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Hi Members ...   

Well September was a fun filled packed month!

We have news and reports on the Championships at Lincoln and Bury Farm.  News on the Romsey Show for the Arena Eventing class.  A report on how our new 90cms Team did in the FoTH Eventers Challenge Qualifer and updates on our current events. 

Welll done to Mandy Keen on her success at the Dressage to Music Championships. See Caroline's full report below.

This month we have the Novice Dressage Qualifier at Sparsholt on the 6th Oct, and the Arena Eventing Qualifier over the weekend of 26/27th Oct at Bovington.  Good luck to all our competitors taking part and for those new members putting on their brave pants for entering their first Qualifer too! 

Unfortunately due to the lack of entries, once again we have had to make the decision to cancel our Combined Training & Showing Competition on the 5th Oct.  We have insufficent  entries to make it viable.  It's such a shame, and really not worth the risk to wait for any late entries that may be made on the day, seeing the weather forcast too.  There are so many people involved in the planing and organisation and we need to notify our Judges and Scorers well in advance, so the decision was made yesterday.  Apologies for any member that did send in an entry.

The committee will be going back to the drawing board about organising such events in the future. We have been very busy with Qualifiers this year, maybe we need to organise more clinics for you?  Incidently we are stil looking for a new committee member to join our team. If you are interested, please contact Nikki by email.

          Ride Together - Train Together - Compete Together 
           - Have Fun Together -  at Chilworth Riding Club.
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CRC/BRC Membership Fees

For 2019 our Club’s annual membership is set at £24.50.  Out of this amount, £12.50 is paid to BRC to cover your membership of British Riding Clubs.

At the 2019 AGM it was agreed to increase this to £25.00 for 2020, the additional 50p was added to cover the usual increase to the BRC part of the membership fee.  Unfortunately, due to various financial reasons BRC have now informed us that the individual BRC membership fee is to be increased by £2.50 for January 2020.

Unfortunately, the Club is not in a position to be able to absorb this increase.  

Therefore, the Committee is calling an extraordinary meeting at which it will be proposed to increase the January 2020 annual membership fee to £27.00.

This meeting will be held on Monday 4th November 2019, 19:30hrs  – Crockers Hatch, Winsor.  All members are invited to attend – please advise in advance if you are attending to

Whilst this is an increase that is larger than normal, we do still believe that the fee is very good value.  Not just for the events and training that CRC organise but also for the benefits that can be gained from BRC.  Details of these benefits can be found at

When looking for insurance to cover you and your horse, it is always worth phoning BRC to see what they can offer, through SEIB, as often they will be able to offer good discounts as a result of your membership.


What -     Flatwork and/or Pole work
With  -     Heather Ashley
Where -   Woodington Training Centre
When –    Saturday 12th October 2019
From  -    11.00am onwards
Cost  -     £25.00 per per rider for an Individual 30mins lesson   
                £20.00 per rider for a shared 40mins lesson 

Contact -Caroline Marsh the day before for time on Tel: 02380 812558
Please note that the deadline for applications is 5 days prior to the training, to avoid disappointment please ensure you get your reply slip to Caroline in time. (click on box link below) Please be tacked up and ready to ride at the time stated for your session.  Please send a cheque for each session in case a date has to be cancelled – Thank you

What -     Flat Work Clinic
With -      Jilly Bull
Where -   Braishfield Manor Estate Indoor School 
When -    Saturday  12th October 2019 at 11am
For    -     Four riders for one hour
Cost  -     £20.00 per person 
Contact - by email 

For Alec Miles clinic days, please refer to Alec's Facebook page "Alec Miles Equestrian".  Alec has many clinics running at his yard for all abilities.  You can also refer to his web site 

Have you checked out the Clinics offered at Woodington Training Centre?
Check out WTC's Facebook page for more information.  Esteemed coaches such as: Emily Harris, Olivia Oakeley and Cheryl Bezants all hold clinics there.

