Weston News Items
The Blue Chip Challenge is Back for 2017!
- Published: 30 January 2017
Win a year's Sponsorship with Blue Chip
British Eventing are delighted to once again support the continued alliance of Blue Chip Feed and Weston Park Horse Trials who last year worked together to produce a new initiative, The Blue Chip Central North West BE80(T) Challenge.
The organisers of Weston Park Horse Trials are thrilled to be working with Blue Chip to continue this exciting opportunity for grassroots combinations.
This challenge was designed to enhance the education of the BE80(T) competitor, attracting new competitors to British Eventing and last year provided the Grassroots of our sport within the region an exciting end to their season. The final proved to be so popular with competitors that two sections were run at the final with Blue Chip Feed providing a years sponsorship to the winner of each section.
Blue Chip, who have supported Weston Park since it welcomed the Grassroots riders in 2013 are again very generously offering a Year's Sponsorship to the winner of this Central North West BE80(T) Challenge. This great prize will include a feed balancer and supplement for one horse for one year, and Blue Chip clothing for the rider and their groom/helper and the winning horse, with the winner starring in Blue Chip promotions. What a fantastic prize!
The challenge will again run qualifiers within The Central North West, the 8 qualifying events listed below will qualify 4 combinations in each of their BE80(T) sections. If a combination have already qualified then qualifications will pass down the line to 8th place. Both horse and rider must be eligible to compete in BE80(T) classes on the date of the Challenge Final. The combination must not have qualified for the 2017 BE90 or BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Cup. Blue Chip will provide prizes and medal rosettes for all qualifiers and are offering fabulous prizes down the line at the Blue Chip BE80(T) Challenge Final.
Clare Blaskey, founder of Blue Chip Feed, said "Blue Chip is thrilled to continue with their support of the Blue Chip BE80(T) Challenge. We were thrilled with last year's championship which had two great winners who Blue Chip are sponsoring this year. As a company we have always supported grassroots riders and Blue Chip BE80(T) Challenge is the perfect championship for riders starting out their eventing career."
The Blue Chip Challenge Final will be an educational day with full support from BE accredited coaches for the dressage phase and dedicated course walks for the show jumping and cross country. The Dressage test, Show jumping and Cross Country will be as per the rules for BE80(T) competitions. Weston Park has experience in show casing Championship level events with an educational Cross Country Course which has become respected for its bold and encouraging beautifully built and dressed fences at a championship level.
2016 had two sections and one of last year's winners Chloe Fairley is delighted the Challenge is continuing and commented:
"It is very exciting to hear that the wonderful Blue Chip Central North West BE80(T) Challenge is being held again in 2017 and with the final at the beautiful Weston Park. Winning was the highlight of 2016 (and I got married so it had some competition!). I, like so many other grassroots riders, work full-time and have to fit the horses around my work so having a Championship like this to aim for really makes all the 5am starts and 10pm finishes worthwhile.
The prizes Blue Chip provide are incredible. Not only do they supply feed for your horse for a whole year, and give you lots of advice to make sure it is the best one for your horse, but you also get numnahs, rugs, coats and lots of other goodies. I feel incredibly proud riding round at events, hacking out and even walking round town in our Blue Chip kit. They also provide wonderfully generous prizes for all the qualifying events.
The final at Weston Park had a real 'championship' feel. To be able to gallop around the stunning parkland and over such beautifully presented fences was a massive thrill.
It is testament to the excitement of the event that both my sister and husband have been inspired to have a go at qualifying for the championships. My husband only started riding in his late 30's and my sister hasn't competed for more than 10 years. I took part in a charity race at York Racecourse in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in 2014 and the horse I rode that day retired from racing last year. His trainer has given him to me to see if he can be retrained - so I am hoping to aim him for this too. There is going to be fierce competition in our yard to try and be the face of Blue Chip 2018!"
Our other section winner Georgia Butler commented: "Thank you so much to Blue Chip for running the Central North West BE80(T) Challenge. 2016 has been my first full season eventing since I was a teenager (approximately 25 years ago!!!) and the Challenge was absolutely tailor made for people like me."
The Challenge has a dedicated educational Facebook group, supported again by Blue Chip, which will provide competitors with information to help prepare them to compete in a BE80(T). Competitors will be able to view informative videos, and ask questions about all aspects of competing at this level.
Final comment from Chris Farr, BE Sport Operations Manager "The inaugural Blue Chip Central North West BE80(T) Challenge was an unqualified success with very deserving winners in Chloe Fairley and Georgia Butler. BE are delighted this initiative was so well supported in 2016 and we are sure 2017 will only see it grow. This is a great additional opportunity for members competing at the events involved in the challenge culminating in an exciting final at Weston Park (2)."
