The Latest News from Oldencraig Equestrian Centre


Congratulations to Vicky Thompson Winfield qualifying for the National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh September 14-17 2017.

Congratulations to Vicky Thompson Winfield qualifying for the National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh with Oldencraig client Sam Francis's talented horses, Artist and Mango Jacaro. We wish them all the very best of luck!


Vicky Thompson Winfield and Artist qualify for the Horse of the year show October 2017.

Congratulations to Vicky Thompson Winfield and Sam Francis's delightful palomino gelding Artist for qualifying for the horse of the year show October 2017.


Unaffiliated Show Schedule

View the Unaffiliated Show Schedule for 2017/2018 Here


ARTIST RANKED FIFTH IN THE UK AT SMALL TOUR

The 9 year old Danish warmblood, Artist, owned by Sam Francis and ridden by Vicky Thompson-Winfield is currently fifth in the UK rankings for small tour horses. This puts the charismatic palomino in the running to contest the prestigious Horse of the Year Show Elite Future Championship in October. Artist aka Harry is well supported on the dressage circuit and even has fans following him at shows when he competes internationally. He has been in training at Oldencraig with Vicky since has was a three year old and Sam has owned since he was a baby.

His next stop is the National Championships, good luck Harry and Vicky!


Oldencraig Summer Fun Show 13/8/2017


Oldencraig welcomes Sandra Devulder as The new Affiliated Show Secretary

Oldencraig is delighted to have Sandra Devulder as the new Affiliated show secretary.
Sandra has worked with Ian and Oldencraig for the last 20 years and she also organises all the events at Oldencraig including Unaffiliated Dressage, fun shows and combined training events and is a very valued member of the team.
Sandra has a lot of support from her three daughters who are a huge part of her life. Her daughter Nicki is also an advanced rider and instructor for Oldencraig.
We look forward to working with them and wish them every success in their new venture.

 


Oldencraig welcomes new Farrier Jack Spriggs and his colleague James Williams to Oldencraig

Oldencraig is delighted to welcome Farrier Jack Holder Spriggs BSc Dip WCF from The Farriery Practice and his colleague James Williams as new members of the Oldencraig team.
Jack is familiar with Oldencraig and has been shoeing Vicky’s competition horses for over a year. He has come on board to be the main Farrier for Oldencraig alongside his colleague James Williams.

 


Fun Show 3rd September 2017



Oldencraig Unaffiliated Dressage 6/8/2017

Oldencraig Advanced rider Nathalie Wahlund rode Oldencraig client Elizabeth Wenman’s lovely Stallion Hiawatha in the Prelim 15 and Prelim 17. The attractive pair won the 15 with a fabulous 70.2% and came second in the 17 with 68.27%. Nathalie also rode Ian Winfield’s Oldencraig Udo in the Advanced 102. Nathalie was delighted with Udo gaining 67.5%. Oldencraig client Yuri Jinno rode her own Oldencraig Firebird in the Medium 61 and Advanced 102. It is great to see Yuri out competing and she was delighted with Firebird especially Advanced 102 where the pair scored 66%.


HICKSTEAD INTERNATIONAL CDIO 3* 27-30 JULY 2017

Vicky Thompson-Winfield and Oldencraig Chief rider Shaun O’Sullivan took three horses to HICKSTEAD INTERNATIONAL CDIO 3*, Vicky was riding Oldencraig client Sam Francis horse Artist in the PSG and Inter 1 and her second ride as a member of the Nations cup team for Great Britain, Mango Jacaro in the GP and GP Freestyle.

Shaun rode Oldencraig client Yuri Jinno’s Oldencraig Choice in the PSG and Inter 1, in their first international competition together. On the first day the weather held out and they had splendid sunshine for the PSG, Vicky was first to go on Artist in a class of 34 and went on to score a brilliant 71.71% and she lead the class throughout the day to the very end only being beaten by Charlotte Du Jardin.

Shaun and Oldencraig Choice put in a solid performance and Choice showed great maturity in the atmosphere gaining 67.65% and placing 16th (with Stephan Clarke awarding them just shy of 70% (69.60%)) Choice has only been at this level for a short amount of time and this being his first International both his owner Yuri and Shaun were very pleased, as was Shaun’s trainer Vicky Thompson-Winfield. On Friday the weather wasn’t as kind with wind, rain and a bit of sunshine thrown in the mix all at the same time. Today it was the Inter 1 to be contested with a strong field of 33 competitors, again Vicky was first to go. Today was judges training day around the arena, which quite a few of the horses took exception to or more correctly to the placement of the very scary chairs that suddenly appeared overnight…

Vicky again did a very professional job of guiding Artist round despite his obvious displeasure to said chairs and they went on to gain a score of 66.18%. Shaun and Choice also had difficulty with the chairs (as did half the class) but went on to gain 63.76%. both Vicky and Shaun were pleased that the horses showed improved maturity in the ring coping with outside influences, but wished they were in the second half of the class after the chairs had been removed… but that’s just the luck of the draw.

Vicky also rode Mango Jacaro in the GP as a member of the Nation’s cup team for Great Britain, Mango Jacaro showed some tension today in the Piaffe/Passage transitions and thought the extended trot was better done in extended canter but they scored 66.04% even with the tension.

Saturday was a free day from competing so Vicky concentrated on trying to get Jacaro to relax in the atmosphere in time for the Sunday and the GP Special. They rode to a James Bond melody of music with a show stopping circle of two tempi changes straight into one Tempis with much improved relaxation shown in the Piaffe/Passage transitions but again today there were a few moments of tension in some parts but they still went on to gain a very respectable 68.42%.


Summer Show 13th August 2017



Congratulations to Vicky Thompson-Winfield and Mango Jacaro for being selected to represent Great Britain in the CDiO Nations Cup.  

Congratulations to Vicky Thompson-Winfield for being selected to represent Great Britain in The CDiO Nations Cup at Hickstead alongside team members Anna Ross Davies, Emma Hindle and Becky Moody. Vicky will be riding Oldencraig client Sam Francis's super talented and stunning, Spanish Stallion, Mango Jacaro.
We wish them all the very best of luck!


Oldencraig Fun Show 22/7/2017

It was a fair turn out today despite the weather being unkind to us. Competitors spirits were still high, with lots of smiling soggy faces. Our highest percentage of the day went to Natalie Wahlund riding Oldencraig Udo scoring 75.14% in Advanced Medium 85. It was great to see some new combinations competing at our lovely venue. We were delighted the grass jumping arena held up for the show jumping throughout the day. Our next event is 6th August with dressage, jumping and novelties. We look forward to seeing you all there.


Affiliated Dressage Friday 21/7/2017  

Oldencraig Advanced Rider Nathalie Wahlund rode Oldencraig client, Liz Wenman's stunning Stallion Hiawatha in the Prelim 19 and Prelim 15, winning the Prelim 15 with a fabulous 71.4%. Nathalie also rode Oldencraig client, Penny Brinsbury's charming gelding Echo in the Elementary 59 winning the silver section with 69.6%. nathalie was delighted with Echo and went on to do the Medium silver scoring a very respectable 67.8%.


Oldencraig Fun Show 16/7/2017

A fantastic turn out for our dressage and fun show, great to see lots of new faces! Our under 16's did really well qualifying for the championships. Some lovely young horses also managing to qualify. Mollie Slatcher and her lovely young horse Foxtrot taking the highest percentage of the day with 74.52% The grass jumping arena rode well with many clears and lots of happy faces. Hope to see many more of you at the next one.


Roll-up for the fabulous Hickstead International and Nations Cup

TEAM HICKSTEAD is beavering away to ensure Hickstead International 2017 (27-30 July) is worthy of the title “Jewel in the crown of dressage in the South” and live up to its reputation as the most popular and best-known British show across the Channel, across the Irish Sea and across the Atlantic!