Lincoln Championships  30th August - 1st September 2019

Report by Karen Morton

Having qualified for the NAF BRC Championships at the Area Event at Hurn, I was looking forward to being at Lincoln with the CRC Show Jumping Team & Lauren & Helen who also qualified at Hurn, sadly not everyone was able to make the trip and it was down to Helen Dawes & myself to represent Chilworth this year.

Caroline & Nikki sorted our entries & stabling for us, and we set off for Lincoln on the Friday morning hoping for a good run, the journey was uneventful but rather long (quite normal) but we arrived at the show ground at about 4.30pm after having our passports checked and our stables allocated we sat in the sun for a well earned cuppa whilst the horses had a rest & a munch of grass in the temporary stables.  We then tacked up and had a ride down to the dressage arenas.

This is always a nostalgic time for me as for years I only went to Lincoln as Chef d’Equipe but really wishing I could ride there, so now when I ride on the Friday it brings back so many memories that being part of the Riding Club has given me; especially when Chilworth won the Open Dressage competition, not sure how many times I went up and down the stairs of the tower declaring riders & collect sheets and prizes, thank goodness this is all done now in the secretary’s tent near the stables, how the show ground has changed over the years. 

Remembering also ..... we always had the get together of everyone for dinner and one or two alcoholic beverages on the Friday with excitement of what the next day might bring. Then there were the long walks that Kate Lock & I took our dogs on around the show ground, remember Basil escaping from the tent in the middle of the night  and me creeping round the tents calling him trying not to wake everyone! Elaine & Peter Buist always there supporting & working for the whole event as did Nick & Jean Fincham. 

n Saturday morning, we woke up to the air of expectation as people got up to sort their horses, plait them, do their studs and tack up, leaving enough time to make the long walk to the arena’s.   Some crazy people even trying to do this with their young children, I struggle just to sort myself out! 

Helen & I were on at similar times on Saturday morning she and Percy doing the Elementary & I was doing a Novice and a second one in the afternoon so we were able to chat whilst getting ready.   Poor Percy had the end stable near the road,  so by the end of his visit was very used to lorries & trailers going by!  Helen was really pleased with Percy, no spooks from him and some nice comments from the judge but sadly no ribbon this time.

Gem & I warmed up for our first test, she seemed quite happy but when she went in the arena she seemed to have the handbrake on so no ribbon for us either, but her second test was much better 67% and a third place and voucher from NAF for £15 that makes it all worth while!

We had a great time chatting to some girls in the food/shopping court whilst waiting for the results who came from Scotland, it took them 10 hours to get to the event on the Friday and they planned to rest their horses Saturday evening and then drive back overnight to be back Sunday morning, that’s dedication.

So after a lovely day it would have been rude not to have something celebratory from the horse box bar so a nice glass of Prosecco in the sun, John & Teddy enjoyed an ice-cream, and we did little bit of shopping too!

Helen left with Percy on Saturday afternoon and had a good run back, we stayed overnight and left after breakfast and were home by lunchtimeon Sunday.

Gem was pleased to go out in the field for a roll and pranced about as if she felt very important after her weekend away.

We had a great weekend really enjoyed the time there, loved seeing people winning sashes & rugs cantering round the prize giving arena having their photos taken, everyone seemed happy with or without a rosette, proudly wearing their clubs name on coats/hoodies great atmosphere, the occasion is so much more than the 5 minute dressage test.

Romsey Show

Report by Joanna Russell

This was the first time this event had been held at the Romsey Show so we didn’t know quite what to expect, but a team of three volunteers represented CRC on a very hot day.

Sadly Cassie Penwarden had to drop out as Mum Penny Scaife had broken her ankle and she couldn’t help out with childcare and grooms duties, but Sophy Herridge kindly took her place with less than a week’s notice with her lovely horse Timo. Also on the team were Louise Turner with Immy and Caroline Russ riding Jacqui Darcy-Grovers Philly.

