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SEEL BALL & AWARDS 2017
*** TICKETS ON SALE NOW ***

Photos now available to purchase online from Spidge from this years SEEL Ball www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=282235

Just a quick sneak preview of what's on offer in our Silent Auction at the Ball in aid of the KSS Air Ambulance Posted: Nov 2017

THANK YOU Posted: Oct 2017

A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED TO THIS YEARS RAFFLE

SEEL RAFFLE PRIZES 2017 IN AID OF KSS AIR AMBULANCE

A Days Hunting For Four With The Old Surrey, Burstow And West Kent, One Person To Ride With The Huntsman For The Day.
A Days Hunting For 2 on a Wednesday with the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt
Horse Treats From Dodson And Horrell
Passes For Racing At Lingfield,Fontwell And Sandown
10 Bags Of Reverdy Horse Feed
2 Days Hunting With The Kent And Surrey Bloodhounds
Headcollar From Diva
6 Oven Ready Pheasants From Peter Marley
Dressage Lesson With Bd Judge Sally Andrews
Sunday Lunch For 4 At High Rocks
£50 Petley Entry Voucher
Spidge Photography Voucher
Nick Turner Clinic Voucher For One Of His Clinics At Petley
Clothing From Baileys Horse Feeds 
Voucher For High Weald Horse Hydro
Heathy Treats From The Pure Feed Company
A Sports Massage For Your Horse From Annette Smith 
A4 Portrait Of Your Horse Or Pet In Pastels Or Paint
2 X Schooling Vouchers For Munstead
Afternoon Tea Hamper 
Goody Bags From Equi-Vation
Mcdonalds’ Vouchers Donated By Dmp Resteraunts
2 X Xc Videos From ‘An Eventful Life’
Days Hunting With The Surrey Union

SEEL END OF YEAR REPORT Posted: Oct 2017

What an incredible 2017! The South East Eventers League in its 21st year goes from strength to strength. This year we have had record participants and such engaged sponsors, we are proud to contribute to the development of the south-east eventing scene.

Felicity Collins and RSH Contend Or have won the Home Farm Equestrian Leading Horse and Rider, 21 years after her mother won the same title in SEEL’s inaugural year. Felicity confesses she spent the day at South of England doing the arithmetic to see if she had won, SEEL were delighted to confirm she had! This tops an amazing year for Felicity, which includes becoming the British Young Rider Champion and representing Britain at the Young Rider Europeans.  Felicity commented how special it feels to follow in her mum’s footsteps. The league has featured on her “to win” list and she is so excited that she has a horse in Mickey capable of winning and progressing to greater things. She feels he is a 4 star horse and therefore is planning to consolidate at 3 star next year and complete their qualifications. Avrina Milton (his part owner), Felicity and her mum can’t believe what a special talent they have in their hands to nurture. RSH Contend Or has been produced by Felicity from BE100 up to advanced level. He was purchased locally having been produced up to BE100 with another local rider, Sam Penn.

Sam has for the second year running won the Equine Travel Agency Veteran Horse with Becky Rignall’s Burntwood Sorrell. Ginger is now 18yo but continues to enjoy his eventing, having secured 4 BE100 wins this year.  Another previous winner 14yo Anna Martin and Sannanvalley Classic have won the Equ Stream U21 rankings. Anna has had a very successful year with this lovely coloured mare which includes winning a valuable ticket to the Badminton Mitsubishi Cup at BE100 level, by winning the Regional Final at Goring(2).

Karen Maurice and her own mare Panache II have been more present within the south east than our other leading contenders, supporting many of the league events. They have secured the Voltaire saddle for winning the overall grassroots league, as well as the Rachel Lamb Veteran Rider and the Poppinghole Leading Mare.  

The Moorhouse Communications BE90 ranking has been won by Jokers Promise and Victoria Linfield. This coloured gelderlander is not a conventional event type, but proves you don’t need a stereotypical eventer to event. They have enjoyed 4 wins at BE90 level this season and also have a return trip to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup booked. Victoria advises her bouncy coloured is now on holiday and is currently “fat, hairy, feral and very muddy!”

26yo Harriet Colderick has enjoyed a successful season with 2 ex-racehorses, Watergate Bay and Jack Harbour. These 2 ex-racehorses both raced for the Colderick family, before being retrained by Harriet, they are proving to be super-consistent event horses and a tribute to Harriet’s training. Harriet and Watergate Bay have won the Jim Boyle racing ex-racehorse league by a significant margin, the Wellington Riding Novice as well as coming a very close second to Felicity in the Home Farm Equestrian Leading Horse and Rider League. An unfortunate fall at South of England prevented them picking up the few points they needed to overhaul Felicity within this league. Harriet juggles teaching in the Equestrian department at Mayfield school with running a yard at her home, her plans for next season are a CCI* and a CIC**.

The SEEL Equestrian and Commercial Repairs International ranking was secured at South of England by Katie Preston and her own Templar Justice. This was as a result of a sparkling win in the CIC**. Katie is a vet at Milbourn Equine Vets and she has produced the 10yo gelding Templar Justice from a 4yo. Rebecca Williams and Barley Bree have won the Carnegie Osteopathy BE80 rankings. The 10yo 16.1hh mare started competing with Rebecca in 2016 and in 2017 they have gelled at BE80 level to take 2 wins and a second place this season.

The SEEL committee now look ahead to the famous SEEL ball on the 18th November 2017 at the High Rocks near Tunbridge Wells. Tickets are selling fast, therefore please get your orders in quick. All details can be found at www.south-east-eventers-league.co.uk.

Katie Preston Templar and Templar Justice at South of England (2)

Felicity Collins and RHS Contend Or at South of England (1)

Videos courtesy of An Eventful Life" with a link to here https://www.an-eventful-life.com.au/xc-video

IT'S NEARLY PARTY TIME AGAIN..SEEL BALL AND AWARDS 2017 Posted: Sept 2017

It's that time of year again to plan your tables for the south east's equestrian world black tie social of the year. Champagne reception at 7pm, followed by 3 course meal.
Dancing to our ever popular band 'Bowman' and resident DJ
Carriages at 2.30am

November 18th at the High Rocks in Tunbridge Wells
Auction of promises
Charity raffle in aid of the KSS Air Ambulane
Spidge Photography in attendance
Spot prizes for Best dressed lady and most dapper gent ,judged by our celebrity guests.

Early bird tickets now available at discounted prices, purchase a table of ten and only pay for nine !
Please let your friends know far and make it an even better night out !!
Any donations of raffle prizes gratefully received for our charity raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance.

SEEL BALL MENU 2017
A glass of Sparkling Wine and Canapés on arrival.
Tomato & Mozzarella salad on a bed of fine leaves with basil & olive oil dressing
Slow cooked Lamb Shank in red wine and redcurrant sauce with seasonal fresh Vegetables & Potatoes
Chocolate & Raspberry torte, chocolate mousse on a sponge base with raspberries & fruit coulis
Coffee & mints
Vegetarian main course option;
Pancake Cannelloni filled with ricotta cheese & spinach in a cheese & tomato sauce, with fresh

PLEASE BOOK ONLINE OR DOWNLOAD BOOKING FORM TO GUARENTEE YOUR TICKETS…SOLD OUT FOR LAST TEN YEARS !!

Petley Wood Pre Badminton Grassroots Dressage in conjunction with SEEL Posted: March 2017

26th April 2017

Entries close 7 days before each date, online entries preferred.

These days will comprise of riding through a pre chosen test being judged by a listed judge who officiates at local horse trials and BD shows. The test will be marked in the normal way, the judge will then spend approx 10 minutes going through the test sheet and suggesting how better marks can be gained, the test will then be re ridden and judged accordingly.

10am start time. Start times will be available 2 days prior on www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk

ENTER ONLINE HERE - https://www.myridinglife.com/eventdetails.aspx?id=236916

SEEL Arena Eventing Final Prize Winners Posted: March 2017

SEELArenaEventingWinners2017

The SEEL Committee 2016 Posted: Nov 2016

As 2016 draws towards the end we would like , as a committee, to thank everyone that has supported SEEL over the last year. We have been very fortunate to of had so many long term loyal sponsors without whose support we would not exist and be able to offer the wonderful prizes and money that was on offer at The Ball and awards this year. Also, a big thank you to everyone who registered with SEEL and made the rankings so competitive this year, please remember that registrations have to be redone for 2017 and are already open. Another big thank you must also go to Kate and Matt Tarrant and LMEQ, who sadly could not be with us at the Ball. Littleton Manor has been our title sponsor for many years and with the very sad imminent sale of the property there sponsorship comes to an end. We are now in a position to announce that Home Farm Equestrian have agreed to take over the title sponsorship, including the leading horse and rider rankings and the new exciting SEEL Arena Eventing finals. This years Ball managed to raise approximately £2000 for Wilberry Wonder Pony from the proceeds of the raffle and Sam Penn's haircut and a further £500 for the KSS Air Ambulance. These figures will be further enhanced when the profits from the silent auction come through. See you all in 2017, if not before ,and don't forget to put a note in your diary for next years awards , same venue, same band on November 18th 2017

Thank you all again for your support

Ian Bareham and the SEEL Committee.

SEEL Ball Tickets Posted: Nov 2016

Just a quick update on ticket sales for the SEEL Ball.....We have reached our capacity for numbers in the Great Hall at the High Rocks. The venue has very kindly let us have the use of Guiseppe's Restaurant in the next room......all future bookings for tickets will be seated in this area to eat and will be served 15 minutes prior to the remainder of the guests to enable them to watch the presentations which take place between courses in the Great Hall.
ALL....bookings and payment must be received by 5th November.

A message from Alison Marshall, one of our generous sponsors Posted: Nov 2016

Four star beauty is pleased to be sponsoring the SEEL  groom of the year award for the 2nd year. Amour beaute has also generously put prizes forward. Fern Robertson who is on the four star beauty team and myself are offering proceeds to the Hannah Francis charity (Wilbury wonder pony)  For every order we receive between now and the SEEL Ball we will donate to Wilbury wonder pony charity. The final donation will be announced on the evening, so please get your orders in. We have something for everyone from our best selling wrinkles away serum to above and beyond mascaras. Please check our websites and please get those orders in and support this worthwhile charity.

www.maellebeauty.com/store/AJM
www.maellebeauty.com/store/FJR

Our Celebrity Guest 'Wocket Woy' Posted: Oct 2016
The history....
We all know them as Batch and the Pwoducer, but where did it all begin?

Jump jockeys Mattie Batchelor & Marc Goldstein both came to riding quite late in life. At 16, Marc or 'The Pwoducer' was quite a good footballer and didn't initially want to follow in the family footsteps of racing. Now one of the top jockeys often seen around local track Plumpton, his notable rides include riding the last ever winner at Folkestone and recently riding over the big fences at Aintree.

It was a pony ride on a family holiday to Ireland at aged 15 that got Mattie hooked. A few jumping lessons and many years of experience later and Mattie is a leading name in jump racing with his biggest win in the Hennessey Gold Cup and notable wins at the Cheltenham Festival.

Friends for 12 years, Mattie and Marc begun working together at Sheena West Racing in 2014. Messing about at work on their phones, Mattie loved being in front of the camera and with Marc's creative ideas and their natural chemistry together, the pair have become household names in the equestrian world.

During the evenings frolics 'Wocket Woy' will cut Sam Penn's hair in aid of Wilberry Wonder Pony, to donate to this very brave gesture and help Sam raise her target of raising £1000, follow to link to donate.

www.justgiving.com

To follow all of the exploita - wocketwoy.co.uk/

Our Silent Aution Brochure Posted: Oct 2016
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Offer for SEEL Riders! Posted: Oct 2016

SEEL SOUTHERN ARENA EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP Posted: Oct 2016

Qualifying Dates:

16th October…Petley Wood
27th October…Petley Wood
29th October…Pyecombe
5th November…Petley Wood
12th November…Coombelands
13th November…Coombelands
20th November…Pyecombe
26th November…Coombelands
27th November…Coombelands
10th December…Coombelands
17th December…Pyecombe
29th December…Pyecombe
21st January…Pyecombe
22nd January…Petley Wood
4th February…Coombelands
5th February…Coombelands
11th February…Coombelands
12th February…Coombelands
25th February…Petley Wood
26th February…Pyecombe
5th March…Petley Wood Championship Finals

The SEEL Southern Arena Eventing Series
This is a new series for 2016/17 and run jointly by Pyecombe, Coombelands and Petley Wood with the final changing venues annually between the centres. Other venues will be invited to hold qualifiers during the qualifying dates period.
The qualifying period for this championship will be from October 2016 till end of February 2017 and then recommence after the March 2017 finals till February 2018. The winners at the finals will be invited to collect there trophies and mementos  at the SEEL Ball in Tunbridge Wells on November 18th 2017.

Prizes at the final will include rugs, sashes, championship rosettes and excellent prize money according to sponsorship. It is also planned to run a stand alone class at the finals at 1.05/10 height.

Numbers to qualify: The first 10 competitors in all qualifying classes at 80cm/90cm/1m to qualify for the Championship finals at Petley Wood on the 5th March 2017. Qualifying information sheets will be issued to all combinations that qualify.
If the finals are oversubscribed a ballot will take place and be decided by number of qualifying classes attended and combinations may be restricted to competing in only one championship class.
Qualifying tables will be kept updated and available to view on the websites of the centers and the South East Eventers League site.

http://www.coombelands-equestrian.co.uk

http://www.brendonpyecombe.co.uk

http://www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk

http://www.south-east-eventers-league.co.uk

Ball Update Posted: Oct 2016

As the SEEL season draws to a close with just Littleton Manor to go this coming weekend, 8th/9th October some of the major rankings have already come to there conclusion. This will be a very sad weekend due to the property being put on the market and an end to an era for Matt and Kate Tarrant who have both worked tirelessly to produce one of the best equestrian enterprises in the country. LMEQ is also our title sponsor and sponsor of the SEEL leading horse and rider rankings and will be sadly missed, this creates an opportunity for a new sponsors to step in to take up the reins of this prestigious series.

The plans for the Ball on the 19th November are now in full swing with a record number of tickets being sold at this stage, don’t forget the discounted price changes on the 1st November if not already sold out. The menus have been chosen, wines decided and layout planned, alongside the new silent auction, for which should again be an evening to remember barring the hangovers. We are also doing prizes for the ‘Best dressed lady’ and ‘Most dapper gent’ to be judged by our celebrity guest who will be revealed very shortly. All we will say for now is they will bring that extra dimension of fun and frivolity to the night and will be filmed for posterity. Our mystery guest will also cut Sam Penn’s hair if she reaches her target figure of raising £1000 for Wilberry Wonder Pony ,please donate for this very brave gesture through the just giving page.

We also need your grooms and volunteer nominations sent in ASAP as very short of candidates at the moment, without our backroom staff and the hundreds of volunteers our sport would not survive !
If you would like to donate any prizes for the raffle for our chosen charity please let us know.

LINK BELOW FOR SAM’S HAIRCUT
https://www.justgiving.com

LINK FOR ONLINE TICKETS
https://www.equineaffairs.com/eventdetails.aspx?id=221292

HOTEL LIST
Click here for a Hotel List

See you all at Littleton or at the High Rocks on the 19th November.

Ball Update Posted: Sept 2016

Ball tickets are selling faster than ever before.... so don’t miss out on the social event of the year.

One of the SEEL Committee Sam Penn has agreed, god knows why, to have her hair chopped of at the Ball by our celebrity guest who shall remain nameless at the moment in aid of Wilberry Wonder Pony. For this star attraction to happen Sam is aiming to raise £1000 for this charity, the response so far has been amazing, to support Sam in her quest please follow the link to her ‘Just giving’ page https://www.justgiving.com


The raffle this year is also in aid of Wilberry and the KSS Air Ambulance and any donations are more than welcome, please contact Ian on 07889 046128 or email ian@ibequestrianservices.co.uk

Lauren McCluskey Posted: July 2016

Lauren McCluskey receiving the Equestrian repairs SEEL International trophy and ETA rug from Sue Eggleton who kindly stepped in to present the awards on behalf of SEEL at Chilham International HT.

