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A Newbury summer raceday giving pride of place to young blood - horses & riders - and there's a new…

08-08-2018

Newbury Racecourse's Dream Lodge Group Summer Raceday on Tuesday (August 7) was a revival of a fixture that was dropped from last year's list - and it opened with a win for Her Majesty the Queen's appropriately named youngster Magnetic Charm ridden by James Doyle and trained at Newmarket by...

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Three local eventers picked for New Zealand's team at September's World Equestrian Games

08-08-2018 A Correspondent

  New Zealand’s eventing team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) is stacked with both Olympic and WEG experience - and includes three locally based eventing stars.

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Seconds away from victory for Wiltshire eventer Georgie Strang at Hickstead

01-08-2018 A Correspondent

Georgie Strang and Cooley Earl have claimed the runner-up spot at Hickstead's main arena in one of the most iconic British equestrian events.

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World Equestrian Games: New Zealand eventers hit hard by injury to a winning team's horse

31-07-2018 A Correspondent

Earlier this month the New Zealand eventing team put in a stellar performance at Aachen to win the international competition - beating France (second) and Sweden (third) - as well as teams from the USA, Germany, Great Britain and Australia.

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Delight for Richard Hannon as 16/1 Ginger Nut proves tough in Newbury's Super Sprint

23-07-2018 A Correspondent

Marlborough trainer Richard Hannon enjoyed a tremendous Weatherbys Super Sprint Day at Newbury on Saturday (July 21), as he recorded a big-race double with Ginger Nut and Yafta.

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New Greatwood scheme addresses trauma effects in members of forces, emergency services & their families

20-07-2018

The Greatwood Charity, well-known and respected for its work with young people with special educational needs and disadvantaged children and working with retired and rescued racehorses, has turned its attention to adults seeking to overcome the effects of trauma - including post traumatic stress disorder.

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Salisbury races: Ladies Evening sees a popular De Sousa treble - & fashions galore

19-07-2018 Owen Alsop

It was a Ladies’ Evening to remember for jockey Silvestre De Sousa at Salisbury on Saturday (July 14) as the Brazilian rode a treble - delighting the crowd.

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Para-equestrian dressage rider has to forego selection to represent Great Britain

17-07-2018

Alison Fryer lives in a village in the Marlborough area and keeps her horses in stables at Rockley - and she was selected to represent Great Britain in a one star para-equestrian dressage competition.  

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Newbury Racing: Signora Cabello among 56 confirmations for Weatherbys Super Sprint

16-07-2018 A Correspondent

Royal Ascot winner Signora Cabello headlines 56 six-day acceptors for the feature £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury this Saturday (July 21), with a live performance from Craig David after racing.

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Wesko's back! In France Tim Price and Wesko take second place at fifth Event Rider Masters leg

16-07-2018

Fifteen year-old eventing star Wesko is back to top competitive form with a vengeance - after more than two years out following an injury - with a brilliant dressage score and no show jumping or cross country faults in a top international competition.

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Andrew Nicholson's Avebury - a three time victor at Barbury - is honoured with a video tribute

 

Avebury at the Avebury fence - from the videoAvebury at the Avebury fence - from the videoThere are thirteen chalk white horses of Wiltshire.  You can top off that unlucky number by adding eventing's Wiltshire wonder horse: Avebury - a grey who now matches the chalk horses for whiteness.  

The organisers of the St James's Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials (July 9-12) are marking Avebury's outstanding successes with a video about him - which you can watch here.  This video explains what makes him such a special horse.  
 
In addition, the horse trials, which take place on the Barbury Castle Estate on Marlborough Downs, are renaming their signature fence on the cross country course after Avebury.  
 
Avebury is ridden by Andrew Nicholson, whose stables are at Lockeridge, and owned by Rosemary Barlow.  Last year Avebury and Andrew achieved a historic hat trick - winning the prestigious Barbury International three star competition for a third consecutive year.
 
Avebury was bred by Andrew, raised in Wiltshire and named after the Avebury World Heritage Site - just a few miles from Barbury.  And Avebury is a regular visitor to the Barbury Estate where he works on its famous gallops.
 
