Annual AGM and Prize Gving

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

Special rosettes were awarded to members who have been extremely helpful during the year and have helped over and above their role in Riding Club., they all have given up so much of their time to run activities for others to enjoy and we really appreciate what they do.

Jessica Jones who has helped at every one of Cassie’s show jumping competitions throughout the summer. Jess is not a member but her mother Heather is. Cassie Woods who organised six very successful show jumping competitions at Radford’s and ended the season with a hugely popular open team show jumping competition. Patsy Pyke who always offers to help whenever and wherever there is a need as well as running lots of clinics and training sessions. Julie Phillips who does not take part in Riding Club activities these days but always offers her help with scoring at our Summer League Dressage competitions. Sally Evans who also offers her help whenever and wherever needed. Justine James for organising another fantastic camp ably assisted by Sally and Emily. Emily Jones for helping to organise camp with Justine and Sally.

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. Anne Roberts – who received a trophy
2. Alison Harper
3. Tara McDermott
4. Elspeth Carr and Justine James
5. Sue Biltcliffe
6. Carol Kynaston
7. Sally Evans and Alison Ollier

Retraining of Race Horses
Our Champion is Vicki Luxmoore who received a trophy
Reserve Champion Sue Jones – Pant Farm

Style Jumping
The winner was Carol Kynaston

Show Jumping League Points for 2016
60cm Awards
Champion: Patsy Pyke
Reserve Champion: Jenny Jones

70cm Awards
Champion: Patsy Pyke
Reserve Champion: Vicki Luxmoore

80cm Awards
Champion: Patsy Pyke
Reserve Champion: Jo Nunnerley

85cm Awards
Champion: Vicki Luxmoore
Reserve Champion: Charlotte Price

90cm Awards
Champion: Vicki Luxmoore
Reserve Champion: Emma Duncombe

1m Awards
Champion: Becky King
Reserve Champion: Kat Morgan

Best Turned out Overall Winner
Myfi Powell

Overall In House Show Jumping Points Awards
Champion: Vicki Luxmoore
Reserve Champion: Patsy Pyke

Summer Dressage League for 2015
Rather late with awards but regretfully omitted from prize giving last year
1. Patsy Pyke who received a trophy
2. Ali Harper
3. Anne Roberts
4. Sally Evans
5. Paula Jefferson
6. Wendy Gartry

Summer Dressage League 2016
1. Anne Roberts who received a trophy
2. Sally Evans
3. Isobel Roberts
4. Ali Harper
5. Elspeth Carr
6. Sue Jones – Pant Farm
7. Emma Blair and Tara McDermott
8. Patsy Pyke
9. Irene Gill
10. Kat Morgan
11. Jackie Harrison
Most improved Rider in the Summer Dressage League was awarded to Patsy Pyke who started the season in intro and finished in the elementary with her horse Splodgers

Best Overall Competitive Rider Awards
This award is calculated on members placings at Area competitions
1. Ali Harper who received a trophy
2. Helen Hathaway
3. Vicki Luxmoore
4. Rachel Woolley
5. Sally Evans
6. Elspeth Carr
7. Nicole Bartholomew

Well done everyone, Anne

Combined Training Report

We had two teams at the Area Combined Training at Tushingham on April 17th:
‘Unstables’ consisting of Siân Bates and Heather Jones in the 75cm, and Ali Harper (replacing Helen Hathaway with only two days’ notice as poor Del had a foot abscess) and Justine James in the 85cm

‘The Lightweights’ were Paula Jeffreson in the 75cm and Izzy Roberts and Cassie jumping the 85cm. This team only had three riders due to my own Splodgers being ‘spun’ for having an injection two days too early. Luckily I had scanned and sent a copy of his passport so I didn’t have to get him out of bed early.

In future I will scan and send all passports as this was quite a shock (and disappointment) as my vet had said it was fine. It just goes to show that we should double check.

Helen Hathaway and Gaynor Williams kindly came along in the (wet) morning and helped on dressage ring 2 which was a great help as it freed me up to help some of the other riders warm up for the jumping. Sharon James was also a superb support. Thank you all!

Both teams did reasonable dressage tests, despite a lot of noise in the outside arena and people walking backwards and forwards along the indoor. Ali Harper came a brilliant 5th overall with her super boy Jack with a total score of 36.1 and a clear round. In the other section, Justine came 10th with a total score of 34.4 with 2 time penalties, as did Paula in her section (35.5) and a clear round. Izzy came 11th with a score of 34.5 with a clear round, Siân came 16th with a clear round (score 38.8) and Cassie came 19th with a total score 56.6. Pity that she forgot the last fence, but we all have done it sometime!). Heather also came 19th in her section with 59.5 with Flicka jumping superbly.

The total individual scores ranged from 28.4 to 80.2 with several eliminations and retirements as the course did prove quite tricky for some.
In the future, we plan to do a ‘team’ course walk and I will also double check with all riders before handing in the declaration sheets as I had inadvertently misnamed the horse Ali was riding.