UPDATE FROM WELLINGTON HT FOR SEEL REGISTERED MEMBERS Posted: July 2016
We really appreciate the support of the South East Eventers League (SEEL) & are very proud to have been awarded 'Event of the Year 2015'. We wanted to do something special for the SEEL members so we have over £1,000 of £50 prize vouchers to be won by the highest placed SEEL member in each section over the three days of competition! These £50 prize vouchers can be used at Wellington Riding in our tack shop, for tuition, unaffiliated show entries, x-country & arena hire (valid for 6 months). To be eligible you must clearly state your SEEL registration details on your competition entry (entries open 22 July 2016). Keep up to date with event news & further prizes to be won on our new website (www.wellingtonhorsetrials.co.uk) & also by following the event on social media (Facebook & Twitter @wellingtonht).

SEEL BALL & AWARDS 2016 Posted: June 2016
Final preparations are already underway for the SEEL Ball on 19th November 2016, which takes place at the High rocks hotel, near Tunbridge Wells Kent.

We have secured the services of a top band and have a fantastic array of raffle prizes. Ticket are regularly sold out and we had record high last year and are sure to sell out. 7.00pm start time, carriages at 2am, black or white tie. Ideally tables of ten but can accommodate more or less. Special prizes for 'Best dressed Lady' and ' most dapper Gent'

Our annual ball and awards ceremony will no doubt be another great night to remember celebrating our 21st Birthday.
• Free glass of champagne on arrival
• Entertainment from ''BOWMAN''
• Various Party Games
• Raffle in aid KSS Air Ambulance
• Celebrity Guest

Tickets are available at £55 per head if purchased before 1st November, thereafter £60 per head or £495 for a table of ten(before 1st November) thereafter £540. Section winners will receive one free ticket irrespective of sections won.

SEEL BALL & AWARDS 2016
*** TICKETS ON SALE NOW ***

New sponsor for SEEL BE100 Ranking Posted: June 2016
We are very pleased to announce a new sponsor for the SEEL 100 rankings for the remainder of 2016

Jake Tarrant from Equi-vation has very kindly stepped into the breach mid season due to due health problems with long standing sponsor, Dom Witham from GG Tack, who will remain a SEEL partner and still very much involved in producing SEEL merchandise.

About are new sponsor…..Equiv-vation
Unlike most manufacturers, we design our products from personal knowledge and experience. With a staff base that can boast over 130 years of equine experience, a BHS qualified II, a BHS qualified AI, and two livery yards, combined with four generations of metal working knowledge, you really wont find a better solution to your yard requirements.

Equi-vation is a trading name of Bretvents ltd, A fourth generation family run business, solely owned by the Tarrant Family. Working out of converted barns, nestled at the base of the South Downs, surrounded by the horses that have shaped our companies future, inspiration comes easily. Our products are designed specifically to meet a need and overcome a problem we have found from our own experience, and once the prototypes are complete, they get handed to the liveries to test, ensuring the maximum of usability. We welcome input from customers and are always striving to improve the products, creating the best quality of products at very competitive prices. And as we make everything ourselves, by hand, we can alter and modify products to suit your requirements, and can offer full Bespoke manufacturing facilities.

For more information on our new sponsor please visit there website and pop in to say Hi at there tradestand which can be found at many of the major Equestrian Events including Hickstead,Royal Winsor and Burghley

www.equivation.com

SEEL welcomes a new sponsor on board for 2016 Posted: Feb 2016

Carnegie Osteopathy will join the impressive list of SEEL sponsors for the 2016 season, they will take over the sponsorship of the new BE80 ranking which starts this year. Rose, who has had many a successful SEEL season in the past thought this would be an ideal opportunity to promote her new business venture.

Carnegie Osteopathy is run by Rose Carnegie M(Ost)D, a graduate of the European School of Osteopathy and a 4* event rider.

Osteopathy is a practice that looks holistically at the body and can be a preventive measure as much as a cure.

The list of benefits and conditions treated is extensive and includes sacroiliac joint dysfunction, back disorders, reduced level of performance & injuries resulting from falls or training.

The treatments involved a combination of soft tissue work, articulation and mobilisation.

Rose is extremely passionate about treating performance horses and has a particular interest in event horses.

For further information on our exciting new sponsor please visit www.rosecarnegie.com

South East Eventers League 2016 Posted: Jan 2016

Welcome to SEEL 2016, We hope you all have now recovered from the festivities of the New Year and now thinking forward to the new season. Registrations for 2016 are now open and PLEASE remember that you need to re register on an annual basis, this is really important to keep our records up to date.

So what's new for 2016……We have added to a new non competing section to our registration form, this enables owners, volunteers and supporters to be kept up to date, they will receive the newsletter whenever it goes out, keeping them all up to date with all the latest South East news. This will also add to the league's profile by reaching a larger audience. We have also added a new ranking which will be sponsored initially by SEEL until such time a new sponsor can be found for the BE 80 level in the region. The first three in this ranking will receive training bursaries to a BE Accredited trainer of your choice, the winner will receive a trophy and a free ball ticket for our annual awards in Tunbridge Wells on November 19th.. Petley Wood have also agreed to run some Dressage test training days in conjunction with SEEL, these days are open to everyone but SEEL members will receive a discount code in the next news letter for a reduction in entry fees. These discount codes can also be used for there Arena Eventing competitions this spring, the February competition is there own and the March and April fixtures are BE qualifiers.

Littleton Manor have again agreed to be our title sponsor for 2016, we are so lucky to have them back on board alongside the majority of last years sponsors. Littleton have again got a full range of training clinics and competitions scheduled for this year, please support them where you can. That's it for now are don't forget to register, results will not be backdated under any circumstances. For further info on events at Littleton please visit there website on www.lmeq.com and for Petley Wood , go to www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk

SEEL BALL & AWARDS 2015 Posted: Nov 2015

What a night…certainly one to remember as 420 guests gathered at the High rocks in Tunbridge Wells for the 20th annual ball and awards. The evening started with a drinks reception, followed by a delicious 3 course meal beautifully prepared by Guiseppe and his team at the High Rocks.

The awards were then presented by our very loyal and kind sponsors. Then onto the raffle for the KSS Air Ambulance, with numerous prizes on offer including a stunning cake made by Katie Lloyd and her team at Cakes by KASA. Guests then danced the night away to our SEEL favorite band Bowman, whose performance was the 15th appearance for SEEL. Judging by the state of many as they left the venue at 2am, I am sure there were a lot of sore heads the following day.

Photos from the ball are available to view and purchase from http://www.almphotography.co.uk

Poem by Sue Eggleton Posted: Nov 2015
We would also like to publish a poem wrote by Sue Eggleton, who has won the Littleton Manor leading horse and rider title for the third year running and announced the retirement of her mare Nachtigall at the awards.

This Old Horse.
'This Old Horse, the Eventer said, Her courage she did lend, She and I, have shared success, This old horse, she is my friend.
But this Old Horse, the Eventer said, Has seen some better days, She's greying round her eyes And time, now on her lays
Another horse would suit me A cheaper one to fund She's seen a lot of miles Just – like – my – dear - Husband!
WHY they asked, then keep her? Why not trade her in? Swap her for a Thoroughbred, Or throw her in the bin!!
This Old Horse, the Eventer said, Has helped me reach my dream I'm pretty sure she's magic Held in the highest of esteem Another horse would suit me! And perhaps that day will come, But this old horse, I love her! She is my chosen one.
The Eventers eyes grew misty, Her heavy heart did break, She knew there'd be no other, To rival in Nel's wake.
This Old Horse, the Eventer said, Has given me new life, I wouldn't trade for anything, Such heartlessness is rife. Another horse, would suit me well, With younger hopes for me, But I will keep my promise, Until Nachtigall is set free……'

End of Season Report - 2015 Posted: Nov 2015

The 2015 eventing season has drawn to a close and the results of the South East Eventers League were decided at the inaugural Littleton Manor. As title sponsors of the overall Leading Horse and Rider rankings, Littleton Manor saw double SEEL points on offer, which led to an exciting end to the season.

Lisa Pilbeam and her own Cullawn Warrior have enjoyed a very consistent season at BE100. It is therefore well deserved to see her at the top of the WOW Overall Grassroots and GG Tack BE100 Rankings. Lisa is a fulltime event rider based from her parents yard in Etchingham, East Sussex. After an unlucky fall in 2014, which saw her miss half the season, it is exciting to see Lisa having such a successful comeback in 2015. Lisa commented on her ride Ollie “that he is perfect and knows his job inside out, which makes her job as a rider easy”. They are planning some novices for next season.

American event rider Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp and Deborah Halliday’s Fernhill by Night were the winners of the new award the Equestrian Repairs International, following a win in the CIC** at Brightling International.

The LMEQ Leading Horse and Rider Award was won for the third year in succession by Sue Eggleton and her own Nachtigall. This lovely mare is now 23yo and Sue has made the difficult decision to retire her at the end of 2015. Sue is owner of the Equine Travel Agency, which sponsors the Veteran Horse Award this was won by Catriona Kerruish and Courville B2. Catriona is another rider showing that consistency wins prizes in the SEEL rankings, having rarely finished outside the top 10 in 2015.

Edwina Phipps and her own Summer High won the Rachel Lamb Veteran Rider award. Edwina started competing this 12yo gelding in 2012 and this year they have topped the British Eventing Leading Foundation Table for winning the most foundation points in one season. Their record from 2015 is seriously impressive, 4 wins and 14 top 10 placings.

Tomas Cousillas  has made a serious start to his eventing career, in only his second year eventing he has qualified 2 horses for Badminton Grassroots at BE90 and BE100, as well as topping the Moorhouse Comms BE90 rankings with the 5yo Bookhamlodge Spring Edition. This mare will be for sale after running at Badminton Grassroots.

Morgann Bloquet has continued her consistency shown in 2014, with another impressive season. She has headed the Equ Stream Z U21 with Cynheidrefawr Boris. These are another pair heading for the Badminton Grassroots at BE100. Zoe Gould and Musical Legend headed the Saracen/Jim Boyle X-Racehorse. Musical Legend is a 7YO Ex-Racehorse, this combination won the Horse and Hound/Saracen Eventing Bursary this year, which has assisted Zoe with her successful year.

The end of year Ball at the High Rocks Inn, is now sold out, however there is a wait list available. We are now looking forwards to the 2016 season, I hope everyone has enjoyed their 2015 season and we look forward to seeing you out and about.

SEEL Younique Groom of the Year 2015 Posted: June 2015

SEEL are very happy to announce that former 3* rider Alison Marshall is to sponsor The SEEL Younique groom of the year for 2015, Alison, whose competitive career was cut short over 2 years ago after a near fatal car accident has had to rebuild her life without competing in the sport she so dearly loved. Alison has very quickly and successfully got involved with selling top end cosmetic products for American based company Younique. You can find further details on all the products, book make up parties or join her team of sellers from her website www.youniqueproducts.com/alisonmarshall

‘Younique's cosmetics development processes utilize scientific research to ensure that our products contain high quality ingredients that enrich and nourish the skin. The result is a beautifully efficacious product that is safely compatible with virtually every skin type.

Younique begins by looking to Mother Nature for the inspiration behind our cosmetics. Our in-house scientific team then formulates a product that honors that inspiration while delivering cutting-edge cosmetics. Our goal is to provide healthy, clean, and pure cosmetics.’
The winner of the Groom of the year will receive there award from Younique at the SEEL Ball on November 21st, alongside there free ball ticket, trophy and memento.
Nomination forms are available on the SEEL website.

SEEL International Ranking for The Bill Allen Memorial Trophy Posted: April 2015
The South East Eventers League has today confirmed that the new SEEL International ranking will award a new trophy in memory of Bill Allen who passed away earlier this month. Bill was known by all in the Eventing world, whether it be as an organizer, starter, trade stand coordinator. Bill was also a past winner of the coveted SEEL Endeavour trophy. Bill was also a main stay in helping set up Borde Hill with Roland Clarke at its outset and was regularly seen helping at south east events. The new International ranking was set up to celebrate 20 years of the league, and has very generously been sponsored by East Sussex based Equestrian repairs. This new ranking covers the 1* and 2* CIC events in our region, namely Somerley Park, Brightling Park, Firle Park, Chilham and South of England. Points will be awarded as per BE points for all SEEL registered combinations and the winner will pick up a cheque for £500 and The Bill Allen Memorial trophy plus a free ball ticket. The league is run by a committee of ten volunteers made up of riders covering all levels and supporters who wish to put something back into the sport they love. Online registration for the 2015 league is still open ,but please note, points will not be backdated by visiting the SEEL website

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Nigel Goddard/ KSDigital Photography

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS. Posted: April 2015

2015 celebrates a milestone for The South East Eventers League. The league which was formed by Roland Clarke in 1995 celebrates its 20th anniversary this season. In this time the league, which awards ranking points for BE events in Kent, Sussex ,Hampshire, Surrey ,Berkshire and Essex to horses stabled within these counties, has gone from strength to strength.

The season cumulates with an awards ceremony and Ball in November, normally held in Tunbridge Wells at the High Rocks, last season this was attended by a record 400 guests. Ranking points are awarded at all levels of the sport, with rules in place to the true grassroots riders who contest rankings at BE 90 and BE 100 levels, the overall grassroots winner will yet again win a WOW saddle.

The leading horse and rider ranking which is again sponsored by our title sponsor Littleton Manor Equestrian share a prize fund of over £1000 with the winner receiving a cheque for £500. Rankings are also available for retired racehorses, veteran horses and riders, under 21 and mares.

2015 also welcomes a new ranking to celebrate 20 years, in the SEEL International ranking, sponsored by Equestrian repairs. This new ranking covers the 1* and 2* CIC events in our region, namely Somerley Park, Brightling Park, Firle Park, Chilham and South of England. Points will be awarded as per BE points for all SEEL registered combinations and the winner will pick up a cheque for £500 and trophy plus a free ball ticket.

The league is run by a committee of ten volunteers made up of riders covering all levels and supporters who wish to put something back into the sport they love. Online registration for the 2015 league is still open, but please note, points will not be backdated by visiting the SEEL website. Sponsorship and media enquiries can be made to Melanie Crouch at melanie@kickinmedia.co.uk

SEEL
Nigel Goddard/ KSDigital Photography

WELCOME TO SEEL 2015 Posted: Jan 2015
Welcome to The South East Eventers League for 2015. This year is quite memorable as it is our 20th anniversary and still going strong. SEEL came about after an informal chat in my office at Crockstead with its founder Roland Clarke, this conversation let to bigger and better things and the league is still the oldest regional league in the British Eventing calendar. The first league winner back in 1995 was Vicky Collins on her homebred superstar Welton Molecule who went on to compete at Badminton and represented Ireland at International level with Lucy Thompson. Vicky is still going strong and competing regularly on the circuit.

We are very fortunate this year that Littleton Manor Equestrian have again very kindly agreed to be our title sponsor, which last season enabled us to offer vastly improved prize money with over £1000 in the prize fund for the leading horse and rider rankings. The majority of last years sponsors are back on board for this year and we are in discussion with other potential sponsors at the moment, look out for more news on this front in the near future. Plans are also afoot but not confirmed to offer training bursaries for the BE100 and BE 90 rankings, again more news on this when available. We can however confirm that a new sponsor is on board for the International Awards for 2015. Equestrian Repairs have kindly come on board for this year and will enable registered SEEL members to have something to aim for at the 1* and 2* competitions in the league area. Registrations are now open for 2015 and with over 100 combinations already signed up and the first entries already open its time to register, this is again completely free and only takes a couple of minutes to do. Please visit http://www.south-east-eventers-league.co.uk/REGISTER.asp and get it done. Please don't forget points means prizes and will NOT be backdated under any circumstances. Don't forget the Ball and Awards, again at The High Rocks, nr Tunbridge Wells on November 20th. !!! There are also a very limited sponsorship opportunities available for 2015, please contact Mel Crouch at melanie@kickinmedia.co.uk for further info.

Ian Bareham
SEEL Chairman

Not long to go now !! Posted: November 2014
As our annual ball and awards night approaches with a record guest list of nearly 400, we thought we would give you an insight into some of the fabulous prizes on offer at the Charity raffle to be held on the night. This years charity is to be the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance Trust, something that everyone may need at some stage of there equestrian career.

