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2022 British Riding Club Championship Dates

Arena Eventing Championships
11 – 13th March at Washbrook Farm, Aston Le Walls, NN11 6RT

Novice Winter Championships
26 – 27 March at Arena UK, Allington Lane, Allington, Grantham, NG32 2EF

Intermediate Winter Championships

22 – 24th April at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, LU7 9BT

Combined Challenge Championships
21 – 22nd May at Washbrook Farm, Aston Le Walls

Horse Trials
5 – 7 August at Swalcliffe Park, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, OX15 5EX

National Championships
3 – 4 September at Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. LN2 2NA

‘Flu Vaccinations

Members are reminded that they must ensure that ‘flu vaccinations are up to date if they wish to enter team events and attend our clinics at the various venues we use.
You can find everything you need to know in the BRC MEMBERS HANDBOOK 2021 under section G7 (page 25 onwards) The rule book states that: Each horse must have a valid vaccination certificate, which undeniably relates to that horse, completed, signed and stamped on each line by a veterinary surgeon, who is not the owner of the animal.
The certificate must state that each horse has received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Only the first two injections need to have been given before the horse can compete.
In addition, a first booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination.
Subsequently, booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year apart, commencing after the first booster injection. None of these injections must be given within the preceding 7 days, including the day of competition or entry into the competition stables.
There is a ‘flu vaccination checker for 2021 available for download here:

BRC RULE CHANGE – ‘FLU VACCINATIONS: From 1 March 2020, in order to compete at area qualifiers and championships, a horse must be vaccinated in accordance with the above rules and MUST also have had a vaccination within 6 calendar months and 21 days (but not in any of the 6 preceding days) of the competition and/or entry to competition stables.

No injection should have been given on any of the 6 days before the competition and/or entry to competition stables. For example: if the horse is vaccinated on the Monday, the horse will not be eligible to enter championship stables, or compete until the following Monday

IMPORTANT: This does not mean vaccinations need to be done every 6 months; it means that the vaccination needs to be within 6 months and 21 days of the competition. This rule applies to Qualifiers and Championships only. Whilst we recommend that Clubs also follow this advice for Club activities, they remain autonomous and can therefore decide what they will require for their own training and events.

For more information about this, please go to where there is the statement made by BRC on 8th November 2019 explaining the reasons for this change.

It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY as the owner/rider of your horse and as a VVRC member to ensure your vaccinations are in line with the rules and expectations of both BRC and the host venue.

VVRC Members Only Facebook Page

Hello VVRC Members!

We have a Facebook page just for VVRC members.

We hope the page will foster a community spirit amongst our members, and will give you an opportunity to share news, information, photos etc. relating to your equine adventures and the club in a friendly, private environment.

Either search Facebook for Vyrnwy Valley RC Members Group or click this link and request to join..

You will be asked to confirm you are a paid up member and that you will abide by the rules of the group and, once your request has been accepted you will be able to share stuff with other VVRC members and you’ll also get more information related to the club and BRC that we wouldn’t share on the public Facebook page, like information about members only clinics, socials etc.

The page is only available to paid up members of VVRC, and once your subs are paid you will receive an e-mail asking you to join (optional of course).

If you’ve already paid your subs and can’t wait for the e-mails then search for Vyrnwy Valley RC Members Group and request to join!

Your Vyrnwy Valley RC Members Group Admins are Caroline, Kat, Meg and Sara

Dressage Update

The in-house Summer Dressage League started with the April competition and has successfully run in May and June too.

It has been good to see our club members and their lovely horses out competing again. We have had successful days and we thank our judges and all our helpers who made the days possible.

We run two dressage leagues, a summer league and a winter league. Also included in the league competition will be the ROR competitors.

Radford’s has proved to be a popular venue for our competitions and we have been lucky enough to book it for the rest of the year on the following dates:
Summer League dates
Sunday 4th July
Saturday 21st August
Sunday 19th September

The points for the League are calculated as for British Dressage:
60.00 – 61.99% 1 point
62.00 – 63.99% 2 points
64.00 – 65.99% 3 points
66.00 – 67.99% 4 points
68.00 – 69.99% 5 points
70.00 – 71.99% 6 points

We have some members competing at the BRC Summer Area Dressage competition soon. Please contact Janet Warner/Maureen Coxon if you are interested in representing the club or hearing more about future area competitions.

We look forward to a successful year of in-house dressage competitions aimed at all levels from introductory level to Elementary level, so come and have a go. It is very relaxed with lots of encouragement.

Once again, thank you to our judges and helpers. Without you we would not be able to run these events.

Maureen Coxon/Janet Warner

Working Equitation and Horse Agility

A few members attended a fun evening of working equitation and horse agility at Rhos arena under the supervision of Elspeth Carr.

Elspeth has set up a lot of obstacles e.g. walking over plastic, opening a pretend gate, carrying a flag, steering around a small space, picking up a hoop with a long pole.

We are putting on another of these in September with a fun competition at the end.
Please attend, it is a great way to desensitise your horse and can be done in hand if you have a youngster. It should be a lot of fun.