 

Hickstead’s founder and director Dane Rawlins is proud to say: “The big news is the 1000 Club!” This idea was supported and promoted from the beginning by Britain’s top man of dressage, Carl Hester. Dane continued: “Hickstead must be one of the only shows in the world that is almost entirely and as widely supported by riders, owners and trainers.” He told Out and About Dressage that membership of 1000 Club has reached 47 individuals determined to ensure the return of the Hickstead international after lack of funds forced the show to be cancelled in 2016. He added they have joined long-standing and very generous friends, the Bechtolsheimer family: “They have always been there for us.”

 

Among newer 1000 Club members is Sam Francis who owns Mango Jacaro, the top Pura Raza Española (PRE) grand prix horse worldwide ridden Vicki Thompson-Winfield to win both the grand prix and the grand prix special at the recent Hickstead Premier League, see image above.

 

Martin Collins’ support

Dane added that one business, prominent in the sport, was not found wanting, Martin Collins International. Dane explained: “Just before the Hickstead Regionals we decided that two of our surfaces weren’t up to our usual high standard so I rang Martin Collins who found the time to come over personally to inspect them and immediately went into action. The surfaces were lifted and replaced as part of his company’s five-year sponsorship deal with us. His surfaces are the best and he ensures that Hickstead arenas always measure up to the very high Martin Collins’ standard.”

 

Ian Winfield does it handsomely

Dane added: “Oldencraig’s proprietor Ian Winfield has been brilliant. He’s enthused a lot people and got them on board to support the show with him and he wants to do more to help us again next year. He is an example of what all dressage enthusiasts should be doing. The Netherlands team boss Rien van der Schaft said to me when we were discussing Dutch participation, ‘We must help each other, this is a global sport. It’s not owned by one nation or just a handful of riders’.”

 

Nations Cup 2017 final contest

This year’s Hickstead international will be the final round in the eight-leg 2017 Nations Cup series. Hickstead joined the series late due to the uncertainty surrounding its viability but four nations have fielded teams to show support and take up the challenge: USA, France, The Netherlands and Great Britain. As well as the CDIO3* Nations Cup, classes will be run all the way down through Small Tour to Young Riders, Juniors and Ponies.

 

Five star judges

According to Dane, over 50 per cent of competitors will be from overseas — making the classes truly international contests — but, he stresses, “We are trying to ensure that as many Brits and Irish riders who would like to compete are given the chance to do so. And all five of the judges for the grand prix will be five star judges and they will, of course, be judging other classes as well, so riders will have test opinions from five of the most knowledgeable judges in the world!”

 

Horse & Hound support

In recognition of the importance of supporting this date in the dressage calendar Britain’s leading equestrian weekly Horse & Hound will have two journalists attending the show to ensure four-day coverage of the event.

 

All fans of the sport (and Art) of dressage out there: come along and show your support, too. Enjoy watching top dressage performances from the comfort of the hospitality marquee or free grandstand seating and listen to expert commentary on your headset. Then celebrate in style and dress up for the “Glitz and Glam” Hickstead Summer Party in aid Chestnut Tree House, the only hospice for children in Sussex.

Article Courtesy of Out and About Dressage


***CANCELLED*** Equestrian Car Boot Sale 23rd July 2017*** CANCELLED***


Oldencraig welcomes International Show jumper Jude Burgess and his team of horses  

Oldencraig is delighted to welcome British International Show jumper and Trainer Jude Burgess and his team of horses.
Jude has represented Britain on several occasions and has won numerous high profile competitions including the famous Foxhunter Championship at HOYS. With a large network of personal clients, Jude also sources and sells horses all over the world.
Jude is offering Show Jumping Livery at Oldencraig, training, show planning and transport services.


Hickstead Summer Regionals 14-16/7/2017 

Oldencraig’s Chief rider Shaun o’Sullivan took Oldencraig client Yuri Jinno's stunning Grandson of the great Donnerhall, Oldencraig Choice to the Hickstead Summer regionals. The pair put in a great performance with Choice showing improved maturity in the ring. The scores varied from 67% to 64% with a final score of 65.83% and placing 4th over all in the Inter 1. The judges commented on his super presence in the ring and a talented horse that needs to take more weight on the hind legs to gain better marks.>


Hartpury Festival of Dressage – CDI3* 5/7/2017 – 9/7/2017 

Vicky was selected to ride at the Hartpury Festival of dressage riding Sam Hick’s super horses Artist and Mango Jacaro.
It was a bit of a mixed bag with Artist starting really well with 3rd place in the PSG with 70.658% on the first day. Sadly and uncharacteristically he became more unsettled in the arena and slipped down the placings on the 2nd and 3rd day with 68.50% in the Inter 1 and 66.75 in the inter 1 freestyle.
Mango Jacaro was rather excitable on the first day and Vicky had to ride a carful test scoring 68.920% in the Grand prix. He settled as the days went on and on the third day he produced a more solid and thorough test in the Grand Prix Special to score well, 69.88% with just one error to finish in a very respectable and close 5th place which Vicky was really pleased with.


Oldencraig Chief Rider qualifies for Hickstead Summer Regionals  

Congratulations to Oldencraig’s Chief rider Shaun o’Sullivan for qualifying for the Hickstead Summer regionals 14-16/7/2017, riding Yuri Jinno’s talented gelding Oldencraig Choice in the PSG and Inter 1.
We wish them both the very best of luck!


Congratulations to Oldencraig Chief rider Shaun O'Sullivan and Yuri Jinno's Oldencraig Choice for being selected to ride in the Hickstead International – CDIO 3* 27- 30 JULY 2017 

Oldencraig is delighted to announce that Chief rider Shaun O'Sullivan has been selected for the Small tour at the Hickstead International – CDIO 3* riding Yuri Jinno's much loved, stunning gelding Oldencraig Choice. Shaun has done an amazing job with this super horse, staring with him at elementary level 9 months ago and now competing with consistently good scores at PSG and Inter 1 level.
We are delighted for Shaun and for owner Yuri, a much respected and loyal client at Oldencraig for many years.
We wish them all the very best of luck!


Congratulations to Vicky Thompson Winfield for being selected to ride in the Hickstead International – CDIO 3* 27- 30 JULY 2017&; 

Vicky Thompson Winfield is delighted to be selected for the Small Tour at the Hickstead International CDIO 3* with owner Sam Francis's charming gelding Artist and the Big tour with Sam's stuning stallion Mango Jacaro.
We wish them all the very best of luck!


Hartpury Festival of Dressage – CDI3* 5/7/2017 – 9/7/2017 

Congratulations to Vicky Thompson Winfield for being selected for the Hartpury Festival of Dressage – CDI3* . Vicky is delighted to be selected for both the Small Tour with Oldencraig client Sam Francis’s stunning gelding Artist and also the big tour with Sam’s very talented Spanish stallion Mango Jackaro.
We wish them all the very best of luck!


Midsummers Garden Party 16th August 2017


TRAINING WITH ARTHUR KOTTAS 4-5 July 2017

Oldencraig is delighted to announce that Arthur Kottas-Heldenburg, Ex Chief instructor of The Spanish Riding School in Vienna and one of the world’s great authorities on dressage training, is coming to Oldencraig on 4th and 5th July for a weekend of training sessions.

Clients and staff will be offered training sessions on their own horses.