Nomination to Carraig Donovan from Poppinghole farm
5 x bespoke leather lead chains from Diva Equine and Country
Designer watch from Denimore
SEEL polo shirt
LMEQ schooling vouchers and entry for there Rampage Run next year
Bates stirrup leathers
Feed voucher from Thunderbrook feeds
Cakes from Jacky McKevitt
Luxury fleece travel rug from ETA
Equetech cross country shirt
Lesson on your own horse from Ben Dalton on your own horse at Clearview Equestrian Academy
Prize from Animal Brackets
Equ Stream Z bands

We could do with a few more prizes if anyone has any ideas, please get in touch by email to ian@ibequestrianservices.co.uk

2014 SEASON ROUNDUP Posted: October 2014

Sue Eggleton and her evergreen mare, Nachtigall have successfully defended their LMEQ Overall title and the Optimum Muscle Care Owner/Rider for the second year running. This league was closely fought between Sue and Anna Hanson after Anna had a strong start with the upcoming Troef van de Vive la Vie, however Anna gains conciliation as the runaway winner of the Coakham Bloodhounds Novice League. Sue has commented that she has no intention of retiring her mare as she is feeling so well. They intend to crack on with 2 stars next year. What is the betting that they defend their title for the third year? Sue has also won the Rachel Lamb Veteran Rider Title.

Nick Pearce and Jacorde are the winners of the WOW overall grassroots league and GG’s Tack BE100 after winning 5 BE100 sections this season. Nick has also qualified for Badminton Grassroots, where he will be proudly using his new WOW saddle provided by the League sponsors. Nick is excited to win this prize as he already has a WOW dressage saddle and recognised the quality of these excellent saddles.

Another previous winner, Sam Penn, has again added her name to the SEEL trophies. Sam has produced the 5yo ex-Racehorse stallion for the last year and with a sparkling win at Pulborough, the last event of the season, Sam claimed the Saracen/Jim Boyle ex-Racehorse League. Sam commented that “the threat over his manly parts had obviously worked” after a couple of slightly disappointing runs.

Young rider Morgann Bloquet and Cynheidrefawr Boris have won the Thermal Imaging (Kent) BE90 League. Morgann has had a consistent first season eventing with 14 runs at BE90, which includes a qualification for Badminton Grassroots. Boris evented at BE100 level previously in 2013.

Laura Shroter and her 5yo Willem van Wup are the winners of the Equ Stream Z Under 21 League. Laura is currently a working pupil with Gemma Tattersall, and is helping break the “Chilli Babies”. Willem has rounded of a successful season at the Osberton 5yo champs.
This years awards are to be presented at the SEEL anual ball which takes place at the High Rocks on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells on 22nd November, tickets are selling well with over 250 already sold. Guests will be entertained through the night with live music and disco, champagne reception and a three course meal. Tickets are priced at £50 or £450 for a table of ten for this end of season black tie event.
Tickets are still available through the SEEL website or by emailing Ian Bareham on ian@ibequestrianservices.co.uk 

2014 has been a very exciting year in the South East Eventers League. With greater engagement with existing sponsor and new sponsors the League is set to be bigger and better for its 20th Anniversary in 2015 visit www.south-east-eventers-league.co.uk for more info.

SPOTLIGHT ON NICK PEARCE Posted: October 2014

Nick Pearce and Jacorde are the winners of the WOW Overall grassroots and GGs Tack BE100 after a series of top placings at BE100, including 5 wins in 2014.

Jacorde (Nemo) is a 10 year old by the prolific sire of event horses, Jumbo. Nick says "He is a very powerful horse with a colossal jump and can get his back end very high, however he was  beautifully schooled by his previous owner." Nick has had to allow Nemo to be partly in control Xc, however he has worked hard on his dressage, as it is such a different discipline to his previous equestrian sport, racing.

Nick Pearce

Nick has monthly jumping lessons with Nick Turner who is the Irish Team Coach and dressage lessons with Sam Ray. Nick values their honesty and their ability to make him re-do things until he gets it right, he doesn't like yes people, so these trainers suit him perfectly! He lives and shares a yard with his fiancé and talented event rider Georgie Strange so has her excellent advice close at hand.

Nemo was previously owned by Sarah and Milly Webb from Horstmonden. Milly used to ride Nemo and won an Intro on him but she also had a nasty fall, therefore as a good friend of Nick's fiancé Georgie, she sent him to Georgie and Nick to ride. Nick clicked with the gelding immediately as Nick says they are a perfect match personality wise. He says they "are both competitive, enthusiastic, sensitive, slightly numb and game for a challenge". Nick is very grateful to the Webb family for giving him a horse to ride who has such talent.

Nick trains point to pointers, as well as pre-trains and breaks in young Flat and National Hunt horses for professional trainers from his yard in Mark Cross near Tunbridge wells.  He retired from raceriding in March after riding his 100th and final winner as the weight was starting to be difficult to achieve. He had also watched too many friends have to finish riding before they were ready through injury and weight issues so he felt lucky to go out on his own terms. He says "I had so much fun race riding, I rode at the Cheltenham Festival and was 10th in the Foxhunters over the Grand National course, what a feeling!!"

Nick comes from a completely non-horsey background, his mum was a school dinner lady and his Dad was a Sergeant Major in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. Nick first sat on a horse when he was 14 when he went pony trekking in the brecon beacons during a school holiday. He was naturally hooked straight away and found a riding school a few miles from his home, where he went everyday after school and at weekends to help out. Luckily for Nick the man who owned the farm had point to pointers and hunters, so 2 days after his 16th birthday he had his first point 2 point ride and finished 3rd on a horse called January Don.

Georgie and Nick are both sponsored by Mark Scott arenas who are based near Tenterden in Kent. They have recently had a new amazing school put in at their yard, which will allow Georgie to fully move her horses in. Nick is excited about some of Georgie's horses. The pair are also sponsored by The Bedgebury Collection, which is a clothing line from Gabriella Atkinson at Bedgebury Equestrian Centre, ensuring they are always well dressed!

Nick is now planning a Novice debut but wants to complete Badminton grassroots first. Nick says he knows his limits and reckons his talent won't get him round the bigger tracks, once things get too technical. However he believes Nemo will keep improving and could go all the way with a proper rider. After watching Nick ride it is clear he is a hugely talented and knowledgeable horseman, who is downplaying his skills, it will be enjoyable following this combination as they achieve their 2015 aims.

SPOTLIGHT ON SAM PENN Posted: October 2014

Sam Penn has been a consistent SEEL winner for the last 10 years. We managed to find a slot in her busy schedule to discuss her life and her horses.

Sam Penn

Sam was based at Golden Cross Equestrian Centre for 10 years, and last year moved to a new yard at Barns Green in Horsham. This year she has won the Saracen/Jim Boyle ex-Racehorse prize with the Poppinghole Racing Partnership’s Northern Territory. As well as being well placed in the LMEQ overall horse and rider, the Coakham Bloodhounds Novice Rankings and winning the SEEL International prize at Firle Place. She currently has 14 boxes, a 30*60 meter outdoor arena and ample grazing for her team of horses. She has a large following as a trainer and welcomes people to her yard for training.

Her team is currently headed by the Intermediate horse, Pusiden, after the retirement of her 4 star campaigner, Seven O Seven, at the beginning of the year.  Sam also has a number of exciting young horses, headed by Teresa Hemmings’ 8yo First Impression. Sam started the gelding eventing in 2012, before he came back to her in 2014. He has quickly progressed to Intermediate, after a CIC* win at Firle Place International. Sam is also very excited by the Battens’ 6yo Gloris Flight. This gelding was broken by Sam and has been given a lot of time to grow into his large frame, however he had his first novice run at Firle Place, making the challenging Novice track look easy. He will have a final run this season at Aldon International in the Young Horse class.

Sam attributes a lot of her success to her mentor, Ian Bareham, her trainer, Nick Turner and her mum. Sam’s mum, Sue, who runs the yard on a day to day basis, was the reason Sam originally started riding, as she deemed Sam to be safer on a horse than wandering around a yard as a toddler. Sam’s equestrian career took her to Ireland where she rode for Paul Darragh. While in Ireland she rode a lot of young horses and showjumped, however on returning to England she realised that eventing was the discipline she wanted to follow.

Sam’s current lifestyle resolves around her horses. She currently lives on site at her yard and rarely has a day off or a night out. On a rare free evening she enjoys poledancing classes and any other activity that generates some adrenalin! She is currently looking forward to a track raceday where she will be driving a Porsche and a Ferrari - we reckon Lewis Hamilton better watch out! She also confesses to a liking for cake and indeed has a following of cake fairies who deliver her cake at events.

Event riders are self-confessed adrenalin junkies, and Sam is no exception, however she is well known as being someone who can deal well with pressure. This is a trait which would support her ambition of riding on a senior British team.  Sam has always been able to produce exceptional results from horses that didn’t always appear to have outstanding talent. Her dedicated and calm approach has enabled her to develop an enviable reputation within the South-east. Sam does have a couple of spaces within her yard for event horses and can be contacted on 07771367582.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN Posted: August 2014
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE MOORHOUSE COMMUNICATIONS SEEL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014.

Without such hard work and support from the hundreds of volunteers throughout the season our sport would not exist in the form it does today. To recognize this fact, The South East Eventers League now give an award to a volunteer in the SEEL area, this is awarded at our annual ball on November 22nd in Tunbridge Wells. This year the award is very kindly sponsored by Moorhouse Communication for the first time , who are also responsible for your SEEL newsletters and rankings. Can you please email your nominations before 1st November to seelchampionships@gmail.com

Moorhouse Communications Ltd offers bespoke business support to companies and individuals in London and the South East. Our range of services varies from administration, book-keeping, event management, training & development to VAT returns and payroll. In addition we can design websites, social media pages in conjunction with marketing and design services. Our clients include electricians, property managers, builders, retailers and online gamers. We pride ourselves on maintaining long term relationships with our clients, allowing them the time and flexibility to develop their own businesses by offloading ad hoc projects or full back office support to us. Our director, Sarah, has an ex-racehorse, whom she events, shows, hunts and she keenly follows most equine disciplines. As a result, we have a number of equestrian clients including eventers, trainers, livery yards, breeders, veterinary surgeons and farmers. Our knowledge in this field means we can assist you with a website, tax return or whatever you need. Please contact us for further information.

Urgently Needed..... Posted: July 2014

Stabling for Firle Place International HT. With the changes at Golden Cross and Chelwood Equestrian Centre now filled with clients, we have a need for stabling within 15 miles of Firle. If you are able to help, we would again be very grateful. Please contact Jo Carr on 07973 103110 jo@firleplaceevent.co.uk

SEEL International Trophies.... Posted: July 2014
The first SEEL International trophies of the season will be up for grabs at Brightling International HT this weekend.The trophies are awarded to the highest placed SEEL registered combinations in the 1* CIC and the 2*CIC. Last years winner Liz Halliday-Sharp won both trophies last year and I am sure that she would love to keep them for another year at Chailey Stud. Further trophies are on offer at Chilham,Firle and South of England. Still time to get registered ,points mean prizes.

Firle Place Updates.... Posted: July 2014

Can anyone help at firle! Fab event! Call for help – Saturday Fence Judges and Stabling

Fence judges. Louise, our Cross Country Steward is short of fence judges for Saturday 30th August. If you are able to help, we would be very grateful. We supply breakfast and lunch and a gift to say thank you!! Please contact Louise Leggatt - 01580 240319, 07860 676884 louiseleggatt@btinternet.com. We also ensure that helpers and their riders do not get balloted or waitlisted.

Stabling for the event. With the changes at Golden Cross and Chelwood Equestrian Centre now filled with clients, we have a need for stabling within 15 miles of Firle. If you are able to help, we would again be very grateful. Please contact Jo Carr on 07973 103110 jo@firleplaceevent.co.uk

SEEL News Updates.... Posted: July 2014
The Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre Leading Horse and Rider, the Optimum Muscle Care Owner/Rider and the Coakham Bloodhounds Novice are currently led by Anna Hanson and her own 7yo Dutch gelding Troef van de Vive la Vie. Anna was very successful in the BE100 league last year and has successfully progressed into the Novice ranks this year with league wins at Berkshire College, Borde Hill and Chilham.

Anna saw Troef Van De Vive La Vie ( better known as Doodlebug) in an ad on horsequest in November 2012 and on a whim drove all the way to Liverpool to try him. She says "He was very poor & green but I just loved his attitude & eye...he could clearly jump but there was lots of work to do". Anna has lessons with jumping coach Judi Piper Dadswell and dressage trainer Markus Bauer. With their help she has developed this lovely chestnut horse from being terrified of a cross pole to winning his 1st BE90 in April 2013. They had a great season last year but remained at BE100 to lay down firm foundations for the future. Anna says "It was really worth giving him a year seeing lots of different smaller fences because he has been really confident so far this season stepping up to novice." Anna is now planning to take him to Brightling CIC 1* and then a few further CIC*s before possibly doing an intermediate towards the end of the season. NB Since this was written, Anna took the runner up spot in the NRF at Eridge behind former Badminton winner Paul Tapner, thus qualifying for the novice championships at Gatcombe in August.

Anna's Mum always had a horse when she was growing up and always encouraged her to ride. Anna has ridden to Advanced level and is excited about Doodle's potential as he gives her such a fantastic feeling. She says she "really enjoy producing young horses to any level but still has dreams of Badminton...if that doesn't happen, Blenheim or Bramham would be lovely instead!"

Anna has 2 young children a boy and girl. She is a BHS II & teaches & rides full time, and really enjoys teaching pony club. Her day starts with a school run, and she then spends 6 hours riding & teaching. She says "It can be a busy, hectic life but that's the way I like it!" Anna lives in Mayfield with her "long suffering and supportive" husband and kids. Her horses are kept a few miles away at her mum's farm, which allows her mum to help her with child care. Speaking to Anna it is clear how talented and committed she is. She would love some financial support or sponsorship to allow her to progress with her exciting young horse.

Golden Cross Eventers Challenge.... Posted: July 2014
Golden Cross still have a few spaces left for event riders in there ever popular Eventers Challenge that takes place on Sunday 28th July. The class has a prize fund of over £1000 with £300 being picked up by the winner. Competitors must ride bona fide event horses and MUST be registered with BS. Could interested parties please email Ian Bareham on ian@ibequestrianservices .co.uk to confirm there interest and follow the declaration process set out in the class conditions below. NB. SEEL is also giving a further £50 to the highest placed SEEL combination. Full schedule for the 2 day show can be found at www.goldencrossec.co.uk

CLASS 12 EVENTERS CHALLENGE
PRE ENTRY AND DRAWN ORDER
To be judged in accordance with British Showjumping rule 183, table C, for registered horses. To be ridden by riders based in Sussex, Surrey,Hampshire,Essex,Berkshire and Kent. Entry to this class will be on a first come ,first served basis and MUST be pre entered. Limited to 12 showjumpers and 12 invited Event Riders riding bona fide event horses currently registered with the BE and British Showjumping. Fences approximately 1.10m to 1.25m and will include some knockdown and solid cross country type fences, e.g. bounces, arrowheads, corners. Competitors must declare their intention to compete in the final by telephoning or emailing Golden Cross no later than 5.30pm on Tuesday 23rd July. Failure to do so will result in reserve competitors being invited.

Generously sponsored by Churchill Country & Equestrian Estate Agents Ltd
ENTRY FEE: £25
PRIZES: £300, £250, £200, £150, £100
Plus further prizes of £15 kindly donated by R&R Stevensons for all combinations that complete the competition clear.

Exclusively to the members of SEEL Posted: June 2014
Book a yard visit from Saracen, (5 horses minimum), and we will provide 2 bags of free feed (excludes Feed Balancers and Equi-Jewel®) when we visit. To book a yard visit email info@saracenhorsefeeds.co.uk.

"Alternatively, for individual horses, try our free online "Feed Advice" service www.saracenhorsefeeds.com/feed-check and use the promotional code "SEEL" to receive a money off voucher for your first order. For immediate advice, call us on 01622 718 487.

Update from SEEL Posted: Fri 14 March

All at SEEL wish SEEL Committee member Lisa Pilbeam a speedy recovery after sustaining a broken leg at Borde Hill HT.

