31 January 2011

The Brits Are Starting Their Jump Training Series for 2011

(I love this photo. I was the only photographer around when the British Team was conducting the BBC interview following their victory gallop.  Although I was quickly shooed away by the very kind but capable press wrangler, Marty Bauman, I still managed to get my shot.  It was a great moment for the British Eventing Team and Organization, not to mention the British Eventing fans and competitors. They love the sport and aren't afraid to get out and do it right!

Obviously, if WEG and the 2010 HSBC Challenge are any indicators, when it comes to Eventing, the Brits know what they're doing.  For those of you lucky enough to be in the British Isles,  here's your chance to train in the way the best get it done. ~ed)

A great start to the Jump Training series 2011

Gloucestershire’s Moreton Morrell College played host to the first event of the 2011 Baileys Jump Training Series with BE Accredited Coaches, Caro Haynes and Linda De Matteo, who gave, not only their expert coaching advice, but also endless enthusiasm and encouragement for Jump Training competitors.

The 2011 series boasts not only a new title-sponsor but also a new associate-sponsor, Marsh Insurance. The competition also now includes a new BE80 level course. As in previous years, each level is split in to Junior and Senior sections now at BE80, BE90 and BE100 levels.

The BE80 JT was the first class of the day with 14 year old Bridget Cullinan taking first place in the Junior section with Sugar Field, closely followed by Pippa Gloag, also 14 years old, with Abbisfield’s Royal Sovereign. The Senior BE80 JT section was won by Katie Thornley with Aristocrat IV who was followed into second place by Lauren Causer with Marquis de Montaire. Gowan Miller took third place with a lovely little mare, Brownie.

After a swift lunch for the hard-working BE Accredited Coaches and a course change, the BE90 JT section took place. Local rider, 17 year old Lucinda Sewell was overjoyed by taking first place with Star of Lough Cutra. Both second and third place were taken by 11 year old Eleanor Hope on Athenry Cliff and Roan a Friend respectively.

Obviously inspired by her BE80 placing, Lauren Causer then went on to win the Senior BE90 section, again with Marquis de Montaire followed by Ben Way riding Browning into second place.

Pippa Gloag’s second triumph of the day came in the form of her win in the JT BE100 Junior section. The Senior section was taken by last-minute entrant and British Showjumping member Gina Farrow with Double Florence. Amelia Sykes was the Senior section’s runner up on her ride Flanagan’s Boy.

JT organiser Fiona Saxby said of the turn out: “It was a great start to the 2011 series with a good standard of riding through the three classes. It was a pleasure to see some new faces and several combinations returning to Jump Training from previous series.”

On the 12th February, the Jump Training team will be at East Sussex location, Golden Cross with Jonathan Chapman and Cindy Llewellyn the coaches in attendance. Entries are still open – check www.britisheventing.com for full details.

Editors notes:
Jump Training is a chance for BE members and non members alike to take part in a showjumping competition with the aid of training advice from BE Accredited Coaches.

The format allows the competitors to firstly walk the course with the coaches, then each rider has an allocated warm up session, again with the coach. Once the competitor has warmed up, they get to jump the course once (which they gain marks for both style and normal jump penalties) in front of the coach. The competitor and coach then discuss any areas for improvement and then they are asked to jump the course again, again being marked. The total points are added and subtracted from 100 to give the final result.

British Eventing also runs another training series, Jumping and Style (known as JAS), for full information go to www.britisheventing.com/jas

British Eventing is the National Governing Body for the sport of Eventing in Great Britain. Eventing is a unique combination of all the disciplines of dressage, cross country and show jumping in one exciting activity. It’s a sport that engages all ages and has equal opportunities to compete. We regulate as well as schedule more than 180 events throughout Britain that cater for nearly 94,000 entries per season (Mar-Oct). British Eventing has more than 11,000 members and provides access to cater for riders from grassroots to those performing at international level.

To deliver the sport on a national basis to the highest standard, we train hundreds of volunteers, officials, riders and technical support teams. The result is that we have successful medal winning teams at Pony, Junior, Young Rider and Senior level.

For more information, please contact: Nina Lloyd Jones on nina.lloyd-jones@britisheventing.com or 02476 698855

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