Spectators are welcome after 2pm and anyone wishing to participate with their horse please contact The Tack Shop on +44(0)1342 833317 to book a session.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hickstead Premier League & Dressage Masters Championships 20-24/6/2017

Vicky Thompson Winfield had a super successful weekend competing Oldencraig client Sam Francis’s talented Spanish stallion Mango Jacaro at the Hickstead Premier League & Dressage Masters Championships. Not to be out done by his stable mate Artist who has been doing so well recently, Vicky and the striking Mango Jacaro won the Grand Prix with 71.16% on Saturday and then went on to take the Grand Prix Special title with a fabulous 73.33%. It is great to see the dedication and hard work that Vicky puts into her horses paying off.
Also competing in the PSG and Int 1 was ldencraig Senior rider Shaun O'Sullivan on Oldencraig client Yuri Jinno's stunning gelding Oldencraig Choice. This was Choice and Shaun's second Premier League competition and Choice took the atmosphere in his stride to deliver 7th place in the Inter 1 with 66.45%

 


Bolesworth International CDI*** 15/06/2017

Vicky Thompson-Winfield was invited to compete at the Bolesworth International CDI ***.  Vicky was delighted with Artist who is gaining in confidence with every outing. He came 3rd with a good score of 70.375 % , he behaved very well and
coped with the big arena and scary flower pots in the wind, proving that he is starting to become more confident in the arena .  A long trip for him but the good weather made it a very enjoyable show in lovely surroundings definitely worth the trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FEI Roosendaal CD14* 31/05/2017 - 04/06/2017

Artist stepped into the limelight at Roosendaal, placing in the top ten small tour.

Artist

PSG Artist total 67.632% E- 68.816  H- 70.132 C- 67.763  M- 64.474 B- 66.97  7th out of 16

Artist was pleasingly Steady throughout the test, he just spooked at end of the 3x, however, I was really delighted with him .

E-70.789  H-70.921 C- 68.553 M- 70.132 B- 67.500 4th place Artist was more relaxed and therefore more forward. We had a little mistake in the beginning of the 3 tempi.  But overall a really good ride.

INT 1 freestyle to music Total 70.910% Result -7 th place

E-70.550. H-70.875 C-71.375. M71.875 B-69.875

I was very happy with the test as he was quite nervous in some places. Unfortunately he did a dropping while doing the left canter Pirouette and there were some tiny hesitation moments where he was just not quite sure of himself. He gave a very good effort in a very noisy arena.  A great experience for him and everybody loved how stunningly beautiful and charming he is!  the judges  were very complimentary of him and his way of going - especially as he was the youngest one in the class! Very proud of him!

Mango Jacaro

Grand Prix total 67.920%

E-70.200. H-69.100

C-65.800. M-66.200

B- 68.300 11th place from 28 starters

I was really pleased with Jacaro for giving me a steady clear round. We Dropped some marks in our usual high marking half passes as I kept the tempo a bit too slow, but I was really happy with the overall performance and we achieved some really high marks in places so lots to build on.

GP freestyle Unfortunately Jacaro got a bit over excited with the arena and showed a little too much exuberance for his balance so lost lots of points today, he did get better as the test went on. I thought he was tired so I only gave him a little walk the day before and in the morning, so now I know to keep him working no matter how he feels! A valuable although expensive lesson!! A real shame but it was his first big event and he did try to stay with me, not really all his fault, he is normally so reliable but I  judged the preparation wrong , so a painful learning experience. The judges gave him some great marks where they could and we all remain very positive.


JUMPING LESSONS WITH SANDRA DEVULDER- GB PENTATHLON SHOWJUMPING DISCIPLINE TEAM TRAINER  

Oldencraig is delighted to announce that GB Pentathlon Show jumping discipline team trainer, Sandra Devulder is available for Show jumping lessons at Oldencraig.
Sandra has worked with Ian and Oldencraig for the last 20 years and is the new unaffiliated show secretary. She is a very valued member of the Oldencraig team.
Sandra trains the Show jumping discipline for the GB Pentathlon Team producing double World Cup winner, several National winners and Olympic competitor. She also trains eventers gaining several BE winners.
To book a lesson please contact the shop on 01342 833317 to book.


Equestrian Car Boot Sale 23rd July 2017


Oldencraig Equestrian Centre


SHARER FOR AUCAN AT OLDENCRAIG 

Oldencraig Aucun

This is your opportunity to loan a beautiful chestnut gelding of 16 years, Aucan has lovely uphill paces, stunning looks, incredible loose paces and a very trainable personality. He is the ideal schoolmaster but also has the potential to continue through the levels. His currently competing at medium level and scoring 70% consistently in front of the judges and has a lovely jump.

He has been professionally produced and continues to progress in strength and quality. He works in a very nice natural frame and is light and uphill in feeling. He has three super paces, powerful and correct, he has good extensions with lots of ability to collect. The lateral work is also very impressive showing plenty of crossing and an active hind leg and has a good range for the extension and collected work.

Aucun really enjoys his work, he is a very comfortable ride and would be suitable as a young rider horse, but would also accommodate a less advanced rider. He has a very relaxed attitude to his work and is very obedient when training at home in any environment.
Aucan is to be kept at Oldencraig Equestrian centre. For more information please contact Mr Winfield on 07702124123 or 01403 710946. Or by email -Ian.w.winfield@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SHARER FOR OLDENCRAIG CONSTANTIN AT OLDENCRAIG 

This is fabulous opportunity to loan a striking 16.3h stunning bay gelding that has been trained up to PSG. Constantin has also jumped and hacked and excels on a varied work regime. He has 3 ground covering paces and always scored well in the dressage arena.
Constantine is available to loan for a competent rider who would like to benefit from his former education. He is to be kept at Oldencraig Equestrian centre.For more information please contact Mr Winfield on 07702124123 or 01403 710946. Or by email -Ian.w.winfield@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SHARER FOR ELOGIADO 

This is your chance to share the ultimate schoolmaster at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre. Elogiado, fondly known as ‘Burt’ is a 17 year old PRE gelding has been successfully competed at Inter I level and is the most gentle horse you will ever come across. He has got 3 solid paces and works on Grand Prix level. His flying change is fantastic, and so is his Piaffe and Passage. He is incredibly comfortable and enjoys teaching the rider. He gives the rider huge confidence and is very forgiving, if mistakes are made. Oldencraig Elogiado IV would be suitable for an ambitious, amateur rider who wants to learn the high movements on a very established, safe, correct schoolmaster. He gains very high marks on the high levels and the judges are blown away by his presence. This is a well established, easy to handle Dressage horse, which has proven to have the ability to go all the way. We are happy to present a prosperous horse, which would be a delight to share and is also suitable for a more Novice rider. He is good in a trailer and horsebox, good to shoe, clip, and box. He also hacks well alone or in company. Burt is to be kept at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre. For more information please contact Mr Winfield on 07702124123 or 01403 710946. Or by email -Ian.w.winfield@gmail.com.

 

 

 


Advanced Rider & Instructor Vacancy

Advanced Rider and Instructor

Due to the huge popularity of Oldencraig we are now looking for an additional advanced rider to train with Vicky Thompson-Winfield and her team. Oldencraig Equestrian Centre has a position for a full time Advanced rider& instructor to join Vicky Thompson-Winfield and her team.
The successful candidate must be a proven Advanced Rider.
You will receive the following.

  • Good rates of pay

  • Possibility for you to bring your own horse (no cats or dogs)

  • Training with Vicki Thompson-Winfield, 19 time national champion & Olympic team rider/trainer

  • Training with Jo Hinneman (German team trainer) and Arthur Kottas (Spanish Riding School)

  • Live in or out (brand new accommodation)

  • A chance to compete every week in England/Europe

  • You will need to teach

  • Opportunity to ride top quality horses

Plus many more benefits.

 

Interested persons should submit a resume to info@oldencraig.com.

or contact:

 

Ian Winfield (Owner/Director)

 

Home +44 1403 710 946 (after 7.30pm)

 

Mobile +44 7702 124123

 

Website: www.oldencraig.com

 

This is your opportunity to work at a world class establishment.


Addlington Manor Premier League Hourse and Hound write up 12-14/5/2017

 

 


Vicky Thompson-Winfield and Mango Jacaro - Top of the ANCCE league table in the Grand Prix



AFFILIATED DRESSAGE FRIDAY 20/1/2017  

Oldencraig Advanced Rider Maddy Van Vleet rode Oldencraig client Elaine Hardy's lovely mare Leni (Highness Helena AV) in the Advanced Medium 85. This was Leni's first time out at this level, and Maddy and Elaine were delighted that the combination won their class section with very respectable score of 65.44%.