Riding Club Camp 2021

Berriewood welcomed us back for Camp 2021.
All their excellent facilities were available to us, including a BE level cross country course, show jumping and dressage arenas, farm ride and all modern conveniences for horse and human.
The camping field, with nearby hard standing for horse boxes, was the focal point for socialising and the first team challenge was to erect a marquee, kindly lent by Amanda, which fortunately wasn’t needed much as the weather stayed mainly dry during daytime.

The weekend was packed with activities. We managed to lose a few people on the Woodland Quiz ride and raise some eyebrows at the sight of us sprawling on the grass in variously attempted Pilates poses!
(and that was before the first bottle was uncorked!) An excellent dressage demonstration from Emma Wooliscroft’s students rounded off Saturday when we were joined by more VVRC friends for a delicious dinner provided by the local Fox Inn.

The highlight of course were the riding lessons, led by four excellent instructors familiar with the club.

These went off with few mishaps – if we don’t count a horse who returned from the XC ahead of his rider and my mare’s hormonal “victory” bucking during lessons! Only the thought of May with her camera at the ready (and the neck strap courtesy of Sian) kept me in the saddle! Much was learned and confidence boosted.

In our post-COVID world Camp gave us a rare taste of fun and freedom with quality time spent with our horses and friends, both old and new. With the help of experienced instructors and the support of our fellow riders we all left Berriewood richer for our experience.

Paula Jefferson

A message from Anne Roberts, our Chairperson

A message from Anne Roberts, our Chairperson;

Hello everyone

As we are nearly ready to return to “normal” we thought that we would produce a list of activities which we have planned for you in July, August and September.

We have tried to cater for everyone and have arranged dressage , show jumping and XC clinics and have included competitions and fun activities.

It has not been possible to get dates for some activities, eg low key fun SJ at Rhos Farm but we will send these dates to members via email as soon as possible.

If you would like to see us organise some other activities, do please contact me or someone else on committee and we will try our best to put it in our next programme.

I hope you will all enjoy our summer programme.

With many regards


VVRC Prize Giving 2019

We must firstly thank all our wonderful helpers as without them there would be no competitions or Area events for members to attend.

I have counted the hours which some members have put in for us and it is amazing……and they have all worked for free as none have them have been paid.

We have a group of super helpers who have helped us for over 20 hours and one member is outstanding as she has worked for us for over 80 hours.

Our super helpers are: Lynda Haigh, Jane Walker, Sue Biltcliffe, Hannah Burgoyne and Ros Swanton.

Our amazing super helper is: Elspeth Carr who has worked for us for over 80 hours, she painted all VVRC show jumps on her own and also built six SJ courses for us and then judged at six of our SJ competitions.

All six received rosettes and small thank you gifts.

VVRC have started a ‘Voucher gift system’ for members who on top of their obligatory four hour help day work for another four hours for us……this year the only member to qualify is Paula Jefferson with eight and a half hours of help. Paula also received a rosette.

Our next award is the RoR trophy and rosettes – Retraining of Racehorses

This year the outstanding award goes to “ The two horses of Ruth and Caroline Hurley”
Ruth said that the award should go to the horses as “They are the stars, they did all the work and work for both Mother and Daughter”.

I agree with Ruth as the horses are the stars but they have to be ridden by good riders to get a good result.

Best Member Awards

This award is given to the members who attend the most of our activities which are not competitive.

1. Sue Biltcliffe – Sue also received a trophy
2. Anne Roberts
3. Sara Wright
4. Karen Hatcher
5. Carol Kynaston and Paula Jefferson
6. Lynn Bird
7. Zoe Chamberlain and Kat Morgan

Show Jumping Awards

Competitions held at Rhos Farm

1. Hannah Burgoyne – Hannah also received a Cup
2. Claerwen McClean
3. Amanda Hopwood
4. Zoe Chamberlain
5. Lynn Bird
6. Heather Jones

Best Competitive Riders Award

1. Helen Hathaway – Helen also received a trophy
2. Hannah Burgoyne
3. Becky Furniss
4. Caroline Hurley
5. Kat Morgan
6. Shelly Colohan

Well done everyone


VVRC Visit the Cavalier Centre

Sunday 10th November 2019 saw a small group of members attend the brand-new Cavalier Centre to have a go on the mechanical horse. The Cavalier Centre is a new RDA facility near Much Wenlock with an indoor 70m x 30m arena, an outdoor arena and an all-weather track, providing facilities for disabled people of all ages to take part in therapeutic riding, vaulting, hippotherapy (physiotherapy on horseback) and carriage driving.
Patsy Pyke was our instructor and I think it’s true to say we all enjoyed our session very much. We started off with some exercises to improve our posture. This, whilst the horse was walking, trotting and cantering. Then we had to do other exercises to show we were secure in the saddle – doing transitions both up and down whilst holding a ball on a flat board and not losing it!! Finally, we all had a go at trying to ride a simulated dressage test – the horse was a little hard to master to start with but I think most of us got there in the end. I have to say I find the real thing easier to steer!!
We also managed to have a little look around the new centre established for the RDA. The arena is fabulous and all the other facilities superb. A huge thank you to Patsy for her enthusiasm and instruction. All the instructing she does is voluntary so all the monies paid go straight to the running of the centre. Thank you to Patsy, also to those who came; Meg, Sue B, Kat, Gaynor, and Jackie H.