Trainers enjoy a super Saturday

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

LAST Saturday proved a fantastic day for three of our local trainers, starting down at Newbury when Karl Burke and Michael Dods enjoyed their biggest wins of the season.

Hurworth Pony Club riders take success in their stride

12:59pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE PONY club where Olympic silver medallist Nicola Wilson started her equestrian career have enjoyed some impressive results this year.

Kingston Hill a joy for Varian

Darlington and Stockton Times: Andrea Atzeni and Kingston Hill after their win in the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes during day four of the 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 13, 2014. See PA story R

5:51pm Friday 19th September 2014

BRILLIANT and exciting was how trainer Roger Varian described Kingston Hill's St Leger success at Doncaster last Saturday.

Brook in major dressage win

Darlington and Stockton Times: a competitor clears the REC Arenas Picnic Table

5:51pm Friday 19th September 2014

ABOUT 700 riders competed in the Richmond Horse Trials recently.

A year off fails to stop Pintrada

4:19pm Friday 12th September 2014

JAMES BETHELL took the trainers' honours last weekend, sending out Pintrada to land the Hambleton Cup at Thirsk, the horse's first run in more than 400 days.

Trainer had not heard of winner

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:46pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE curtain came down on a fabulous four days at York last Saturday with the Ebor itself and it didn’t disappoint as five pound claimer Louis Steward enjoyed the biggest win of his career on Mutual Regard.

Allertonshire riders make progress to final

3:45pm Friday 29th August 2014

A BRAND new equestrian team has ridden into the national finals at their first attempt.

Young rider steals win at international event

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:45pm Friday 29th August 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH-based young rider Lily Pollock won a showing championship class at Hickstead’s Longines Royal International Horse Show last month.

Jockeys prepare for York races

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

IT’S a very important time of the season for our locals trainer with York’s Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival under way next week, and many of them are in top form as the countdown continues.

Gold medal for Millie

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

STOCKTON rider Millie Allen helped her team take a gold medal at the FEI Children, Junior and Young Rider European Jumping Championships at Arezzo in Italy.

Dales Pony Show is another hit

3:56pm Friday 15th August 2014

DOZENS of riders from across the country competed in the Dales Pony Society Summer Breed Show.

Fi Mi Son finds success after life as a racehorse

3:55pm Friday 15th August 2014

EX-RACEHORSE, Fli Mi Son bred by Jackie Sawney of Seamer near Stokesley and now owned by Liz Kettle of Mickleby near Whitbywent totheNationalSideSaddleChampionships at Addington Manor in Bucks at the weekend and covered himself in glory.

Rain doesn’t stop winning ride

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:59pm Friday 8th August 2014

THIRSK’S card last Saturday was hit with torrential rain but it didn’t dampen Michael Dods’ joy after watching his Osteopathic Remedy come home in front in the feature handicap from stable companion Kiwi Bay.

Youngest rider will compete

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:58pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE under 18 Junior European Eventing Championships are to be held at Bishop Burton College near Beverley in Yorkshire from August 14-17.

Olympian makes World Games

3:57pm Friday 8th August 2014

OLYMPIC silver medallist Nicola Wilson has been selected to represent Great Britain at this month’s World Equestrian Games in France.

It’s a Glorious week for Johnston

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:53pm Friday 1st August 2014

MARK JOHNSTON warmed up for his favourite meeting of the year, Glorious Goodwood, with a 33-1 winner of the International at Ascot last Saturday.

Chloe’s delight after GB call-up

12:52pm Friday 1st August 2014

CHLOE BELL, 16, from Thirsk has been selected as a member of the 2014 Charles Owen Pony squad to represent Great Britain at this summer’s Pony European Eventing Championships, to be held at Millstreet, (Ireland, July 30 - August 3) where Britain will be defending both team and individual gold.

Johnston celebrates double win

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:40pm Friday 18th July 2014

IT’S THE busiest time of the year, meetings day and night and the yard of Mark Johnston continues to churn out the winners.

Straker causes a Storm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:39pm Friday 18th July 2014

THE niece of an OIympic silver medallist is challenging to be selected for the British eventing team, only 18 months after taking up the discipline.

Equestrian round-up

12:38pm Friday 18th July 2014

A HUGE entry in the junior class in the area show jumping event at Askham Bryan recently saw 90 competitors riding two rounds each testing the riders ability and stamina.

