and the Household Cavalry. Warming up in the tiny arena backstage with the Household Cavalry is something I never want to repeat! It really was a dream come true to ride and win there with my children and parents watching after many visits as a child dreaming of ever riding there.
Christie Batty - I have a beautiful horse called Blossom, a 6y.o 16hh mare. We mainly compete in showjumping. I started riding Blossom in April this year and since then we have had a successful summer and autumn. Having gained all Blossoms double clears for Discovery qualifying her for the regionals next year (where we can hopefully qualify for Stoneleigh national championships), we have won a few classes and most recently qualified for the Discovery winter championship at the blue chip championships at Hartpury college in April. We are currently competing at 90 & 1m level with consistent clears and placings. We are aiming to step up to 1.10(newcomers) early in 2019. Next year we hope to put in a good performance and get in the top 10 at the championships in April, qualify for and have success at the BS nationals, Scope and the HOYS bronze league final! Blossom and i mainly compete in the Yorkshire, and north east areas but we do travel further a field for qualifiers and championships. Blossoms owner and I are hoping to acquire another young horse to produce and campaign in 2019. I have previously competed up to 1.30 level (before having my 2 children) and i hope to get there again by building up and producing a small string of horses.
Bincombe Equine Services Team - Kestra & Portly French - Details of horse - Blackthorn Poem, 9 yo Exmoor Mare, Olympia/RIHS/HOYs focused for 2019. Picton Lucky Lady, 11 yo Fell Mare. Plus, many more. Discipline & level competing in - Top level showing, including HOYs and Olympia. What is your best horse moment/achievement? Poem was once impaled on a metal stake in the field and almost died, but due to round the clock care she pulled through miraculously. She returned to the show ring for the Exmoor Pony of the Year just seven weeks later and took the Ridden Exmoor of the year title against that year’s hoys ponies and winners. She was only 6 and still had a hole! We are Bincombe Equine Services Team; a sister run Native Show Team. We are both regulars on the show circuit and have been for the last 25 years. Our parents instilled a love and desire to compete in showing and they remain our biggest supporters, even though they’re not in the ring themselves as regularly as they used to be. However, we also run the Bincombe Shetland Stud, which until recently was the only Stud to get a Shetland to finish in what is now the Cuddy. This year we have a full team to show as we are very lucky that we have a new pony come to join us for the year and be put through their paces and see what they’re capable of. We have one of Lizzie Briant’s fells - who rides Her Majesty the Queen’s Fells. She is with us for reschooling, this Fell has absolutely loads of potential - her grandmother was champion at Olympia with her owner/breeder and comes from a long line of Olympia and Hoys bound Fell ponies - whilst having shared her field with Hm Highland and Fell ponies.
Jackie Tait - My horse is a very beautiful, 16hh Irish sports horse age 14. His stable name is Mr Merry and his competition name is Manor House Merry Mate Boy. I have owned Mr Merry since he was a baby and had a large amount of fun producing him myself, he has turned out to be a complete legend. My main discipline is eventing and we have completed seven seasons together and have been very succesful. We are currently working at British eventing 100 level and aiming to go novice next season, we are aiming to qualify for the badminton grass routes and have just missed out on a place for the last two seasons, but trying even harder to get there this season. Mr Merry and myself also compete at British dressage competitions regularly through the year this helps us keep in tune with his dressage training. We tend to have regular flat and jumping lessons and also like to attend different clinics, we have just enjoyed a Christopher Bartle clinic and a Caroline Moore clinic which we found very valuable. I compete all over and often travel many hours to get there, we went from Aberdeen to Shropshire last season eventing and attending dressage regionals. We also compete at winter arena eventing which is mainly for fun and to keep fit and busy over the winter and we have just returned from Greenland's in Cumbria. My best achievement was winning at Burgham horse trials it was my first win on Mr Merry and it felt so special as we were competing on our doorstep and had so many local folk cheering us on, I even burst in to tears at the prize giving I was so emotional.
