This year’s Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novices Riders Series was won by Megan Nicholls, daughter of leading National Hunt Trainer Paul Nicholls, riding the nine year old bay gelding Join Together who is trained in Somerset by Mrs Rose Loxton and owned by Mrs Wendy Fogg. Megan, who is just 16 years of age, managed to fight off fierce competition from Charlie Hammond (finishing in second), riding Ferbane Man who is owned by his father and trained by his mother in Worcestershire. Charlie rides work for Dr Richard Newland who trained the winner of the 2014 Grand National so a very competitive race all round!
Megan is currently leading National Novice Lady Rider and started the day by winning the Mixed Open at Tabley on a horse part owned by her father. Paul Nicholls, who was away racing in France, was a very proud father and commented “Megan really deserves the title. She is very committed to her race riding and certainly has the talent to move up the ranks in the future”. Megan was presented with her prizes by Dodson & Horrell’s Technical Director, Chris Gordon. Chris commented “It was a very competitive race with a very worthy winner. This Series certainly highlights potential stars for the future and we look forward to watching with interest the career of Megan Nicholls and other riders that took part in the Final”.
Both these young riders came up through the ranks of Pony Racing which is a brilliant spring board for careers in National Hunt Racing.
Dodson & Horrell first became involved in point-to-point racing at a local level in 1987 supporting the Oakley, the Pytchley and Woodland Pytchley Fixtures. The sponsorship has now extended to a nationwide series of races – made up of twenty-two races at Point-to-Point courses across the country. Over the years Dodson & Horrell has sponsored around 640 Point-to-Point races and is extremely proud to be involved with this Series.
Results of the 2014 Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders Series
1st Miss Megan Nicholls, riding Join Together – owned by Mrs Wendy Fogg, trained by Mrs Rose Loxton,
2nd Charlie Hammond, riding Ferbane Man, owned by Mr Mike Hammond, trained by Mrs Zoe Hammond
3rd Miss Abby Knowlson, riding Ours, owned by Mr Andrew Tooze, Trained by Mr Guy Brewer
A unique piece of sand art on the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy has marked 100 Days To Go to the start of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in France this summer.
French artist Christophe Dumont created a spectacular piece of sand art featuring giant, 2.3 by 2.5 metre horse’s hoof prints in a huge ‘100’ on the famous Normandy beach. The artist and a team of 20 people battled against time and tide to produce the unique piece of artwork, so that it could be captured on camera before the waves washed it away.
Young re-homer, Megan, is supporting this year’s Horse Welfare Rehome a Horse Month.
As part of Britain’s largest horse rescue and rehoming charity’s annual Rehome a Horse Month, designed to highlight the versatility of rescue horses and find good homes for those in need, World Horse Welfare will be releasing never-before-told stories of horses who got their happy endings.
While it’s touching to hear tales of British horses who overcame the odds, we must not be distracted from the stark reality that sees 6,000-7,000 UK horses still at risk of neglect or abandonment.
(UK, 11 May 2014) Sam Griffiths (AUS) riding Paulank Brockagh, today Sunday 11 May 2014, produced a thrilling ride to win in dramatic circumstances, with Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Armada in 2nd place, and Harry Meade (GBR) riding Wild Lone in 3rd place at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, in Gloucestershire, UK.
(UK, 10 May 2014) Paul Tapner (AUS) riding Kilronan, today Saturday 10 May 2014, is the current leader after the cross-country phase, with Tim Price (NZL) riding Ringwood Sky Boy in 2nd place, and Pascal Leroy (FRA) riding Minos De Petra in 3rd place at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, in Gloucestershire, UK.
South Essex Insurance Brokers Burghley Sponsored Ride, Your Chance to Ride Round Burghley
If you have ever dreamed of riding at one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events, the South Essex Insurance Brokers Burghley Sponsored Ride 2014 is the opportunity you have been waiting for. The UK’s most exclusive sponsored ride takes place on Sunday 7th September 2014, on the final day of the world famous Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
Blue Cross is urging horse owners to stay vigilant and keep their horses away from sycamore following the tragic death of one of the charity’s rehomed ponies from Atypical Myopathy (AM), which is thought to be caused by toxins from the seeds of the tree. In this instance the seeds were inadvertently brought on to the new owner’s field by floodwater. The charity, in conjunction with veterinary experts, has put together some tips to help keep horses safe.