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‘2011 ending with Steve’s last 2 outings resulting in a lot of rosettes (2 firsts,a second, a third and a Show Champion) we hope that 2012 will continue in the same fashion. Having spent the last 2 years competing on Roy Ahoy a.k.a. Troy, Steve and his wife Jo decided to retire Troy from competing.Steve has taken on the new ride of the talented young grey mare Wanda. She is a very elegant Dutch Warmblood who has already competed with her owner to BE Novice, and Steve hopes it wont be long until their partnership is good enough that they can push forward at that level.

The aim for the 2012 season is to qualify for CIC 1 star. However a summer of gaining a good understanding of each other is a more important goal. Steve and Jo also will be spending their summer gradually educating their 3 year old Selle Francais gelding Shingle Hall Scandle a.k.a. Nibs,ready to start his eventing career the following summer.’

 

I would like to introduce Sarah Watkins. Sarah is 23 years old and has her own beauty business ! Sarah lives in Gloucestershire and has three lovely horses. The first of her horses (the gorgeous grey horse) is Lincoln, he is a 9 year old Irish Sports Horse. Sarah’s youngest horse, who we will be seeing more of in the future is Dusty. Dusty is Sarah’s home bred 3 year old dun gelding. Then last but not least is Sarah’s 22 year old dun mare (Dusty’s dam!) who is Sarah’s ex-event mare who is now enjoying her retirement.As Lincoln is Sarah’s main event horse this year their aims this years are to gain BD points, begin competing successfully at BE novice level and to compete at the BRC Horse Trail Championships (3 day event) which are held at Aston Le Walls in August.Sarah is currently trained by Tom Buckland and has three sponsors (lucky lady!) being myself, Equiboodle and Nicky Theruglady Norfolk. Sarah and Lincoln are also a part of the Framptom Family Riding Club.I look forward to keeping you all updated with Sarah and Lincolns progress in 2012 !

 

Gloucestershire wheelchair racer Melissa Nicholls is a girl on a mission. Already training hard, she hopes one day to represent Team GB on the track. However, she is looking for sponsorship and support to help her realise her dream.Sports fanatic Mel had her life turned upside down when she suffered a series of severe strokes. The third, in 2008, left her unable to use her left leg and part of her left arm. Her balance and coordination were also affected, leaving her unable to walk unaided.But despite the huge influence this had on her ability to live an independent life, it wasn’t long before Mel found a new way to exercise her passion for competing.“I’ve found a real passion for wheelchair racing as it’s very similar to running which I always used to love to do so much,” she said.“I’ve always been an active and sporty person and even though I’m now disabled, I do not see myself as any less able.”Now training daily independently, on track with Cheltenham Harriers and as part of the McCain University of Warwick Endurance Academy, Mel is ranked number 2 in the UK for her classification and within the top 6 T34 athletes worldwide.We are calling on local businesses and individuals to help support Mel as she completes a very successful first season of wheelchair racing on the worldwide stage and moves onward and upward into 2012.