Addington Manor premier League 12th - 14th May 2017

Artist was really settled and produced a secure and enthusiastic, clean Inter 1 test achieving some really high marks, especially in his trot work which is becoming more balanced and therefore supple. Vicky was delighted with Artist’s attitude and he won the class with 72.68% which ended up being the highest score of the entire show! The Prix St George was another solid test and secured another great score of 71.71% out of a strong field of 39 competitors.
Mango Jackaro was a little on his toes in the Grand prix so had a little more tension. He still produced some super half passes and Piaffe gaining very high scores. There were a couple of concentration errors but Jackaro still managed 2nd place and 67.97% amongst a strong, talented field. The striking pair then went on to come second in the Grand Prix Music with 70.48%.
We are very excited to announce that Vicky and Mango Jackaro are now eligible for the Europeans.


Addington Manor premier League article from Horse and Hound

On form rider Vicky Thompson-Winfield enjoyed a 100% strike rate with her striking palomino partner, Artist. The pair won section 2 of Saturday’s Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I and Sunday’s Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges with 72.68% and 71.71% respectively. The nine-year-old Danish-bred gelding placed second in the Prix St Georges at Keysoe CDI earlier in the year.
Artist is owned by Oldencraig client Samantha Francis who also owns Vicky’s big tour ride, Mango Jacaro.


Unaffiliated Dressage 13th May 2017

Today the weather was kind to us and it stayed beautifully sunny and dry. We welcomed Natalie Pelling and her horse Marmaduke to their first dressage test and visit to Oldencraig taking 2nd place in the Walk and trot. The prelim 15 was won by Lis Duval and her young horse Chikita. We had joint winners for the Prelim 17 for stable mates Lis Duval with Chikita and Julie Thompson and her lovely horse Oscar. N23 was won by Jess Good riding Prince Albert and N38 by Lauren Blaber riding Dino with a fantastic score of 69.67% A great atmosphere and friendly faces made a perfect day.


AFFILIATED DRESSAGE FRIDAY 12/5/2017  

Oldencraig’s newest advanced rider Nathalie Wahlund rode Oldencraig client Emily Vivian’s stunning gelding Sir Wilhelm in the novice 39 and elementary 57. It was Nathalie’s first time competing Willie and she was delighted with him when they won both classes with a fabulous 75.55% in the Novice and a very respectable 71.78% in the elementary. We look forward to watching this pair in the future.
Oldencraig advanced rider Maddy Van Vleet rode Ian and Vicky Winfield’s talented youngster Oldencraig Sir Hi Grootenhouts in the novice 27 and novice 39. This was Maddy and Sir Morley’s first outing together and Maddy was very pleased with a 66% in the 27 and a fabulous 70.38% in the 39. Vicky really rates this lovely horse and this is another pair to watch. Maddy also rode Oldencraig client Donatella Raff's delightful mare Salome in the Advanced medium 91 winning the class with 68.04%.
Oldencraig client and Para rider Toby Pawson rode his own super gelding Cosmo in the Grade IV team tests winning both classes with 70.30% and 66% respectively. This combination are improving weekly, Well done boys!


FEI Roosendaal – CDI4* 31/5/2017 – 4/6/2017

Congratulations to Vicky Thompson Winfield for being selected for the [FEI] Roosendaal - CDI4* 31/5 2017-4/6/2017. Vicky has been fortunate enough to be selected for both the Small Tour with Oldencraig client Sam Francis’s stunning gelding Artist and also the big tour with Sam’s very talented Spanish stallion Mango Jackaro. Sam is delighted that both her horses were chosen by the selectors from a long list of applicants where only two horses are chosen to represent GB from each section.
We wish them all the very best of luck!


Combined Training 1/5/2017

We had a fantastic turn out for our first combined training seeing new faces and regulars. The weather could have been a little kinder but everyone had a great day and we saw plenty of smiling faces.
Our first class was split as we had several lead rein riders, with the winner of the lead rein section going to Isla Sully riding Tiger. Full results can be viewed on Oldencraig Equestrian Centre website. We had such great feed back and enjoyed the day so much and with popular demand we will certainly be running more combined training events ... watch this space!
Thank you to all those who attended to make these shows so successful.


Oldencraig Advanced Rider Maddy Van Vleet rode Oldencraig client Elaine Hardy's super mare Leni (Highness Helena AV) in the Medium 75 SQ Silver winning the large class with a lovely fluent test scoring 67.02%.
Elaine and Maddy were both delighted with Leni's performance which has qualified the combination for the Summer Regionals.

 


 Mango Tastes Sweet Sucess


KEYSOE PREMIER LEAGUE 27-30 APRIL 2017

Vicky Thompson-Winfield took Oldencraig client Sam Francis’s stunning, Spanish Stallion Mango Jackaro and gorgeous gelding Artist to the Keysoe Premier League. Vicky was supported by Oldencraig Chief rider Shaun O’Sullivan who took the ride on the lovely Oldencraig Choice for proud owner and Oldencraig client Yuri Jinno.
On the first day Artist was a little tense and cautious in the PSG but still produced a solid test to finish very close to the top 3 with 69.21%. In the inter one on the second day he had a lot more confidence and therefore was much more expressive with good energy to produce some of his best work so far, gaining the picture perfect pair 2nd place with 70%!
Mango Jackaro performed accurate, solid tests to gain several 8’s for Piaffe and transitions, the Passage work is developing well and becoming more consistent and relaxed and Vicky was delighted with his progress and attitude to his work. The stunning pair came 3rd in the GP and won the GP Freestyle with a fabulous 75.4%. Mango Jackaro also received his second gold medal to qualify for the Spanish Horse International Championship.
It was Shaun’s first time competing Choice at a premier league and apart from some green, inattentive moments disturbing fluency in the PSG on the first day Choice was very well behaved and Vicky and Shaun were very pleased with his performance. On the second day Choice was much more confident in the inter 1 and again beautifully behaved. The pirouettes and changes were correct and well performed and the very striking pair went on to gain a very respectable 66.3%. Super results for a first big show out!

         


Affiliated Dressage 28th April 2017

Oldencraig Advanced Rider Maddy Van Vleet rode Oldencraig client Elaine Hardy's super mare Leni (Highness Helena AV) in the Medium 75 SQ Silver winning the large class with a lovely fluent test scoring 67.02%.
Elaine and Maddy were both delighted with Leni's performance which has qualified the combination for the Summer Regionals.


Unaffiliated Dressage 22nd April 2017

Oldencraig client and Para rider Toby Pawson rode his own super gelding Cosmo in the elementary 40 and elementary 57. The judges were very complimentary about this horse and the pair gained scores of 69.19% and 66.07% and winning the elementary 40.


Evening Lessons - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Lessons are available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for either half an hour or an hour with an advanced instructor.

The last lesson is at 7pm and can be given on an OEC School horse or your own. Lessons cost between £55 - £75 depending on the duration and instructor. Joint lessons are given. £35 on your own horse or £45 on a school horse.

Please call the Tack shop on 01342 833317 to book.


ALL YEAR TURNOUT

Oldencraig Equestrian Centre offers all year turnout in well-maintained paddocks with post and rail fencing, all fitted with electric fences.

We also have a Stallion pen to allow all our horses the opportunity for safe turnout. 


Vicki Thompson-Winfield Clinic 

Vicki Thompson-Winfield competed in the Olympics, the European Championships and was one of the highest placed riders at Aachen.

Her dressage clinics are held every Wednesday and Sunday.

Please contact Vicki direct on 07774 211640 for further information or to book.


Thursday Night Flatwork Clinic

Flatwork clinics are held every Thursday night for one hour with an advanced instructor.

A maximum of 5 people ensures that everybody gets individual attention . £35 on your own horse or £45 on a school horse.

Please call the Tack shop on 01342 833317 to book.


