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Spring 2018 Season....

18 Mar Beaufort, Wilts
8 April Fernie
29 April Worcestershire
15 April Avon Vale Hunt

Autumn 2018 Season....

2nd Sept Warwickshire
9th Sept Belvoir
16th Sept Atherstone
23rd Sept Meynell & S.Staffs
30th Sept Berkeley
7th Oct Bicester with Whaddon Chase
14th Oct Pytchley
21st Oct North Herefordshire
21st Oct Grafton
28th Oct Cotswold
4th Nov Essex & Suffolk

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Art Hotel Chasers

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RED Rider 1: Sarah Mayhill Horse 1: Dingbat
WHITE Rider 2: Yvonne Goss Horse 2: Haxton
YELLOW Rider 3: Heather Moodie Horse 3: Kowhai
GREEN Rider 4: Lissy Seidel Horse 4: Demon

Team Profile:

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The Art Hotel Chasers came together as a combination of the Teme Valley Tigers and the Odds and Sods in 2009. Happily, this coincided with Roel Rol looking for a team to sponsor - Roel runs the Art Hotel chain, based in Amsterdam.

Sarah Myhill is the main team organiser and achieved the impressive feat of putting together two teams for every competition in the 2011/12 season – an Open team, the Art Hotel Chasers and an Intermediate team, the Art Hotel Racers.

The Open team invariably has a hard core of Heather Moodie, Yvonne Goss and Sarah Myhill, who will be joined in the spring by Emma Beresford riding Roel Rol's horse Larry. Lissy Seidel, who made a brilliant contribution The Demon - who was always competed in a bitless bridle and 'barefoot' - has decided to hang up her team chasing boots!

Sarah, a doctor by profession, is the chairman of the Teme Valley hunt, while Heather runs a livery yard in Oxfordshire and has appeared as a 'Thruster of the Week' in Horse and Hound. Yvonne Goss is a former member of the legendary Forge Flyers and she and her great horse Perry won all of the leading hunt rides. Yvonne also coaches Cropthorne and Evesham Vale Riding Club, and is training a mini team of eight and nine year olds for bogey time classes.

Sarah Myhill says: "We have been blessed with superstar horses."

Lead horse is the former eventer Dingbat who featured recently in Horse and Hound's First and Last series, and is well known for his eccentric jumping style and his fury if anyone goes past him! He lives out year round and is devoted to Sarah's mare Lousa.

Second horse is Yvonne Goss's Haxton, an ex-racehorse who broke down badly and was expected to be little more than a hack when he recovered. Not a natural lead horse, he is now happy to stand in if needed, but loves to run in the number two slot in the team. A very sound and reliable team horse who loves his job, Haxton has won the RoR prize for the last two years at the national championships for the highest placed ex-racehorse. Yvonne says: "He will still drop me for fun when he wants! In his spare time he nannies a group of 8/10yr old children hunting, hacking and on fun rides".

Third horse is Heather Moodie's 17hh grey gelding Kowhai. Sarah comments: "He would never think to stop at any fence, he is always working out how best to jump it. I don't think he has ever come down in any competition though any fault of his own." The big jumping grey, who loves the top of the ground, often makes up amazing amounts of space in the air, and can turn from nowhere to clear a fence. At the Cotswold in 2012, Haxton and Kowhai's incredible 'adjustability' saved the day when Dingbat missed at the drop hedge directly in front of them.

Fourth horse is now Larry – purchased for the team by Roel, currently being hunted by Sarah, but will be chased by Emma Beresford. Emma's first ever ride on Larry was in the Cotswold Intermediate which was won by the Racers, and then she brilliantly completed the Essex and Suffolk open on him. "They will be a force to be reckoned with," says Sarah.

Art Hotel Racers

The Intermediate team is an essential back up to the Open team – it is where new horses learn the game – jumping at speed amongst friends. Chris Davey riding Dunnock has been the key lead rider – Dunnock is a 15.1hh pony who thinks he is Red Rum, and wins like him. He has been faultless in leading the team to a string of victories.

Sarah Myhill captains the team, and she explains: "We have three regular core riders who have competed in every Intermediate competition this season namely Chris Davey on the amazing Dunnock, myself on Mr Pointment and Greg Wright on Fingers. We then have had various guest fourth riders including Jamie Goss on Ice Warrior, Millie Mather on Fuzz and Lousa, Emma Beresford on Larry."

Mr Pointment was 2007 Becher Chase winner over the Grand National course

Links to Team Sponsors

Roel Rol has been a generous sponsor of the Art Hotel Chasers and Racers. He also sponsors the Heythrop Team Chase which hosts the National Championships in the Spring of 2013.

Notable Results within the last 10 years

The Art Hotel Chasers came together in 2009. Since then they have won the Championship twice in 2009 and 20011 and been runners up in 2012, and third in 2010. They won the League in 2011 and wre runners up in 2010 and 2012.

The Art Hotel Racers won the 2012 Intermediate League by taking 134 points out of a possible 140 – ie 11 wins and three second placings in 14 competitions.

Art Hotel Chasers at the 2012 Championships

Webcam view of from Yvonne Goss's hat at Cotswold 2012!

Bicester 2012

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