Andrew Nicholson explains that Avebury is a straightforward horse who likes the crowds: "Avebury loves Barbury and he also loves the camera so filming this video was good fun. We are all proud of what he has achieved here and look forward to being back at Barbury in a few weeks time.”
 
Nigel Bunter, Chairman of Barbury International Horse Trials, sees the renaming of their most iconic cross-country fence as a fitting tribute to a wonderful horses: "We hope Avebury fans will enjoy our film on him. We want to encourage as many as possible to visit Barbury in July to see a living legend and maybe history repeating itself with a four timer!"

Another frame from the videoAnother frame from the video
 
Tickets for the Barbury Horse Trials start from £12 per person per day booked in advance.  Children under 12 years go free.   For information and tickets visit the Barbury website or call 01672 516125

 

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Marlborough: centre of a big equestrian industry and home to Keyflow Feeds

The jump down to the water in the main arena is probably the most watched obstacle on Barbury International Horse Trials' famous cross country course - it's in prime position for spectators and it is sponsored by Keyflow Super Premium Horse Feeds.

Appropriately enough, Keyflow's range of equine feeds was launched at the Barbury Horse Trials in 2012.  They’ve been there every year since and will again occupy their stand this year in prime position with great views of the competition and a cold Pimms never far away – everyone is welcomed.  

The company is run by New Zealander Cam Price who lives in Marlborough - and the company has its head office just behind the High Street.

Cam has worked in the equine nutrition business for over ten years.  He headed up Australian feed giant Mitavite's operation first in New Zealand and then in Britain.  With the recession and unhelpful currency movements, Mitavite decided to close its European export arm - and Cam spotted an opportunity to launch a innovative new range of products designed to give riders what their horses need in the best way possible.

New Zealand's most successful event rider, Sir Mark Todd (now based just over the downs at Badgerstown) is a Keyflow founder, shareholder and remains as an involved director.  Cam told Marlborough News Online: "He is a very switched on businessman - as well as a great horseman."

Sir Mark Todd at LuhmuhlenSir Mark Todd at Luhmuhlen"We went to the riders first and analysed what their horses nutritional needs were."  He went to the Whitaker show-jumping family and designed a mix specifically for them: "And then we did the same for Mark. We started with the riders and horses rather than in the lab - then we met in the middle."

The 'lab element' came with Keyflow's two renowned nutritional consultants:  Dr Catherine Dunnett founded Newmarket-based Independent Equine Nutrition - an international consultancy.  And Australian Dr Ray Biffin who was responsible for Mitavite's very first proprietary feed in 1987.

In 2013 two Keyflow products earned British Equine Trade Association Innovation Awards - Whitaker Bros Jumpmix won and Mark Todd Maestro competition mix was runner up.

As well as the elite British show-jumping Whitaker brothers (John and Michael - and now young Jack Whitaker who is the latest show-jumping prodigy in the dynasty) and Sir Mark Todd, Keyflow have a list of Key Riders.  These include Cam's brother Tim and Tim's wife Jonelle and Canadian Rebecca Howard - all based at Mildenhall.

Keryflow at Marlborough marketKeryflow at Marlborough marketAt present Jonelle is fifth in the international eventing rankings - and Tim is ninth.

Probably only people in Marlborough with a definite interest in Keyflow products will have noticed this business in their midst.  But for six weeks last winter Cam took a pitch in the High Street's Saturday market - just to get the name a bit better known.  However, his main aim is to keep in touch with Keyflow users.

"I love building horses with the right nutrition for what they do.  If you're selling ploughs you meet a famer once in ten years.  With horse feed it's an everyday relationship - they open your bags of feed every day,"

So he does a lot of travelling to stables to help people with their horses' nutritional needs - usually spending two days a week on the road.

Keyflow’s feeds are put together by a production partner in East Anglia using ingredients sourced in Britain and some specialist ingredients from abroad. The feeds are then distributed from a warehouse in Corby.  

One of Cam's current tasks is building up a nationwide network of stockists: "It's a very competitive market - it's not so much the number of companies, more the vast number of products most of them produce - the market gets a bit swamped.  It's a very squeezey market - many retailers are short of space."