Monday Night Show Jumping Clinic

Showjumping clinics are held every Monday night for one hour with an advanced instructor.

A maximum of 5 people ensures that everybody gets individual attention. £35 on your own horse or £45 on a school horse.

Please call the Tack shop on 01342 833317 to book.


School Hire

Oldencraig boasts three outdoor Olympic Arenas and a state of the art Olympic-sized indoor school. Come and take your pick of arenas for hire. £35 per horse per hour.

Phone +44 (0) 1342 833317 to book.


Gallop Track Hire

Come and let your hair down and give your horse a bit of fun round our one mile gallop track. £35 per horse per hour.

Phone +44 (0) 1342 833317 to book.


OEC Riding Lesson Offer

Always fancied learning to ride? Want to improve your dressage?
Oldencraig Equestrian Centre can provide riding lessons to people of all standards and levels, from a complete Novice to an Advanced Rider. You can bring your own horse or have a lesson on one of our many school horses or for the more Advanced Rider we have a selection of Grand Prix Schoolmasters. We have the best facilities in Europe. The Centre won many awards from the BHS, Kent and Sussex Police (for safety) and British Dressage voted it the best equestrian centre for the last seven years.
SPECIAL OFFER: Buy 10 lessons get the 11th free! (Read more...)
Tel +44 (0) 1342 833317 to book.


HORSES FOR SALE

Thinking of buying a horse? Oldencraig has some of the best horses for sale in the South!

Click here to view our Horses for Sale.

Ian Winfield will be delighted to help you find the right horse for your budget.
Please call Ian direct on +44 (0) 1403 710946 or +44 (0) 7702 124123


LIVERY AT OLDENCRAIG

Looking for livery? Need some motivation or support with your horse?
Oldencraig are proud to offer a 1st class livery service where your horse will want for nothing! A caring, professional and individualised service with personal attention is ideal for busy horse owners looking for a livery service. The Centre (open seven days a week from 7am to 9pm) offers a full range of benefits for riders of all standards. Clients are able to choose between part, full and schooling livery services.

Click here to view our Livery facilities


HIRE OF FACILITIES

Looking for a special venue to host your event. Oldencraig's first class facilities are perfect for lecture demonstrations, clinics, showjumping, showing etc. Please call Ian on +44 (0) 1403 710946 or +44 (0) 7702 124123 he will be delighted to discuss your requirements.

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Easter Fun Show 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 What a lovely turn out for our Easter show, lots of familiar faces returning and many new.

The walk and trot saw Ava Mist and her super new pony competing for the first time in dressage winning with a brilliant score of 68.09 %. 2nd place went to Carley Schooling and the lovely Dapper Don with 65.71% and 3rd place went to Lucy Hudson competing her first dressage test on the charming Winter Sky who is 26 years old.

Prelim 15 1st place went to Lis Duval and her own youngster Chikita with 67.4%, 2nd place to Karen Meekins and Thistle down Great Gatsby, and 3rd place went to Jolene Dutton and Jack.

Prelim 17 1st place to Sian Green and Norman 71.25% , 2nd place to Jo Bridgen and Solider with 70.17%, 3rd place to Kate Van Der Ark and Bertie with 69.21%.

Novice 23 1st place to Kate Van Der Ark and Bertie with 70.41% 2nd place to Sian Green and Norman with 69.37%, 3rd place to Sarah King and MSC Royale with 67.08%

Novice 38 1st place to Sarah King and MSC Royale with 65.48 and 2nd to Hayley Skeggs and Dalton with 65.32%, very close scores.

PYO 1st place to Nikki Devulder and Alfie with 65.15%, 2nd place to Sukie Gibbs and Forest with 63.48%, 3rd place to Alison Ashby and Otto with 60.75%

Dressage to music 1st place to Pat Robertson and Kilkenny Rose with 67% and 2nd place to Kirsty Robertson and Odd job with 65%

Brilliant turn out for the novelty classes and SJ with lots in fancy dress and enjoying the day.

Special mentions to Charlotte Hudson and Tom Tom, Mollie Slatcher and Foxtrot, Ashley Harris and George, Saskia Thompson and Reo, Sophie Carter and Basil, who all competed in her first dressage test together.

Fantastic day had by all and we are looking forward to our Spring Show - 29th May 2017.


Affiliated Dressage 14th April 2017

Oldencraig client Dorte Skellingsted rode her own stunning mare Gronskovluds Liana in the Novice 37. Liana gave Dorte a very 'exciting' ride and the pair won the bronze section with 61.42%. Dorte has only just got back to competing and is working very hard with her lovely mare, they are improving all the time. We look forward to seeing their progress over the Summer.


Affiliated Dressage 7th April 2017

Vicky Thompson Winfield rode Oldencraig client Natalia Checkmareva’s stunning black stallion Exquisite medium 61. Vicky was pleased with Exquisite's performance and the stunning pair won the class with 73.62%. Exquisite is for sale and can be viewed onthe horses for sale page of the website.

Oldencraig Senior rider Shaun O Sullivan rode Oldencraig client Yuri Jinno’s delightful gelding Oldencraig Choice in the Inter 1. Shaun was delighted with Choice and the pair came second with 65%.


Vicki Thompson-Winfield

 

 


VICKI THOMPSON-WINFIELD ENTERS FIRST UK QUALIFIERS FOR THE COPA ANCCE PRE WORLD DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 


Unaffiliated dressage Saturday 25th March 2017

Although the wind was a little keen, we were lucky to have a beautiful, sunny day for our show on Saturday.
We started the day with three talented young horses taking the first three places in the walk and trot. Jane Pottle and Sully placing 1st with a super score of 74.04%, Gemma Ridgeway and Rock of ages was very close behind with 73.8%, and Mollie Slatcher and Lilly placing 3rd.
Prelim 17 saw another great score of 71.78% from Jane Pottle and Sully bagging them another 1st place, with Bente Hardman and Libby close behind with 70.53%, Jo Ford and Well Digger 3rd with 69.64%.
Prelim 19 winner was Amanda Bernard and Cailin with 67.70%, Bente Hardman and Libby 2nd with 67.5% and 3rd was Oldencraig client Dorte Skellingsted and Liana with 67.29%, all with very close scores.
Novice 38 1st place went to Lorna Ewin and Claudiuss with 67.09%, 2nd Dorte Skellingsted and Liana with 66.93% and 3rd Sue Messenger and Cascade with 66.45%.
Novice 39's winner with 64.42% was Lauren Blaber and Dino, 2nd with 63.84% was Amanda Bernard and Hobrob.
Our pick your own was won by Emma Doyle and Luna with 69.58%, Alison Ashby and Otto 2nd with 63.87%, with Angela Czarneka and Lawrence 3rd with 61.12%.
Alice Boxall with Hollymount Harp won the under 16 section in prelim 19 their first time.
We had lots of people competing in dressage for the first time which is really pleasing. Congratulations and a special mention to Michelle Ashby and Lena competing in the walk and trot scoring 62.14%, Faye Potter and Bombay Sapphire VIII with 60.41% in prelim 17, and Mollie Slatcher competing Lilly for the first time scoring 63.8% and bagging 3rd place!
Overall a really enjoyable and brilliant day had by all.


Keysoe British Dressage CDIPJYR 17-19 March 2017


KEYSOE CDI 17-19 MARCH 2017

Vicky Thompson Winfield was selected to ride Oldencraig client Sam Francis's stunning Palomino gelding Artist and talented Stallion Mango Jackaro at Keysoe CDI. Vicky was pleased with both horses performances over the weekend gaining the following results

MANGO JACKARO

 

Grand Prix 4th with 67.6%.