After a long wait for the course to be built, out team were drawn 2nd to go out of 9 teams competing.  There were 6 show jumps followed by 13 rustic fences, a very long and twisty course with some very tight turns.  All team members jumped one after the other and did the club proud, looking very professional. Sophy and Louise had lovely clear rounds, and Caroline was clear until the very last fence, but had a very unlucky knock down for 5 faults. 

Only one other team beat us by going clear, so our team finished second and went into the ring to receive their prizes – a Le Mieux numnah and exercise boots for each rider, as well as lovely rosettes.

All the horses behaved beautifully in the heat and excitement of one of the main rings of the show, even when the hunt display was going on in the main ring!

A big well done to all the team and to our own Marie Davies-Gray who was also competing under the team name “Two Flying Cobs and a Little Lady”. Prince was a star as usual and managed to keep relatively calm!

Festival of the Horse - Eventers Challenge Qualifier
15th September 2019 - Moreton EC

Report by Nikki McGhie

Looking at the rain as I write this, it’s difficult to believe that it was only two weeks ago that we were at Moreton in the warm sunshine – but we were!!

The Challenge consists of two parts, first we have a show jumping round the horse and rider then immediately proceed to the cross-country course.  This event is a real test of stamina and fitness for both the horse and rider.
Chilworth had a Team in the 90cm Class: Lorraine Joy, Louise Turner, Julia Creasey and Caroline Wilkinson.   

We also had Sally Regan as an Individual in the 80cm Class.

It was Sally’s first time for competing in this Event with Chilworth and although she and the lovely Stroudwood Amelia were not placed, they did brilliantly and successfully completed the course.

Then it was the turn of the 90cm Team, who went in quick succession.  Gary, Gill and Nikki waited at the water jump to watch and cheer as each rider went through.  A big cheer to the IOW rider who took the time to try to splash Gary!!  

All our riders successfully completed both parts of the Challenge, so then it was just the wait for the results.

Our Team came 3rd in their Class which was amazing as most of this Team have only moved on from the 80cm height in the last few months.  

The most nervous rider on the Team was Louise riding Immy.  This was the first time Louise had competed at the 90cm height and was not sure she had made the right decision.  They both had a brilliant SJ and XC round and when the final results came in …… Louise and Immy won the 90cm Class – what a result!!!

Thanks to Gill who produced some fabulous photos of the day and to Marie and Dave who came along to support in the sunshine and braved the summer traffic on the A31!

Dressage to Music Championships  26/28th September 2019
at Bury Farm

Report by Caroline Marsh

It doesn’t seem that long ago that CRC were hosting the Music Qualifiers at Woodington Training Centre, then all of a sudden the championships were upon us.

Both myself and Mandy Keen had qualified and our classes were the day after team Zak returned from a glorious week in Portugal, so not much time to prepare horse, lorry nor indeed ourselves!!!

However, lorry packed to the gunnels the Zak team - consisting of Mr Marsh, Ella Marsh, Zak and his tanned owners – Gill n Gary (along with all their camping gear) set off for Bury Farm Friday morning.

We messaged Mandy to wish her lots of luck for her Friday morning test with Ryan.

Many & Ryan had qualified for the Advanced Medium and although I wasn’t there to see it, I heard lots of ladies in the stable block claiming what a lovely test they had done.  Mandy and Penny were exceptionally pleased with their performance and achieved an amazing overall 4th place. The class had been split into 2 sections with Mandy & Ryan placed 2nd in their section, then the overall placing combined put them in 4th.  

Team Zak arrived just to see Mandy and Penny polishing Ryan in readiness for the prize giving and Gill has some great photos of them being presented with their sash and rosette.

Well done team Ryan, very well deserved.