Watch this space for an announcement soon in the development of that network of stockists.

At the Barbury International Horse Trials (9-12 July), while Cam and his team will be spreading the word about Keyflow, they will also be keeping an eye on their Key Riders. Success in competition helps boost Keyflow's reputation but also proves that their products perform.  

Jonelle and Cloud Dancer Jonelle and Cloud Dancer Last weekend they were watching the leader boards at Luhmuhlen's four and three star eventing competitions.  The Luhmuhlen premier or four star competition was won last year by Tim Price.   

On Sunday (June 21) Jonelle Price and the little grey Faerie Dianimo secured second place with 32.80 points just behind Ingrid Klimke's 32.70.  Jonelle was very pleased with the result: "Give us another six to 12 months and I might be able to find that point one."

In all three Keyflow Riders were in the top ten with Mark Todd (fifth) and Rebecca Howard (tenth.)  And then Jonelle took Cloud Dancer to fifth place in the three star competition - coming down the leaderboard a little as rails went down in the show jumping.

What successes will Barbury bring for Marlborough-based eventing riders - and for Keyflow?

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The first day of Royal Ascot 2015 - a broadcaster's eye view of the horses...and a hat

The morning view from Sasha's 'office' - right above the finish The morning view from Sasha's 'office' - right above the finish Sasha Thorbek-Hooper takes time off from her day-job at Greatwood to broadcast from Royal Ascot for BBC Radio Berkshire:

As day one of Royal Ascot 2015 draws to a close, we realise sadly that the Sole Power dream has come to an end.  A third consecutive win in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes was dashed by the 20-1 outsider Goldream trained in Newmarket by Robert Cowell and partnered to success by the ecstatic Martin Harley - the jockey's first ever Royal Ascot win.

No so subtle - but from the look of the lady on her right she might be wearing trainersNo so subtle - but from the look of the lady on her right she might be wearing trainersFrankie's 50th Ascot winner is within a hair's breadth, but we will have to wait until tomorrow to see if he is able to treat his adoring and waiting public with another of his legendary 'Frankie Flying Dismounts'.

The stand out horse of the day was the magnificent Gleneagles - adding the Group 1 feature race St James's Palace Stakes to his already impressive booty - including the Irish and English 2000 Guineas.

BBC Radio Berkshire Sports Editor Tim Dellor gets a word with Damian LewisBBC Radio Berkshire Sports Editor Tim Dellor gets a word with Damian LewisAs expected a plethora of celebrities swept through the gates including Ant & Dec and 'A Lister' Damian Lewis.

But as ever it was the Queen who stole the show looking stunning in a fuchsia dress coat over a white and floral dress.

The weather looks set fair for the rest of the week and we will be hoping for some Wiltshire success - the Hannon/Hughes combo are pretty buoyant about their runner tomorrow: Ivawood running in the opener - The Jersey Stakes - against the Queen's Ring of Truth.

My best tip for the day is to swap the heels for flats!

Don't look now Dec, but there's lady behind you in flats!Don't look now Dec, but there's lady behind you in flats!

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Ogbourne Maizey's Bonita Racing Stables for sale as Peter Makin decides to retire

Bonita stables - as shown on the Windsor Clive International websiteBonita stables - as shown on the Windsor Clive International websitePeter Makin's Bonita training yard at Ogbourne Maizey is up for sale following the trainer's decision to retire in November. He has been training for 48 years and has trained 780 winners - he is 71.

Bonita racehorse training centre has some of the finest gallops in the country - 154 private acres of them. With 54 boxes in two yards, two houses, two flats, a cottage, a staff hostel and 45 acres of paddocks, the agents are asking for offers "in the region of £3,000,000".

Explaining his decision to the Racing Post, Makin said: "I still love being with the horses on top of the downs every morning, but I find driving to the likes of Wolverhampton, Nottingham and Lingfield too tiring these days, which, at the age of 71, is probably something I must accept."

He added: "The time is right for me now. I feel privileged to have been involved in the sport for such a time. If I don't retire this season I'd be tempted to make it 50 years, by which time I'll be 73."

