Fun and Friendly Show Jumping Competition at Rhôs Equestrian on 19th March.
Thanks to members who turned out for our first show jumping competition of the year.
It was a sunny, fresh day and an ideal opportunity for a catch up with friends over coffee and cake after a turn in the arena.
Well done to all and especially red rosette recipients: Elspeth (90cm), Becky (80cm), Amanda (70cm) and Paula (60cm). Thanks to Meg for course design and Sally for judging and delicious home made cakes! Thanks also to our helpers and host, Sue.
Our club show jumps are kept at Rhôs and available for members to use there.
Elspeth has also set up a gymnastic show jump course on the adjacent grass. You can book in with her for a lesson, or hire the arena or grass area via Sue at Rhôs Equestrian. We may put on further friendly competitions later in the year if there are enough members wishing to compete.
We have had a couple of social events so far this year and boy had we missed them!
It is so nice to be out and about again, catching up with other members and feeling more ‘normal’!
Here is a little round up of what’s been on so far and what is coming up next month.
In April a group of about 10 of us went to The Royal Hill in Melverley for Pizza night. They do this every Tuesday evening, and we make it a fairly regular social event because it’s always popular (who doesn’t enjoy eating pizza with friends?!) We had a lovely evening full of conversation, good food and lots and lots of laughs! It’s definitely a popular one and there will probably be another pizza night later in the year.
In May I organised to meet up at Kelsall Hill in Cheshire, to go around the farm ride and have a picnic afterwards. Three small groups set off in the beautiful sunshine across Kelsall’s wonderful property. It really is beautiful and great fun with fields to canter across, a woodland to wander through, plenty of cross-country jumps to have a go at and of course amazing scenery. Everyone had a brilliant time, the horses most of all, I think!
Once the horses were happily untacked and munching on their hay, riders and non-riders all sat down and enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine. We possibly even had a sneaky look around the amazing tack shop on site! It was a really enjoyable morning and thank you to those who came along.
We are hoping to do at least one more guided ride this year closer to VVRC home and have been talking about heading over to Somerford Park for their farm ride which is brilliant.
Next month we have another non-horsey social evening. We are doing a walk around Llanymynech rocks nature reserve. I don’t know the planned route yet, but it will be about an hour’s moderate walk. We can park in the small carpark behind The Cross Guns in Pant and then go there afterwards for a well-deserved drink. I will send out more details on email and via Facebook, so keep your eyes peeled. Remember that social events have a new email as well email@example.com
The Summer Dressage League got off to a flying start in April with 17 class entries.
The feedback was very positive and everyone enjoyed the competition.
Sadly, we were not so lucky for our competition in May. We didn’t have enough entries to run the competition, so we had no choice but to cancel it. It was unfortunate that the only slot we could get at Radford’s in May was only two weeks after our April competition and we had feedback that quite a few of our members were away.
Our next competition is on Sunday 26th June, which hopefully our members will be able to attend. We will use the May tests for June, so hopefully those who were practicing for the May test will be well on their way.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our helpers who work so hard on competition days. They always have smiley faces and are so supportive to put riders at their ease at what can be for most, a nerve-racking experience to get in that arena and have a go as well ensuring all goes smoothly. Also, a big thank you to our judges who give us their valuable time, as I know they are in huge demand. Last, but not least, thank you to all our competitors who work so hard on their tests and turn out amazing beautiful horses for us to see. Without you, there wouldn’t be any competitions.
There has been feedback about varying the format of the competition, which includes: holding the competition outdoors, some long arena tests and some possible evening competitions. I am aware that quite a few people have given feedback on these options, but it would be good if we could hone it down a bit more. It would be helpful to know how many riders would be interested in an evening competition, which evening would be preferred and what time would they like to see the competition start.
There isn’t any reason why we couldn’t easily put on some long tests now that Radford’s have made the smaller arena into a 60×20 arena, with the letters in place. It would be helpful to know if the level of test should be novice, prelim or both. We could do some tests outside, however, if they are 40×20 tests, we would need dedicated helpers to set up the outside arena. This would take about 20 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the competition, with the appropriate equipment to measure the arena. Please feel free to send your thoughts and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
I think that is all I have to report for now.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to seeing you all in June.
Prize giving, as usual, followed our AGM in February of this year.
Best Member Award
For riders who have attended clinics and social events, but not as a competitor. Members are awarded one point for every Riding Club event which they attend, but it does not include competitions as they have their own award
1st Paula Jeffreson 19 points and Trophy
=2nd Carol Kynaston and Sally Evans 9 points
3rd Joanne Micklethwaite 8 points
=4th Nicky Machin, Sara Wright, Ruth Hurley, Meg Evans, Janet Warner 7 points
5th Amanda Hopwood 6 points
Retraining of Racehorses
Rosettes and gifts were given to our members who have given hours of their time to help us run competitions etc. We are so grateful to them for their help, as without them competitors could not compete.
Best Helper of the Year
1st Maureen Coxon
2nd Ros Swanston
3rd Amanda Hopwood
Summer Dressage League
1st Izzy Robers 49 points and Silver Platter
2nd Alice Newby 48 points
3rd Nicky Crookes 17 points
4th Sara Wright 16 points
=5th Sally Evans, Lynn Bird and Elspeth Carr 13 points
=6th Erica Morgan and Claire Jones 12 points
=7th Amanda Hopwood and Janet Warner 10 points
Winter Dressage League
1st Alice Newby(Doodles) 43 points
2nd Sara Wright 15 points
=3rd Alice Newby (The Beast) Lynn Bird, Ruth Hurley 13 points
4th Ali Harper 12 points
5th Sally Evans 10 points
Best Competitive Rider