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Summer Dressage

The first scheduled area competition was due to be held on Sunday 29th July at Rodbaston.

Having driven there in pouring rain – the first we had seen in 6 weeks – Janet Warner (who had literally stepped in at the 11th hour) and myself found the competition had been postponed due to unsafe ground conditions. Fortunately we managed to stop the other 3 competitors leaving home even though they were all plaited up and ready to come.

It was rescheduled for Friday 10th August at Tushingham arena on surfaces as there was no where else to hold it at such short notice.

We managed to field a team of 4 including one replacement so Siân Bates, Gina Williams, Kat Morgan, and Ali Harper (replacing Janet) all did great tests and the team did amazingly well to come 2nd overall.

Kat was also 4th overall. Well done all of you

picture of Sian and Shadow

VVRC Camp 2018

This year we held camp on the weekend of 15th – 17th June again at Berriewood.

After various problems with lame horses etc., we had 21 members attending.

Lots of fun was had and everyone enjoyed lessons including flatwork, pole-work, grids, show jumping, and cross country.

We made full use of all the wonderful facilities Berriewood offers. Our instructors -Sally Jackson, Janet Green, Elspeth Carr, Sarah Warner, Ticky Fletcher, and Nicky Shipp- all got the most out of people and hopefully everyone went home having learnt something.

The demo on Saturday by the Perry Vaulting group was much appreciated and some members even had a go. A new challenge for them.

Kat Morgan kindly came and did a yoga/stretch session which went down very well.

The food was from the Fox Inn and as usual was delicious and there was masses of it.

Huge thanks to Justine for much of the organising despite having just had little Hallie. Also huge thanks to Penny at Berriewood for being so helpful and accommodating as usual. Watch this space for next year’s camp dates.

Area 20 Horse Trials Qualifier 24th June at Radfords Equestrian, Llanymynech

This year we entered a team for the 80cm and a team for the 90 cm and some individual riders too.

Unfortunately, we had to start a team of 3 for the 80cm as one of the horses went lame the day before.

Nicky Stokes had a great run and finished 9th, Siân Bates finished 13th but Gina Williams and Amanda Hopwood did not complete which put us out of the team event.

Sara Wright, who competed as an individual also had a good run and finished 7th on Justine’s Alton.

The 90cm did better finishing 8th with Myfi Powell finishing 3rd, Rachel Woolley 8th, Michelle Colohan 10th and Vicki Poole 14th in their sections.

Sue Jones and I competed as individuals, Sue finished 13th and I finished 14th. My cross-country round was particularly eventful; Jack pulled a shoe off causing him to trip which meant we had to circle in front of one of the fences and we were joined by a loose horse 4 fences from home!

I was a great day, we all enjoyed being out competing and it was lovely to see so many VVRC members out supporting our competitors.

I would like to say a big thank you to Julie Phillips and Rosemary Pyne who are no longer members but came and helped us put out the dressage arenas a few days before the event along with myself and Irene Gill. Also thank you to Sally Evans, Heather Jones and Dee Sides who delivered lunches to all the volunteers on the day.

Ali Harper

Bolesworth International BRC 90 Team Competition 16th June

Meg Higginson, Michelle Colohan, Rachel Woolley and I made up a team of 4 doing the 85-90 cm riding club team competition at Bolesworth.

The day was a wash out unfortunately – there was a huge excess of rain which turned the warm up arena into a mud bath. I think if we weren’t hunting regulars we would have had some difficulty! There were few clears and the class was massively delayed.

However Meg managed to do a lovely round with just 2 down, I was enormously pleased to get round with a double clear and Michelle had a green stop (as far as I’m aware). Sadly Rachel had to leave as she had commitments that evening and none of us were expecting the long wait.

Martha took some fab photos of us, and although there was a lot of waiting around we all loved the atmosphere of jumping at Bolesworth and really enjoyed ourselves – despite the poor ground conditions too.
 
When I came home I looked up to see how we’d done and it said Rebel had come 16th out of 68 which I was so pleased with. We were all very proud to represent VVRC at such a huge event.

