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SQUIRRELS RIDING SCHOOL - KENT

29/05/2024

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Our second visit of the year to Wrexham Maelor Equestrian Centre and it was great to see not only all the riders but plenty of spectators ! Hopefully they will attend next time and bring their horses with them.

Quite a few riders who attended our previous event, came to this second event and showed huge improvements, especially Dawn and Alfie. It was great that so many new riders stayed to race in the afternoon competition too and with plenty of rosettes on offer, there were prizes and awards to reap. Lottie & Carmel looked great in their western tack while brother and sister duo David & Isobel shared their pony Penny.

Tammie showed us that even the giant horses can have a go at the barrels, taking the huge Finn for multiple goes around the barrel pattern.

Harriet was hot on the heels of Elana but i believe we have a new barrel star in the making, Elana who quite simply blew everyone else away by at least 2 seconds ! Well done Elana and we are looking forward to seeing you again on our team events ! 

Young Alfie perservered on Pebbles and had a huge smile as he took on the barrels and completed the pattern. 

You can book our next and final event in Wrexham of 2024 using the link below, aswel as seeing the times and results from each class. 

Hopefully see you all again August 25th.

SQUIRRELS RIDING SCHOOL - KENT

29/05/2024

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Another new venue for 2024 saw us making the trip down south for the first barrel racing clinics and competition at Squirrels riding school in Kent. 

A bumper crowd of 14 racers went up against the clock in the competition after the 2 training clinics had ended.

The walk trot class was won by Rebecca by just a tenth of a second from Brooke. Shenice sadly got a littl;e lost on pattern so came in 3rd.

Just 3 regular riders of Mikey, Jen and Hannah attended so a huge first time turners class proved very competitive. Kate just fending off Harriet (who shows great potential along with her sister Emilia) by 2 tenths of a second and Emilia another 2 tenths back. Then came new barrel racer Honour who rode superbly all day, and consistently got quicker as the day progressed. Honour already has the barrel racing bug, and not only joined as a member for 2024, but she has also booked and secured her place at Summer Camp 2024 in August ! 

Brooke, Saskia, Jasmine and Rebecca were all within a second of each other, whilst Dianne, Morgan and Shenice experienced their own issus out on the barrel pattern. 

Harriet went on to collect 2 more first places, with sister Emilia right behind her. 

Mikey collected the 1st Division prize winnings in the Jackpot Class and Dianne scooped the 2nd Division pot, both riding away with £15. Talking of prize money, our generous sponsors (Pegasus & Western Tack Trader) also put up some prize cash with Mikey and Harriet pocketing that. 

The battle was closely fought between couple Mikey & Jen for the fastest time of the day in barrels and poles but Mikey just pipped Jen on the last run of the day. He also collected the hi point trophy award for being the highest placed member with 22 points. 

Well done all and we hope to see you back again at the end of July for the next session of Barrel Racing training and competition. 

SILVER LEYS POLO CLUB - HERTFORDSHIRE
19/05/2024

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Our first time back at Silver Leys Polo Club, sadly just the one new comer this time round but boy did Maddie have a great time. She was very excited to be trying barrel racing for the first time and had an ear to ear grin for the whole day ! Fortunately for her too, she got faster and faster as the competition progressed and even bagged a rosette or two for her efforts. Well done Maddie and hope to see you again soon.
 
There was a joint winner for the hi point trophy, both Greg & Mary bagging 15 points with Ryleigh just behind on 12. 
Ryleigh, Mary & Jenni all beat their personal bests but the loudest cheer went to Luke with an astonsihing 16.127 seconds ! A second arena record of the year for Luke. 

Greg snagged the Fastest poles time of the day and Mary was awarded the best dressed cowgirl award. 

Hannah came for her first dose of 2024 barrel action, having not ridden since the end of 2023, and did well while swapping between horses. 


Summer camp is just 4 months away and can be purchased online including pay in instalments. See HERE
Our next event is at Silver Leys Polo Club in Hertfordshire on June 16th.

FULBECK - LINCOLNSHIRE
21/04/2024

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Back home in Fulbeck for the April event and although hats and coats were still required (not like previous years), at least it stayed dry and the sun shone for the parts of the day that mattered. 

It was a close run competition in th enew hi point scoring leagues, with Mary just pipping young Ryleigh by a single point ! The fastest barrel time of the day yet again went to Greg with a great 17.707 and he also wrapped up the fastest poles with a 19.123. 

Tanya attended for her first session at turning barrels, and stayed into the afternoon to pit her new found knowledge against the clock and got quicker every run, eventually finishing on a 24.120 ! Well done Tanya. 

The 3 youngsters of Eva, Rupert and Pippa really are putting in the hours of training and again show consistant gains in getting the clock lower on each run ! Well done all ! 