Jim Boyle is giving an extra prize for the ex racehorse rankings which they currently sponsor in conjunction with Saracen horse feeds. They will award a rug and a special rosette for the highest placed horse that was trained in Epsom. Saracen are sponsoring £500 of horse feed to placed combinations.

SEEL are awarding a special cash prize of £50 to the highest placed SEEL registered combination at the Eventers challenge to be held at Golden Cross at there pre Hickstead derby show which takes place over the weekend of 26th/ 27th of July . The class now in its 20th year offers a prize fund of over £1000 with the winner taking home a cheque for £300. The class is open to twelve showjumpers and twelve invited event riders riding bona fide event horses that must be registered with BS . Fences between 1.10 and 1.25m

Its time for the Event riders to step up there game to take this challenge as has been consistently won by showjumpers over the past years. Full schedules will be available on www.goldencrossec.co.uk

Update from SEEL Posted: Fri 14 March

At long last the sun is shining and the rain has stopped. SEEL has unfortunately lost  2 of this years league fixtures already with Tweseldown and Somerley cancelled, but all seems set to kick of the south east season with Munstead next weekend.After lots of deliberation, Goring has been added as a SEEL HT, this event runs on the borders of Berkshire and at the organisers request has been added.

The SEEL committee have been working flat out over the winter months, especially our sponsorship co-coordinator Mel Crouch, securing new sponsorship and our pleased to announce that long time supporters Littleton Manor Equestrian take over as title sponsors with a much improved prize fund for the leading horse and rider rankings, this years winner will take home a cheque for £500.LMEQ will also offer spot prizes and incentives during the season. WOW have again come in to award a saddle to the leading grassroots combination, this is now there tenth year as a SEEL sponsor.

The Coakham Bloodhounds have taken over the novice Rankings, GG tack are the new BE 100 sponsors and the top prize in there ranking will be a point two air jacket, definitely a prize worth winning.Dom Witham from GG tack will also be looking into a range of SEEL merchandise for this year. Thermal Imaging (Kent) take over the 90 Ranking.We also welcome on board Equ Stream Z as a new sponsor for the ever popular Under 21 Ranking. ETA again come back with the Veteran horse ranking as do Rachel Lamb art with Veteran Rider ranking. The latest new sponsor on board are Poppinghole farm who take over the mares rankings with the winner getting a free nomination to one of there 2 stallions standing this year.

Negotiations are at a forward stage in securing a new sponsor for the racehorse section but as yet we have no sponsor for the Owner/Rider and this will be dropped for 2014 unless a sponsor can be found.

New sponsors have also come on board for The Endeavour award in the form of Milbourne Equine, IB Equestrian services will sponsor the SEEL Event of the year,  Moorhouse Communications Ltd sponsor the Volunteer award and Jo Davies Sports Psychology come on board to sponsor the ever popular SEEL groom of the year.

We also welcome on board Horsemart as our media partner for 2014, they will publish updated rankings and reports on a monthly basis.

It is vital that  if you want to be eligible for these rankings you must register with SEEL, which is free to do and will only take a couple of minutes and can be done at www.south-east-eventers-league.co.uk/register.asp  Please remember points will NOT be backdated under any circumstances. If you had registered in previous seasons you must re register.

Another date to note is the SEEL Ball and awards which take place at the High Rocks in Tunbridge Wells on 22nd November, it is envisaged that ticket prices will stay the same and we also welcome the return of the band 'Bowman' who have entertained us in the past. There has been muting regarding SEEL extending its coverage country wide for all south east combinations,this will definitely not happen, apart from being a logistical nightmare it deviates from the original purpose and principals of SEEL which was to add support to SEEL member Events.

Finally, we are very sad to report that Linda Carse who has been the unsung hero on the SEEL committee has decided to step down. Linda was a real lynch pin on the committee and responsible for all the rankings and updating our data base. We are desperately searching for somebody to take on her role as soon as possible, Linda will give full training and it needs somebody who is computer literate and willing to give a few hours after each SEEL ranking event. Suggestions very welcome

Five minutes with Sam Penn Posted: Mon 25 November
Sam Penn and Seven O Seven were the winners of the Reverdy Racehorse to Eventer Rankings. We spent 5 minutes with Sam at her new yard at Barns Green, nr Horsham and gained an insight into what makes her and her horses tick!

SEEL

Chocolate or cake?…… Cake,but prefers sweets.
Roast Beef or Turkey?…… beef
Indian or Chinese Takeaway?… Chinese
Favourite schooling exercises?… (1) off set related angles (anything Nick Turner can invent.) (2) Gridwork
Dream ride round Badminton?…… Murphy Himself (Brave girl). Burghley Lennamore, such a great track record round there.
Favourite event?………Firle and Burghley
Best Training Venue?…… LMEQ – Simply the best.
Rain or snow?……… Definitely Snow
Piece of tack you couldn't do without?… Tri -Zone boots, HS1 hat, Full neoprene chaps
Hobbies?… Pole dancing
If I wasn't an event rider I would be.....? Special affects make up artist
Favourite book?… Read loads,to many to mention
Favourite Film?… Shawshank Redemption
Favourite Idol?… Andrew Nicholson, he makes it look so easy.

Five minutes with Francesca Brough Posted: Mon 25 November
Francesca Brough and Angels Spirit were the winners of the WOW Grassroots Leading Horse and Rider, the Pegasus Grassroots BE100 and the Billy Stud Leading Mare. We spent 5 minutes with Francesca and gained an insight into what makes her and her horses tick!

SEEL

Chocolate or cake?........... Red Velvet Cake
Roast Beef or Turkey?……….Turkey
Indian or Chinese Takeaway?……….Chinese from the Castle at Hickstead
Favourite schooling exercises?……..(1) off set related distances to keep them focused and straight (2) canter poles for teaching the horse to go up and down the gears in all gaits. Vital for an adjustable and controllable horse.
Dream ride round Badminton?……Borough Pennyz. Burghley?……Lennamore
Favourite event?……Chilham or South of England – love them both
Best Training Venue?………. LMEQ – fantastic for all phases
Rain or snow?………. Definitely rain…. We get well and truly stuck on my yard in the snow
Piece of tack you couldn't do without?…… Neck strap! Ride everything with one.
Hobbies?…. Not much time for hobbies….love to hunt when I can!
If I wasn't an event rider I would be.....? ………..I'd love to race national hunt horses, Cheltenham festival would be the dream!
Favourite book?……Me before you by Jo Jo Moyes
Favourite Film?…Stardust

The SEEL winners thought on 2013 Posted: Thurs 14 November

SEEL
Sue Eggleton, Director Equine Travel Agency Ltd and Nachtigall.

The year started with great excitement, with the postsponed 2012 BE100 Championships at Badminton, being held alongside the 2013 champs. It was quite strange going back to BE100, as because of the 2012 champs being postponed all those competitors were allowed to progress during 2012 and gain BE points, which is not normally the case. So during 2012 Nachtigall (Nellie) and I progressed, with several wins and top 10 placings from BE100 to Novice, and then onto Intermediate Novice, gaining two qualifications for the Novice Regional Finals. Then finishing the season at Aldon with a double clear inside the time in our first FEI CIC*, with a 13th place out of 60+ horses.

The atmosphere at Badminton was fantastic, if anyone does have the opportunity to qualify I can highly recommend it, as it is one of the best experiences we have ever had. Unfortunately however, all the excitement rather went to our heads and although our dressage test went really well, a couple of "bubble over" split-second blips cost us dearly. After a good double clear, inside the time, we finished in 6th place with just 2 penalties between 1st-6th - oh how those dressage blips have haunted me since!! The presentation for all the 4 sections was held in front of badminton house for all those in 1-6th place. I also won the KKO Trophy - for the highest placed Veteran rider, and the EHOA Award for their highest placed member presented by sponsors Shearwater Insurance.

From there on we went back to Novice and Intermediate Novice, and several CIC*s. We also had a successful try at Intermediate, to "test the water" so to speak! Nellie rose to the challenge magnificently, and had a good double clear, to finish in 14th place out of 40 - very respectable for her first attempt, and very exciting for the future.

All in all in 2013 she finished in the top 10 twelve times out of the seventeen starts this season, including 3 out of her 4 CICs.

This meant that we had an amazing end of season result as a member of South East Eventers League. Finishing in 1st place in the Leading Horse & Rider, Owner/Rider and Veteran horse leagues - which is where I should perhaps also mention that Nachtigall is now 21 years old! We were also placed 2nd in the Veteran Rider (yes that's me - 41 years old!) and the Billy Stud Best Mare leagues. SEEL is an amazing organisation, run voluntarily by a very few dedicated event enthusiasts. It adds a great club spirit throughout the season, and an extra competitive motivation to all that participate. The season culminates in a fabulous Ball, where the prizes are awarded for all those who are placed in the different leagues. If you and your horses live in the 5 counties of the South East, please join, it really is worth it! One of the big prizes is the chance to win an amazing WOW saddle, which Nachtigall in fact won in 2011. I attribute a lot of her success to her WOW dressage saddle, as we have both improved immeasurably since, and in fact I purchased a second SJ/XC saddle for her from them in 2012 as I was so pleased with the result.

I had intended this to be her last season eventing, due to her age, but she is most certainly not in agreement. Both Nellie and I only started eventing just 3 years ago in 2011, and Nellie is therefore very "low-mileage" which is why I believe she is still so fit and well. I will continue with her next season, with the intention of more CICs and a few more goes at Intermediate. I will let her tell me when she is ready to retire, but whilst she is willing both physically and mentally we will continue - it is up to her entirely. She owes me nothing - and I owe her everything.

I am also the proud recipient this year of the EHOA Event Horse Owners Association annual 2013 Owner/Rider Award, sponsored by Shearwater Insurance. This was awarded to me, as chosen out of many applicants by Susan and Jeremy Lawton of Shearwater, in recognition of the dedication, hard work and enthusiasm they felt I have shown to be able to compete successfully my event horses, despite working full time running our horse transport business Equine Travel Agency Ltd. I currently have two event horses, which I train, keep fit and compete by myself outside of work. This means very long days, with very limited social life and no time off during the season. I have to ride in all weathers, whenever I can fit it around the business which normally means late evenings, and I do not have my own school. I have a dressage arena I have marked out in a field, with white guttering for boards, which I can only use in the summer. The rest of the time I have to box up to use local facilities.

So although all of this success may seem to suggest we are "living the dream", which of course in many wonderful ways we are, but the reality is we are in fact two old foggies, making it up as we go along, with no facilities whilst working full time - not your usual equestrian success story!!

SEEL Final Report Posted: Tues 15 Oct
The 2013 season finished with a similar feel to the way it started at Tweseldown with pouring rain and lots of mud! Pulborough provided 3 days of competition, catering for competitors from BE80 to Intermediate Novice. The organisers at Pulborough did a fantastic job to continue to run in the weather, while remaining accommodating and charming.

Past SEEL Grassroots winner Sue Eggleton and Nachtigall have progressed successfully up the grades. This year they head the Leading Horse and Rider, the Owner/Rider and fittingly the Equine Travel Agency Ltd Veteran Horse. Sue with her husband Graham, runs and owns the Equine Travel Agency which provides Horse Transport across the UK, Europe and Worldwide. Nachtigall is now 20yo and has a foal by embryo transfer. This combination has enjoyed a successful season around the 1 star circuit, which is gaining strength and popularity within the south-east.

Another veteran horse, Sophie Bunch's Seven O Seven with long term rider Sam Penn, has claimed the Reverdy X-racehorse. Seven O Seven enjoyed his last eventing outing at South of England International and will now enjoy a semi-retirement, perhaps showing a young rider the ropes! Sam is now settled into her new base in Horsham and is happy to take on rides at all levels.

Brook Staples and Randals Legacy have claimed the Rachel Lamb Veteran Rider. Randals Legacy is a 7yo gelding who has enjoyed a packed BE100 season, picking up many wins and places. Rachel Lamb, the sponsor of this section, is a talented artist in East Sussex. For more details of her work please look at her website - www.rjlambart.com.

The GG's Tack Shop sponsored BE90 section has been claimed by the 14yo gelding My Prince Charming and Emily Watson. Emily is a member of the Lord Leconfield Hunt Pony Club and has picked up 4 wins at BE90 this year, including a qualification for the BE90 Grassroots Championships at Badminton. Emily has also won the Littleton Manor U21. Littleton Manor has one of the best schooling facilities in the south-east, with gallops, show jumps and a XC course.

Francesca Brough and Angels Spirit are the convincing winners of the WOW Overall Grassroots, the Billy Stud Mares and the Grassroots Pegasus BE100. Francesca had the luxury of coming to Pulborough knowing she had already claimed the WOW saddle for the winner of the Overall Grassroots. However she convincingly won the BE100Plus section with a dressage score of 26.5.

The Georgie's Horse Laundry Novice Section was another section won by a convincing margin. Rose Carnegie has produced another star performer in Master Rory, who has already progressed to 2 star level, after last year winning with Landine. Georgie's Horse Laundry are available to clean and repair all rugs. They provide an excellent service, so please give them a call.

The famous SEEL Ball is booked for the 9th November at the High Rocks Inn, near Tunbridge Wells. Tickets are selling fast, so you need to be quick to get your tickets. Also please "like" our Facebook page, which is regularly updated with news and gossip.

SEEL Ball Prize Preview Posted: Fri 27 Sept
Sue Eggleton from ETA modelling one of the rugs that will be awarded at the SEEL Ball on November 9th

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Olympian Alex Hua Tian wins CIC* class at Firle Place International Horse Trials Posted: Tues 3 Sept
Buckinghamshire-based Chinese Olympian Alex Hua Tian won last weekend's CIC* class at Firle Place International Horse Trials, beating off stiff competition from local riders Sam Penn and Gemma Tattersall, who came second.

Now in its 37th year, the jam-packed line-up saw 600 horses compete at dressage, showjumping and cross-country on the 5,000-acre estate on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September.

Alex, who is just 23 years old, achieved an impressive dressage score of 76.5% to lead from the front throughout, despite gathering six faults in showjumping and 0.2 time penalties cross-country. His 6-year old chestnut British-bred warmblood gelding, named Don Geniro, was originally bought for his girlfriend Sarah Higgins as a pure dressage horse. Alex commented: "Don is too good at jumping to only compete at dressage. He is super cool under pressure and an extremely able horse. As a result of our win, he has now qualified for the World Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d'Angers in France. We'd like to see him competing at Rio in 2016." Alex added that the horse trials at Firle Place were extremely well run. "This is only my second time competing at the estate, last time was in the BE100 class. The new cross-country layout was fantastic. I will definitely be back!"

Firle Place Horse Trials attracts top international riders Posted: Tues 27 August
Top riders from all over the world will soon be arriving at a rural Sussex village for this year's Firle Place International Horse Trials. Entrants include New Zealand riders Sir Mark Todd CBE and this year's highly celebrated Badminton winner, Jock Paget, China's Alex Hua Tian, Olympian Lucinda Fredericks, locally based leading rider Francis Whittington plus Shropshire-based Oliver Townend. Now in its 37th year, the jam-packed line-up will see around 600 horses compete at dressage, showjumping and cross-country on the 5,000-acre estate on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September. Gates open at 9am. Entry is £5 on Saturday and £10 per car on Sunday.

Amlin Plus sponsors new water jump at Firle Place International Horse Trials Posted: Thurs 15 August
Cross-country riders at next year's Firle Place International Horse Trials will have a brand new water complex to gallop through, thanks to sponsorship from Amlin Plus, who specialise in horse insurance.

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Amlin Plus has agreed to help finance the replacement water jump in exchange for exclusive naming rights for three years. Designed by highly revered jump builder James Willis, work will begin after this year's event on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September. Run in aid of Hope In the Valley Riding for the Disabled and the Breast Cancer Campaign, the two-day event regularly attracts 500 riders and 8,500 visitors. "It is thought the old water jump is as old as the event itself – 37 years!" commented organiser Jo Carr. "We are hugely grateful to Amlin Plus for sponsoring the jump – it will be a real asset to the course and its versatile design will mean it can be used in all classes." Amlin Plus's Managing Director David Ashby is competing at this year's event on his horse Ivanstown. He added: "I've known this event for years and I've ridden round many times – especially through the old water jump! In the past, Amlin Plus has sponsored numerous events in the south east and as we arrange insurance for a great many eventers thought it would be good to put something more back into the sport. I always think Firle Place Horse Trials are something of a hidden gem in the eventing calendar; the ground is invariably good, the course well-built and run and the country fair atmosphere makes a good day out for the family."

