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We are very sad to hear the news that Sue Howard passed away last week. Sue has been part of Team Plant at our Horse Trials for more years than either of us would like to say. Our thoughts go out to her family especially her grandchildren who I know Sue would wish to look back and remember the good times the memories that we cannot forget.

We had known each other for many years, Pony Club, BHS examining and competing I had often ridden down the centre line saluted and lifted my head to smile at the judge to realise I had better ride a good test with nothing left to chance as this lady would not miss anything.

When I became a Horse Trials organiser Sue became a regular dressage Judge, 2 days twice a year at Weston and Brand Hall judging Novice to Advanced and sometimes both on the same day. Her enthusiasm for the horse was never ending, she loved life, people but most of all a good horse or pony ridden well. She could spot talent in a young horse or rider and was never afraid to give a well-earned 9.

When she finished her judging for the day we so enjoyed a cup of tea talking about the horses in her section and the odd funny moments. A valued friend not only to me but to Horse Trials and Dressage across the country

Sue had a zest for life, a true lady you will be so missed but fondly remembered

Janet Plant

Weston Park & Brand Hall Horse Trials

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In these terrible times we do hope everyone is staying safe, sadly, due to the current circumstances Brand Hall Horse Trials will not be running in 2020. We wish all our sponsors, volunteers, officials and competitors well at this difficult time.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Brand Hall in the future

Festival of Youth
Norton in Hales, Shropshire 31st May – 2nd June 2019
The Charles Owen British Ponies Championship CCI2*- S BCP
David and Catherine Witt of Rookery Park Stud CCI2* – S
IEC Equine Solutions CCIJ2*- S
Hatfields Land Rover Shrewsbury Novice & Novice Regional Final
Reaseheath College Open Novice

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What a great weekend! - a new National Champion crowned for the Charles Owen British Pony Championship - Sf Detroit owned by Georgina Herrling and ridden by Daisy Bathe they lead from the beginning with an unbelievable dressage score of 19.6. They were just as impressive across country and then on the final day rolled a pole in the show jumping but were still the clear winners by some 5 marks. A delighted Daisy said' I have had an amazing week! The beautifully built course was testing but I had a fabulous ride and I feel very privileged to ride around the wonderful venue". Along with the Charles Owen Rug and voucher Daisy also won the Ian Stark trophy and a bridle kindly presented by Camilla Lywood, Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and the Jane Whitely cup for the best Dressage test. This combination are now on the long list for the European Championships. Finn Healey won the Martin Whitely trophy and Storm Tech jacket for the highest placed boy. The Whitely Horse trophy for the best under 14 went to Amelia Ludiman.

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Local rider Polly Stockton won the David and Catherine Witt of Rookery Park Stud CCI2*-S with Mafra Smithers and Cressida Legge's Sir Alfred II to finish on their impress dressage score of 29.1 Polly said 'I am chuffed to bits! he is a big horse but he has come along in leaps and bounds this year gaining so much confidence.'
Polly Stockton also took the first prize in the Hatfield Land Rover Shrewsbury Novice Section E riding Kate Willis's and her own Chicko who finished on their dressage score of 30.0.

A tightly fought competition in the IEC Equine Solutions CCIJ2*-S, these under 18's certainly tackled all three phases with determination. Again dressage leader, 17 year old Jess Corser riding Moangarriff Duke kept her cool to gain the title. Jess said 'I had a great ride, the course rode really well and I took all the direct routes – this is my first International win! We bought him 18 months ago after I saw him advertised online. He cruised round today and we are hoping to do the eight and nine year olds at Blenheim later this summer"

The three Novice sections plus the Novice Regional Final all sponsored by Hatfields Land Rover Shrewsbury were very tightly contested sections with less than 1 mark between the top two.
Litchfield Foxtrot ridden by Robyn Gray and owned by Jane Phillips with connections to one of our sponsors William Mellard & Sons Ltd. won the Open Novice Section sponsored by Reaseheath College. Many students from the College volunteered their help in various roles during the event – so a good time was had by all!
Event Organiser Janet Plant said – 'this was our eleventh year at Brand Hall, always a pleasure and a privilege to work with our amazing land owners Mr and Mrs Michael Taylor. Brand Hall looked magnificent, our hosts have done a fabulous job of preserving this small part of old English Heritage. It is a joy to be the course designer with such natural features to work with.

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The BE 90's on Sunday had such a great time – I have received letters, emails and telephone messages from competitors all congratulating the event. Sponsors, Supporters, Volunteers and Emergency Services all rose to the challenge. There were many rumours that this could be the last year with the CCI sections moving further North - just watch this space we have plans which we hope will shortly be revealed !

Good News!

If you are travelling from the M6 Juntion 15 or 14 the road closure does not affect you.

Brand Hall Horse Trials must be approached off the A53 Newcastle under Lyme to Shrewsbury road, take a turning signposted Norton in Hales. Please follow all Horse Trials signs do not go through the village, The Post Code TF9 4BF is the Horse Trials entrance, the House Drive is not to be used.

The suspected closure will be on the 30th & 31st May and 1st June between 0930hrs and 1600hrs on the A53 between the A41 and A529 if within these times estimate to add 30 minutes to your journey.

If you are approaching from the A41 and turning at Tern Hill onto the A53 there will be road closures on the A53 before the Gingerbread Man pub island (A529) consult your map and allow plenty of time.
Travelling up the A41 from the Newport direction turn right off at Hinstock onto the A529 into Market Drayton stay on the A529 turning right onto the A53 at the Gingerbread Man Pub island.

Travelling from Whitchurch turn on the A525 towards Audlem and the turn onto the A529 turning left onto the A53 at the Gingerbread Man Pub island.


Thanks for the image Google

Roy-Burek-1-smallIt was with great sadness to hear of the passing of Roy Burek.

A kind generous soul who always had time for everyone. Roy's passion was safety and he dedicated his life to his family's company Charles Owen Ltd and the production and development of the rider's hat in order to save lives.

He touched the lives of so many riders in various Equine disciplines but my involvement with Roy started back in 1999 at Sansaw Park when Charles Owen sponsored the FEI Pony sections. When we moved to Brand Hall 10 years later Roy and the Charles Owen sponsorship came with us.

These events have been used for the selection for our European Eventing Pony Teams. Looking back at my records I believe that Roy along with Charles Owen's support gave the Great Britain Pony Event Team a purpose to date they have won 6 Team Gold, 7 Team Silver, and 3 Team Bronze medals. We also had 4 individual Gold, 8 individual Silver and 2 Individual Bronze medals. Ponies became house hold names and future stars were born.

Roy's passion and dedication was instrumental in this success. He will be sorely missed and our love goes out to all of his family at this very sad time.

Janet Plant and the Team
Brand Hall International Horse Trials

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