Myfi Powell

VVRC Social – June 2018

On June 28th we held a club social in the form of a lovely walk around Gaer Fawr Woods in Guilsfield followed by a drink and some food at the local pub.

We had a really good attendance and it was quite a crowd of us in the end between humans and our dogs!

Gaer Fawr Woods are maintained by the Woodlands Trust and have several beautiful footpaths to choose from. We picked a moderate one that took us about 40 minutes to amble around and take in the scenery.

Once everyone was safely back to the cars (with only one faller) we headed to The Oak pub in Guilsfield for a quick drink and bite to eat on what turned out to be one of the many gorgeous evenings we had this summer.

It was a lovely, simple social evening that I think everyone enjoyed. Sadly, we couldn’t hold another social this summer due to both myself and Kat having a very busy few months but, as always, if you have any ideas or suggestions don’t hesitate to let me or Kat know – megs-88@hotmail.com or mogg-i@hotmail.co.uk

Clarification of Help Days for Members

It has come to our notice that some of our members do not understand why we ask all members to do a ‘help day’ each year.
Throughout the year we organise many competitions, dressage, show jumping and cross country and sometimes a combination of two or three of those disciplines.
Every competition requires people to help run them and for many years now our policy has been to ask members to help us run these events.
We ask for a minimum of four hours per member per year. These hours can be done at one event or in two halves if preferred.
Members who help usually receive various perks such as subsidies on clinics or help towards team entries.
We have always been very generous in the past with our subsidies but at the moment we are struggling to raise the money to pay the subsidies and our main fund raiser, the compact eventing, had to be cancelled because of lack of entries.
However, we are planning more fund raisers and hope that lots of you will enter and help us achieve our goal.
Thank you, Anne

Showjumping Report

Our showjumping team competed at Maelor in the Area 20 Intermediate Showjumping qualifier. Team members were Meg Higginson, Myfanwy Powell, Rachel Woolley and Michelle Colohan. The team finished on 12 points which put them out of the placings but all jumped well.
The same team is entered for the new BRC show jumping competition at Bolesworth International on Saturday 16th June. If anyone is not going to camp and is going to Bolesworth, please go and cheer our team on. Good luck ladies!

Rider Core Strength and Fitness Course

Throughout February and March we ran a six week ‘Rider Core Strength and Fitness’ course. This was incredibly successful with 24 members signing up. I couldn’t believe the amount of enthusiasm we had, so thank you those who supported it. The course was led by the wonderful Emily Pryce on Thursday nights and even though we had a couple of unplanned interruptions due to the ‘Beast from the East’ we managed to run all six sessions eventually!
I think it goes without saying that everyone improved fantastically over the weeks and it was clear to see that balance, strength, flexibility and confidence in our own abilities came on in leaps and bounds. Emily introduced a core set of exercises and stretches to follow each week (including the dreaded squats!!) along with a few new balancing and stretching tools to keep things interesting each session. I think everyone I spoke to said it had improved their own fitness and therefore their riding, so it’s fair to say they were a huge success.
I have had lots of enquiries about running a similar course again ,and I think if we have enough interest, then we can definitely do this. So get your yoga mats and balance balls ready and watch this space!!

Dressage Report

Janet Warner and her lovely horse Nimbus, qualified for the winter Championships at Bury Farm on 14th April and came a magnificent 10th. Congratulations Janet for doing so well.

Summer Dressage League
We have had the first of our SDL competitions. This was very well attended and we had lots of new faces too. We are running these once a month until September and the member with the highest points will get the Pimm’s Trophy. Please come along and support for a relaxed friendly competition, plus a glass of Pimm’s.

Summer Area Competitions
The summer area dressage competition is on Sunday 29th July. This will be held at Rodbaston. As yet I am not sure if this will be on grass or surface arena but will confirm. As soon as the schedules are out, I will send details, but anyone who is interested in being on a team/taking part please contact me -sally.evans58@yahoo.co.uk. We will not be doing specific team training this year but there are plenty of flatwork clinics being run that you can attend to brush up your skills, plus a ride through your test and get feed back clinic before the completion.
The dressage to music qualifiers are being held at Reaseheath on 18th August. Further details to follow.