Gates open at 9am.
Entry is £5 on Saturday and £10 per car on Sunday.

For more information, visit www.firleplaceevent.co.uk.

Latest Report Posted: Thurs 15 August
The month of August has kicked off in exciting fashion with the first Chilham International and Smiths Lawn, which now benefits from a new XC course. Both events were showered with huge praise by riders and supporters for providing good ground and a fair and educational test for riders and horses.

The prize everyone wants to win, a WOW saddle, for the WOW Overall Grassroots winner is currently led by a convincing margin by Francesca Brough and her own 16hh grey mare, Angels Spirit. This combination have enjoyed a successful season claiming 3 wins and numerous places at BE100 level. These results have been based on consistent excellent dressage scores.

Francesca now heads to Wellington and Firle Place, which will provide her good opportunities to further extend her substantial lead within this rankings. Angels Spirit also currently leads the Pegasus BE90 and jointly leads the Billy Stud Mares with Sue Eggleton and Nachtigall.

Sue and Nachtigall are the current leaders of the Owner/Riders, the Rachel Lamb Veteran and the Equine Travel Agency Veteran Horse. Nachtigall, a past SEEL winner, is now 21yo and has enjoyed another consistent season, mostly at Novice and 1 star level. Sue appropriately owns the Equine Travel Agency, who are a professional horse transport company based in Dover, Kent.

Sussex University student, Alycia Port and Dancing Dazzler, have taken the lead in the BE90. Dancing Dazzler is owned by Fiona Cialfi and is a 7yo by the famous stallion, Catherston Dazzler. This combination have won 3 BE90s at Rackham, Eridge and Iping. However the combination recently upgraded to BE100, which makes it unlikely that Alycia will remain at the head of this ranking.

Wellington and Firle Place are the next events in the SEEL calendar. Don't forget that you have to be registered to win points, it is free to register on the SEEL website. Please also like our Facebook page, which is regularly updated with news, event updates and sneak previews.

Planning is in full swing for the SEEL Ball and awards to be held at the High Rocks in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 9th November, last year was sold out with 350 guests and tables have already sold this year. Ticket prices remain at last years prices at £50 or tables of ten for £450.

SEEL MEMBERS IN ACTION AT GOLDEN CROSS Affiliated SHOW JUMPING DERBY 27th/28th July 2013 Posted: Wed 17 July
All roads should lead to Golden Cross Equestrian Centre for the weekend of 27th/28th July for the ever popular Affiliated 'Derby Show'. The show now boasts a prize fund approaching £3000.00 and should attract riders from all over the South East. This is ideal opportunity for warm up on grass before the RIHS at Hickstead

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The Saturday schedule kicks off with The Local Rider 95cm Open single phase class to get the show going on time. This is followed by the first of the derby classes, The Equestrian Physiotherapy Small Derby for which course builders John Farrell are sure to have a few surprises up there sleeves. Following on from this is a scope 1.05 qualifier, Newcomers , 1.15m members cup sponsored by GA Commercials , Foxhunter/1.20m and finally The Hickstead Horse Feeds 1.25 Open This concludes the day in the Chalvington ring.

Sunday's classes include, scope qualifiers, The Milbourne Equine 1.05m Open Derby, The Sussex Haylage 1.15m Open Derby ,The Horse and HoundFoxhunter/1.20m,, which will be used by many as the warm up for the final class, being the Clip Clop Traders Eventers Challenge . This class historically ends the show and is for 12 invited Event riders from the SEEL Area pitting their skills against 12 Show Jumpers all of which have to be based in the home counties. This class is very similar to the Hickstead version in which, competitors jump a mixture of cross country fences and show jumps, with 5 seconds added for a fence down. Now in its fifteenth year this class has only produced 10 clear rounds.International Event riders invited to the final will include past winners Emily Baldwin , Brook Staples alongside Sam Penn, Lisa Pilbeam, Gemma Tattersall , Tony Warr, Claire Lewis, and Anna Hilton amongst others., they will be probably challenged by last years winner Lisa Lon g who gained her first win in this class for the Showjumpers. and class sponsor Emma Hinkley

*As a special incentive this year in a bid to improve entries and BS membership the BS Tickets to ride will be available at no charge to competitors instead of the normal £6 per class. This will give unregistered combinations an opportunity to compete alongside registered members and give them a taster of the Affiliated circuit. The show is open to the public, refreshments and tradestands are available and the full schedule and online entry facility can be found on www.goldencrossec.co.uk

As usual all the rings will be watered if necessary and aerated if the ground is hard. Courses this year will be built by Ian Bareham and John Farrell.

WILTSHIRE-BASED NEW ZEALANDER WINS CIC2* AT THE REVERDY BRIGHTLING HORSE TRIALS Posted: Wed 17 July
Wiltshire-based New Zealander Lizzie Brown won last weekend's CIC2* class at the Reverdy Brightling Park International Horse Trials, beating off stiff competition from seasoned professionals such as Sir Mark Todd and Zara Phillips. Last year's CIC1* winner, American Lis Halliday-Sharp came second and Frenchman Gilles Pons third.

Now in its 27th year, the hugely popular two-day event on 13 and 14 July is highly revered throughout the eventing world and attracts top riders from across the globe. Lizzie, who is just 25 years old, achieved a respectable dressage score of 40.9 before going double clear showjumping and cross-country. Her 13-year old chestnut Hanoverian gelding, named Henton Attorney General, was shipped over to the UK last year, after he won three CIC3*. Lizzie commented that she'd be back to compete at Brightling Park again next year. "The cross country was big and bold. Many of the fences were quite old fashioned, which I liked, there weren't many skinny fences or corners to jump. It is a great galloping course and suited my horse very well." Lizzie went home with £500 and 500kg of Reverdy Horsefeed.

Gloucestershire-based Chris Hall won the CIC* class on board Kings Advocate II, a Thoroughbred aged just six years old and his first ever one star competition. Chris applauded the organisers for putting on such a well-run event. "Brightling Park is a five hour drive for us, but it was most definitely worth it. The atmosphere is relaxed, but the event is seamless and expertly executed."

LATEST REPORT Posted: Wed 17 July
Summer is here and we have had lots of changes at the top of the South East Eventers League rankings after Rackham, Eridge, Tweseldown and Brightling Park International.

The top spot in the Leading Horse and Rider is shared between past winners, Sam Penn and last year's overall horse and rider winner, Rose Carnegie. Rose has a new ride at this level, Master Rory a 7yo gelding owned by Jo Marsh-Smith, they also lead the Georgie's Horse Laundry Novice rankings. Rose has enjoyed consistent runs at novice this year and achieved an 8th in their first CIC* at Brightling Park International.

Sam Penn and Sophie Bunch's 20yo ex-racehorse Seven 0 Seven picked up 6th in both the CIC** at Brightling Park International and in the Open Intermediate at Eridge. Seven 0 Seven is enjoying a slightly slower pace of life this year, having competed at Burghley and Bramham last year. Sam and Seven 0 Seven has recently received an invite to compete in the Hickstead Eventers Grand Prix, a competition that Sam has always wanted to compete in. Seven 0 Seven also leads the Reverdy Ex-Racehorse.

Another of Sam's rides, Candide II, owned by Ian Bareham is the leader in the Billy Stud Mares ranking. Candide has a very consistent BE100 record, rarely being unplaced. This lovely mare is sadly for sale.

Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp had a very successful day at Brightling Park International picking up both SEEL trophies given to the highest placed SEEL rider in the international classes. As a result of these placings, Elizabeth holds equal 1st with her 2 rides in the Owner/rider rankings.

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Previous SEEL winners head other rankings. Sue Eggleton and Nachtigall continue to lead the Rachel Lamb Veteran Rider and the Equine Travel Agency Veteran Horse. While Aileen Tizzard and Ballysteen Hero head the Grassroots Pegasus BE100.

To gain points toward the league, competitors must be registered, this can be completed at http://www.south-east-eventers-league.co.uk/REGISTER.asp. Also our Facebook page is regularly updated with the latest news and previews of SEEL event courses, please 'like'.

THE REVERDY BRIGHTLING HORSE TRIALS ATTRACTS TOP INTERNATIONAL RIDERS Posted: Wed 19 June
Top riders from all over the world will soon be descending on a rural Sussex hamlet for this year's Reverdy Brightling Park International Horse Trials. Entrants for the challenging CIC** class include Olympian Zara Phillips plus New Zealand riders Sir Mark Todd CBE, Blyth Tait and Jock Paget.

Now in its 27th year, the hugely popular two-day event on 13 and 14 July is highly revered throughout the eventing world. Organiser Gardie Grissell said: "Last year was a record year for us, we attracted more entries than ever before. Top riders love coming back to Brightling Park due to our exceptionally good going."

STOP PRESS: Eridge HT Posted: Mon 10 June
STOP PRESS: Eridge HT on 29th/30th June are very short of entries for the Sunday. They will now run extra BE 100 sections on the Sunday. If you haven't entered, there is still time to do so. Please support your local events or you are at risk of loosing them..

The Reverdy Brightling Horse Trials Open for Tradestand Applications Posted: Mon 10 June
Organisers of the annual Reverdy Horse Feeds sponsored Brightling Park International Horse Trials are now welcoming applications for trade stands.

Now in its 27th year, the hugely popular event in East Sussex will be held on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2013. The two-day event regularly attracts around 400 entries from all over the world, including renowned Olympians Pippa Funnell, Tina Cooke and Blythe Tate.

Organiser Gardie Grissell said: "We are always oversubscribed with trade stand applications, which is a testimony to the footfall and type of spectator we attract. For the time being, we will not be accepting any more food outlets. Having a trade stand at Brightling Park Horse Trials is a fantastic way of reaching up to 5,000 like-minded equestrian individuals over the course of a weekend. Last year was a record year for us, we attracted more entries than ever before, which was ideal for those exhibiting their wares."

Pitches cost £100 for 6 metres and £15 for any additional 3 metres.

For more information, visit www.brightlinghorsetrials.co.uk or telephone 01424 838241.

STIG Posted: Wed 5 June
Wow – so much has happened since SEEL STIGs last instalment, not really sure where to begin……I finished April with a reference to Badminton Horse trials so this is perhaps where I should start! The Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials 2013 was totally gripping from start to finish, with the added excitement of a possible winner of the Rolex Grand Slam tensions were running high before the competition even began. Jokes across medias, such as facebook and twitter became the everyday norm, step aside the usual banter this ran a little bit deeper as the two Rolex contenders Andrew Nicholson & William Fox Pitt had rather unpleasant history! 25 august 2007 Telegraph…….divorced following Wiggy's affair (Williams wife) with fellow eventer Andrew Nicholson, and it is an episode from which all the pain has long been dissolved. "I see her the whole time. She's still with Andrew and it's no problem at all." Possibly not strictly true as the pair definitely were not on the same sporting mans agreement as Nicholson deliberately wound up the crowd knowing that William was next in to jump, being the cool customer that he is William just took a little bit longer to get to the arena whilst the spectators calmed down. In a TV interview with Clare Balding, Rolex winner Pippa Funnell made a reference to them not being the greatest of friends – Jilly Coopers Novel 'Riders' was not so much fiction after all. Surrey based Jock Paget saw off the opposition and won the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials on the New Zealand Thoroughbred Clifton Promise, WELL DONE JOCK!!!!!

Everyones a winner…….Our Olympic Golden Girl, Tina Cook has trained her first point to point winner, Peplum won the ladies open at Chiddingfold, Leconfield & Cowdray fixture and was ridden by The Reverdy Brightling Park International Horse Trials organiser Gardie Grissells daughter Hannah.

South East Eventers League brains behind the scene, the lady who collates all the scores and works out the league rankings, Linda Carse, has recently had amazing success with her lovely grey horse Carus Royale. Former ride of Francis Whittington and Emily Llewellyn, 'Colin' as he is affectionately known has now had a change in career and is show jumping very successfully with Charlotte Platt. Charlotte and Carus Royale have just had a major win at Royal Windsor Horse show where they won the prestigious Ladies and Gentlemans Championship and just missed out in the Grand Prix by a whisker, having the last fence in the jump off with the fastest time. It's always lovely to see these horses excel and enjoying themselves, Colin certainly seems to enjoy the buzz of the crowds at these big competitions. After the efforts of our Marathon runners last month there is more fundraising to mention, Claire Lomas who was paralysed in an eventing accident in 2007 has completed her 400 mile cycle around England, using a hand powered bike in aid of Spinal Research, Claire amazingly completed the London Marathon last year whilst wearing a robotic suit that she calls 'Fred' and has raised in excess of £45,000. Sarah Hayter completed her Ultra Marathon, she ran over 62 miles from London to Brighton in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, taking her slightly longer than anticipated after a three week old fracture broke under the strain at the 41mile mark with over twenty miles to go she tackled the south downs at a more sedate pace, We wish her a speedy recovery as she is now sporting a rather fetching pink cast! Rumour has it Nici Wilson is also sporting a rather smart cast, she has two broken wrist bones after 'falling off backwards' – we assume she fell off a horse an d not a bar stool. This month sees Sacha Hourigan celebrate her first wedding anniversary and we see Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre's, Matthew Tarrant & Kate Lukas tie the knot, Have a fantastic day guys, remember THE STIG could be watching you!!! Massive congratulations to Lisa Pilbeam and her partner James on the birth of their little boy earlier this month, Lisa is already back out competing and we look forward to seeing their new addition being proudly pushed round at events by a very happy, smiling grandmother, Tina!!!

COMPETITION OPPORTUNITY
Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, East Sussex are looking for riders to take part in this year's Eventers Challenge on Sunday 28th July. Opening the invitation to all SEEL registered combinations. Any competitors wishing to take part should email Ian Bareham on info@goldencrossec.co.uk asap with their intentions. Horses MUST be registered with BE and BS and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Entries can be done online nearer the date, BUT at this stage a short list of those combinations that are interested in taking part is being put together PLEASE contact Ian immediately TEL 01825 873022

CLASS 13 THE CLIP CLOP TRADERS EVENTERS CHALLENGE, JULY 28TH 2013
PRE ENTRY AND DRAWN ORDER

To be judged in accordance with British Showjumping rule 183, table C, for registered horses. To be ridden by riders based in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Essex, Berkshire and Kent. Entry to this class will be on a first come, first served basis and MUST be pre entered. Limited to 12 showjumpers and 12 invited Event Riders riding bona fide event horses currently registered with BE and British Showjumping. Fences approximately 1.10m to 1.20m and will include some knockdown and solid cross country type fences, e.g. bounces, arrowheads, corners. Competitors must declare their intention to compete in the final by telephoning or emailing Golden Cross no later than 5.30pm on Tuesday 23rd July. Failure to do so will result in reserve competitors being invited. Generously sponsored by Cip Clop Traders
ENTRY FEE: £25 PRIZES: £200, £150, £120, £70, £40, £25, plus further prizes of £15 for all combinations that complete the competition, and prizes in kind from our sponsors

NB There will be a mounted prize giving for the first six competitors, and all other competitors are invited to a drinks reception to receive their mementos and prizes. Full schedule for the 2 day show which includes scope qualifiers and Derby classes (free ticket to ride in all classes for unregistered members saving you £6 per class) can be found on the websitewww.goldencrossec.co.uk

The SEEL is well and truly under way, there is still time to register you & your horse , points cannot be back dated, there are still plenty of events for you to 'shake up the rankings.' Visit our facebook pages,
www.facebook.com/SEELChampionship
www.facebook.com/SouthEastEventersLeague

Tweed Media signed up by Firle Place International Horse Trials to handle PR Posted: Thurs 30 May
Sussex-based specialist PR and marketing agency, Tweed Media has been appointed to handle this year's PR for Firle Place International Horse Trials & Country Fair.

