'A CELEBRATION of the horse' - that is how the Randall Chase Open Dressage Competition, which took place in Jersey on June, was described by Carol-Ann Mawdsley, a partner in the organising company, Chase Stables. Chase Stables was formed by David Roberts and Carol-Ann Mawdsley at David's home in St John, Les Chasses, so as to develop a breeding, rearing and training programme for high-quality dressage horses, and to further Jersey's reputation as a centre of excellence for dressage.
It is not a stud farm; it is centred exclusively on the Hanoverian breed. The foals are born in Germany to mares that the Chase Stables owns and keeps in top stud farms near Hanover, using stallions from the German State Stud Farm, Volker Heidmeyer and the former German show jumping star, Paul Schockemöhle.
In the autumn of the year after being foaled, the yearlings leave their mothers and come to Jersey, where they start their education at what is, effectively, a 'prep school for young horses'. They stay here until they are three or rising four years old, and then return to Germany for the completion of their schooling.
The next stage is at stables in the UK, where they start their competition life, or else they return to Jersey and continue their eduxation there.
David said: 'There is a big demand from riders to have such top level training courses. It is prohibitively expensive for any individual to take a horse to England for training there. The standard of local dressage is being upgraded through the provision of well-schooled horses and top training talent - local riders benefit.'
The Randall's Chase Open Dressage Competition showed this in action: some of the best dressage riders in Jersey on some of the potentially world-beating equine dressage stars of the future, and on some of the best dressage horses in the Island.
ONE of the guests at Chase Stables was St John Constable Phil Rondel. He said he was very much a supporter of 'Jersey's equine economy'.
'It is one way of keeping Jersey green,' he said. 'It could be another pillar to our economy. We could have stud farms and training stables from where horses could be sent to events in Britain or France. Jersey has a lot of potential, and it could be another string to our bow.'
But wouldn't Newmarket, for example, always have certain advantages that Jersey, as a small island, did not?
He agreed that the Island might never rival UK horse-racing centres, but added: 'There is quite an affluent society in Jersey compared to many other places. So yes, transport may be more expensive, but we already have very many horses in the Island, and we should be exploiting this niche market. So far, we have not.
'It's nice to see David and Carol-Anne starting something here that hopefully will grow into a big success for the Island in the future.'
He continued: 'There are ways of enhancing the equine economy. The Island is desperately thinking of ways to bring money into the Island, and equine businesses could be one viable way. It is not a drain on the public purse - it doesn't need to be. It can support itself. There is no aid and no grants needed - this is a good way forward.'
But wasn't there enough shortage of land available for farming without promoting another sector wanting to make use of agricultural land?
'We have seen, over many years, highs and lows in the dairy industry and the potato industry. These horses have lived alongside the other areas of the industry - there is room for equine businesses as well as for farming businesses.
'The equine economy contributes to employment to the Island. There is an opportunity to expand it - everybody can't work (or might not want to work) in the finance industry. Here is an opportunity for local people to take on an alternative career.
'David Roberts and Carol-Ann Mawdsley have got their business pitched at the top end of the market, which fits Jersey's image, they are doing something that can only enhance the Island's reputation.
'This is the sort of thing that deserves to succeed and expand - for the benefit of us all. There are so many advantages: it could be a "hedge" should difficult economic times affect the traditional farming industry; it complements tourism, it creates employment, and revenue both directly and indirectly, and provides lots of pleasure to people who like seeing beautiful horses in the fields.
‘But in essence, it broadens the utilisation of land in Jersey, and helps keeps the Island green.’
