New Eventing Club gives access to enthusiasts - once the season gets clear of snow
The Aldon International in Somerset is one of the first major eventing competitions of the season. It was cold riding there on Saturday (March 17) - and Sunday's part of the competition was cancelled.
Writing in Jonelle and Tim Price's blog, Jacky Green reports Tim describing conditions on Saturday at Aldon as 'Baltic': "He added that it was the coldest day's eventing he has ever encountered." Probably exacerbated by the fact Jonelle and Tim had recently returned from competing in Spain!
Last weekend fixtures at Stafford and at Swalcliffe Park in Oxfordshire were cancelled. And the Lincolnshire event was abandoned at 2pm on the Saturday - due to snow.
Looking ahead to the new season, some of the country’s top event riders, including New Zealanders Tim and Jonelle Price - who live in Marlborough - have joined with other top riders to form The Eventing Club.
The Club is the brainchild of Sam Albert. The Club members want to enable eventing enthusiasts to enjoy an affordable association and involvement with some of the world’s greatest riders such as William Fox-Pitt, Blyth Tait, Nicola Wilson and Jonelle & Tim Price.
“Our aim is to ensure that members feel a part of the fabulous sport of eventing through frequent and fascinating updates, photos and videos from each of our club riders,” explained Sam Albert, a former international three-day eventer who rode in two Olympics for Jamaica and is now based near Highclere. Sam will also be sharing exclusive news from the yards, allowing members to follow the horses and riders throughout the season and inside information on fitness regimes.
At the forefront of plans for the 2018 eventing season are the International Equestrian Federation's World Equestrian Games (WEG) held at Tryon in North Caroline in September. An exciting addition to Tim’s string this year is his wife’s Cekatinka - something Tim said would never happen even though he successfully rode the mare while Jonelle was expecting their first child last year.
Tim had a gap in his armoury as he did not want to aim Ringwood Sky Boy (Ozzie) for WEG and Xavier Faer (Hugo) is realistically his only other option. Jonelle wanted her husband by her side for Team NZ at Tryon - if possible - and the owners have agreed for Tim to take the ride on Tinka.
Tim and Jonelle have been preparing for their season on the Sunshine Tour in Spain. Tim's top tip for the first events: "Beware that most of us have been jumping on surfaces all winter so take care at the first few events on grass as it's a totally different feeling for the horses. We are fortunate as our horses are getting lots of practice on grass at the Sunshine Tour in Spain!!"
Membership of the Club will cost £25 and there will be regular yard open days, teaching clinics, lecture/demonstrations, course walks at Badminton, Burghley and other top events throughout the season, exclusive competitions and other fun events over the course of the year.
For more information visit The Eventing Club’s website.