Run by Simon and Selena Barr, Tweed Media will be responsible for co-ordinating all communications to the specialist equestrian and canine press as well as local and national press. Held on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September, the two-day event is run in aid of Hope In the Valley Riding for the Disabled and the Breast Cancer Campaign.

The British Eventing and FEI-affiliated international horse trials include a CIC* course and the regional finals for the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championship at Badminton in 2014. The hugely popular event also incorporates the Famous Firle Dog Festival on the Sunday, which includes showing, scurries, agility and racing.

Tweed Media's Director, Selena Barr said she was delighted to work with the 37-year old event. "Set in 300 acres of parkland, Firle is the go-to event for everything to do with horses and dogs. As this is a fundraising event we are particularly keen to see it thrive. As well as overhauling the Facebook page, we have mapped out a comprehensive marketing campaign to roll out over the next three months."

For more information, visit www.firleplaceevent.co.uk.

Borde Hill Horse Trials Posted: Wed 27 May
Some of the SEEL Top Ranking Riders competing at Borde Hill yesterday...

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Alycia Port and Napolto in action at Borde Hill, currently second in Pegasus BE 100 Ranking
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Rohan Cadney-Moon lead the field in the Littleton Manor U21 rankings on Kells Celtic Silver.
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Last years winner Rose Carnegie currently leads the overall Horse and Rider and Novice rankings on Master Rory in fine form at Borde Hill.
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SEEL Committee member Anna Hanson, current leader of BE 90 rankings.

Eventers Challenge Posted: Wed 27 May
Golden Cross are looking for riders to take part in this years Eventers Challenge which takes place on Sunday 28th July. Many of you would of taken part in this exciting class before and we are opening the invitation to all SEEL registered combinations. Horses MUST be registered with BE and BS and will be accepted on a first come ,first served basis. Entries can be done online nearer the date but at this stage are drawing up a short list of those combinations that are interested in taking part in the class, details are below. Full schedule for the 2 day show which includes scope qualifiers and Derby classes (free ticket to ride in all classes for unregistered members saving you £6 per class) can be found on the centres website www.goldencrossec.co.uk Could any competitors wishing to take part please email Ian Bareham on info@goldencrossec.co.uk asap with there intentions.

CLASS 13: THE CLIP CLOP TRADERS EVENTERS CHALLENGE, JULY 28TH 2013
PRE ENTRY AND DRAWN ORDER
To be judged in accordance with British Showjumping rule 183, table C, for registered horses. To be ridden by riders based in Sussex, Surrey,Hampshire,Essex,Berkshire and Kent. Entry to this class will be on a first come ,first served basis and MUST be pre entered. Limited to 12 showjumpers and 12 invited Event Riders riding bona fide event horses currently registered with the BE and British Showjumping. Fences approximately 1.10m to 1.20m and will include some knockdown and solid cross country type fences, e.g. bounces, arrowheads, corners. competitors must declare their intention to compete in the final by telephoning or emailing Golden Cross no later than 5.30pm on Tuesday 23rd July. Failure to do so will result in reserve competitors being invited.

Generously sponsored by Cip Clop Traders
ENTRY FEE: £25
PRIZES: £200, £150, £120, £70, £40, £25,
plus further prizes of £15 for all combinations that complete the competition, and prizes in kind from our sponsors

NB There will be a mounted prize giving for the first six competitors ,all remaining competitors are invited to a drinks reception to receive there mementos and prizes.

Latest Report Posted: Sun 12 May
Chilham Castle (1) a new event this Spring provided the perfect antidote to our lousy weather to start the season. Providing perfect going and challenging courses, quit provided excellent experience to many runners.

Past South East Eventers League winner Sam Penn, resident event rider at Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, took Sophie Bunch's 20 year old ex-racehorse, Seven O Seven to only his second ever British Eventing win in the Open Novice section. Seven o Seven's Chilham entry was a last minute decision after missing earlier runs due to cancellations and Sam felt he needed a run. Sam and Seven O Seven competed at Burghley last year, but now due to his age they are planning to play things by ear and to enjoy competing at Open Intermediate, CIC** and Advanced sections within the SEEL events. Sam also won a highly competitive BE100+ section on Charles McDonalds Eagles Ridge. Sam's string have hit a rich vein of form with 2 wins at Hambledon International the previous weekend.

This Open Novice win takes Seven O Seven to the head of the Reverdy X-Racehorses and to equal 1st in the Equine Travel Agency Ltd Veteran Horse. Sam now goes to Tweseldown (2) for an OI run. This combination could make a very strong challenge for the SEEL Leading Horse and Rider.

Another previous SEEL winner, Sue Eggleton and her own mare, Nachtigall, have also risen to the top of 3 rankings, the Rachel Lamb Veteran, the Equine Travel Agency Ltd Veteran Horse and the Billy Stud Mares. Nachtigall is now 21yo, she leads the rankings due to a win at South of England (1) and a 5th at Chilham (1). This combination also had a successful outing at the Badminton Grassroots Championships coming 6th in the BE100 2012. They now head to a novice at Tweseldown. This combination are another one to watch in the rankings.

There is a new leader in the WoW Overall Grassroots and the Grassroots Pegasus BE100, Rumex II and Theresa Knott. Rumex II has had 2 successful SEEL runs this year, picking up a 3rd at Chilham (1) and 6th at South of England (1). This combination also now head for Tweseldown (2) for a BE100 run.

Please remember it is essential to be registered to win points towards the rankings. Registration is free at the following website - www.south-east-eventers-league.co.uk. Also SEEL have a Facebook page, which is regularly updated with local eventing news. The next SEEL events are Tweseldown (2) and Borde Hill, which has had record entries.

Badminton Grassroote Champs Posted: Thurs 9 May
Report from Claire Roissetter on Badminton Grassroots. Claire is a previous SEEL winner and finished 3rd in the BE90 2012 Championships.

Harvey arrived at Badminton on Tuesday afternoon with my mum and grandparents. I'm a student at Bristol University, studying Veterinary Nursing therefore I met them at Badminton after finishing work at my placement.

Upon arrival Harvey had a vet check and we then collected his numbers before he was settled into his cozy stable. Before putting him to bed for the night we walked the show jumping which looked big and had a few questions, which didn't help me sleep! We spent the night in the travel lodge on the M4, as staying in a tent didn't sound very appealing!

Wednesday morning we set off to give Harvey his breakfast for the big day! My mum and I went on the cross country course walk with Simon Laurence, which was very beneficial and made the jumps seem slightly less daunting!

My dad and boyfriend joined us for a spot of lunch before we started to prepare for the dressage; butterflies were in full swing! Harvey warmed up beautifully and I had high hopes he would do a good test. Entering ring side always makes him have a look, especially at the cars! He coped very well, but got a bit excited so had a poo just after starting the test. Apart from that he did the test beautifully and I was so proud of him when we finished.

Once we'd taken his tack off and sorted him out, I set off for the scores tent, I couldn't believe we got 22.8 and had to have several looks before I realised the score was mine! I was so happy and proud I started to cry!

We then went to the show jumping, he was doing a great round until I completely over-rode fence 8; many people were knocking this upright down as it followed a triple bar spread. I was gutted when it went down, but he carried on to finish the round perfectly even giving the last an enormous leap!

That evening we all went for a lovely dinner at the Jolly Huntsman to celebrate a great first day of the competition and to prepare for day 2.

The morning of the cross country Harvey seemed very fresh and ready to go, we got all ready and I picked up my hat cam before heading off to the warm-up. He was very calm until the moment we started to go to the start box; the hunt went past which set Harvey off, prancing around like a lunatic – it made me chuckle! No-one would believe he was 20! As a matter of fact I think it spurred him on a bit on the cross country as he set off out the start box with great speed!

He jumped everything perfectly, every question that was asked he didn't bat an eyelid at. Once crossing the line I was completely elated and over the moon with my little man (as I like to call him) by the way he jumped and that he flew round like a pro; he seemed to be very chuffed with himself and wanted to go again!

Following all this excitement we went shopping and whilst enjoying a glass of pimms I found out we had come third overall, I couldn't believe it and couldn't have been any more proud of Harvey if I tried.

Unfortunately the prize giving was unmounted, much to Harvey's disgust, but it was still an amazing experience with loads of people watching I couldn't keep the smile off my face. I felt like a celebrity at the press conference!

Once all this excitement calmed down Harvey set off home with my mum while I stayed to receive my prize from Nicola Wilson for the leading BE90 rider in 2011, it was amazing to have met her. All the excitement from the past few days overwhelmed me and it has taken several days for it all to sink in. I am just so happy that all our hard work had paid off and it came together at the right time. Being at Badminton made the experience even better! I wouldn't have made it to the championships if it wasn't for my mum and the hard work she puts in keeping Harvey fit whilst I'm at uni and I can't thank her enough.

Latest Update from Borde Hill HT Posted: Thurs 9 May
We have had to move the BE 100 Open to Monday 27th May as we are unable to fit in eight dressage arenas. We are really sorry if there are any competitors who are unable to compete on the Monday. Please email Ann Allen ann@bdwp.co.uk who will arrange a refund.

Meanwhile at Borde Hill the preparations have begun in the park. The Dressage Area & Show Jumping...Arena have been rolled and mowed, again! The Cross-Country Course builders arrived last weekend and there are changes underway on all tracks. Fences have moved: the first combination for BE100 & Novice competitors will be a double of picnic tables, with coloured slats for the BE90s; the JH Builders Walls are relocated to the middle section of the course; the Bill Kear Complex has a new log drop into the water under construction and there is a new twist for the novice track early on with a rerouting at the quarry .

Thanks you for all your support with the increased entries – we look forwards to seeing you all in a couple of weeks.

Borde Hill Organisers

April Report Posted: Mon 15 April
Finally the South East Eventers League STIG has managed to go eventing and not have to fight with the car in the mud, get towed in or out or have to adorn waterproofs and three coats!

With the cancellation of Munstead Horse Trials due to horrendous weather, rain, sleet & snow, The South Of England Horse trials was a very welcomed event, tarmac roads and well-designed cross country courses, there was one dressage arena that caused a few complaints but the general consensus was it was just nice to be out competing again! Showjumping proved costly with few clear rounds in the BE100 sections, watching from outside the ring it is very apparent that possibly more people should train less and compete more in this phase. It's all very well being able to jump at home, under supervision but it doesn't give you ring craft, ADVICE FROM STIG – Support your show centres, most of them run Dressage and showjumping competitions and you will reap the benefits when you get to a horse trials. Fewer poles will fall and less time penalties incurred.

Been a month of accidents, not always horse related or from the riders, the support team seems to be taking over. Poor Angie Whittington, mother of Bryony & Francis was sporting a rather bruised and swollen face at SOE after 'face planting the concrete' (Bryony's words) whilst turning some horses out in the field. Angie was at the event looking slightly dazed!

Matthew Tarrant from LMEQ fiancé of event rider Kate Lukas had the RNLI & RAF on standby after stag do antics went wrong! Not his stag do... we have that to look forward to, but from what I understand the organised party took part in activities that meant you had to jump from a rock face and keep your body (get your imagination working, Matthew wearing a very well fitted wet suit and an attractive bright orange helmet) in a tornado like stance so you entered the watered in a stream like effect…..not sure floundering arms and legs on entry at a rather odd angle was the way forward. Getting Matthew to hospital proved eventful …the whole experience took Six paramedics, a coast guard and a discovery 4x4 to get him off the beach…..and luckily the stag do was made up two coasting guides, four marines, two Naval Aviators, an army major and a doctor so Matt was in good hands. Matt says, "I'm fine, just had some mild concussion, fairly decent whiplash and a severe case of loss of dignity and pride, both of which I'm fairly sure were left at the bottom of a cliff in Torquay."

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Susana Barker has had her baby, a little boy, rumour has it that there is another little Whittington on the way and Polly Stockton is due later this summer.

Our eventers in the South East did us proud, Nici Wilson, Anna Hilton & Maxine Lower all completed the Virgin London Marathon in good time, was a slightly worrying moment when early on in the race Anna slipped on an empty water bottle and stumbled, twisting her ankle quite badly. Poor Nici went lame at approximately the 20mile mark but she limped on. Well Done girls. You can still donate to their charities by going onto the Just Giving website. Sarah Hayter is also doing her bit for charity, raising money for Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance running the London2Brighton in May, 62 miles in one go! Rather her than me….NUTTER springs to mind!

With less than a week to go before the famous Badminton Mitsubishi Horse Trials that has already been very slightly in jeopardy with the out break of Equine Herpes Virus and the wettest few months it is now all systems go, the sun has come out, the trade stand tents in, the grandstand situated and the cross country course is looking awesome!

Latest Report Posted: Mon 15 April
The South East Eventers League continued at South of England (1). After a wet, windy and cold start to the eventing season, it was a relief to enjoy some sunshine in the West Sussex countryside. Due to the difficult start to the season with so many cancellation, the cross county was deemed slightly softer than the previous season's test. However the perfect ground was much enjoyed by all competitors after so much mud at previous events!

Emily Baldwin and her experienced campaigner, Drivetime, started their 2013 season with a strong 2nd in the Novae Group Open Intermediate behind Pippa Funnell and her prolific South of England winner, Billy Landretti. Emily's result takes her into 1st place in the Leading Horse and Rider and Owner/Rider category. Emily competed at South of England while also fulfilling her role as the U18 South East Eventing Coach, which made for a busy weekend.

Full time rider and instructor, Claire Fielding and her own Jenga won one of the BE100 sections. Jenga is a 15.2hh mare by the sire Jumbo. This result has taken this combination into the joint lead in the WOW Overall Grassroots, the Pegasus BE100 and the Billy Stud Mares. This was a first win for this combination after a consistent couple of seasons. They now head to Badminton for the BE100 Grassroots Final. Junior rider Melissa Joannides and her new ride Lady Ballina also won a BE100. They currently are in equal first with Claire in the rankings. This pair also now head to Badminton for the BE100 Grassroots Final.

Previous League winners Sue Eggleton and her own Nachtigall are another combination preparing for the Badminton BE100 Grassroots. They claimed the BE100 Open section on their 31 dressage. They now head the Rachel Lamb Veteran and Equine Travel Agency Veteran Horse.

The next SEEL event is at Chilham in Kent. Please remember that you can only win points towards the League is you are registered, please visit our website for details. Also the SEEL Facebook page is regularly updated with news on SEEL events, so please visit and like!

Great weather for sitting at home watching television Posted: Tues 19 March
The 2013 Eventing season has definitely started in the same way 2012 ended, wet, wind, rain and snow, a total washout, making conditions a nightmare for all concerned.

Tweseldown Horse trials, the first event on the South East Eventers league calendar proved eventful and for some a brilliant start to the season with a win for Austin O'Connor on a score of Dressage 36.0, 8 faults show jumping and 13.2 time penalties xc. a score like that wouldn't usually make it to the top ten, but with only 3 horses starting the cross country phase it was a 'fair' win in the Open Novice.

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Tweseldown warm up - Photo Courtesy of www.uptowneventing.co.uk

Lucinda Fredericks was possibly a casualty due to the weather as she is now sporting a broken collarbone and 4 broken ribs after a rotational fall!

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Everyone is wishing Lucinda a speedy recovery!

Praise must go to the organisers of Tweseldown horse trials and the team behind it, the competitors (that actually turned up and competed), the trade stands and the volunteers; it really was an event run in awful weather, on the Thursday over 100 horses withdrew! Very interestingly 'to withdraw or not to withdraw a horse' came under fire by a well-known British Eventing sponsor who branded those that withdrew, 'pathetic' and in his attack of riders that suffered serious injury at the event as being 'their own fault as they check too much.' He went on to say '…..these riders get so used to riding on a surface in their lovely heated indoor schools it makes them useless across country..' Very out spoken words from someone that is looking to be supported by the eventing industry!

If we are not fighting the elements from the weather it seems we are fighting diseases….Equine Herpes Virus has been confirmed at the Beaufort Hunt Stables at Badminton, it is hoped this will not affect the arrival of the International horses arriving in the next six weeks.

On a jolly note - Congratulations to Sarah Cohen who gave birth to her daughter Charlie Ella Cohen weighing 8lb6oz this week !

