Showing Demo Evening

Showing Demo Evening

19th April 2016

We were blessed with a lovely evening for our showing demo at Oswestry EC on April 19th. The evening began with some demonstrations from Liane Roberts and Rachel Jones, both experienced showing riders who have competed numerous times at HOYS and RIHS.
They demonstrated correct turnout for different classes and how to show your horse or pony at their best in the ring.
We then saw a demonstration of how to ride a Working Hunter course.
Following this, Lisa Lake gave a very entertaining demo of how to groom for showing, with some fantastic tips for the professional look. Becky King brought along a range of tack, clothing and products and gave advice on what to wear for different classes. A very successful and popular evening it proved to be.




Sports Psychology for the Rider

Sports Psychology for the Rider
22nd February 2016

This was an entertaining and informative evening, put on by the club and Ied by BE coach, Elspeth Carr, addressing the issues surrounding our fears and phobias when riding and what techniques we can use to overcome them. A good audience of thirty or so took part in the workshop and Q&A session as well enjoying the hospitality of the Bradford Arms. Elspeth covered the three recognised stages. She went on to looking at visualisation and positive self-talk, and what methods and routines we can adopt to help us stay calm and focused in our riding. We all came away inspired having set targets for both ourselves and our horses. We also raised over £100 for the Brooke Hospital.

Summer Dressage League

Summer Dressage League

The first leg took place on April at Brithdir in fairly hideous weather. The wind blew, the rain fell and the tem-perature plummeted. But were we downhearted? No! We substituted Pimm’s for hot chocolate and Bailey’s, buttoned up out coats and got on with it.

Some sensible folk resorted to hunting gear, the rest pulled out the waterproofs. We had to abandon using the gazebo and retreat to a stable mid-evening. Well done to our bril-liant and encouraging judge, Judy McKinnon, who was still on crutches from a recent knee op, but kept cheer-ful in spite of the filthy weather. Big thanks to all the insane riders who turned out and to everyone who helped run it. Hopefully our next one will be considerably warmer!
Into A
1 Emma Blair, Percy
2 Nicole Bartholemew, Mark Twain
3 Anne Roberts, Millie
4 Irene Gill, Mikey
5 Teresa Jones, Charlie
6 Jo Waters, Annie Prelim 1
1 Emma Blair, Percy
2 Anne Roberts, Millie
3 Irene Gill, Mikey
4 Teresa Jones, Charlie
5 Becky King, Oscar
6 Sian Bates, Shadow.
Nov 24
1 Sally Evans, Sirius
2 Tara McDonald, Randy
3 Sian Bates, Shadow
4 Ali Harper, Jack
5 Patsy Pyke, Southern Fox.

League leaders after the first competition:
Emma Blair- 14, Anne Roberts- 10, Irene Gill-9, Teresa Jones, Sian Bates, Sally Evans – 7

VVRC Summer Show Jumping

VVRC Summer Show Jumping

A rainy start to the season, triumph for Patsy Pyke and an ex-racehorse battle!

Our first show of the 2016 took place on 2nd April where we had a good turnout from both members and non-members. A rainy start to the day tried to put a dampener on things, but as usual the fantastic team of VVRC Helpers (Sally Evans, Jo Waters, Heather Jones, Sara Wright, Patsy Pyke and Simon Woods) kept things running smoothly.

The clear round offered an inviting way for newcomers, novices and beginners to take their time around the course set at a height of their choice. The purpose of the clear round to is to act as a relaxed atmosphere for those that are new to show jumping in order to get some experience and practise. It’s also highly beneficial to those with young horses, and if you are really clever, for those with spooky horses, it’s a great trial run before the class!

The 60cm was popular, committee member Patsy Pyke had a fabulous double clear on Splodgers to win. Paula Jeffreson and Lily took 2nd spot with Molly Allen and Manny finishing in third.