Lyndsey ryder - Horse, dancing partner and best friend ‘maximus the great’ we compete in affiliated dressage currently just stepped up the medium level . We do soooooo much more then dressage as you see , training too..and one day riding a psg test is my goal . Maximus doesn’t care for circles , he would rather eat if I’m honest 🙄😂 .. but because I enjoy it , he happily plays along. Max loves hacking, going to the gallops , beach holidays, forest trips , jumping .... so as a team it’s important we both get to enjoy our time. We currently have a (lively) Facebook page, and with max not quite having the body type of the other dressage horses being a native pony! He always brings attention 😍 ( the ahhhh how cute is that little pony doing half pass.... type of attention) but max may be small but he is mighty!!! Greatest achievement 🤔 well we have lots of things to be proud of .. winning the novice freestyle at the native champs last year .. Knebworth dressage elementary champions.. 5th at regionals.. area festivals second rounds .. many showing championships.. but my most greatest achievement the thing that means the most to me .. well you see I backed and trained max myself ( yes I’ve had lessons) but we have worked together to make it happen, and hasn’t always been easy .. but we are following our dreams and when strangers message me and say ‘you’ve inspired me to give it a go ‘ that .. that is my greatest achievement!
Nikki Sinclair - I own Jake, a 15 year old ex racehorse whom I’ve owned for 8 years. He was the first horse I bought after a 10 year break from the riding and so we both retrained together! Together we love to do a bit of everything from hacking to showing but our main discipline is Show jumping and Eventing. We are currently British Showjumping Club members and are hoping to qualify for the ROR Regional League next year at 80cm and 90cm. This year we competed mainly in unaffiliated One Day Events and also on a couple British Eventing Day Tickets at BE90 level at venues near us. We’re going to work hard over this coming to Winter though to look at Affiliating in 2019 for British Eventing, aiming to qualify for the BE Grassroots Championships at Blair Athol Horse Trials. When I’m not at the horses I work part time as a Secondary School teacher of Geography. I also have 2 young boys and so my greatest achievement lately is my ability of juggle my love of horses with my busy homelife! But 2018 has been a great year for us competition wise with the highlight being our selection to take part on the Omega Equine All Star Academy which will be aired on Horse and Country TV from the 25th of November. This was a once in a lifetime experience, training with top riders in top class facilities where I learnt so much.
Sophie Tunnah - My blog tells the story of my journey with my first young horse, Louie, a cheeky, life loving Irish sports horse. I'm a 32-year old digital marketing professional, working for a global travel company, & Louie is a rising 8-year old dressage diva aiming high to start eventing! We currently compete at British Dressage & enjoy monthly flatwork training sessions with Cathy Burrell, as well as regular showjumping lessons with Philippa McKeever. 2018 has been a hugely successful year, gaining PetPlan qualification but almost missing out on the Area Festivals due to a fractured leg yet still qualifying for the Finals after just two weeks back in work. We headed to Morris Equestrian Centre in October for the Finals where we finished 3rd, narrowly missing qualification for the Championship by 0.28%! In the last two months, we have qualified for Winter Regionals at Prelim, as well as already gaining qualification for PetPlan Area Festivals at Novice level. 2019 will continue our dressage journey, aiming for Summer Regional qualification at Novice, and moving up to Elementary to qualify at PetPlan Area Festivals.
Zoe James - I am an amateur dressage rider based in Neath in South Wales. I currently own too mares. Foxy (Aberkenfig Rosina) is an 8-year-old part bred welsh. I have owned her since she was 2 years old and our journey hasn’t always been smooth. She can be feisty, opinionated and spooky and doesn’t have the most trainable attitude. I'm not selling her to you, am I? despite this she is also talented, thrives on the limelight and always manages to make me smile and never want to give up as I know she has the potential. We turned to dressage a few years ago following a career in showing and we now compete across South Wales and England in British Dressage at Prelim with an aim to start Novice this season with an overall goal to get her though an Elementary. Fox was diagnosed with gastric ulcers in November 2017 which had a dramatic effect on her and took many months of blood, sweat and tears to get her feeling and performing like her usual self. I also decided this year would be the year we take the jump up from unaffiliated dressage to affiliated, nothing like a bit of added pressure to make you work harder right!? Despite all this we have rarely had an outing where we have not been placed and In September of this year, we attended the British Dressage Nettex CHAPS Associated Championships at Bury Farm where she really held her own in good company and came 9th in our section of the warm up. In October we attended Championships of Great Britain where she came 6th in her section at Prelim and did our first Novice at Championship level with good scores. Mare number too is Tilly (Ashview Tegrine) who is a rising 4-year-old warmblood. She has only been a member of the diva mare team for a few months and has a very exciting future. She has been backed and produced by myself and is currently preparing to begin her ridden competitive career in the new year.