Dods delight as stable hits form

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:42pm Friday 11th July 2014

MICHAEL Dods is enjoying a good run with his stable at present and he was on the mark at Beverley on Saturday with Alans Pride in the opening twoyear- old-race.

Triple threat for Nicholson at Barbury while Wilson on form

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:41pm Friday 11th July 2014

NEW ZEALANDER Andrew Nicholson and double Burghley champion Avebury cruised to a title treble in the St James’ Place Barbury International Horse Trials after destroying a high-class field.

Italian job is on the way for Great Britain's Stockton rider Millie, 16

Darlington and Stockton Times: (7563081)

4:02pm Friday 27th June 2014

STOCKTON rider Millie Allen has been selected to represent Great Britain in a European contest next month.

Signal has Wow factor at Ascot

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON HIS WAY: The Wow Signal ridden by Frankie Dettori before winning the Coventry Stakes at Ascot Racecourse on Tuesday

4:27pm Friday 20th June 2014

ROYAL ASCOT got under way on Tuesday and we have already witnessed some world class racing, with a couple of Yorkshire trained winners as well.

Burghley-bound Adams is positive

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN ACTION: James Adams riding Pricewise during The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in 2012

4:25pm Friday 20th June 2014

IT HAS been far from plain sailing for James Adams towards the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials but the Whinney Hill rider insists his confidence remains as high as ever.

Australia could go for a double

Darlington and Stockton Times: EASING TO VICTORY: Australia romps home at Epsom

4:40pm Friday 13th June 2014

AUSTRALIA, a very impressive winner of the Investec Derby at a Epsom last Saturday, could bid for the Derby double at the Curragh later this month.

Another successful event for Olympian

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN CONTROL: Nicola Wilson riding One Too Many competes in the CCI3* dressage event at Bramham International Horse Trials last weekend

4:38pm Friday 13th June 2014

LOCAL heroine Nicola Wilson clocked up another success at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials last weekend, taking fourth place in the major competition with one of her upcoming rides.

Ryan hails his great Grey Gatsby

Darlington and Stockton Times: FRENCH RAIDER: Kevin Ryan’s The Grey Gatsby won the French Derby last weekend

2:18pm Friday 6th June 2014

WHAT a start to the season Kevin Ryan has made. Just over a week since Hot Streak landed the Temple Stakes at Haydock, The Grey Gatsby ran out a very impressive winner of the French Derby last Sunday.

Epsom no show for Snow Sky

Darlington and Stockton Times: MISSING OUT: Snow Sky won’t run tomorrow

2:16pm Friday 6th June 2014

SNOW SKY will not run in tomorrow’s Investec Derby at Epsom after failing to adequately recover from a minor setback.

Quicker the better for Botti

2:15pm Friday 6th June 2014

MARCO BOTTI is in confident mood ahead of Tac De Boistron’s Ascot Gold Cup bid knowing that the grey can handle quicker ground.

Wheelie bin cleaner toasts a £1.3m win

11:37am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

WHEELIE bin cleaner Craig Brazier this week met the horse that won him £1,342,559 on the Scoop6 as he visited trainer Alan King’s Barbury Castle stables in Wiltshire.

Experiencing the ‘real deal’ at Carlisle

Darlington and Stockton Times: Marvellous, ridden by Ryan Moore

11:37am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

TRAINERS rarely come along as shrewd as Sandhutton handler David Barron, and when he says one is the “real deal”

Wilson gives Chatsworth crowd a buzz

Darlington and Stockton Times: Nicola Wilson

4:02pm Friday 23rd May 2014

NICOLA WILSON delighted the crowds at Chatsworth International Horse Trials last weekend when she rode her seasoned Olympic campaigner Opposition Buzz to victory.

Royale day out for all at Ripon

4:01pm Friday 23rd May 2014

A COMBINATION of good weather and plenty of local action has made for a busy spell for flat fans, and they would have witnessed some quality action at Ripon last Sunday.

Dante meeting provides drama

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN CONTROL: Kieren Fallon (centre) after winning The Tattersalls Musidora Stakes on Madame Chiang during day one of the Dante Festival at York Racecourse

4:16pm Friday 16th May 2014

YORK’S three day Dante meeting burst into life on Wednesday and the feature race, the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes, was won in style by Madame Chiang.