Makin sent out many winners of group races and high class handicaps from Bonita including the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot twice, the Stewards Cup at Goodwood and the Magnet Cup at York.

Bonita was set up by George Edwardes, the theatrical impresario in the 1890s. Former trainers there include the Hartigan brothers, Sir Gordon Richards and the leading national hunt trainer Bob Turnell who used the gallops and facilities to train many winners including the Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Bonita has been owned by only two families in the last 120 years.

One of Makin's most successful horses was Elbio who won Ascot's King's Stand Stakes twice - and Makin thinks Elbio would have made it a hat-trick if there had not been interference during that third race.

Full details of the sale can be found on the Windsor Clive International website.

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The Willis Brothers of Malmesbury to build Rio Olympics cross country course

Willis Brothers team repairing an obstacle at Barbury Castler Horse Trials 2014Willis Brothers team repairing an obstacle at Barbury Castler Horse Trials 2014The Willis Brothers have been selected to build the cross country course for the eventing competition at the Rio Olympics next year.

The family business based near Malmesbury have specialised for over 30 years in building fixed and portable cross country obstacles for eventing and steeplechase jumps and hurdle fences for the racing industry.

They build and maintain the St James's Place Barbury International Horse Trials cross country course - as well as courses for Badminton, Gatcombe Park and many other events large and small throughout the UK and the world.   

The Willis Brothers built cross country fences and courses for the Olympic Games in Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and in Sydney (2000) as well as the World Equestrian Games.

This is their first Olympic Games contract for sixteen years.  As Ashley Willis told Marlborough News Online: "It's an honour - it really is."

For many years the Brothers have sourced some of their most essential materials from Savernake Forest - by arrangement with the Forestry Commission they cut young birch brushwood which they use for jumps at Cheltenham and racecourses far wide.

Six members of the Willis team will go to Brazil in July to build the course for the Olympic test competition at two-star level.   That will stretch the family a bit as July sees the Barbury Castle Horse Trials - so some members of this long-standing family firm will be staying behind to make sure every goes to plan at Wiltshire's premier eventing competition.

The course is being designed by Pierre Michelet who designed the course for last summer's World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

The Rio Olympic eventing competition will take place between 6 and 9 August 2016.  But work has already started and they will soon start shipping fences out to Brazil.

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Beckhampton trainer Roger Charlton cheered by Time Test win at Royal Ascot

In the colours of owner Khalid Abdullah, with Frankie Dettori in sparkling form and the ground right, Time Test trained at Beckhampton by Roger Charlton ran away with the Group Three Tercentenary Stakes on Royal Ascot's Gold Cup day.

The race turned into a battle between Marlborough trainers.

Sent off as favourite for the race, Dettori took Time Test from midfield to beat the Queen's horse Peacock by three and a quarter lengths.    Peacock is trained by Marlborough trainer Richard Hannon and was ridden by local jockey Richard Hughes.

After the race Dettori said the three-tear-old Time Test felt like a Group One horse.

In the run-up to Royal Ascot, Roger Charlton had the disappointment of finding one of his star horses Al Kazeem had suffered an injury and could not run in this week's Prince of Wales's Stakes.  The seven-year-old suffered an injury when winning the prestigious Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last month - by a neck.

Al Kazeem was retired to stud at the end of the 2013 season, but proved sub-fertile and returned to racing the following year.   The Tattersalls Gold Cup won his owner €155,000.

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It’s Royal Ascot : if you fancy a flutter here are SAM HOSKINS’ FIVE TO FOLLOW - a winner each day?

 

Sam Hoskins Sam Hoskins Sam Hoskins is racing manager of the Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds syndicate.  Here he shares with Marlborough News Online his ‘Five to Follow’ for Royal Ascot - a horse for each day of this prestigious meeting (June 16-20) which this year has attracted a truly international entry.  As ever, watch what the coming rain might do to their chances:
 
MAKE BELIEVE, St James’ Palace Stakes (Group 1), Tuesday. 4-1.
The St James’ Palace Stakes promises to be one of the races of the meeting with the dual Guineas-winning Gleneagles taking on the Andre Fabre pair of Territories, who was second to the former in the English 1,000 Guineas, and Make Believe, who won the French 2,000 Guineas at Longchamps a week later. With Gleneagles having had two hard races, I am inclined to side with Make Believe who was so impressive at Longchamps and who would not be running unless his masterful trainer thought he would go very close indeed.
 