Opening Report of the Season Posted: Tues 12 March
The South East Eventers League kicked of at a very wet and cold Tweseldown (1). The organisers made huge efforts to keep the event running, ensuring that entries from BE90 to Open Intermediate were accommodated safely and efficiently. The newly available ground due to the closing of the old point to point course made for exciting changes to the existing courses, with many riders happy to ride tracks with a more galloping feel.

Nicola Holehouse and her own 14yo chesnut gelding, Marmalade Monty were the first combination to stake their claim to the exciting prizes in the Grassroots Championships by leading Section V throughout to win by 0.5 penalties. This combination are the current leaders in the BE90 and the WOW Overall Grassroots Championships, putting themselves in line for a new WOW saddle.

Nicola is a small animal vet in Farnham, Surrey and keeps Monty at DIY livery. Most of their training takes place under floodlights, to accommodate Nicole's workload. Monty suffered a minor tendon injury in the field last year, therefore missed most of the 2012 season. During Monty's rehabilitation they have concentrated on their flatwork, as the jumping phases have proved their strength. With their improvement on the flat they are now looking forwards to upgrading to BE100.

The current leader of the Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre U21 is Rohan Cadney-Moon and Kells Celtic Silver. In their first run together they gained a 2nd place in the BE100 open. They now run in the ONU18Q at South of England. Previous SEEL winner Harvey Hooves and Claire Roissetter are the current leaders of the Equine Travel Agency Veteran Horse.

The next events within the League are Munstead (1) and Somerley Park International. Please remember that to win points within the League you must be registered. Registration is free and can be done here - http://www.south-east-eventers-league.co.uk/REGISTER.asp

Ssssssssshhhhhhh – Don't tell anyone….. Posted: Tues 12 March
When you trot towards your dressage arena at a horse trials, is the horse working in a correct outline, what is a correct outline, is his head too high or too low?

Does it really matter? He looks smart and you know that this judge particularly likes greys, especially as she owns the horse trotting round Arena B – will she even be watching my test? Might have to throw in an incorrect strike off to see if she really is paying attention!

Is the marking slightly harsher first thing in the morning, give the judge a wee break and a glass of wine with their lunch and I might even get a '9' – ok, maybe not a nine but an eight would be lovely!

So what is the dressage judge looking for, is it the same as a what they are looking for at a pure dressage competition…..apparently not.

This week, judges across the board were issued with 'Good Judging Practice for Eventing Competitions' – highly confidential information but now upon reading, many competitors can breathe a sigh of relief as it says 'Event horses are very fit and sharp enough to run for their lives. Minor disobedience and keenness should not be punished too severely.' So fly buck and leap away!

Another great bit of information is, when you aren't brave enough to ask for that little bit more of extension, don't worry ,you don't need to 'Event horses have to jump and gallop, consequently they develop a different musculature to dressage horses. They will rarely be able to show the looseness characteristic of the Grand Prix horse and therefore their paces are unlikely to be as extravagant. This should be taken into consideration.'

Can a judge fairly mark a professional experienced rider and a novice 'pleasure rider' with the same marks? The guides state clearly, 'Bold accurate riding should be rewarded. But also remember to be tolerant at the lower levels where it is possible that riders will have had no dressage education whatsoever. Of course they should be marked fairly, but comments must still be constructive and understanding.'

As riders we know that the arenas are often unlevel with very different terrain between the first and last horse, do you think your judge totally appreciates this? 'Horses should not be heavily penalised for a minor loss of rhythm, particularly if this occurs crossing a rutted centre line. Distractions such as close proximity to the show jumping and cross country should also be taken into account. Ask yourself "is it reasonable to expect anything better in these circumstances and environment" If a horse is presented showing good training and way of going and does cope with the environment then it should be rewarded with very high marks. Remember 10 is only excellent.

So fellow riders…..now you know a 10 is reachable, just keep your rhythm, ride boldly, only trip over once and don't spook at the dog running through your arena!

PLEASE NOTE - anything written for the South East Eventers League Website are not the thoughts or opinions of the SEEL Committee and no damages can be sought!!!! Any familiarization or descriptions are purely fictional and no comparisons should be made.

NEW SPONSOR ANNOUNCED Posted: Tues 12 March
Reverdy to Sponsor Ex Racehorses in 2013!

The South East Eventers League are very pleased to announce that French based equine feed firm Reverdy is to sponsor the Racehorse to Eventer section of the South East Eventers League in 2013.

Reverdy is a very high class quality feed, which the manufacturers consider to be ahead of its time. A feed like no other as it is continually monitored for its content and nutritional values. Reverdys main objective is to provide the horse with all the necessary nutriments throughout it's life, whilst preserving his gut micro-organisms and limiting the production of metabolic waste (lactic acid, urea, etc.) that can overload the body (liver, kidneys, etc.).

Gardie Grissell the agent for the United Kingdom said, "We are delighted to be involved with SEEL as the product is ideal for all horses, event horses will really benefit from the concentrated, nutritional values of the Adult Energy Nuts / Mix. They will show improvement in condition and stamina, with good results following."

Reverdy are also delighted to be title sponsors of the Brightling Park International Horse Trials to be held on 13th & 14th July 2013

Details of all Reverdy feed products and supplements can be found on www.reverdy.uk.com or telephone 01424 838241

STIGS GOSSIP.... Posted: Thurs 28 Feb
Equilibrium Products Sponsors Top Event Rider, Lucy Wiegersma

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Equilibrium Products is delighted to announce the sponsorship of one of UK's top event riders, Lucy Wiegersma. Definitely one to watch – Lucy regularly features amongst the top 5 riders in the FEI World Rankings only narrowly missing out on a place on GB Eventing Team for the London Olympic Games 2012. Lucy is beginning the 2013 season in Portugal trying to repeat the success of last year when she won 1st place at Barroca d'Alva CIC3* and claimed both 1st and 2nd place in Barroca d'Alva CIC2*.

Lucy says, "I'm really excited to be supported by Equilibrium Products, a company whose products are designed with horses' well-being in mind. I have been using the Equilibrium Therapy Massage Pad on a number of the horses with amazing results. Equilibrium's, Tri-Zone boots have been the perfect choice for me as I can use them on all the horses from my youngsters to the advanced horses knowing that they have good leg protection without restricting their natural movement."

DECENT DUNKING
Local Rider Columnist Laura Powell got her fall of the season out the way prior to her first event, unfortunately for her, the horse she was riding tripped as it entered the water whilst schooling at Littleton Manor Equestrian Center and she got very wet, her first ever water jump totally soaked ducking....her horse kept its line and jumped the roll top beautifully on the way out! Luckily Laura had a change of clothes in the lorry.

GOOD NEWS
Happily for Gemma Tattersall her very poorly 'Puffa' lorry has been returned and is back to working order - just in time! Francis Whittington tweeted he had 'his big black beast inspected' - think he is referring to his rather plush lorry.

JOBS AVAILABLE
At Golden Cross Equestrian Centre (Sussex), LMEQ & Bill Levett all require staff.

First event of the South East Eventers League takes place next week (Tweseldown) - MAKE SURE YOU & YOUR HORSE ARE REGISTERED!

Please send any information or news we can use and any pictures from this season to seelstig@aol.com

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE COMPETING THIS WEEKEND

STIGS GOSSIP.... Posted: Tues 19 Feb

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The countdown has started – less than two weeks to go before the 2013 British Season kicks off – we have had a couple of rain free days and it feels like spring is in the air, make sure you have registered with the South East Eventers League as we have some fantastic NEW sponsors for this season!

I spent the day at Littleton Manor Equestrian centre last week – review coming soon, Great to catch up with so many riders who were there using the gallops, cross country course and arenas! Fantastic feedback…….

Very excitingly Tweseldown horse trials will be set to see a 'huge makeover to the cross country course.' The racecourse closure means the cross country will during this season see changes to the course to incorporate the turf of the old steeplechase course, giving Novice and Intermediate horses a new route. Mattingley Horse Trials makes a return to the BE calendar this season with classes from BE100 to Open Novice, a fantastic event with a great cross country course, definitely worth a visit!

Pippa Funnel's WEG horse 'Redesigned' is hoping to be back to competing this season after being laid off with a 'foot problem.' Nicola Wilson has a new neddie, the advanced horse 'Watermill Vision' and Young Rider Adam Trew takes over the reins of Ruth Edges former ride 'Rogersdale.' Harriet Upton who is a huge fan of the facilities at LMEQ has now got London 2012 Olympic ride for Jamaican rider Sam Albert 'Carraig Dubh' to event. New Zealand rider Mark Todd has taken over the reins of Irish rider Jayne Dohertys 'Ravenstar' as she is pregnant & Canadian 4* rider Diana Burnett is also pregnant and due in June but hasn't hung her boots up just yet, 'she will continue to ride GENTLY through April.'

As reported in my first blog Matthew Wright & Matthew Heath will both be unable to compete for many weeks due to being banned for 'bringing the sport into disrepute,' and for Matthew Wright this isn't his first ban – in 2008 he was suspended for 23 weeks after competing an unregistered horse! This ban comes after admitting to beating Oliver Smith with a whip at Houghton Horse Trials in May last year – The EWW 'Man of mystery' said in his first blog of the season 'if you ask me, from what I heard happened Wright's (ban) is not nearly long enough!'

……so the STIG did a bit of stalking…great to say on paper 'I did wrong. I've been punished and I'd like to move on' (Eventing Magazine 2013) …..yet 1st January 2013 Wright tweeted '…@matthewheath….well we live and learn, we f*****up a few things but we are still living healthy and happy! #moveon'…….not sure this was quite the remorse for his actions the BE discipline committee were expecting…..maybe he was referring to something else and this was misinterpreted?.....Matthew Heaths reply to the tweet '@mw1011 to true some of my worst decisions but it has certainly ended with lots to smile about….lets all have a great 2013'………Wright after receiving his ban tweeted '….a delayed 2013!!!#pointtoprove!!!' Not sure Matthew Wright hasn't missed the point!

On a happier note there is lots going on in the South East, have a look at the British Eventing website for training opportunities, from stimulated cross country to getting ahead in Dressage – Lucinda Green has 'Cross Country the safe way clinics' February through to May.

The STIG and committee have been at BETA at Birmingham NEC - exciting news coming soon........

If you have a facility that you want the 'South East Eventers league STIG Panel ' to review or a product you want tested or a bit of news you want spreading please email SEELSTIG@aol.com in the strictest confidence!

PLEASE NOTE - anything written by the STIG are not the thoughts or opinions of the SEEL Committee and no damages can be sought!!!!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AT YOUR FIRST EVENTS - kick on & stay safe!

REVERDY HORSEFEEDS WELCOMED BACK AS TITLE SPONSOR OF BRIGHTLING HORSE TRIALS Posted: Tues 19 Feb

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Organisers of the annual Brightling Park International Horse Trials have welcomed the return of French horsefeed brand Reverdy as 2013 title sponsor.

The event in East Sussex, which will be held on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2013, regularly attracts around 400 entries from all over the world, including renowned Olympians Pippa Funnell, Tina Cooke and Blythe Tate.

Organiser Gardie Grissell, who is also the sole UK distributor, said he was thrilled to attract such a respected brand. "This is a very exciting partnership. I have worked closely with Reverdy since they decided to launch in the UK in 2010. This year, the event will be known as The Reverdy Brightling Park International Horse Trials."

Reverdy's UK sales agent, Paul Hacking explained that the brands are well aligned. "We are delighted to be associated with such a prestigious international event and hope this will be the beginning of a long running relationship. The brand's state-of-the-art factory in Juvigny-Le-Tertre, Normandy makes 18 different feeds and nutritional supplements all tailored to individual horse needs, depending on their age and sporting discipline. Brightling Park International Horse Trials is the ideal platform for Reverdy to showcase their range."

For more information, visit www.brightlinghorsetrials.co.uk or telephone 01424 838241.

NEW YEAR, NEW SEASON – STIGS FIRST INSTALMENT! Posted: Wed 30 Jan
The end of the 2012 South East Eventers league was celebrated in fine style, partying into the early hours of the following morning and I am glad to hear everyone has been accounted for after far too many people were seen sucking helium from the balloons and then singing rather too high pitched and squeaky renditions of 'Happy Birthday!' (which I later heard from the balloon stockist comes with a 'toxic do not inhale' warning.) Great night had by all with many drunken people making claims to 'I'm going to win next year!' – Lets hope you've registered or your points won't count. POINTS MEAN PRIZES!

Lisa Pilbeam who is sponsored by Dragonfly Saddlery & Pets had a spectacular fall in the water jump at Chilham Castle Horse Trials last year and has a great excuse to be missing the first event at Chilham this season as she is expecting her first child in May.

Must be something in the air, Irish rider Sam Watson and his wife 'Sparkles' returned from their honeymoon in the Maldives and announced they are expecting their first child. Nana Dalton is also handing her reins over for a while as she is expecting a baby in March! Congratulations Sam & Lucy Griffith on the birth of 'Oli'.

Boundalong the Advanced mare who unceremoniously caused chaos at Tweseldown last season when she somersaulted into the starters caravan squishing Sam Penn in the process is in foal to Royaleik, Boundalong having contested the 8 & 9yr class at Blenheim previously completed Bramham last season before taking on her maternal duties.

Wedding bells before Christmas, Irish Olympic rider Joseph Murphy married partner Jill Andrews and Laura Collets 'Christmas came early,' in the form of legendary chaser, Kauto Star. The event rider has been asked to re-school Kauto for a second career in dressage, by his owner Clive Smith.

We battled the elements last year and within the first month of the New Year we have experienced floods, torrential rain, 6inches of snow, arctic conditions, howling winds, not enough sunshine and we only have four weeks until the start of the season…..which will be minus two well-known riders, Matthew Heath and Matthew Wright following their conviction at the Magistrates Court on charges of assault that took place at Houghton Hall International Horse Trials last May and after accepting that under British Eventing Rules they had bought the sport into disrepute, The British Eventing Disciplinary Committee have concluded that Matthew Heath should be suspended for a further six weeks and Mathew Wright for a further 24 weeks with these suspensions starting 2nd March 2013 . Hoping to see Emily Baldwin out competing in the near future, she has been side-lined after an old collar bone injury literally 'cracked under pressure!

All change – Brazils former eventing coach and team manager Nick Turner has been appointed the New High Performance Manager for Eventing in Ireland. Take advantage of Nicks experience as he teaches regularly at Golden Cross EC. Clayton Fredericks has been appointed Canadian Eventing Team Coach.

With less than a month to go before the start of 2013 there is plenty going on in the South East, great opportunity for training sessions and next month I will be bringing you the good, the bad and the ugly reviews on training facilities near you!!!

If you have a facility that you want the 'South East Eventers league STIG' to review or a product you want tested or a bit of news you want spreading please email SEELSTIG@aol.com in the strictest confidence!

PLEASE NOTE - anything written by the STIG are not the thoughts or opinions of the SEEL Committee and no damages can be sought!!!!

STIG Posted: Wed 30 Jan
SOUTH EAST EVENTERS LEAGUE has a secret STIG - the STIG will be keep you posted with all the 'off-the record' gossip from the season ahead, horse moves, marriages, falls! If you have anything that you think other people could be interested in, whether it be a new sponsor, a ridiculous moment, a funny antidote a bit of juicy gossip please email the STIG in strictest confidence SEELSTIG@aol.com

END OF SEASON ROUND UP! Posted: Wed 16 Oct
After a difficult 2012 season with many events cancelled due to weather the final results in the South East Eventers League Rankings have been verified. The Rankings have been keenly contested this year with many being decided at Pulborough, the last event in the SEEL calendar.

Rose Carnegie and her own 9yo mare, Landine, have claimed the Intelligent Worming Leading Horse and Rider as well as he Horseworld Live Owner/Rider. Rose, a Osteopathy student, claimed these rankings as a result of a win at Eridge Intermediate and a 7th at Wellington Advanced. Rose purchased her mare in July 2011, with only show jumping experience, they are now planning to contest the Bramham U25 Championships and hopefully to gain their 4* qualification. Landine is well known as a jumping machine, but Rose has recently made progress in the dressage, which helps make them a strong contender for future honours.