Mary & Jenni bagged some cash in the Jackpot class along with much needed points for the league tables. 

Talking of the tables, take a look below, although Greg took an early season advantage, he is being pegged back in both barrels and poles with the chasing pack getting closer. With still not even being at the half way point of the season, the competition for the end of year awards will be intense

George was here with his camera and as always his pictures (which are sublime) can be seen HERE

Summer camp is just 4 months away and can be purchased online including pay in instalments. See HERE

Our next event is at Silver Leys Polo Club in Hertfordshire on May 19th. Book Below

HEREFORDSHIRE - AMBERLEY COURT EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

14/04/2024

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A new arena record and, what could possibly be a UK fastest time (subject to confirmation) of a 16.268 seconds by Luke on Rayna blew the competition away at Amberley Court in Herefordshire. 
The venue is a firm favourite from regular team riders as a long run in and out makes for some fast and furious runs. Well done Luke ! 
The competition behind had various battles throughout the age ranges and experience. It was great to see Betsy on Shaun the Shetland to try barrel racing, being lead around the barrels by Alesha.
Amber was also trying Barrelsa for the first time and consistently got better times as the afternoon went on. Rhiannon made the shortish hop over to Hereford and similar to Amber, got quicker on every run she completed. Hopefully we'll see both of these riders again for more training and competiitons throughout the year.
Brand ambassador Janette wore her 4 Strides T Shirt with pride, and again was very supportive of the event, bringing along Emily for another dose of barrel racing fun. 
Greg has been putting the mileage in, attending all but 1 of the competitions this year before maternity / paternity needs later in the year may side track him for a while. Another Hi point trophy but by just a solitary point made it another close day. 
Rupert rode well and thepairing of himself and Bebe is really coming together and Georgia did great on her new horse also. 
Thanks for supporting us and hosting us in Hereford. We arte back again in July and can be booked below. You can also see the updated league tables and times form the evnt by hitting the buttons below. 

LINCOLNSHIRE - 4 STRIDES EQUESTRIAN
FULBECK
31/03/2024

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Easter Sunday was the date for the latest in the 2024 calendar of the UK Barrel Racing Schedule. As always (it seems) the weather left a substantial Barrel Racing Event gap and near perfect dry conditions were present yet again. We do get very lucky on the outdoor events and struggle to name the times we have had a wet Barrel racing Event. 
Plenty of riders were signed up to the clinics and competition adn the usual format of 2 hours of training were followed by the racing against the clock. 
Ella was appearing for her first ever event (thank you to Sarah Jane) and Lilly attended for only her second event. These two slogged it out throughout the event and took home a fair share of the rosettes too. 
Danielle seems to have caught the barrel racing aaddiction and travelled up with Pippa to ride herself. Consistently getting faster as the afternoon progressed, hard to belive only her second time of racing barrels. 
Pippa is still getting to grips with her latest steed and the more time spent in the saddle, the better for her as she is progressing nicely. 
The brother sister duo of James & Eloisa, also fought it out in the same NBHA Teen class and both ammassing some points and prizes along the way. 
Rupert tried his best at barrels and poles but it wasnt to be his day sadly, always next time ! 
That left Greg, Anna, Mark and Ryleigh to slog it out. Although Ryleigh wasnt on the fastest pony, he was very consisitant and walked away with joint hi point trophy winner of the day ! Tied with Greg and both on 16 points. 
Anna was on another loaned horse while her own is in the final stages of rehab, clocking a fantastic 18.558 put her amongst the big points and rosettes. 
Finally, Mark and his horse Lexy, ran great times and managed to win one of our new for 2024 classes that included prize money from our sponsors !  

George was in attendance taking pictures and they can be viewed HERE
As always, thank you to all our riders and supporters who make these events possbile. See you next time.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE - ROADES FIBRES ARENA

17/03/24

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A great mix of 2024 team riders and new comers paved the way for a carcking morning and afternoon at Roades Fibres Arena in Northampton. 
Youngsters Olivia & Mia attended for their first time, as did Sophie. All left with smiles on their faces and some rosettes so im sure we will see them again later in the year. 
Mary smashed the points in and ended the day as Hi Point winner on a substantial 22 ! Well done Mary !
It was down to Greg again to be the fastest around the barrels and the poles and is well on the way to getting the fastest times in each venue. Can anyone stop him ? 
Eva and Pippa were both getting more experience under their belts for a busy display and competition season coming up this summer. And Pippa even had mum Danielle to race against, who after all these years on the spectators bench, thought it was time to give it a go ! 
Jenni rode well and grabbed some prize money from one of the sponsors classes and everyone earned some well deserved points in the tables. 
Thankfully the tea and bacon butty van attended to keep us all well fed and hydrated. 
We are back at Northampton on August 4th. 
Click the links below to book and see the times.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE- HORSE CREEK FARM - SOVEREIGN QUARTER HORSES
03/03/2024