The 70cm saw another win for Patsy and Splodgers who again jumped double clear in a fabulous time of 16.42 seconds, almost 4 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Sian Williams (daughter of member Babs Williams) and Mari. Paula Jeffreson and Lily picked up another good placing finishing in 3rd.

Again in the 80cm, Patsy and Splodgers took the win (we certainly need these two on our show jumping teams this year!) 2nd place went to non-member Helen Pugh and 3rd another non-member Elle May Hart.

The 85cm Open saw the addition of extra fillers and a more up to height course. Non-member Elle May Hart took the win, followed closely in second place by Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw. Third place went to Lisa Lake and Totes in what was a very close finish.
It was the battle of the ex-racehorses in the 90cm, with members Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw and Sue Jones and Springtime Lover battling it out to finish 1st and 2nd respectively.

We had just two entries for the 1m class, with Becky King and Oscar achieving the only double clear to win the class.

Best turned out rosettes were awarded to the following members on the day in their classes – Jenny Jones and Ed, Nicole Bartholomew and Mark Twain, Sue Jones and Springtime Lover, Lisa Lake and Totes and Becky King and Oscar.

The prize for the best ex-racehorse of the day (sponsored by ROR) was awarded to Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw for occurring the most points at the show.

Our next competition takes place on Saturday 28th May at Radfords Equestrian.
Hope to see you there,

SJ Dates 2016:
28th May, 18th June, 9th July, 7th August (Double Points) , 10th September (Team Jumping Competition)



The Festival of the Horse

The Festival of the Horse – show jumping and cross country

We initially had six riders entered for this competition but as most of you are probably aware the event was postponed because of very wet weather.

Area committee then decided to reschedule for the May Bank Holiday Monday and as five of our riders were working on that day and unfortunately were unable to attend, but one of our members, Nicole Bartholo-mew, was able to go. Nicole had a lovely day and was very pleased with the way her horse went, but unfortunately was not in the ribbons this time.

Well done Nicole.



At Lower House Farm, Llanymynech

Four members of the club competed. They were Becky Woolley riding Ellie, Rachael Woolley riding Tia (Sister Becky’s mounted games pony), Caroline Hurley riding Chorister Girl and Vicky Robson riding Tempest River Queen.

Becky and Rachael competed in the morning in tricky, windy conditions. Both achieved reasonable dressage scores. Becky jumped a clear round in the show jumping while Rachael just rolled one pole. Both horses were far more enthusiastic in the jumping phase than in their dressage!!

I popped home for some lunch and by the time I returned to watch Caroline and Vicky in the afternoon, weather conditions had gone drastically downhill. I had difficulty walking from my car to the arenas, the rain had turned the ground into a wet ice rink!

Caroline and Vicky both managed to complete their dressage (though Chorister Girl did spend most of her test trying to turn her rear into the rain and gale!).

Sadly, but very understandably, both Caroline and Vicky decided to withdraw from the show jumping as the ground was dangerous for their horses by then.

Many thanks to all four for representing VVRC in very challenging conditions.

Julie Phillips

Annual Prize Giving 2016

Rosettes and trophies for members who did well in 2015

The evening started with members raising their glasses to the committee and official helpers who have done a huge amount of work with organising clinics and competitions and training for our members.

The first rosettes went to two special young ladies who are not members of Riding Club, but their mothers are: Jessica Jones and Sophie Williams, who always help at Cassie’s show jumping competitions and we really appreciate their help.

The most helpful member award this year went to Heather Jones who not only does her own job of treasurer but helped Justine run camp, has been the chef d’equipe for the show jumping teams and helped at our dressage competitions.

Special rosettes were awarded to three ‘special members’ who have been extremely helpful during the year.
They all have given up so much of their time to run activities for others to enjoy.

• Justine Roberts who with the help of Heather and Meg ran a superb camp at Berriewood which everyone enjoyed.

• Cassie Woods who organised very successful show jumping competitions at Radford’s and ended the season with a hugely popular open team show jumping competition.

• Elspeth Carr who has most successfully organised dressage competitions at Brithdir Equestrian Centre where we all had most enjoyable evenings and drank lots of Pimms.