Young rider Melissa Joannides and Anne Hawes 6yo stallion Kilmurray Bay Mirah are the Littleton Manor U21 and Balanced Horse Feeds BE90 winners. Melissa started campaigning this stallion at Rackham in 2011, they have since enjoyed a consistent season at BE90 and BE100. Their aim for 2013 is the Badminton Grassroots Championships at BE90 and then to qualify for the same championships at BE100. Kilmurray Bay Mirah's owner Anne Hawes runs a successful competition/hunting/livery yard at Dial Post, West Sussex and provides Melissa with much wanted support and advice.

The Georgies Horse Laundry Novice Rankings were won by Indiana Limpus and her own 15.2hh, 7yo gelding, Fairways Cavalier. Indiana purchased this horse as a just backed 4yo from a dealer. After being placed in their last 5 novice events, including a novice win at Pulborough, they are aiming to progress to Intermediate in 2013. Sarah Jennings and the 15yo The Rubicon have claimed the ETA Veteran Horse Rankings. Due to a non-horsey husband, Sarah competes on her own and also looks after her horses at home without any support.

The SEEL Ex-Racehorse Rankings has been claimed by Hattie Roger-Smith and Althea Gifford's Heez Kool. The 10yo was in training with Nick Gifford (Hattie's cousin) and ran 3 times over hurdles, before starting his eventing career with Tina Cook and Tina's groom, Jenny Viner. This cumulated in Jenny qualifying for the Badminton Grassroots Championships at BE100 before passing the ride to Hattie in 2010, who developed Heez Cool's career through Novice. Hattie is now trying to decide whether to sell the gelding or upgrade to Intermediate in 2013.

Sarah Arrowsmith and Cormac MacAirt are the winners of the WOW Overall Grassroots and the Grassroots Pegasus BE100. The WOW Overall Grassroots carries the exciting prize of a WOW saddle. Sarah is the Chief Executive of ABF Grocery, so is an expert at managing her time around her career and horse. "Casper" is kept at livery with Vicky Davis at Silverhill Stables, and regularly has to be ridden before and after work. Sarah's main aim for 2013 is the Badminton Grassroots Championships and then some Novices.

These awards are being presented at the SEEL Ball which is taking place on the 30th November 2012 at High Rocks Hotel, Tunbridge Wells. Tickets are £50, with a discount for multiple purchases, the ticket price includes;
  • Free glass of champagne on arrival
  • 3 course meal
  • Entertainment from 'The Jim Stapley Band'
  • Further surprise amusement
  • A complimentary photo
  • Raffle in aid of our chosen charity for 2012

  • Tickets sold out last year, so please ensure you get your orders in before the ballot date of the 12th November 2012.

    FIVE MINUTES WITH SEEL RIDER LUCY GASSTON Posted: Sun 14 Oct
    Winner of Billy Stud mares rankings

    How long has the partnership been together and what are your plans for 2013.
    First season together! Would hope to do a few novices next year if we pick the right one!

    What was your hairiest moment of 2012 season
    No disasters this year just glad to have not had another serious accident this! Which is ditto'd in the highlight of the year thinking this time two years ago i was in a wheelchair not knowing if I would ride again! Highlight winning Munstead on a 22.5!

    Is there an unsung hero on the yard who helps keep you on the circuit ?
    I have an incredible team at the yard that help keep the livery yard going whilst I'm out jumping jumps round the countryside! I also have a good bunch of owners who have some lovely horses! All of my staff and some owners are there on the night and would appreciate a big thank you from me after working so hard back at the ranch!

    Who is your equine hero and why ?
    I have always looked up and admired people who work hard for their glory! Pippa Funnell gets just as nervous as me so there's hope for us mere mortals still!

    What is your favourite piece of tack in the tack room ?
    I'm not a fan of gimics or accessories, good solid hard work in training is what gets the horses their best results! You cant beat a good albion saddle though!

    Who will be on your table at the awards dinner ?
    Tonight at my table there will be various owners from our livery yard, all my staff some of my friends and most importantly my family! My mum and my sister have been my rock since my accident (rotational fall) two years ago time is a great healer and i finally feel on the road to recovery!

    FIVE MINUTES WITH SEEL RIDER HATTIE ROGER-SMITH Posted: Sun 14 Oct
    Winner of SEEL Ex Racehorse Rankings

    The horse was in training with Nick Gifford (my cousin) and is still owned by his mother Althea. He ran 3 times over hurdles but didn't particularly take to it so then went to Nick's sister Tina Cook to become an eventer!

    I've been riding him for the last 3 years and at the moment I'm torn between selling him or keeping him for next season. I would love to keep him but have to be sensible! If I keep him I'd aim to up grade him to intermediate and hopefully do a 2* on him next season. He finished this season with a good result at Lignieres CIC 1*.

    Hairiest moment of this season, was at tweseldown when he took a distinct dislike to the coffin and as I was walking of the course the rider behind me fell off, pulling off his bridle resulting in the horse being loose and the horse was a stallion which then chased me and Heez Kool for about 15mins. Luckily no harm was done and I think it taught Heez Kool a lesson as when he went back to tweseldown the next time he flew through the coffin clear!!

    My farrier, Richard Lovejoy and ever supportive parents, Mervyn and Alex!

    My equine hero would have to be the Gifford family, they have helped me a huge amount (including giving me this horse to ride!) And have achieved remarkable results in both racing and eventing including a few fairytails on the way with both Aldaniti winning the grand national and Miners Frolics performance at the olympics. They always look at the long term picture when producing horses.

    Favourite thing in my tackroom....my neck strap, you very rarely see me ride without one!

    Not sure who will be on my table yet, will get on the case now!

    FIVE MINUTES WITH SEEL RIDER SARAH JENNINGS Posted: Sun 14 Oct
    Winner of ETA Veteran Horse Rankings

    How long has the partnership been together and whats the plan for 2013?
    BEEN A PARTNERSHIP SINCE 2007! A YEAR OFF FOR A BROKEN ANKLE AND FEMUR IN 2009/10!

    What was the hairiest moment of the 2012 season?
    NO HAIRY MOMENTS THIS YEAR APART FROM GETTING LOST IN THE LORRY AS NAVIGATING ALONE WITH NO SAT NAV!!!

    Is there an unsung hero in the yard who helps keep you on the circuit?
    ONLY ME! NO HELP - HORSES KEPT AT HOME. SO.... CAN I BE MY OWN UNSUNG HERO???!!!

    Who is your equine hero and why?
    MARY KING.............. ALWAYS POLITE, SMILEY AND JUST A WONDERFUL HORSEWOMAN.

    Whats your favourite piece of equipment in the tack room?
    MY POINT TWO AIR JACKET!

    Who will be on your table at the awards dinner?
    ERR............ AM WORKING ON THAT ONE! AM TRYING TO FIND A HUSBAND REPLACEMENT FOR THE EVENING............ AS HE IS TOTALLY NON HORSEY AND WONT COME! AM HOLDING AUDITIONS ...........!

    FIVE MINUTES WITH SEEL RIDER INDIANA LIMPUS Posted: Sun 14 Oct
    Winner of Georgies Horse Laundry Novice Rankings

    How long has the partnership been together and whats the plan for 2013?
    I've had him since a just backed 4year old bought from a dealers yard from the goresbridge sales possibly try intermediate next year and have some fun or sell him! ? :/ not sure yet!

    What was the hairiest moment of the 2012 season?
    I havnt had one that im aware of!!

    Is there an unsung hero in the yard who helps keep you on the circuit?
    my mum! shes amazing! drives to all my competitions and helps and rarely complains!!!

    Who is your equine hero and why?
    William fox-pitt -- such a modest gentleman! and a true horseman

    Whats your favourite piece of equipment in the tack room?
    My saddle - it helps me stay on!!

    Who will be on your table at the awards
    Not sure! my friends hopefully!!!

    FIVE MINUTES WITH SEEL RIDER MELISSA JOANNIDES Posted: Sun 14 Oct
    Winner of Littleton Manor Equestrian U21 and Balanced Horse Feeds BE90 Rankings

    How long has the partnership been together and whats the plan for 2013?
    Kilmurray Bay Mirah, stable name Murray, and I have been together for two years now. In 2013 we will be going to the Badminton Grassroots Championships which we have qualified for in the BE90. Next year we would like to try and qualify for the BE100 grassroots championships at Badminton as well as qualify for the BE100 U18 Area Final again.

    What was the hairiest moment of the 2012 season?
    The hairiest moment this season was when Murray and I took on gymnastics in a rotational fall during the cross country phase at West Wilts. Fortunately we both walked away unscathed and bounced back the following weekend with a 2nd at Munstead!

    Is there an unsung hero in the yard who helps keep you on the circuit?
    Without Anne Hawes who is Murray's owner, I would not be competing in British Eventing like I am now. I am very grateful to all the support Anne has given me over the past three years which I have been riding for her. Anne drives Murray and I the many hours and miles around the country to compete and never fails to make us all laugh! She is a great horse woman and always knows what is best for the horses. Anne has given me more opportunities and experiences than I could wish for.

    Who is your equine hero and why?
    Hmm this is a tough one! I always aspired to Pippa Funnell, especially when she won the Rolex Grand Slam because it was such an amazing achievement and she worked so hard for it. Also, when I was at the Connemara awards last year, Mary King made me realise that riding young horses was the best grounding I could get in eventing and things sometimes have to go wrong before they go right.

    Whats your favourite piece of equipment in the tack room?
    My neck strap! Riding a stallion and breaking young horses - I owe my life to this piece of tack!

    Who will be on your table at the awards dinner?
    The whole crowd! My Mum (Ali), Anne Hawes (Murray's owner), Isabella Soames (best friend), Harry Tucker (boyfriend), Lorna and Darren Tullet (head girl), Helen Millichamp (rider), Chris Ebner (supporter) and Julian Thorpe (MFH).

    FIVE MINUTES WITH SEEL RIDER ROSE CARNIEGE Posted: Sun 14 Oct
    WINNER OF INTELLIGENT WORMING LEADING HORSE AND RIDER AND HORSE WORLD LIVE OWNER /RIDER RANKINGS 2012

    How long has the partnership been together and whats the plan for 2013?
    2 years, Landine (Landi) was brought in July 2011 having previously showjumped but not evented. Plans for the 2013 season are Bramham U25 Championships and to qualify for 4*.

    What was the hairiest moment of the 2012 season?
    We rarely have hairy moments jumping, she jumped 6 out of 7 double clears this season, the problems usually come in the dressage when she get a bit tense and tends to buck in her flying changes, she was particularly bad at Wellington.

    Is there an unsung hero in the yard who helps keep you on the circuit?
    Definitely my Mum. I'm doing a full time medical degree in Osteopathy and have very little time for other things, my mum is great as she sorts out all the everyday things with Landi and the only thing I have to do is ride, I'm very lucky!!

    Who is your equine hero and why?
    I've never really had an equine hero but I admire and have great respect for people who get to the top of the sport through pure talent and producing their own horses and not just by a large amount of financial backing.

    Whats your favourite piece of equipment in the tack room?
    Definitely my straight bar snaffle that I use on Landi for dressage, I changed to it just before Blenheim and it seems to be making a huge difference. I also couldn't do without my devoucoux jumping saddle.

    Who will be on your table at the awards dinner?
    Friends from university and home who have supported me with my riding.

    Five mins with SEEL rider......Sarah Arrowsmith Posted: Wed 12 Sept

    SEEL

    Q. How long have you owned Casper?( Cormac MacAirt)
    I have had him for 14 months – got him in June last year; he is my mid-life crisis horse after not riding properly for 30 years or so

    Q. How long have you both been doing BE events?
    This is our first year. We did Pulborough at the end of last year as our first BE event

    Q. How do you balance competing and working life?
    With a great deal of difficulty! I am Chief Executive of ABF Grocery, a £1.3billon turnover business with brands such as Kingsmill, Silver Spoon, Pataks and Ryvita, so work 60 hr weeks.. Casper has to be flexible! I ride before or after work, but am lucky that if I'm away with work then Vicky Davis at SIlverhill Stables, where he is at livery, will help. My colleagues are used to me taking calls whilst out hacking, and say the clip clop is soothing!!

    Q. Whats the plan for 2013?
    We have qualified for the Grassroots finals at Badminton (at Great Witchingham Three Day Event in July), so that is our absolute focus for 2013, as I've wanted to ride at Badminton since I was 7 and am unbelievably excited. All being well we will then try and do some novices. What we've done this year is beyond my wildest dreams so have no illusions it's probably beginners luck, but am enjoying every minute!

    REVERDY HORSEFEEDS UNVEILED AS TITLE SPONSOR OF BRIGHTLING HORSE TRIALS Posted: Thurs 31 May
    Organisers of the annual CIC** Brightling Park International Horse Trials have announced that French horsefeed brand Reverdy is to be this year's title sponsor.

    The two-day event in East Sussex, which will be held on 14 and 15 July 2012, regularly attracts around 400 entries from all over the world, including renowned Olympians Pippa Funnell and Sharon Hunt.

    Organiser Gardie Grissell, who is also the sole UK distributor, said he was thrilled to attract such a respected brand. "This is a very exciting partnership. I have worked closely with Reverdy since they decided to launch in the UK last year. This year, the event will be known as The Reverdy Brightling Park International Horse Trials."

    Reverdy's UK sales agent, Paul Hacking explained that the brands are well aligned. "We are delighted to be associated with such a prestigious international event and hope this will be the beginning of a long running relationship. The brand's state-ofthe- art factory in Juvigny-Le-Tertre makes 25 different feeds all tailored to individual horse needs, depending on their age and sporting discipline. Brightling Park International Horse Trials is the ideal platform for Reverdy to showcase their range."

    For more information, visit www.brightlinghorsetrials.co.uk or telephone 01424 838241.

    Special discount vouchers available for SEEL Riders from WOW, sponsors of the overall Grass Routes Rankings Posted: Thurs 24 May
    WOW Saddles are offering a 10% discount voucher to those riders registered with the league to be redeemed before the 30th August. All the member has to do is email us as voucher@wowsaddles.com quoting the SEEL and we send the personal voucher to them so they can redeem it when they wish buy a saddle.

    CHARITY SKY DIVE Posted: Wed 2 Nov

    Sam Penn doing her sky dive in aid of Brian Lear, to donate to this great cause, you can donate online through the link.

    http://www.justgiving.com/sampennskydive

    SEEL ANNONCE NEW SPONSOR FOR THE OWNER / RIDER RANKINGS Posted: Wed 26th October

    Maxavita have stepped into sponsor the owner rider section at the last minute and will present there popular prizes at this years SEEL Ball and awards ceremony to be held on November 12th at the Hop Farm at Paddock Wood, Kent

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    LMEQ TRIED & TESTED Posted: Fri 15th March
    LMEQ is without doubt one of the best new training facilities in the Southeast with everything that could be required when training event horses. The 2 all-weather arenas are huge, the 20x60 dressage arena is floodlit and has training mirrors across the whole of one end, the 50x60 showjumping arena has a full set of showjumps including the scarey things like watertrays. Both have super surfaces which are beautifully maintained as are the 1 mile long gallops which work up a long slight slope - perfect for fittening work.

    The cross country schooling area is fantastic and one to which I regularly make the 3 hour round trip to use. There is something for all levels, both horses and riders, with over 80 fences all of which are really well made and inviting and can be as straightforward or as technical as you like with various combination fences and a great water complex with various options in/out. I especially like the fact that there are some real technical questions but without having to jump too big, perfect for teaching novices or reminding the older ones. Matt and his Team are also super helpful, when I asked if he had a bounce into the water he said 'No, but we can make one'! They also take great care of the ground, regularly moving many of the fences which not only keeps the takeoff/landing zones in good condition but also means there is something slightly different every time.

    PEGASUS MAGAZINE Posted: Mon 28th March
    Pegasus Magazine which is distributed free through out the league area has agreed to be our local media partner, all updated rankings, reports and photos will be published monthly.

    SEEL SPONSORS Posted: Mon 28th March
    We welcome on board lots of new sponsors this year, please patronise them where ever possible, direct links are available through the website and without them SEEL would not exist. There are still a couple of un sponsored rankings, if you know any companies that may be interested please contact us.

    PHOTOS Posted: Mon 28th March
    If any of you have photos of yourselves competing in the league area and would like to see them on the website please send them in, but please remember copyright issues.

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