Patsy Pike

Show Jumping May/June 2017

The next show jumping area competition will be at Caerwys (North Wales) on July 9th 2017.

Entries need to be in by June 13th.

Anyone interested in being in competing, in either the Jump & Style teams (2 x 75cm & 2 x 85cm), Novice (80cm), Intermediate (95cm) and Open (110cm) please let me know and I will send you an application form.

The outdoor school at Rhôs Farm is booked on the following dates for team jumping:
Thursdays June 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Cost will be approximately £10 each if with me, but please let me know if you would like a particular trainer, other venue or any other evening.

Email: patsy_horserider@btinternet.com or text: 07521029491


photo Kat Morgan and Davies who jumped double clear at the intermediate SJ qualifiers

Winter Dressage League

We all really enjoyed the Winter dressage league, there were not as many riders there as in our summer competitions, but the atmosphere was just as jolly. 

A huge “Thank You” is due to the members who organised our competitions. Firstly Elspeth Carr at OEC and then Vicki Luxmoore and Ali Harper at Rhôs Farm. 

We would also like to thank all the members who helped run the events by doing the necessary jobs of writing for the judge, scoring, stewarding and calling tests, we would not be able to run competitions without you all.

Winter dressage league results
1st Anne Roberts and Millie
2nd Izzy Roberts and Wizz
3rd Kat Morgan and Davies
4th Nicky Crooks and Archie
5th Sophie Boyce and Butterfly
6th Carol Kynaston and Cel

Summer dressage league gets under way

The Summer dressage league got successfully underway on 27th April at Rhôs Farm Equestrian, Sarnau.

Despite the promise of a warm spring evening, there was a nip in the wind so, supplies of Pimm’s and hot chocolate were bought to keep us all cheery from Intro A to Novice 28. 

Carol, our judge for the evening, had Anne’s triple chocolate biscuits to keep her sweet and she was not disappointed as our riders and their horses  paced confidently around the arena, showing off not only their skill and accuracy, but also our club’s diversity. Stout, native bred, to highly strung, exotic horses, Vyrnwy Valley is home to all!  

Winners on the night and topping our leader board are: Jacky, Vicki, Anne and Sally, Well done!  

Big thanks to our helpers on the night: Julie, Wendy, Jacky, Anne and Sally.

Looking forward to seeing you all at our next one, get those dates in your diaries!  Paula

Entries will be via Horse Monkey again and we’ll have the tests for the next competition up soon. If you would like to help out please let me know: paulajeffreson@aol.com

VVRC Camp 2016

Preparations for summer camp started early on in the year with everyone getting excited and planning their packing with key decisions being made between prosecco, beer, gin or in some cases, all 3! Justine assembled her team of help (Emily and Sally) and set about organising the logistics. Quite how she worked out the timetable of rides for the weekend, I will never know, but she managed to sort it so everyone had all the disciplines they wanted over the weekend and none of them clashed.
Camp itself took place at the wonderful venue of Berriewood Farm which boasts all the facilities we could need: roomy stables, 3 large arenas, grass flatwork and show jumping arenas, not forgetting the cross country course. Additional facilities include the RDA room with fridges, freezers and microwave and a new shower block. Luxury!
Twenty seven people arrived and lessons for some kicked off on the Friday afternoon, whilst others went for a hack around the fields or just settled in. Following a massive downpour, which some got caught out in, we had a great supper delivered from the local pub followed by a tricky quiz, which the geeks among us really enjoyed and everyone else remembered why they don’t like quizzes.
Saturday morning arrived without too many hangovers and the show jumping team headed off to compete in the area qualifiers. We had a very sick horse who thank fully made a good recovery after vet treatment. The rest of us had some great lessons with a variety of instructors. Saturday evening saw more food delivered from the local pub following a great talk on basic first aid for your horse. Simon Woods, ably assisted by Cassie, came over and Rupert allowed us to put bandages on his legs and stick Post it notes all over him. What a good boy!
Sunday saw the final day of lessons and then we had to pack up for another year. I think we all had a great weekend and learnt a lot from our instructors. Many thanks to the instructors, who included Paralympic gold medallist Nicola Tustain, as well as our more local instructors: Nicky Shipp, Ticky Fletcher, Janet Green, Kim Webster and Elspeth Carr. Thanks also to Penny from Berriewood who always makes us feel welcome and even found a horse for one rider. Finally, thanks to Martha Lily Photography for these fantastic photos.
Biggest thanks must go to Justine for her organisational skills and she kept the show on the road with a little help from Emily and Sally!

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VVRC Summer Dressage League

Our monthly dressage competitions have proved to be very popular with club members and it has been lovely to see the improvements combinations have made throughout the summer. The standard of dressage this year has been much higher and we’ve seen club members ride tests from intro to elementary. Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed these Thursday evenings and the Pimm’s seems to have improved our riding! As the summer progressed there was some stiff competition at the top of the leader board.

Thank you to John and Katherine Davies at Brithdir for making us so welcome and thank you to our judges whose comments were very helpful. Also a big thank you to everyone who has helped. League prizes will be awarded at the AGM.
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