MEMBERS – Join the VVRC team

JOIN TEAM VVRC
We often compete at area competitions and would like to invite you to join our Dressage/SJ/Horse Trials teams. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested, please contact the appropriate Head of Discipline.
Dressage—Sally Evans
Showjumping—Patsy Pyke
Horse Trials—Ali Harper
Contact details are on the back page. We will be organising team. training, details will be circulated via email nearer the time of each qualifier

Inter-Club Show Jumping

This is just a reminder that we will be hoping to run another Inter-Club Show Jumping competition again this year with Dolfor Riding Club. The aim of this event is for ALL riders to have the opportunity to be able to compete for their club.
We usually start at about 50cm, but if people want to do a smaller first round that’s absolutely fine! The day will be catered for those who come to jump for their clubs, from poles on the ground to 1m60!! (I think that is the record James Dawson has set!!)
Every year we have a lot of fun, jumping successes and cake! We obviously couldn’t run this competition without our kind and generous helpers, so if you’d like to be involved in a local club event please let me know (we really, really appreciate you!)
I will let you know more information about the event as soon as possible. Hope to see lots of you there – we need to retain our winning trophy!! Kat

VVRC Side Saddle Demo

Back in November we were joined by Emma Wood a side saddle instructor from Manchester. Emma gave our members an informative talk on the costumes and types of habit worn by side saddle riders before showing us a selection of side saddles from the 1900s. 
We were shown how a side saddle should fit on our beautiful demo horse Toby, and talked us through positioning of the demo rider, Ali.  It was Toby’s first time under the side saddle and he was a total star! 

Following the demo, six riders had a thirty minute private session with Emma on their own horse. Lots of progress was made during each session with most riders trotting and a few even cantering! Riders even wore the habit that Emma had brought with her to look the part. 

The afternoon proved to be a huge success with most of the horses and riders taking to side saddle ‘like ducks to water’ 

Club Updates – Help days and subsidies

Help days and subsidies
At our most recent committee meeting we discussed help days and subsidies. As a club we want members to enjoy the activities and clinics we put on but felt we needed to clarify what is expected so it is fair for everyone.
HELP DAYS: All members are expected to do a help day as part of their membership. If they do this they will get subsidies for clinics and their prelim entries paid for area competitions. It was decided after much discussion to make this an absolute minimum of 4 hours. Once a member has done their minimum 4 hours, they will get the subsidies.
HELPERS AT AREA COMPETITIONS: These are often difficult for individuals to find especially new members. It was agreed that if someone helped at an area event this will go towards their help day. If they had to travel out of the local area they will get travel expenses paid and their travel time will count towards their hours.
IF SOMEONE HELPS FOR YOU if a non-member / family member/friend helps that does not count towards the members help day. Instead, there will be a helper of the year award for all helpers that will be awarded at the AGM.
SUBSIDIES: It has been agreed that 2018 subsidies will be a max of £3 for the hour so if sharing or having a lesson for part of an hour, members will receive their proportion of this amount.
PAYMENT OF SUBSIDIES: A maximum of £50 subsidies has been set for the year per member for lessons and clinics. All lessons/clinics will be charged at the full price at the time of the lesson and the subsidy will be handed out at the end of the year when the help hours have been totalled and checked.
PRELIM FEES and CHAMPIONSHIP FEES will be paid at the end of the year. This is subject to help day having been completed.

VVRC social evenings

Our last proper social evening of 2017 was Ten Pin Bowling at The Venue, Park Hall way back in November.
About 12 of us got together to enjoy an evening of food, chatter and of course bowling!! This was a bit different to any of the other socials we had previously organised and we are so glad it proved to be a popular choice. A repeat evening has been requested so we will try to fit it in to 2018 somewhere!!
Everyone played brilliantly, showed some amazing techniques and skills but most importantly had a great laugh! In the end it was Mo who showed the most skill and took home first prize and a box of chocolates.
I hope you like the fab action shots!!
Our regular social evenings have become a real success and as much as we love our four-legged friends it is lovely to be able to get together without them occasionally and see what we all look like without hats on! We try to keep the evenings varied and its always a lovely laid-back atmosphere so come along and enjoy!

For 2018 we plan to continue with our regular social evenings from May time onwards. Until then we have a couple of special socials planned. As I’m sure you’ve all seen by now we are running a course of six ‘Rider Core Strength and Fitness’ classes with the lovely Emily Pryce throughout February and March and we have 24 people signed up to these plus a waiting list! We are so pleased with the amount of enthusiasm we have had! Sorry if you missed out on a spot but watch this space we may do something similar again in the future.
We are also planning to have a pub quiz around Easter time (date TBC), this will be open to all members, family and friends so keep an eye out for the emails and Facebook posts. We are hoping it will be a fun evening and a chance to raise some money for both VVRC and The Air Ambulance.
If you have any ideas for future social events then please don’t hesitate to let either myself or Kat know. I can be found at megs-88@hotmail.com and Kat at mogg-i@hotmail.co.uk
Meg Evans

Area Winter Novice Show jumping at Southview. November 5th 2017

Two teams went to this Area competition with the ‘A’ team comprising of Hollie Hindley, Meg Higginson, Ali Harper and Gina Williams who went really well in the first round finishing on a ‘0’ score; but not so good in the 2nd round & finished on a score of 24 so just out of rosettes coming 7th.
Unfortunately due to last minute lameness the ‘B’ team was down to three: Paula Jeffreson, Lauren Lawley and Siân Bates who all got around in a nice style but unfortunately were not in the running as one of the horses took a dislike to the double.
Everybody was organised on the day and thanks to Debbie Pennington who did half a day’s help on car parking duties.
I am now looking for keen riders for the Intermediate show jumping at Northop on March 18th and the combined training competition (date to be decided).
Patsy