World Class Development Programme: Registration now open!
Are you an eventer, show jumper, dressage or para-equestrian dressage rider who sees themselves as having the exceptional talent and dedication to ride and win at Olympic and Paralympic level in 2016 or 2020 and beyond?
Registration for the 2014 – 2016 UK Sport Lottery funded World Class Development Programme has now opened and must be completed by anyone wishing to be considered for selection. The Selection Policy and Registration form is now available to download from the BEF website (www.bef.co.uk). Registration for the Programme will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 21 March 2014. The 2014 – 2016 Programme will commence on 1st December 2014 and run until 31 November 2016 (subject to funding).
The BEF’s World Class Programme aims to provide Britain’s elite riders with the best preparation to represent Equestrian Team GBR at Championship level. The Development Programme focuses on the identification and development of future world class riders and horse/rider combinations who have the perceived ability to deliver medal winning performances on the world stage for Great Britain in the future.
The Programme incorporates the three Olympic sports of dressage, eventing, showjumping and the Paralympic sport of para-equestrian dressage. Please be aware that there are discipline specific Selection Policies for each discipline and a generic Registration Form (all riders wanting to register their interest should review the minimum criteria for their discipline before completing the Registration Form).
The World Class Development Programme is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, primarily from the National Lottery, via UK Sport.
If you have any queries relating to the Development Programme please contact Debbie Lee, World Class Development Programme Assistant at 02476 698876 or email email@example.com
Moody Dressage will have a British Dressage Apprenticeship place available from mid February.
Our yard offers a very supportive and educational environment for anyone wanting to gain more experience in the world of dressage. We are very proud of all of our previous apprentices, who with out exception are all pursuing a successful dressage career.
Applicants need to be good team players (we are a relatively small yard and it is very important that we all get on well!)
You must want to live on site as we will need you to be responsible for some evening yard duties.
You must be a brave and fairly competent rider (good balance, sensitive) as your duties will include starting young horses off, and hacking out horses that can be fresh and quite sharp.
Having your own transport is pretty essential as we live about 3 miles from the nearest shops!
If you are successful at interview we would also require you to work a two week trial period. If you are interested please send an email with CV.
We would just like to thank all the BYRDS riders and their parents for coming to the one day course last Saturday. We had a very enjoyable day teaching you all and seeing the improvements in both yourselves and your ponies/horses way of going. You were all a pleasure to teach and we hope to see you again very soon. We have had some super feedback too – thank you
‘Fab day today at byrds one day camp with the Moody’s. Jack and Bacardi had great fun.’
‘ I wondered if I could book a lesson with Hannah on my own horse, I came for the BYRDS one day camp and loved her teaching, so helpful!’
A One Day is helpful as it is easier to fit them in. The groups were friendly and the riders were encouraged to comment on each other.
I hope there will be more of these one day camps with the Moody’s, as Grace really learnt a great deal, and also had a fun day.’
Moody joins dressage riders at HOYS
Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is delighted to announce that Becky Moody will join the exciting line up of top British riders due to compete in the inaugural Mount St John Dressage Future Elite Championship on Wednesday 9 October at Birmingham’s NEC. The competition will provide the perfect opportunity for the riders to show that their up-and-coming grand prix horses have what it takes to join the world’s dressage elite.
Becky enjoyed a very successful dressage career as a young rider, competing at four U21 European Championships. She also has a number of national championship titles under her belt. Most recently, Becky was placed third in the Intermediate I Freestyle to Music test at the Espayo National Dressage Championships; the same test that each combination will perform in the Andrews Bowen International Arena at HOYS.
The Mount St John Dressage Future Elite Championship will mark the exciting recurrence of competitive dressage at HOYS. And with three world-renowned judges, 9,500 spectators and inspiring canter pirouettes and flying changes set to empowering music, what a return it will be.
All seven horses will be working between advanced Medium and intermediate I level, and aged between seven and 10. Becky will ride Josie Gyllensward’s eight-year-old chestnut gelding Don Angelo. She will compete alongside Sarah Millis, Emile Faurie, Michael Eilberg, Spencer Wilton, Dan Greenwood and Alice Oppenheimer.
Charlotte Dujardin will no longer be competing, due to a last-minute sale of the horse she was intending to ride. The World number one and multiple gold medallist will, however, still attend HOYS on Wednesday 9th October to receive a special award during the presentation of the Mount St John Dressage Future Elite Championship Awards.
With 6 horses at the Nationals, and several clients competing as well it was a very busy 4 days! All the horses were on their best behaviour, even the babies Nora and Lainey who have never stayed away from home settled in well and were true professionals!
On Thursday and Friday it was just Don Angelo competing in the PSG and the Inter 1. Donald made a couple of mistakes in the PSG as he was quite ‘hot’ so Becky had to ride him tactfully, still scoring 70.55% in a big tough class to come in 9th place. Still quite excited by the atmosphere of the Nationals on the Friday Donald got 69.58% and 7th place to take them through to the music on Saturday Donald finally chilled out and performed a fantastic Inter 1 Freestyle to Dr Who (kindly borrowed from Wally :-)) This took him into 3rd place with 74.35% very closely behind 1st and 2nd place.