CANNOCK CHASE, Prince Of Wales’ Stakes (Group 1), Wednesday. 12-1.
Cannock Chase goes into Royal Ascot this year as almost a slightly forgotten horse, but I still haven’t quite erased the memory of his superb Tercentenary Stakes (Group 3) win over this trip at this same meeting last year. He has had two relative warm-up runs in unsuitable conditions and they will have put him bang on for this whilst making him an interesting each-way betting proposition at the same time. He could very easily go an easier route than this but Sir Michael Stoute clearly thinks he is up to ruffling the feathers of the likes of market leaders Free Eagle and The Grey Gatsby.
 
FORGOTTEN RULES, Ascot Gold Cup (Group 1), Thursday, 11-4.
The Ascot Gold Cup is hotting up well with many eventualities possible in advance of this centrepiece race of the whole meeting. The most fascinating variable to consider for this race is that of the ground because if ever the ground ended up on the soft side of good, then it would heavily favour the Dermot Weld-trained Forgotten Rules, who is unbeaten in four starts including a Punchestown bumper on his debut last spring (!) and the Marco Botti-trained mudlark Tac De Boistron. Whilst the likes of Mizzou and Vent De Force represent the improving four-year-old generation form, I can’t help but think they will have their work cut out to beat Forgotten Rules, who has the world at his feet and will be very hard to beat as long as the ground is no faster than good.
 
ERVEDYA, Coronation Stakes (Group 1), Friday, 7-2.
Ever since the Aga Khan’s Aliysa was disqualified in the 1989 Epsom Oaks, his distinguished green colours with the red epaulettes have become a rarity on British racecourses. However, when they do turn up, they invariably go very close and I suspect this will be the case for his superstar three-year-old filly Ervedya, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget in Pau. She was scintillating in the French 1,000 Guineas last month and I think she can reverse Marcel Boussac form with the likely favourite Found.
 
POSTPONED, Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2), Saturday, 4-1.
Trainer Luca Cumani has a strong hand at Royal Ascot this year and I suspect he will hit the target at least twice - one of whom could be Postponed (don’t ask me who the other will be though!)  Postponed was highly progressive at three-years-old last year and has run two decent races so far this term - coming third in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh last time behind the wonderful Al Kazeem over 10 furlongs which is shorter than ideal. He steps up to 12 furlongs here and with his newfound positive tactics, he might just lead them a merry dance and finish off a good week for his smooth Italian handler.
 
Our Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds (KVT) syndicates are represented on Thursday at Royal Ascot with MAXWELL in the King George V Handicap for Andover-based Ralph Beckett. Maxwelll has won his two starts to date including an impressive victory at Salisbury last time.

He promises to be suited by the step up in trip in the King George V handicap and whilst the form of his Salisbury race hasn’t worked out great, he could give us something to shout about granted a good draw and some luck in running!

One of our other stars, TULLIUS, bypasses Ascot for a tilt at the Coral Eclipse (Group 1) on Saturday, July 4 at Sandown. However, he needs some softer ground to increase his chances..

For more information on our syndicates, visit the KVT website or email Sam on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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AP McCoy back in the saddle for Barbury's JCB Champions Challenge at July's International Horse Trials

 

AP McCoy (photo by Niels Van Gijn - courtesy JCB Champions Challenge)AP McCoy (photo by Niels Van Gijn - courtesy JCB Champions Challenge)Twenty times champion jump jockey AP McCoy is set to make a return to the saddle at this year's St. James’s Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials in the JCB Champions Challenge on Saturday, July 11.
 
McCoy retired from race riding in April following an extraordinary record-breaking career with 20 consecutive jump jockey titles and over 4,300 winners.  The 'Champ' will be joined by a trio of jump jockeys in the second running of the JCB Champions Challenge, a unique horse race between the country's top riders held in aid of Injured Jockeys Fund.  
 
