Fun and Friendly Show Jumping Competition – March 2022

Here are the results from our Fun and Friendly Show Jumping Competition last weekend.

Well done to everyone that took part!

Our next Fun and Friendly Show Jumping Competition is 7th May

1st Paula Jeffreson
2nd Lynn Bird
3rd Amanda Hopwood

1st Amanda Hopwood
2nd Paula Jeffreson
3rd Lynn Bird (this might be the wrong way round…..sorry….)

1st Becky
2nd Elspeth Carr
3rd Kerry (Dolfer)

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1st Elspeth Carr
2nd Kerry (Dolfer)
3rd Becky

AGM and Prize Giving

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM and Prize Giving last night.

Some interesting discussions about the club and what we want to do in the future, election of the new committee and lots of fun prize giving and, most importantly, chips! What more could a person ask for?

Well done to all of you who got a rosette (aren’t they gorgeous?), and a special thanks to Maureen Coxon for making the prize giving and photos much more fun! Took me a while to work out the best setting on the camera but there are some that really made me laugh!

look out for the minutes if you weren’t able to attend

RAF Shawbury’s Be Seen, Be Safer Horse Rider Awareness Campaign

RAF Shawbury launched its Be Seen, Be Safer horse rider awareness campaign, in association with The BHS, in April 2015. So far, the base has distributed a huge amount of free high visibility clothing to riders throughout Shropshire and the borders of adjacent counties, all of which lie within Low Flying Area 9, which is a Dedicated Helicopter Training Area. I have attached a leaflet for your information.

The aim of the campaign is to promote the wearing of high visibility clothing by riders in order that they are more visible and can be seen earlier by the helicopter aircrew. In addition, the campaign trains helicopter aircrew, based at RAF Shawbury, to spot riders early and the take action to minimise disturbance.

20210104-Be Seen Be Safer Leaflet

20210104-Be Seen Be Safer Poster

VVRC tries the Franklin method

VVRC had an introductory unmounted session with Nicky Clarke who holds the full Franklin Method Equestrian Trainer Diploma which was very kindly organised and hosted by Rita Grittiths.

This one-hour session started with a short introduction, we then experienced how the Franklin Balls work, what proprioception is and how it feels when we increase it. Nicky covered some fundamental points of pelvis positioning, breathing and associated core stability. There was then a demonstration with the saddle horse using a variety of balls, rollers and bands so we got to find out exactly what is involved in a ridden session.

For those of you who are wondering what the Franklin method is, it involves using a variety of balls and rollers to improve proprioception and rider position and balance. “The Franklin Method was created in the early 1990’s by Eric Franklin, a dancer and choreographer from Switzerland. Initially the method helped dancers to reduce injury and improve performance, but now it’s used worldwide to help all types of athletes, including horse riders, to improve their movement and competitive performance.”

Nicky Clarke from Ride with Balls explains the Franklin Method and how it can help riders;
“Perfecting your position in the saddle takes constant effort, being aware of your weak areas and trying to correct them. But constantly analysing yourself can seriously improve your self-belief and confidence.”

Four of us decided we wanted to experience a ridden session so Paula booked the school at CES on a very sunny Sunday and we gave it a go!
Under Nicky’s tuition we used the balls, rollers and bands to improve our position and balance. Our horses didn’t mind at all although it took some adjustments for us to get used to using the equipment, sitting on the rollers made us feel like we were sitting high above the saddle when in actual fact we were sitting less than an inch higher. We all agreed we had benefitted from the session and by the end, we were all sitting better and our horses went better for us as a result of this. Some of us found that the session had really helped improve our ability to do sitting trot and sit to canter too.
Many thanks to Rita for introducing us to this. Some members have also been attending Nicky’s equestrian Pilates classes on a Thursday evening at Knockin village hall. If you are interested in either the Franklin method or equestrian Pilates please contact her on


Dyfnant Forest Ride

Dyfnant Forest Ride October 24th 2021

Alice and I set out for another slightly damp ride around the beautiful Dyfnant Forest.

Sadly Nicki had hoped to join us but for some technical issues at the last minute which prevented her.

We chose a different route to our previous ride and managed to glimpse some tantalising views -with a little imagination through the mist.

None the less it was a lovely morning out in the open with no traffic and very few people around.

VVRC Christmas Dressage – December 2021

Our Christmas dressage competition that was open to both VVRC and ORC members was a great success! it was lovely to see everyone looking very festive.

All competitors, negotiated dressage tests with tinsel, bells and Christmas trees with very few spooks!

Thank you to our judge and helpers and a big thank you to all who brought lovely food and mulled wine for us to enjoy.

The best fancy dress went to Joanne Micklethwaite and Kate and the runner up was Lucy Walker and Boots