Nettex CHAPS Associated Championships

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Wed, 19 Sep 2018 23:22

The inaugural Nettex Coloured Horse and Pony Associated Championships lit up Bury Farm last weekend to start the ten-strong series in style.

Taking home a duo of titles and numerous placings was Somerset-based rider Danielle Rhodes. Danielle, who runs a livery yard and competition business at Kingfisher Equestrian, won both the Nettex Novice Associated Championship and the Nettex Elementary Associated Championship with two stunning CHAPS horses owned by Denise Kersley.

In the Elementary class it was the handsome Jannick to claim the win with a fantastic score of 71.35%. The striking seven-year-old Pinto cross Friesian gelding also placed second in the Elementary Championship behind Danielle’s other champion, Tiger Tim. No stranger to success, Tiger Tim added yet another accolade to his record with a respectable 68.79%.

Speaking about her superb show on Facebook Danielle said, “Another FANTASTIC week for Denise Kersley's boys. Firstly a lovely write up in Horse and Hound for their efforts at the Senior Home International. Then today we went to the Nettex CHAPS Associated Championships at Bury Farm. Jannick WON the Novice with 71. 35%... Tim WON the Elementary with 68.71% and Jannick finished a very close 2nd with 68.36% Tim then went on to take 2nd in the Medium! Huge thankyou to FL Photography for the gorgeous pictures and Nettex for the amazing prizes.”

Danielle will head to Stoneleigh Park this week to contest the Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver class and the Childeric Saddles Elementary Class.

The highest score of the show belonged to Rebecca Hutchinson with Shanbally Shadow who scored 72.58% on their way to a win in the Nettex Preliminary Associated Championship. 24-year-old Rebecca impressed the judges panel made up of Carolyn Alston and Ann Nicell to top the class of 29.

Tanya Slade’s eye-catching skewbald Tango III was triumphant at Medium level after the pair presented a superb test worthy of 69.92%. It’s been a great year for the combination who’ve enjoyed many strong results at Medium and Advanced Medium, including at the NAF Five Star Winter Championships, Summer Regional Championships and Petplan Equine Area Festivals.

15-year-old Katherine Kirby enjoyed a first Championship win with her charming Thoroughbred x Cob Archie XIX in the Introductory class; 68.58% was the score for the perfectly matched pair. Second place in this class belonged to Phoebe Cornish with Smartie Boy.

British Dressage thanks the team at Bury Farm for a wonderful Championship event as well as title sponsors Nettex for their generous support of the Associated Championship series.


1st Katherine Kirby with Archie XIX, 68.58%

1st Rebecca Hutchinson with Shanbally Shadow, 72.58%

1st Danielle Rhodes with Jannick, 71.35%

1st Danielle Rhodes with Tiger Tim, 68.79%

1st Tanya Slade with Tango III, 69.92%