Qualifying Events 2017
Stafford (1) 17th – 19th March
Kelsall Hill (1) 21st – 23rd April
Llanymynech (1) 13th – 14th May
Somerford Park (1) 20th – 21st May
Berriewood 10th & 11th June
Stafford (2) 14th – 16th July
Llanymynech (2) 26th - 27th August
Kelsall Hill (2) 22nd – 24th September
Qualifiers will be displayed on the Weston Park Challenge page
Blue Chip 80T Challenge Success
- Published: 15 October 2016
Well that's it for another year. Weston Park's autumn event was bathed in sunshine, with the mature trees of the fabulous estate still in full leaf. It was an October event to remember.
Especially memorable was the Blue Chip Central & North West 80T Challenge Final, which drew competitors from all over the region, filling two full sections. As a consequence, and through the generosity of the sponsors Blue Chip Feed, we had not one, but two winners.
The competition was incredibly stiff, with numerous riders jumping double clears around courses that had been specifically designed by the organisers of Weston Park to be inviting and encourage combinations up the levels of eventing from this grassroots competition next season. Vicky and Janet Plant, who run the Weston Park Horse Trials said "We really want riders to come here, enjoy their day and go away feeling like they have the confidence to try another class and progress up the levels, so we have designed the courses as such. Class numbers have been brilliant this year and we hope that we can carry on next season and get even more entries to this popular series."
Out of all those entries there were two winners and Georgia Butler rode Albern Moon Buzz to victory on her dressage score of 25.5 in Section F after qualifying for the event at Somerford Park Horse Trials in May this year, and Chloe Fairley partnered Skelton Beth to head her section, finishing on 21.7.
Following the event Georgia wrote the following to Janet Plant:
A huge thank you for running an amazing day of competition which ended up being the best day I have had in a very long time!
I spoke to a lady from your office, whose name I can't remember as I was a bit over excited at the time, about my thoughts about the day. What I omitted to say was thank you so much to you and Blue Chip for running the Central North West BE80T Challenge. 2016 has been my first full season eventing since I was a teenager (approximately 25 years ago!) and the challenge was absolutely tailor made for people like me. I've been training with Fionnuala Stott, who was 3rd, since January, and the Blue Chip Challenge has given us a real focus for our training and competing - it was our goal this season to qualify for it. Fionnuala got her qualification before I did, at Llanymynech, so it then really focussed my mind on getting clean rounds at our next event at Somerford. I don't think I would have worked as hard if it hadn't been for the lure of qualification! And it's given me the confidence now to set my goal for next season as obtaining a qualification for the BE90 Mitsubishi Motors Cup. So the Blue Chip Challenge has been a perfect way to start (what I hope is) a new eventing career.
I look forward to coming back to Weston next year, hopefully in the BE90RF!
Such encouraging feedback just goes to prove that the Blue Chip Central & North West Challenge is providing both focus and encouragement to riders to seek to progress further in this great sport.
So, with Weston Park settling back into its peaceful autumn, it's also time for us to wish you all the best for the Christmas and New Year activities and we look forward to seeing you in the springtime!
2017 Dates: Weston Park - 8-9 April Brand Hall 2-4 June Weston Park (2) - 7-8 October
Almost Ready at Weston Park
- Published: 29 September 2016
We are delighted to have David and Catherine Witt yet again as title Sponsor. They have always been fabulous sponsors to Weston and this time are also supporting the Novice sections. Blue Chip once again continue their support of the BE90 and BE100 and also have a new challenge the Blue Chip North West BE80 Challenge Final. During the season 8 events in the North West Region have supported qualifiers in their Airowear BE80T sections, 4 competitors from each section have qualified for the Blue Chip Finals resulting in over 100 competitors qualified. This has been a fabulous incentive for the grassroots of our sport and the final is set for a tremendous climax to their season.
New to Weston at both BE90 and BE100 are the Regional Finals for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, with our winners going on to Badminton next April, more opportunity for the less experienced riders to taste the Weston magic
Several new fences have been built for all levels with a complete new course for Blue Chip North West BE80 Challenge Final. Weston is looking good following the V Festival and the Game Fair and the cross country fences are going out. We are going to run with our normal spring layout with dressage at the top of the park, show jumping by Diana’s Temple and the course will be in the main park running up to the Park Lake giving spectators and competitors a full view of all the action. Trade Stands around the Kidney Pool and catering at the side of the course allows for a fun packed day out with all the family.
Dressage, Show Jumping & Cross Country both days £10 per person Children under 12’s free and free Car Parking
How far do our competitors travel?