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​A couple of new riders joined us for our first ever clinic and competition at Sovereign Quarter Horses. Luckily, for the second week running, the cold dark wet days either side of Sunday subsided for a calm sunny winters day ! We say it numerous times throughout the year that just how lucky we are with the weather. New riders Lorraine and Kelly travelled from Bedford to try their hands at barrel racing and each participated in a clinic before trying against the clock in the competition. Both rode brilliantly for their abilities and we look forwrad to welcoming them again. 
The regular tem riders amassed on Sovereign Quarter horses to race against the clock and each other. Sarah came along for her second barrel outing of 2024, earning herself some points in the standings, Mary ended the day as the Hi Point winner for the second weekend running and Mark bagged the Jackpot cash for the second weekend running also. Greg achieved the fastest poles and barrels time of the day and Eloisa rode away with the Best Dressed award chosen by 2024 Sponsor Western Tack Trader. 
Sadly, due to saving the ground, any times after the NBHA classes were not on a standard barrel pattern so PB's arent applicable as we had to adjust the barrel pattern. 
Talking of Western Tack Trader (WTT), it was great that they could be in attendance with a van full of western tack goodies and we are proud to offer their support and sponsorship prizes to our riders. 
Anna was loaning a fresh young horse from Eloisa while her steed (Echo) is rehabilitating at home. She racked up some points and rosettes along the way. 
Young Pippa had her first outing on her new pony and after being dumped rather unceremoniously into the sand after losing her stirrups, she dusted herself off and showed great determination and perseverance to clock some good times and leave with a rosette. Well done Pippa and to al our riders.
We are back at Sovereign in September and have events coming up in Northampton and Lincolnshire.
As always, updated tables and times from the event are below.  

LINCOLNSHIRE- 4 STRIDES EQUESTRIAN FULBECK
25/02/2024

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The weather once again was on our side as a beautiful sunny yet crisp winters day, treated us and the riders to a great training session and competition. A few last minute bookings saw the clinic groups swell in numbers and the 2 hours of training flew by !

Onto the racing and it was good to see some regular team riders from 2023 making their first appearance of the year, Mary, Jenni, Anna & Ryleigh, along with Greg & Mark who have ridden this year already.

Jen tried barrels last year in Yorkshire and decided to make the short trip down along with Simone who was trying barrels for the first time.

Talking about first time barrel racers, Ryleigh jumped off trusty steed 'Willow' and took the lead rein to run with Francis and give the youngster her first experience of barrel racing. Lilly also raced for the first time, but with no lead rein required, and bagged an armful of rosettes as the afternoon went on. 

Alot of honours were shared and we are pretty certain everyone placed somewhere in a class to leave happy. 

Greg continued his run of attendance in 2024 and again took fastest pole and barrel time, along with some prize money from a sponsored class, but he was beaten to the hi point trophy by Mary who amassed a cracking 24 points. Mark was succesful in the Jackpot and took home cash as division 1 winner, as did Ryleigh for Division 2 winner. 

Ruperts progression is showing with the longer time spent in the saddle and the control of his pony Bebe. Jenni gladly loaned Whisky for Anna to race on while Echo is recoverig from a hiccup suffered last year. Anna put it to great use and got her 2024 points tally off the mark.   

Jenni also got he point tally in motion and nabbed a rosette for the members poles class. 

Well done to all our riders and thank you for your support. 

George was in attendance taking pictures and they can be viewed HERE

Our next event is Sunday March 3rd at Soverign Quarter Horses, Cambridge followed by Northampton just a couple of weeks later (March 17th) Book now on the Links below.

CHESHIRE - MAELORS EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
17/02/2024

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The indoor arena at Maelor Equestrian Centre in Cheshire was the venue for our latest 'away' leg of the 2024 season. A great facility with  long indoor arena, decent parking area and a good surface. The arena is slightly narrow for a full size barrel pattern so any PB's set are a non standard pattern. 

17 riders in total booked for the clinics with only the regular riders 'The Coopers' being classed as experienced. It was great for Greg to showcase barrel racing and demonstrate how Barrel Racing can become your full time equestrian discipline. 

Lots of youngsters were in attendance and all in various abilities from lead rein upwards and plenty showing potential for further barrel racing lessons and racing. Sadly not a huge amount stuck around for the racing, most admitting they were a bit too nervous to try this time and prefer to watch but the ones who did stay to race really improved as the afternoon went on. 