Grand Prix Freestyle 5th with 67.52%

 

ARTIST

 

PSG 2nd with 69.187%

 

INTER 1 65.9%

 

INTER 1 FREESTYLE 6th with 69.425%

 

Artist was pleasingly focused and well behaved producing a steady accurate PSG test. On the second day he became a little distracted in the Inter 1 and inconsistent in his attention so lost a few points with silly minor mistakes. In the freestyle he was more fluid and only had one little mistake and he got his confidence back to finish very close to the top with a good solid score. This lovely horse grows in confidence and stature after each outing and I am delighted with the way he is going.
Jackaro produced a super, calm and accurate test in the Grand Prix gaining a good solid score of 67.187%. In the freestyle his technical marks were all 7's and 8's and it was a much crisper, sharper test with 8's for Piaffe. It was unfortunate that there was a technical blip with the music and the cd jammed at the end. The judges were not clear as to how to mark this situation and sadly they decided that they were unable to mark the music section above a 5 or 6 which reflected highly in the overall score as there are 4 marks in this section. This was really disappointing and dropped Jackaro out of a potential top placing. Despite this I was really happy with the improvement in the technical marks! Next Time!


Fun Show 6th August 2017

You can download the schedule for August 6, 2017 HERE.


Summer Show 13th August 2017

You can download the schedule for August 13, 2017 HERE.


Fun Show 3rd September 2017

You can download the schedule for September 3, 2017 HERE.


Halloween Freaky Fun Show 29th October 2017

You can download the schedule for September 29, 2017 HERE.


Christmas Fun Day 17th December 2017

You can download the schedule for 18th June 2017 HERE


TRAINING WITH ARTHUR KOTTAS 25TH -26TH February 2017  

Oldencraig clients and staff enjoyed another weekend of lessons with the amazing Arthur Kottas-Heldenburg, Ex Chief instructor of The Spanish Riding School in Vienna and one of the world’s great authorities on dressage training. It was a very busy weekend and although some of the sessions were quite challenging, everybody who participated learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed their sessions. Arthur will be returning to Oldencraig on a regular basis, please look on the latest news page and upcoming events page for further details.


Winter Regional Championships Merrist wood 10th-15th February 2016 

Oldencraig advanced rider Janice Powell rode Oldencraig client Emily and Marcus Vivian’s stunning gelding Sir Wilhelm in the Winter regional novice Championship. It was a very close run class with only 0.8% between 2nd and 4th place. Sir Wilhelm was well prepared by Janice and behaved beautifully awarding the attractive pair with fourth place and and a well deserved 69.16%. This was Willie’s first regional Championship and we look forward to watching them in the future.
Oldencraig client Kym Merritt was on cloud nine after competing for the first time in the Winter regional Medium Championship with her beautiful gelding Abidjan. Kym showed true determination and dedication throughout the winter months, growing in confidence after training with Vicky Thompson Winfield. Vicky was delighted with Kym and Appy and a respectable score for this much loved pair of 66.91%.


OLDENCRAIG UNAFFILIATED DRESSAGE SERIES 11/2/2017

You can download the schedule for Saturday, February 11, 2017 HERE.


AFFILIATED/UNAFFILIATED DRESSAGE FRIDAY 3/2/2017  

Oldencraig Advanced rider Janice Powell rode Oldencraig client Emily and Marcus Vivian's stunning and talented gelding Sir Wilhelm in the Novice 22 and Novice 38. Janice was delighted with 'Willie' coming first in the 22 with 73.96% and 2nd in the 38 with 72.74% fabulous scores to start the year for this pair. We wish them the very best of luck in the Regionals next week.
Oldencraig Advanced rider Maddy Van Vleet rode Oldencraig client Elaine Hardy's beautiful mare Highness Helena in the Medium 61. This was only Maddy's second time competing Leni and she was delighted to come first with a pleasing 70.17%.
Maddy also rode Ian and Vicky Winfield's Spanish gelding Oldencraig Pago collecting a score of 65.34 in the novice 22.


AFFILIATED/UNAFFILIATED DRESSAGE FRIDAY 20/1/2017  

Oldencraig Advanced rider Janice Powell rode Oldencraig client John Evan's stunning and talented gelding Cerano Gold in the advanced medium 85 and advanced medium 92. A great start to the year for this attractive pair coming second in both classes with 67.5% and 70.67 respectively.


AFFILIATED/UNAFFILIATED DRESSAGE SATURDAY 14/1/2017  

Oldencraig client and Para 3 rider Toby Pawson rode his own super smart gelding Cosmo in the unaffiliated Para 3 individual test. It was a good start to the year for Toby with the pair being awarded 64.07%.
Oldencraig Chief Rider Shaun O’Sullivan rode Oldencraig client Yuri Jinno’s talented gelding Choice in the PSG. Yuri was delighted with when the pair won the class with 64.73%. We look forward to seeing them progress further in 2017.
Oldencraig Affiliated Show Secretary and advanced rider Mandy Gache rode her own lovely gelding Cyrano in the Advanced Medium 85 and 98, Mandy was delighted with Cyrano coming second in bth classes with 65% and 67.5% respectively.
Oldencraig advanced rider Maddy Van Vleet rode Oldencraig client Elaine Hardy's pretty little mare Highness Helena in both medium classes. Leni was happy to be back out competing again and the pair won their classes.


 

 

COST OF INTERNATIONAL SHOWS


TRAINING WITH ARTHUR KOTTAS 25TH -26TH February 2017

Oldencraig is delighted to announce that Arthur Kottas-Heldenburg, Ex Chief instructor of The Spanish Riding School in Vienna and one of the world’s great authorities on dressage training, is coming to Oldencraig on 25th and 26th February for a weekend of training sessions.

Clients and staff will be offered training sessions on their own horses.

Spectators are welcome after 2pm and anyone wishing to participate with their horse please contact The Tack Shop on +44(0)1342 833317 to book a session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oldencraig Christmas Lunch 

What a great afternoon that ran into the early hours for the Oldencraig Christmas lunch, once again Ian and Vicky laid on a great party for the brilliant staff at Oldencraig along with the great clients and friends of the extended Oldencraig family, much fun had by all.                   

      


Oldencraig Equestrian Centre Christmas Show 17/12/2016 

The Christmas Show at Oldencraig did not disappoint. Even though it was a very foggy start we had a Fantastic day with a great atmosphere and lots of smiling faces. It was fantastic to see people making such an amazing effort with beautifully made costumes and everybody contributing towards a wonderful Christmassy atmosphere. A big thank you to our Christmas Elf judge Karen Brett McGee who had the difficult task of not only choosing our best fancy dress, she also had to choose the winners of each class. Thanks to our jump judges Cara Evenden and Maddie Ing who did a fantastic job. Thanks to our dressage judge Anne Brunton who had the very hard task of judging the costumed dressage to music which included a full dinner table with a Christmas turkey! and Beryl Wright judging dressage and watching all the costumes come down the centre line. Huge thanks to the staff at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre, Jag Sohdi and his team for preparing the venue so beautifully as always. Last but not least to you our wonderful competitors who put in so much effort to enjoy the day with us. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year. To see some of the wonderful costumes take a look at our photo gallery.

 

   

 

    

 

    

 

   

 


BRITISH DRESSAGE WINTER REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFICATIONS 2017 

Oldencraig are delighted to announce that oldencraig client Kym Merritt has qualified for the British Dressage Winter Regional Championships 2017 on her stunning gelding Abidjan.
Oldencraig advanced riders Shaun O’sullivan and Janice Powell also qualified. Shaun riding Oldencraig client Yuri Jinno’s Oldencraig Choice and Steff Parkinson’s Half Moon Bonarda. Janice riding Oldencraig client John Evans’s Cerano Gold and Oldencraig client Emily Vivian’s Willie.
We wish everybody the very best of luck!


PATTI REUNITED WITH TYRONE (TED)

We are super pleased to say that that Patti has been able to work things out with regards to logistics and has been reunited in the USA with Tyrone (Ted) we wish you all the best together in this new adventure.

    


SHOOTING RANGE

Ian and Vicky invited some of the Oldencraig clients to a shooting range for the afternoon, the girls were somewhat better than the boys and looking at "sniper Vicky" Ian had better watch out!!!!! Pleased to say all bodies accounted for and all in working order but the husbands had better behave!!!

