- Category: Welsh Borders
Friday’s report from Kath Rhodes
After last year’s cancellation it was a huge delight today to find sunshine, although at times, a chilly wind. Delight continues with Mitsubishi Motors long running sponsorship now in its 22nd year. The riders, their owners, supporters, the public and media are really in the mood to watch Badminton at its very best and the competition could not be keener. William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Pippa Funnell, Ollie Townend and Tina Cook are just a few British riders looking for top form this weekend whilst Germany’s Michael Jung, despite being Olympic Champion is riding at Badminton for the first time this year and winner in 2011 New Zealand’s Mark Todd will be all out for a good result. With William Fox-Pitt and New Zealander Andrew Nicholson both on target for the Rolex Grand Slam, even by Badminton’s high standards, this year’s competition must rate as one of the very best.
Chatting to Andrew at the end of the day, ever the professional he said he’s focusing on Badminton and if that goes well then so will the Rolex. He’s a second ride tomorrow on Nereo and he’s hopeful that horse will perform an even better test! Sam Griffiths, another rider obviously delighted being placed second so far and hopeful that he’ll not be too far down the leader board after tomorrow’s riders Dressage runs over two days on Friday and Saturday, the crucial cross-country is on Sunday and the final show jumping phase on Monday. But the leader at the close of day one was Australian Chris Burton riding Holstein Park Leilani. He doesn’t rate this mare as a ‘dressage’ horse, but of course thrilled with her performance today. The mare is 17 years old now, and is so pleased to be riding her here at Badminton but does think the course is big and scary. The second part of the course Chris feels is particularly daunting.
The Duchess of Cornwall will be in attendance to present the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy to a worthy winner after the show jumping on Monday afternoon.
DAY ONE - Dressage Leaders
1. Christopher Burton Holstein Park Leilani 43.0
2. Sam Griffiths Happy Times 43.3
3. Andrew Nicholson Avebury 45.0
Then the best t’s available as a seven seater with an incredibly efficient diesel engine, but later this year there will be available a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle. The PHEV features not just one electric motors, but two, one at the front and one at the back, to provide selectable 4 wheel drive, and also a conventional engine to give a range of up to 550 miles. It can do up to 148mpg, with emissions of less than 50g/km. This will really give the car market a jolt and be welcomed by so many families that are fed-up of paying so heavily to fuel their cars. But I must also remind you of my own favourite amongst the superb MM car range, the ASZ. It’s their crossover vehicle and it not only does this with economy, it does it with huge style too. It has low CO2 and fuel economy of up to 55mpg. I have to say though when I test drove an ASX 4, I was averaging 60mpg with ease and when you think of our winding Welsh roads, up hill and down dale, it’s no wonder I was seriously impressed with this vehicle. These vehicles are the reason that Mitsubishi Motors have become the UK’s fastest growing car brand.
We have some excellent dealerships in Wales so if you’re not able to join us at Badminton visitmitsubishi-cars.co.uk to find your nearest dealer and take a test drive of the car of your choice, I’m sure you’ll agree with me
- Category: Welsh Borders
An idea introduced almost jointly by Mitsubishi Motors Managing Director Lance Bradley and the Chairman of British Eventing Alex Fox, this is a wonderful opportunity for riders at the lower level to qualify for either the British Eventing BE 90 or the British Eventing
For many of these riders it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride across country over the Duke Of Beaufort’s glorious Badminton Park. Of course their competition is a lower standard than the main competition but it is still a huge achievement to even qualify, let alone complete the course.
This class was won by Lucy Robinson riding Red Dandy on a score of 28.5, second was Tracey Day and Carello on 29.8 and third was Jess Beasley and Urbanes on 30.0. Welsh interest centred on Caitlin Wroe, from Caernarfon, Gwynedd who was riding Little Chamoix. Caitlin finished in 48th position on a final score of 157.8 penalties after refusals on the cross country course, but at least she completed the course whereas 14 combinations didn’t. BE100 This class was won by Charlotte Parry-Ashcroft riding Danesfort Boy with a score of 36.0. In second place was Georgina Wood with The Whole Punch just .8 behind and in third place Isabel Mc Keeman riding Ruscai Little Arkansa on 40.5. Local riders Ivy Freeman-Attwood and Tarzan lll were 23rd with 77.6 points and in 28th place was Emily Price and The Artful Dodger ll with 114.9 penalties. Regardless of where these riders finished they will all have had a competition to remember!
- Category: Mid Wales
We are just days away from the BHRC season opener held by Tregaron Trotting Club on Sunday 5th May. After a long winter, it is time for us to all get back into action. Workouts have been held around the country and the Irish harness racing club have already kicked off their season with a six race card at Portmarnock on 28th April. To start the harness racing season off and give everyone a few tips this month's ewsletter is all about the horses to watch out for in 2013.
What's been going on?
We hope you all had a chance to see the harness racing feature that appeared in the Western Mail last month. The full page advertorial turned out really well and it looks hopefully that it will be an annual feature. Ceredrotian also had a feature in the April edition of the Welsh Rider magazine with a write up on how to become involved in the sport. We will appear in the magazine again in July.
- Category: South West Wales
Ignite, is a performance showcase by performing arts, dance and production arts students at the college's Graig campus who are all hoping to craft careers in the creative industries sector.
The performance features a range of dance styles including contemporary, commercial, ballet and jazz as well as some musical theatre. "This is the first time we've performed in the main house," says dance lecturer Christy Anson-Harries. "Students are looking forward to rehearsals at the theatre where they'll showcase their work and demonstrate the skills and dance they've been learning all year."
Ignite takes place on May 22 at Y Ffwrnes at 7.30pm. Telephone the box office on 0845 226 3510 to book tickets which are £8 and £5 concessionary.
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- Category: North Wales
A project to create a long term Vision and Master plan for the future of the town centre has been backed by a number of prominent figures, including business people and local representatives.
- Workshops, Weekends And Warm Welcomes At Ceridwen Centre
- Elm Grove Country House Mapping Out Pembrokeshire's Art And Food Hotspots
- Howell's School Denbigh Raises Money For Hugs For Henry
- Pembrokeshire Tourism Award For National Park Retro Poster Campaign
- Aberystwyth Students Union May Ball At Aberystwyth Arts Centre