Elildh Grant who trains with Hannah also had a great show getting through to the Inter 1 Freestyle and coming 5th in the class with 73.55%
Saturday was an early start with both Nora and Lainey in the 4 year old class. Both horses performed super, obedient tests. The scores were generally quite low in the class with the winner scoring 7.68, Nora came 8th and Lainey came 10th so overall they did very well! (Pics to follow as it was far too early for our fan club members to be taking pictures :-))
Jack and Dot both competed in the Medium Open class with Becky where the competition was fierce! A bit of tension in both cost them the higher marks, Jack came away 6th and Dot 12th a little disappointing but onwards & upwards!
It was Caluna’s turn in the afternoon for the Grand Prix, a mistake in the 1′s cost them many marks. Once Caluna is established at this level she will be fantastic as she has an amazing ability to piaffe and passage
Onto Sunday and it was Jack and Dot on again, Jack in the Elementary and Dot in the Advanced Medium! Jack performed a much better test until a very unfortunate incident happened on the final centre line. As Jack was coming to his final halt he stepped into a double tie wrap cable (which had been left from a previous exhibition) and it ended up around his left hind leg, he quite rightly was worried about it and leapt into the air off the centre line, poor Becky could not understand what was going on and managed to get him back onto the centre line for his final halt, which he stood very well for. The judges then noticed the tie wrap around his leg and removed it straight away in the arena. The movement should really have been performed again but then it was too late, there were mixed marks for that movement which unfortunately cost them 1st place as she ended up 2nd by just 0.18%.
Last but certainly not least Dot stole the show, as standing at just 14.hh she trotted into the arena to perform her Advanced Medium test with Becky and got an ‘aaaawwww’ and a round of applause! It really was a great test including lovely expressive changes and got a big cheer at the end! They just missed out on 70% to get 69.11% and coming 5th against some big top class horses!
Our little mascot Eva kept us all very entertained throughout the show, and she looks like she enjoyed herself too!
We love staying in touch with everyone who has purchased horses from us and hearing how well they are getting on! Please keep sending your pictures in so we can share them, plus your achievements/results
Kathy and Deluxe
‘Deluxe is wonderful . If possible, I am even more in love now than when I first bought him. We have developed quite a nice bond and he is amazingly gentle with everyone’
‘I’m actually really thrilled with him. We had a lesson with Dan Sherriff who made us both work REALLY hard, and I thought I’d collapse when I got off, then one with Simon Battram and two with John, all in the same week, as that was just how their diaries worked. It was quite a week for us both, but Simon told me that in his opinion Lux would go GP easily and then John said that he thought he could well go international – WOW. Of course, that would be with a top rider, not me, but even so, I think that’s amazing. I knew I had a good one, so no, you can’t have him back – sorry!’
Pippa and Stan
We are waiting for pictures as Stan has only been with Pippa for a few days but we are very excited about their future together!
‘Today I rode and he was a star. The lesson from Becky really set me on the right path and i was positive and confident from the word go and he didnt put a foot wrong, despite horses approaching from adjacent fields, busy road alongside, ambulance siren……. Day off tomorrow, lesson Sunday! I LOVE HIM and so enjoy riding him. Thank you SO much for selling him to me!’
Our amazing 21 year old superstar is looking for a very special person to share his riding/grooming/cuddling etc. with Linzi Warren who rides him 2 days a week, and competes him very successfully at PSG level.
Keeping a horse on our yard is not cheap (all our horses are looked after amazingly by our team of staff, and live a life of luxury in our superb facilities), and Kwad will not be leaving the yard, but would like someone to enjoy the experience of riding and caring for him, and to take on responsibilities for some of his expenses. We already do this with our other old superstar Jordi, and the cost of a days ride is somewhere between £25 and £30 (this covers all his day to day expenses and a contribution to insurance, shoeing and veterinary costs). It would also be compulsory to have a lesson a week which would cost £40.
Kwad is a lovely horse, he is very straight forward, hacks out, is very easy to handle, but he is very bouncy to ride, so if you want to be able to do sitting trot you do have to be fairly supple and well balanced!
If you are interested please call Hannah on 07736 069376
It has to be said that Anne & Patrick Moody’s and Julie Lockey’s Carinsio aka Jack Jack Moody-Lockey has been the star of the Young Horse classes for the last 3 years. He has won just about everything He started as he meant to go on as a 4 year old, continued his winning streak as a 5 year old and finished on a high this year at Hickstead in the 6 year olds winning both the National and the International title!
We are extremely lucky to have a horse like Jack on the yard (if not a little stressful at times!) and we really do have some super up and coming young horses to hopefully follow in Jack’s footsteps (no pressure then!)
Jack along with Caluna, Donald, Dot, Nora and Elaina will be competing at the Nationals so we will be there from Wednesday evening thru to Sunday! Come and say ‘Hi’ if you see us!