             


SAUMUR CDI FRANCE 5/10/2016

Just a few photos of Vicky competing some of her string of horses from PSG to GP in Saumur CDI 2016. 

                


SAUMUR CDI FRANCE 5/10/2016


THE WAY WE WERE  

 


AFFILIATED DRESSAGE THURSDAY 24/11/2016  

Oldencraig client Kym Merritt rode her own stunning gelding Appy in the medium 75. Kym was delighted with 66.89% and a win in the silver section.
Oldencraig Chief Rider Shaun O’Sullivan rode Mohammed Ahmed’s gorgeous gelding Dan in the advanced medium 85. This was the first competion for this pair and they were really please with an win and 66.32%.


UNAFFILIATED DRESSAGE FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER  

Oldencraig Advanced Rider Maddy Van Vleet rode Oldencraig client Elaine Hardy's lovely mare Leni (Highness Helena AV) in the Medium 69 and Medium 76. This was the first time out for the new combination and they won both classes scoring 66.51% and 66.08% respectively.
Senior judge Sally Merrison commented that Leni 'has three correct paces, and was calm and willing' and that 'she keeps giving and stays rhythmic'. Maddy and Elaine were both pleased with these results for a first competition.


VICKI - TAILORED ROUTINES AND QUIET TIME


WEEKEND TRAINING 

Great weekend training with Arthur Kottas here at Oldencraig, very informative few days. Well done to all the riders that took part.

  



AFFILIATED DRESSAGE 11/11/2016 

Oldencraig client Kym Merritt rode her own stunning gelding Abidjan in the Medium 76 in the pouring rain. The attractive pair were soaked through but were delighted to win their class with 66.61%.


CHRISTMAS OFFER 

In the run up to the Christmas period Oldencraig will again be running some special offers and promotions. To start this off we are offering buy 2 get 3rd free on Christmas riding lesson gift vouchers - these vouchers will be valid from 25th December for lessons with one of Oldencraigs' advanced riders/instructors on either one of the school horses or on your own horse. The perfect christmas gift for the riding enthusiasts amongst us.... To take up this offer just stop by the tack shop or call 01342 837581 and we can send the vouchers to you.


OEC TEST PRACTICE DAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2016 9AM - 6PM

Oldencraig is pleased to announce that it is holding a test practice day with International grade 1 judge Mary-Anne Horn on 16th November 2016.

Clients and staff will perform a test from Prelim to Grand Prix, depending on ability under the watchful eye of Mary-Anne and Vicky Thompson-Winfield. They will be given constructive criticism from a judge and trainer’s point of view and then given the opportunity to perform the test a second time to put the corrections into practice. The day will start at 9am and finish at 6pm.

Spectators are welcome and if anyone should wish to participate with their horse please contact the Tack Shop on 01342 833317 to book a session. 


TRAINING WITH ARTHUR KOTTAS 12TH -13TH NOVEMBER 2016

Oldencraig is delighted to announce that Arthur Kottas-Heldenburg, Ex Chief instructor of The Spanish Riding School in Vienna and one of the world’s great authorities on dressage training, is coming to Oldencraig on 12th and 13th November for a weekend of training sessions.

Clients and staff will be offered training sessions on their own horses.

Spectators are welcome after 2pm and anyone wishing to participate with their horse please contact The Tack Shop on 01342 833317 to book a session.


AFFILIATED DRESSAGE FRIDAY 03/11/2016 

Oldencraig Advanced rider Janice Powell rode Oldencraig client Dr Glynis Double’s little mare Millenium Lilly in the elementary 43 gold section and came 2nd with 67.58%.

Janice also rode Oldencraig client Emily Vivian’s lovely gelding Willy in the Novice 27 and novice 39.  They came second in the novice 39 with 69.03% and won the Novice 27 with 72.85%.

Janice had another busy day competing and rode Oldencraig client John Evans’s Cerano Gold in the Advanced Medium 98 and 96 coming second in the 96 with 66.44% and third in the 98 with 68.15%.

Oldencraig Chief rider Shaun O Sullivan rode Oldencraig client Steff Parkinson’s super little mare Half Moon Bonarda in the Advanced Medium 98 earning a respectable 69.02%.


HALLOWEEN FUN SHOW 31/10/2016

       


AFFILIATED DRESSAGE FRIDAY 28/10/2016

Oldencraig Advanced rider Janice Powell rode Oldencraig client Emily Vivian’s lovely gelding Willy in the Novice 23 and Novice 38 , Janice was delighted with his performance and the attractive pair won both classes with 73.31% and 71.29% respectively.

Janice also rode Oldencraig client Glynis Double’s super mare Millenium Lily in the elementary 57 and 59. They won the 57 with 66.07% and came second in the 59 with 64.21%.

Finally Janice competed John Evans’s stunning gelding Cerano Gold in the Advanced medium 85 winning the class with 70%.


Horse walker refurbished 21/10/2016

Oldencraig have now completed the refurbishment of the horse walker with completely new flooring for the continued comfort of our equines plus a full service of all mechanisms which will ensure the horses get a comfortable leg stretch during the up coming wet and cold weather this winter. 


Affiliated dressage 14/10/2016

Oldencraig advanced rider Janice Powell rode Oldencraig client Dr Glynis double’s talented mare Millenium Lilly in the elementary 40 and elementary 57 coming 3rd in the elementary 40 with 63.54% and winning the elementary 57 with 68.21%.

Janice also rode Oldencraig client John Evans’s stunning gelding Cerano Gold in the advanced medium 85 coming first in the gold section and second in the gold section of the advanced medium 96.


Oldencraig Equestrian Centre Unaffiliated series Championship show 8th October 2016

A Fantastic day with a great atmosphere and lots of smiling faces. Once again Oldencraig provided some very generous prices to the winners, with a lovely sash, rosette and trophy, an Oldencraig rug, and a lesson with one of Oldencraig advanced instructors. £100 gift voucher for the onsite tack shop for first place, for second place was a rosette and trophy, a lesson with one of Oldencraig advanced instructors and £80 gift voucher for the onsite tack shop.

The intro A was won by a delighted Charlotte Morris and Just Let with a great score of 69%. To see the smile on Charlotte’s face as she was presented with her prizes was a great start to the day.

Prelim 15 restricted class was won by Bronte Ball riding her own Hamlet the Dane with 70% and the under 16 section won by Eliza Moody riding Brieyhill Bossman with another big score of 70.8%. A great achievement by both riders in their first championships. Bronte Ball was very consistent with another 70% test to win the prelim 19.

Lucy George took first place in the Novice 22 with a fabulous 70%. Debbie Boylan-White won the Novice 37 on Kippure Norma, a long day for Debbie as she qualified several horses for the OEC championships.

The Elementary 43 was won my Marco Morais on Karen Carlies Mr D with 71%.

The Medium 61 going to a delighted Zoe Golding with 67% and Advanced Medium 94 won by Samantha Brown on her own Rochester.

The highest percentage on the day was awarded to Marco with 71% in the Ele.

The most improved horse and rider combination though the series was awarded to Hayley Skeggs and her horse Dalton who started out at Prelim and progressed to Elementary.

The feedback from the judges told us today’s standard was high and everyone tried so hard. Our competitors said what a wonderful day they had had with so much support from all.

Thank you to all who took part to make such a special day. Firstly the competitors but also the OEC A team who helped run a great show and all the staff behind the scenes who work so hard to prepare the venue ready for the day.


High Tea afternoon raising funds for The Brooke

Lovely afternoon spent at Paul and Bobby Haylers stables enjoying a High Tea afternoon raising funds for The Brooke. Lots of cake was consumed, Paul and Bobby putting on a lovely display, dog handlers showing us some "dancing doggies" and Anna Ross showing her support via champagne consumption (it is for charity after all :) joined us on the Oldencraig Table along with her friend and owner Jane Sewell along with table sponsor Ian and Vicky Winfield. Oldencraig clients Sam, Karen along with hubby Alan, Elaine, Toby and Oldencraig senior rider Shaun, fun afternoon for a great charity.