- Published: 22 August 2016
As we get closer to opening entries for Weston Park 2 on the 2nd September, have you ever wondered just how far competitors travel to compete at Weston Park?
Well, thanks to BE and the Ordnance Survey we now have the answers. This map shows just how far competitors travel, with the coloured dots representing the individual competition levels.
It would appear from the data that competitors are prepared to travel long distances for a run across the amazing parkland of Weston Park to test themselves against the challenging courses designed by Janet Plant.
All the more reason to do our utmost to keep the competition going, whatever the weather throws at us.
We look fowards to welcoming you all again at Weston 2 and especially to the qualifiers for the Blue Chip Central North West 80T Challenge Final.
Contains Ordnance Survey & National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2016
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Map prepared by Miranda Collett July 2016. Radius circles at 25 mile intervals.
Weston (1) - Its a wrap!
- Published: 18 April 2016
A wonderful Weston Park - from British Eventing website
To the rapturous appreciation of riders, Weston Park Horse Trials pulled off nothing short of a miracle this weekend to host two days of competition in what can only be described as testing climatic conditions (9th – 10th April 2016).
Through the hard work and determination of Janet and Vicky Plant and their organising team, 12 sections from Novice to Advanced ran across the Shropshire countryside thanks to the kind permission of the Weston Park Trustees.
Claiming victory in the Tile Choice Advanced Section K, West Sussex's Gemma Tattersall and The Soul Syndicates Arctic Soul displayed an impressive performance from start to finish, the combination added just 4.8 cross country time penalties to their 34.4 dressage score to stay over five penalties clear of closest competitor Oliver Townend and Armada, owned by Paul and Diana Ridgeon.
The Rookery Park Stud Advanced Section J went to the Netherland's Andrew Heffernan and his own, Martin & Kerry Richards and Mrs Carol Baguley's Millthyme Corolla. A 29.1 penalty dressage score and double clear jumping effort, with just a handful of cross country time penalties, kept the pair out in front to again defy Townend an Advanced win, this time on Mr Tom Joule's MHS King Joules.
It was better luck and one place better for Townend in the Rookery Park Stud Open Intermediate, as the locally based rider took the spoils in Section M on board Ulises, another ride owned by the Ridgeon's. A fence down in the show jumping and just 0.8 cross country time penalties gave the double European gold medallist a finishing score of 33.00 penalties to stay over five penalties ahead of Brazil's Marcio Carvalho Jorge and his own Lissy Mac Wayer.
The Friends of Weston Park Open Intermediate Section I went to 2012 Olympian Aoife Clark, from Ireland, and Mrs Michele Hedley's Kings Advocate II, who posted a 28.2 dressage score before securing a double clear jumping round. Worcestershire's Nicky Hill (her own MGH Bingo Boy), Sweden's Dag Albert (his own and Elizabeth Albert's Chablis Grand CRU) and Lucinda Atkinson from North Yorkshire (her own My Anyika) took an Intermediate section a piece, whilst 2013 European Pony Championship rider Pumbaa Goess-saurau, from Wiltshire, clinched the only Open Novice section on Countess Susie Goess-saurau's Scotfree II with a total score of 37.3.
Michael Jackson enjoyed a successful Novice outing as he scored a win in both Moores Metals Section A and Landsbrook Stud Ltd Section B. Riding PSH Blue Tango, owned by Mr Gary Power, the combination wowed in the Section A dressage arena to score 22.8 before going on to collect four penalties from the show jumping and just 1.6 cross country time penalties. PSH Uranium, also owned by Mr Power, added just two time penalties from the cross country phase to their 28.8 dressage score to take Section B under the Oxfordshire based rider. Catherine Taylor, from Staffordshire, and Lynn Ferguson's Lorelei claimed the third Novice section C with a total of 37.4 penalties after a 31.8 dressage the pair cruised to a double clear completion with just 5.6 cross country time penalties.
Thirteen year old Molly Faulkner and the experienced Catherston Nutsafe, owned by Amanda Faulkner, came out on top of the hotly contested Charles Owen Pony Trial. A long trip up from Kent was made very worthwhile for the combination as they produced a double clear jumping round adding 16 cross country time penalties to their sub 30 dressage score, securing the class win ahead of Berkshire's Georgina Bartlett (15) on Katie Bartlett and Sarah Riley's Monarch of the Glen.
Joint Organiser, Janet Plant reported; "Unfortunately, due to the deteriorating conditions, the Open Intermediate Under 21 section could not be saved and was forced to abandon on the day, but Weston Park now look forward to their Autumn fixture which takes place on the 8th and 9th October 2016, boasting classes from the Airowear BE80 (T) to Open Novice, including a BE90 and BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Cup Regional Final."
For further details please contact Janet Plant 07836 579810