Friday 14th June 2013 (afternoon)
|Randalls Cup||Lauren Phillips||Rascals Kingdom||73.64%|
|Amy Family Shield||Tilly Nolan||Million Dollar Girl||77.22%|
|Angel of the North Cup||Lauren Phillips||Hot Chocolate||78.12%|
|Chase Stables Perpetual Trophy||Lauren Phillips||Hot Chocolate||71.88%|
|Bumble Cup||Christina Irgel||Tys|
|Randall Sash||Georgina Romeril||Kingston Town|
|Junior Sash||Hattie Porter||Hilltop Paddy|
|Satao Elerai Cup||Tilly Nolan||Million Dollar Girl|
Freestyle to music : Prelim
1st Hattie Porter on Hilltop Paddy 64.44%
Freestyle to music : Novice
1st Tilly Nolan on Million Dollar Girl 75%
2nd Carol Anne Mawdsley on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 72.22%
3rd Kerry Huelin on Ogano V/H Blokenhof 66.67%
Freestyle to music : Elementary
1st Lauren Phillips on Hot Chocolate 74.62%
2nd Cilla Perchard on Just Badger 70.58%
3rd Christine Palmer on Cognac 67.88%
Freestyle to music : Medium /Advanced Medium
1st Nicky Maddox on Clover Chief 66.37%
2nd Nicky Maddox on Clover Chief 64.66%
Saturday 15th June 2013
Walk trot: Senior
1st Phillippa Knight on Manillo 61.09%
1st Christina Irgel on Tys 61.09%
Walk trot : Junior
1st Jemima Finlay on Angel 62.40%
2nd Megan Nicol on Dulce Amore 62.17%
3rd Hattie Porter on Hilltop Paddy 61.52%
Prelim : Junior
1st Tilly Nolan on Million Dollar Girl 69.58%
2nd Tasmin D’Orleans on Howen Prince Charming 62.08%
3rd Hattie Porter on Hilltop Paddy 61.67%
Prelim : Senior
1st Lauren Phillips on Rascals Kingdom 73.33%
2nd Kerry Huelin on Ogano V/H Blokenhof 71.67%
3rd Charlotte Trigg on Extra Time 70.42%
Novice : Junior
1st Tilly Nolan on Million Dollar Girl 68.75%
2nd Megan Nicol on Victoriano 63.75%
Novice : Senior
1st Lauren Phillips on Rascals Kingdom 67.5%
2nd Kerry Huelin on Ogano V/H Blokenhof 66.25%
3rd Nicky Stewart on Wondergirl 65.54%
1st Lauren Phillips on Hot Chocolate 72.19%
2nd Carol Anne Mawdsley on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 66.09%
3rd Francesca Germain on Daydream 63.75%
PYO : FEI
1st Lorraine Allan on Zorba 65.13%
2nd Karrie Davies on Huzar 63.83%
3rd Christine Palmer on Chopin V 61.45%
PYO : Medium/ Advanced Medium
1st Lauren Phillips on Hot Chocolate 72.93%
2nd Lorraine Allan on Zorba 69.56%
3rd Nicky Maddox on Clover Chief 64.21%
Sunday 16th June 2013
Prelim : Junior
1st Tilly Nolan on Million Dollar Girl 72.73%
2nd Eden Powell on Southeys Casanova 61.36%
3rd Hattie Porter on Hilltop Paddy 58.64%
Prelim : Senior
1st Lauren Phillips on Rascals Kingdom 73.64%
2nd Kerry Huelin on Ogano V/H Blokenhof 70%
3rd Lesley Le Vesconte on Nouveau 69.54%
Novice : Senior
1st Lauren Phillips on Rascals Kingdom 70.89%
2nd Kerry Huelin on Ogano V/H Blokenhof 69.46%
3rd Alison Trigg on Worth It 67.14%
Novice : Junior
1st Eden Powell on Southeys Casanova 56.43%
1st Lauren Phillips on Hot Chocolate 67.79%
2nd Lorraine Allan on Vitas 66.32%
3rd Cilla Perchard on Just Badger 65%
PYO : Medium / Advanced Medium
1st Lorraine Allan on Zorba 72.35%
2nd Chris Le Jehan on Billy Elliot 66.05%
3rd Kelly Moulin on Catherston Petunia57.59%
PYO : FEI
1st Lorraine Allan on Zorba 66.58%
2nd Karrie Davis on Huzar 64.15%
3rd Christine Plamer on Chopin V 63.16%
Free Style to Music : Elementary
1st Lauren Phillips on Hot Chocolate 78.12%
2nd Karen Heffron on Janton Versace 66.48%
3rd Christine Palmer on Cognac 65.62%
Free Style to Music : Novice
1st Tilly Nolan on Million Dollar Girl 77.22%
2nd Carol Anne Mawdsley on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 73.05%
3rd Megan Nicol on Victoriano 68.06%
Free Style to Music : Prelim
1st Hattie Porter on Hilltop Paddy 69.17%