The race will feature jump jockeys versus event riders over a specially designed course - including a water jump.  The winning junior and senior teams from the Inter Hunt Scurry, held on the same day with over 30 teams taking part, will form the other two teams.
 
Joining AP McCoy will be Sam Twiston-Davies, at 22 one of the brightest of the new generation of young jump jockeys, Richard Johnson, who is the second-most successful jockey in jumps history with over 2000 winners, and Wayne Hutchinson, stable jockey to Barbury trainer Alan King.
 
The eventers boast an awesome line-up:  Andrew Nicholson, who has won the Barbury International three star and Burghley horse trials three times in a row with his grey Avebury, will lead the team. 

He will be joined by fellow New Zealander, Sir Mark Todd, and two of Britain's finest riders Harry Meade, who finished second at last year's Badminton Horse Trials, and multiple Olympic medallist Tina Cook.  Nicholson last raced for the Injured Jockeys Fund at this year's Cheltenham Festival.
 
Nigel Bunter, Chairman of the Barbury International Horse Trials expects a 'nail biting' contest: "Last year the jump jockeys were victorious in the inaugural running of this John Francome and Zara Phillips battle it out at Barbury in 2014's inaugural JCB Champions Challenge at the St James's Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials (photo by Trevor Meeks - courtesy JCB Champions Challenge)John Francome and Zara Phillips battle it out at Barbury in 2014's inaugural JCB Champions Challenge at the St James's Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials (photo by Trevor Meeks - courtesy JCB Champions Challenge)event and with the some of the greatest names in horseracing and eventing taking part and it's also very exciting we will be welcoming AP McCoy to Barbury." 

"The eventers will be hungry for a win.  We are delighted to host the Champions Challenge again together with JCB and supporting the Injured Jockeys Fund.  May the best team win!"
 
 Tickets for the Barbury International Horse Trials start from £12 per person per day booked in advance.  Children under 12 years go free.  

For information and tickets visit the Barbury website or call 01672 516125.

And keep checking @Barburycastle #championschallenge
 

 

 

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The Queen watches Wiltshire PCSO Annabel Twiddy and Donnerbolzen's winning rounds

PCSO Annabel Twiddy & Donnerbolzen PCSO Annabel Twiddy & Donnerbolzen A Wiltshire Police Community Support Officer is celebrating after displaying her show jumping skills to the Queen while competing in her first ever police event at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. 

Riding her horse Donnerbolzen, PCSO Annabel Twiddy, of the West Swindon Neighbourhood Policing Team, represented Wiltshire Police,and beat off competition from 98 others to win individually.  

Her individual performance put PCSO Twiddy's team into sixth place out of a total of 33 teams. 

"All three members of each team jumped, and then the top 12 teams went into a jump off in the afternoon where Her Majesty The Queen came to watch."

"Our team qualified, and I was put forward to jump again," she said.
 "I've now been invited to represent the UK Mainland forces in Guernsey in August. Our team has also qualified for the Forces Equine Championships." 

"It was a true honour to present Wiltshire in front of the Queen, and I am so proud to have ridden for the force. I can't wait to do it again soon."

Annabel started with Wiltshire Police as a Special Constable in May 2013 and five months later joined the control room as a dispatch assistant and 999 call handler. In January 2015, she began training as a PCSO before joining the West sector team. 

A keen horse rider, she represented England Under 18s in show jumping: "I have ridden since before I could walk."

"I used to compete and breed horses full time but when the recession came around, unfortunately I had to sell all my horses bar one, which took me from 13 to one."

In 2015 PCSO Twiddy found Forces Equine who organise teams and various events for serving officers. This enabled her to compete in a mixed police team, with officers from Avon and Somerset and Derbyshire. 


She asked to be allowed to represent the force and wear a Wiltshire Police uniform:
"Permission and uniform was granted - I had a special PCSO tunic made for me and I was issued with a hat band and badge for my riding hat." 

 She is currently in the top three of the Forces Equine Champions League.

Annabel and Donnerbolzen...watched by The Queen.Annabel and Donnerbolzen...watched by The Queen.

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