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Affiliated/Unaffiliated Dressage 30/9/2016

Oldencraig advanced rider Benedikte Hilmo rode Ian Winfield’s stunning gelding Oldencraig Finlay M in the Prelim 15 and Prelim 19. The very attractive pair won both classes with 72.4% and 72.8% respectively.

Oldencraig advanced rider Maddy Van Vleet rode Ian Winfield’s very talented youngster Oldencraig Sir Morley in the Prelim 15 and Prelim 19. They came 2nd in both classes with 66% and 67% respectively. This was only his second outing and we have high hopes for this super gelding.

Both horses can be viewed on the horses for sale page.


Affiliated Dressage 23rd September 2016

Oldencraig advanced rider Benedikte Hilmo rode Oldencraig client Natasha Mitchell’s stunning black mare Gucci in the Prelim 19 benedikte was delighted with Gucci and they came second. Benedikte then went on to win the Medium 61 with Oldencraig client Vanessa Heron’s talented gelding Bono in the Medium 61. Both Bono and Gucci are for sale and can be viewed on the horses for sale page of the website.

Oldencraig Senior rider Shaun O Sullivan rode Oldencraig client Yuri Jinno’s delightful gelding Oldencraig Choice in the PSG. Shaun was delighted with Choice and the pair won the class with 69.84% Shaun also rode Oldencraig client Steff Parkinson’s super little mare Half Moon Bonarda and Shaun’s winning streak continued with first place in the Advanced Medium 85 with 64.85% and another in the Advanced Medium 98 with 66.71%. Fantastic work!


SAUMUR CDI 22nd-25th September 2016

Vicky Thompson Winfield took Toni Terry’s stallion Beltoni and Sam Francis’s stallion Mango Jackaro and her palomino gelding Artist to compete for GB in the Psg and Grand Prix at Saumur CDI.

Beltoni performed an exciting PSG test. He was obedient and fluent opening the test to gain an impressive score of 70.263%. He was leading this big class until the penultimate competitor pipped him to the post moving Beltoni into second place. Beltoni’s stablemate Artist performed a steady test to place equal 7th with 68.07% in a strong field of 26 horses. Everybody was delighted with both horses and their performances. 

Mango Jackaro and Vicky made their debut International Grand Prix with a solid clear round, qualifying them for the music freestyle the next day.

Jackaro was very at ease with his surroundings and the exciting atmosphere, and made a faultless test, the highlight being the 2 x tempi changes on a circle straight into 1 x, unfortunately just before the end of the test the music cut out due to a technical fault, Vicky carried on regardless and finished the test without music. This test scored a fabulous 70.2% and the pair were gived some super comments by the judges. The crowd also showed their appreciation by giving Vicky and Jackaro a standing ovation! Vicky and Sam were so thrilled that everybody enjoyed his test so much and they are looking forward to a great season next year.

Beltoni and Artist both ‘found their feet’ on the second day and were quite distracted by the long walk from the stables to the arena. They had to walk past mares, foals and young stock being presented for their classes so sadly both dropped marks for uncharacteristic lack of attention which was such a shame.

Artist qualified for the music class the next day, he was still a little immature however, Vicky was very pleased with 67.2%. It was a fabulous experience for him and the other horses moving forward into next year.


 

Area Festival 2016

 Are Festival 2016

 


LeMieux National Dressage Championships 2016

Vicky Thompson-Winfield took Oldencraig client Sam Francis’s stunning Spanish Stallion Mango Jackaro, Sam’s beautiful Palomino gelding Artist and Oldencraig client Toni Terry’s talented stallion Beltoni to the Le Mieux National Dressage Championships.

Jackaro competed in the Championship Inter 2 class and Artist and Beltioni in the Championship Inter 1. Vicky is taking all three horses to compete under the British Flag in Saumur France this week. We wish them all the very best of luck!


The Emile Faurie foundation Summers Garden Party - 17th August 2016

Vicky and Ian attended the Summers Garden Party at Blue Bell Vineyard in East Sussex. The marquee was set in the beautiful vineyards and in the style of the 1920/30s all in aid of the Emile Faurie foundation. Ian kindly donated £1000 to the charity which is in it’s 10th year contributing to the fantastic £11,000 raised on the night.

A great time was had by all.


The photos from Thursday (Area Festival) are now online on www.siggyphotography.co.uk


Area Festival 1st-4th September Arena Walk Times

Class 1 and 2 - 9.30am-9.45am. class 3 12.45pm -12.55pm. Class 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 9.30am-9.45am.


Centre treats elderly residents to meal and dressage show

Lingfield article about Saturday December 1st.


2nd December 2015

Dear Ian & Vicky,

Thank you for putting on such a wonderful day for the elderly folks yesterday.  Whether having an interest in horses or not, they were all absolutely thrilled with the riding by staff and students with Vicky giving an excellent commentary. Albeit frightening for the horses at times with the PA system!  Then the duo quadrille by Vicky and Toni was highly appreciated so what a wonderful start to the day’s programme. 

The guests felt really pampered as the members of staff were great and so helpful, particularly those with walking difficulties.  The excellent buffet was much appreciated and I apologise for not including those responsible in my vote of thanks so please pass on my congratulations to them. 

It was a good idea of yours that we should have a talk from John Kempton as that seemed to go down very well.  Having him speak in the Bistro was a sensible solution rather than climbing the steps into the gallery again.

Then the piece de resistance was the presentation of hampers to the guests which were absolutely superb and they could not believe it was happening to them.

It was such a lovely idea that you introduced over dinner and I am so pleased the event went so well.  Several people have been in touch to say how much they enjoyed it but could not understand why they were privileged to be chosen for such an unforgettable event.

Many thanks to everybody who made the event so memorable; but particularly to you who is generously putting so much back into society with your charitable acts.   When I was Tandridge Chairman I regularly had to explain to people in other parts of Surrey where Tandridge is located so in the same way I am sure the name of Oldencraig will mean so much more to local people in future when the word is spread by the guests.

Amazing to think how far we have come from that December Sunday 5 years ago.

Yours sincerely,

Alan


Vicki Thompson Winfield and Botero

Congrats to Vicki and Botero for qualifying for the World Equestrian Games in Verden and also the Shearwater Young Horse 6 yr old championship at Hartpury as well as

The 6 yr old young Horse Championships at Hickstead in the National and International class


Office and Client Kitchen Refurbishment

Refurbishment works have been completed on the staff/client kitchen. The decorators have now finished painting the walls and ceiling, the wood has been varnished and a wooden floor has been laid. New cookers and microwaves have been added and new furnishings have completed the look.

The decorators have also given the Reception area and Offices a facelift and all is looking very smart. 


SCHOOL REFURBISHMENT

Oldencraig Equestrian Centre has recently refurbished all of its arena surfaces including:

The Indoor Arena, the International Arena, the warm up Arena, the Lake/Livery Arena,the indoor lunge pen, the outdoor lunge arena and the Gallop Track 


A BLOCK STALLION BARN

The Stallion Barn at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre has recently undergone a makeover.

All stables have been steam cleaned and painted.

All fittings have been replaced with new ones.

The tack room has been fully decorated to a high standard.

New tack boxes have been added to the Tack room.


Young Rider Dressage Development Days (Date to be confirmed)

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Two Day Adult Camp (Date to be confirmed)

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OEC is pleased to announce the following events for 2016. For more information on any of these events please call us on + 44(0)1342 833317 /+44 (0) 1342 837581 or email us at info@oldencraig.com


Affiliated Dressage

Oldencraig Equestrian Centre is proud to hold Affiliated Dressage events weekly. Please look at the Show Diary for running dates, the British Dressage Magazine or www.britishdressage.com. Everybody welcome!