Best General Member Awards
Members get one point for every activity which they attend, but this does not include competitions as they have their own awards.
1. Sue Biltcliffe and Anne Roberts – they share the trophy
2. Jeanette Barnes
3. Rosemarie Williams
4. Carol Kynaston
5. Ali Harper
6. Elspeth Carr
7. Katharine Hayward
8. Vicki Luxmoore

Cassie’s in-house show jumping awards

60 cm awards
1. Mollie Allen
2. Mollie Allen
3. Heather Jones
4. Ali Harper
5. Paula Cartwright
6. Meg Evans 70 cm awards
1. Heather Jones
2. Nicole Bartholomew
3. Mollie Allen
4. Lindsay Jackson
5. Teresa Jones 80 cm awards
1. Meg Evans
2. Jo Nunnerley
3. Lisa Lake
4. Justine Roberts
5. Meg Evans 85 cm awards
1. Justine Roberts
2. Meg Davies
3. Sam Davies
4. Meg Evans 90 cm awards
1. James Dawson
2. Rachel Tudor-Davies
3. Kat Morgan
4. Becky King

Accumulator – Patsy Pyke

Best turned out overall winner – Heather Jones

Overall in-house show jumping points awards
1. Mollie Allen who retains the “Terry Brown Memorial Cup”
2. Heather Jones
3. Justine Roberts
4. Mollie Allen – second horse
5. Meg Evans
6. Nicole Bartholomew and Jo Nunnerley

VVRC star rider awards

1. James Dawson who wins a show jumping training session with local instructor
2. Rachel Tudor-Davies who wins free entry to Area intermediate show jumping team

Best overall competitive rider awards
This award is calculated on member’s placings at Area competitions
1. Vicky Robson who received a trophy
2. Sam Davies and Kat Morgan
3. Rachel Lewis
4. Elspeth Carr
5. Rachel Tudor-Davies
6. Justine Roberts
7. Meg Davies
8. Rachel Woolley and Ali Harper

Trophies were also awarded to members who did extremely well at Area competitions and also at the National Championships

Sam Davies who was third at Area Combined Training and 7th at the National Championships

And to three members who WON at Area Show Jumping and then went forward to the National Championships – they are:

Kat Morgan
Rachel Lewis
Rachel Tudor-Davies

Well done everyone!











BRC Riding Test and Style Jumping

BRC Riding Test

If you like dressage but your horse doesn’t, the BRC riding test could be for you! Judged on accuracy and your riding only. Marks are awarded according to the rider’s performance, and the horse’s paces are not considered. For senior teams two members ride the Prelim RT and the other two ride the Novice RT.

Style Jumping

Style jumping is similar to show jumping, but marks are based on the rider’s performance rather than the horse’s. Consisting of two sections, 75cm and 85cm, for both juniors and seniors at the Qualifiers and Championships. The jumps are well spaced out, one double, includes a ‘dog-leg’ with a narrow jump at some point to show control.

BRC Riding Tests – Understanding and Improving Performance BRC Style Jumping – Understanding and Improving Performance

There are opportunities to come along and give it a try in our events programme on pages 18-28

Patsy Pyke, BR Style & Performance List 1 judge

Area 20 Qualifier and Championship Dates 2016

Area 20 Qualifiers 2016

Horse Trials Area 20 Llanymynech 25th June
Dressage Llandudno Caerwys 3rd July
Show Jumping Bradley Dale Ashwood Equestrian 23rd July
Dressage to Music Delamere Reaseheath 14th August

2016 BRC Championship Dates

Festival of the Horse 4 – 5 June Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 6RT

Horse Trials 5 – 7 August Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, Oxon. OX15 5EX

National Championships 10 – 11 September
Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. LN2 2NA

Dressage to Music & Quadrille Selection Trial 30 Sept – 2 October TBC Bury Farm Equestrian Village; New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks. LU7 9BT

Quadrille Final TBC TBC