New member for 2024, Dawn, rode brilliantly on Winston and took home not only a share of rosettes but also prize money and some valuable hi points in the league table !

Also for their first event, Rose bagged 2 first place rosettes along with a lovely saddle charm prize from our sponsor. Owen and Seren also rode well throughout the day, Owen showing he's ready for a faster steed and Seren showing great determination and composure to learn the barel pattern and progress steadily throughout the day. 

Greg hd a clean sweep winning all the classes he enterered, long with the Hi point trophy and the fastest barrels and fastest poles. Well done Greg. He's really getting the events and points in the bag early this season as later on there will be uncertainty on his attendance. 

Rupert makes it 2 Coopers in the top 4 in the Hipoint league and had a steady but consistant time around the barrels in Cheshire.

We hope the next event in Cheshire in June will be as greatly attended as this one and we look forward to welcoming some of our riders for some racing action too !     

The new points system was again in operation, and after 3 events the table can be seen below. 

Next event is Lincolnshire (25th Feb) and a new venue for 2024 Soverign Quarter Horses on 3rd March and then our first event of 2024 at Northampton on 17th March. 

LINCOLNSHIRE - FULBECK
28/01/2024

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Our second event of 2024 fell exactly 1 week after our first for the first back to back weekend of the season. This time it was at Fulbeck - The home of 4 Strides Barrel Racing. These early in the season events often see a mixed bag of the number of riders due to weather conditions and bringing horses back into work, but with nearly 2 full clinics and additional riders coming in just to race, there was plenty of competition out there for all abilities. 

The 2 youngsters (Tillie & Eva) battled it out throughout the day in a number of classes, with Eva prevailing and taking the 1st Rosette in the NBHA Junior, Under 14.1HH & Under 18 classes, Tillie was hot her heels and this will prove great competition throughout the year. Rupert joined the young riders in the NBHA Junior class but was having a few steering issues and resulted in heavy penalties on his first 2 runs. He did recover nicely after that. 

Complete newcomers Emma, Tom & Elizabeth all rode well for their first try around the barrels, Tom definitely looked the part and exposed his inner cowboy clocking a 22.663 second run as his fastest time of the day. Emma took the honours in the first time turners class with a 22.066 while Elizabeth grabbed some Cash ££ in the Jackpot class.

Hopefully all had a great time and we can see them again soon. 

Helen made the short journey down to us and entered the NBHA Senior class and finished with a very respectable average time of 23.110. Well done Helen !

Seasoned team rider Mark, was able to just pip rival Greg to the Jackpot Cash, but Greg took his own payback and smashed the arena record from 2023 with a 17.818. Not bad for the second event of 2024 ! 

Sarah also haad a good day, consistantly in the mid 19's bracket and picked up plenty of rosettes and points along the way, including Class 5 over 18's win.

The new points system was again in operation, and after 2 events the table can be seen below. 

George Parish was on haand with his camera and they can be purchased and viewed directly HERE.

Next event is Cheshire on 17th February follwed by Lincolnshire the week after (25th Feb) and a new venue for 2024 Soverign Quarter Horses on 3rd March. 

YORKSHIRE - BISHOP BURTON COLLEGE
21/01/2024

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Our first event of a brand new season in 2024 saw 4 Strides head north to Yorkshire for the first of 3 clinics at Bishop Burton College. A mixture of new riders and seasoned riders guaranteed a great display in contrast and showed our new riders what to aim for. 

It was great to see so many youngsters in attendance trying the sport of barrel racing. Anyone is welcome to attend just to race but dont forget a bit of training next time will see a huge improvement.

Down to the racing and Tillie picked up where she left of last year and constantly set quicker times as the day progressed, im sure she will be in the 20-23 second bracket very soon. Rupert and Tillie went head to head in the NBHA UK Youth category, with Rupert grabbing the coveted 1st Place after a disasterious final run for Tillie completely missing out the 3rd barrel !

Claire came along and raced in a couple of classes and took home 2x Second Places. Showing great potential for the future, we look forward to seeing Claire again soon. 

Annabel and Kim were trying out barrel racing for the first time and having both done the clinics, Kim tried her hand at competitive racing, a great effort and a great big smile made it worthwhile for Kim. 

Down to the business end of the day and 2 seasoned riders went at it head to head, trading fastest times, but it was Jemma who came out victorius in the fastest time of the day just pipping Greg by 1 tenth of a second. The new points structure was in play for the first time and showed how punishing it can be to not have a clean run but also keeps the points tally fair and within reach of everyone else. Greg took the Hi Point trophy away with him with 12 points, followed by Jemma with 7 and Tillie with 3.

All in all we enjoyed our first 'away' day of 2024 and are looking forward to Lincolnshire on Sunday 28th January. Book Now.

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