So, the Friday afternoon slot was the first of my two tests, the elementary freestyle:  Having the benefit of Mandy helping me to warm up, Zak was behaving beautifully and although I have to admit having been a little nervous, I couldn’t believe how fabulous it was to enter the arena.  The boy was amazing, the best medium trot I have ever felt and I was so thrilled with our efforts – but alas the judges didn’t enjoy our music as much as previous judges so we lost some of the vital marks, but coming 13th out of 24 wasn’t too bad.  

Having washed the boy and settled him into his stable with even more kisses, we set about the camp!!!  Ken busy trying to organise sleeping arrangement for the lorry, whilst Gary n Gill busy putting up their tent in the wind – hilarious!! 

Home cooked food by Gill, a few glasses of wine and a few laughs, we settled down for the night in advance of another test on the Saturday morning.

This was our “Novice with Points” freestyle and yet again a great warm up but I just didn’t ride it well enough to realise those all-important marks.  The judges on this occasion were divided on the music, one loved it the other not so much but they loved the floor plan. I just lost some marks with lack of preparation, but I have to say that Zak was so up for it and clearly enjoying himself, as I have never felt him so powerful.  We were placed 13th out of 25 so not a poor result but just disappointing not to have been in the top 10 for the prize giving.

So that’s it from CRC at the music championships – down came the tent, all packed, Mr Marsh, Mr Hammond and Ella in the front and out came the GnT in the back for us ladies.  Cheers! 


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                                             DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


                           BRC AREA 17 QUALIFIER'S 2019/2020



6th October 2019   Winter Novice Dressage at Sparsholt run by HRRC


26/27th October  2019   Arena Eventing at Bovington, run by Shillingstone RC

23rd February 2020 Winter Show Jumping at Crofton, run by Meon RC   

21st March 2020 Intermediate Dressage at Crofton, run by Solent RC   

10th April 2020  Combined Training at Crofton, run by us!   

May 2020 TBA  Horse Trials potential for BVRC to run at Larkhill   

5th July 2020  Summer Show Jumping at Moreton run by Purbeck RC   


                                     Championships for 2019/2020

Arena Eventing Championships : 14/15th March 2020 at Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls

Novice Winter Champs : 4/5th April 2020 at Arena UK, Grantham

Intermediate Winter Champs : 24/26th April 2020 at Bury Farm, Slapton  

Festival of the Horse Champs : 30/31st May 2020 at  Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls

Horse Trials Champs : 7/9th August 2020 at Swalcliffe Park, Banbury 

National Champs : 5/6th September 2020 at Lincoln Showground 
Dressage to Music Champs : 28/30th September 2020 at Bury Farm, Slapton


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Improve your riding with Pilates exercises to aid postural muscle, awareness, strength and suppleness.
For all riders from Happy Hackers to Grand Prix. 
Non riders are also welcome!

Every Wednesday at 19.30hrs in Woodley Village Hall, Romsey 
Cost £10 per session or £8 if paid in advance for a block of 6

Call or text  Helen on 07778144585 or email


Pilates has helped me to have a more independent seat and increased the strength in my core muscles. My half passes and lateral work have really improved.
Angie Russell- Grand Prix Rider and Trainer

I have been attending Pilates for a year now and it has completely changed my riding, my body awareness and my general well being.
Nicola - of Chilworth Riding Club
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Nikki McGhie - Chairperson
Caroline Marsh - Vice Chairperson
Joanna Russell - Treasurer 
Karen Morton - Secretary
Lindsey Templeman - Membership Secretary
Gill Woodthorpe - Media & News
  Lauren Burchall - Lottie Ramsay - Marie Davies-Gray
Training - Chef D'equipe - Event Coordinators 

Chairperson:        Nikki McGhie
                            Tel: 01794 342214 
Secretary :           Karen Morton
                            Tel: 07719 863618


Media/news :       Gill Woodthorpe
                            Tel: 07771 873332
Membership         Lindsey Templeman
Secretary             Tel: 02380 814466
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