Young Mukhmal beats the odds to finish first

4:01pm Friday 9th May 2014

Two-year-old comes from behind to win incident-packed Chester race

Point-to-point racing set to return

4:01pm Friday 9th May 2014

POINT-TO-POINT racing returns to Easingwold on Sunday, this time for the Bilsdale meeting.

Couple take top honours at Society show

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dales Pony Society held its annual show at Streatlam Farm

4:14pm Friday 9th May 2014

MORE than 80 ponies have taken part in a County Durham competition run by a society supported by Prince Charles.

Burke makes bright start to season

Darlington and Stockton Times: OVERSEAS WINNER: Boston Bob ridden by Ruby Walsh wins The Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup

4:46pm Friday 2nd May 2014

KARL BURKE has made a bright start to the season, and that was highlighted last Saturday in no uncertain terms when he saddled a fantastic five-timer on the day.

Double-header of point-to-point

4:43pm Friday 2nd May 2014

ANOTHER bank holiday weekend sees another double header of point-to-point action, with the Zetland meeting taking place on Monday.

Trainer Swinbank at the double

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Sennockian Star ridden by Silvestre de Sousa comes home to win The Investec Property Investments City And Suburban Handicap

3:58pm Friday 25th April 2014

MUSSELBURGH staged a valuable card last Sunday, and Alan Swinbank and his team enjoyed a fine double on the afternoon, with the promise of much more to come in the season ahead.

Easter extravaganza pulls the crowds in at Redcar Racecourse

3:55pm Friday 25th April 2014

REDCAR Racecourse kicked off its first feature race meeting of the 2014 season with an Easter Monday Extravaganza.

Three-sy does it for local lad Dawson

3:55pm Friday 25th April 2014

IT WAS a landmark day at Cleveland Point to Point for Chris Dawson at his local track, who on riding a treble managed to reach the 100 winner mark in point-topoints and hunterchases.

O’Keeffe Pontefract’s star of show

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Leighton Aspell celebrates on Pineau De Re after winning The Crabbie's Grand National last weekend

3:18pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE flat season stepped up a gear this week, especially in Yorkshire, starting of at Pontefract who opened their gates for the first time this year on Tuesday, and trainer Jedd O’- Keeffe proved the star of the show saddling a 131/1 double.

Cowards have three to choose from

3:17pm Friday 11th April 2014

TOP competition is expected for the Bedale Hunt Point to Point this weekend, with 85 entries confirmed for the six-race card.

Tempest storms to Lincoln glory

Darlington and Stockton Times: DANTE OPTION: Hartnell, right, could represent Mark Johnston in the Dante Stakes at York next month

4:21pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE new Flat season burst into life at Doncaster last Saturday with the Lincoln, and once again it was a big-priced winner, with Ocean Tempest coming home in front at 20-1.

Opposition Buzz scales down events

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY DAYS: Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz in action at London 2012

4:15pm Friday 4th April 2014

NICOLA WILSON has announced that Opposition Buzz, the horse she partnered to an Olympic silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012, has been retired from elite competition.

Winners return to contest the Lincoln

Darlington and Stockton Times: READY TO GO: Trainer Richard Fahey (front right) leads down his three Lincoln runners Gabrial's Kaka ridden by Barry McHugh (right), Hi There ridden by Tony Hamilton and Brae Hill ridden by Ben Hamilton (centre) this week

3:40pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE flat is back. Yes, the new flat season bursts into life tomorrow at Doncaster with the prestigious William Hill Lincoln being the flagship race, and it’s fascinating to see the last three winners are back to have another tilt at the prize.

Spectators treated to a fine point-to-point

3:38pm Friday 28th March 2014

PLENTY of runners turned out for the Hurworth point-to-point at Skutterskelfe Park, Hutton Rudby last weekend.

Windermere Lords it up at Festival

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Lord Windermere under Davy Russell goes on to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham

4:37pm Friday 21st March 2014

HARD to believe the Cheltenham Festival is over for another year, but a thrilling finish to the Gold Cup saw Lord Windermere become the new best mate of trainer Jim Culloty after grabbing a heart-stopping win in last Fridays Gold Cup from On His Own.

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