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.
As I am sure you are all aware when you join Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club part of your commitment is to do half a days help (4hrs). Last year only about 30% of our members did 95% of the help so it would be lovely to see more of you offering.
We are re introducing subsidies this year as we have managed to build up our funds a little. So for those of you doing more than the half day we will give out vouchers (£5 for the next 4 hrs and another £5 for the next 4 hrs). These can then be redeemed against a clinic/competition/Christmas meal etc
Below is a list of some of the events we will need help at during the next few months. Some are our local VVRC events and some are area events -again some local some far away.
Please contact the organiser if you are able to help at any of these.
Many thanks and here is to a horse filled 2020.
DATES:15th February – VVRC dressage competition 1pm – Radfords- writer/steward/scorer – Contact Sally – email@example.com
16th February -Area Intermediate show jumping – Northop- contact Kat – firstname.lastname@example.org
29th February -Area Intermediate Dressage -Somerford Park – Contact Sally
21st March -FOTH/CT – Field House Equestrian – Contact Caroline Hurley – email@example.com
29th March – VVRC Dressage competition 1pm -Radford’s – Sally
11th April – VVRC Fun show jumping competition – Rhos -Contact Anne Roberts – firstname.lastname@example.org
18th April – VVRC dressage competition 1pm – Radfords- contact Sally
2nd May – VVRC Fun show jumping competition – Rhos -Contact Anne
13th May – VVRC dressage competition – 5.30pm -Radfords -contact Sally
21st June – Area show jumping – Radfords -Kat
4th or 5th July -Area Horse Trials -Somerford Park -Caroline
Please find attached the schedule for the Arena eventing.
The cost to enter is £29.50 per person and I will need your full name, your membership number, your horses passport number and their name as it appears on the passport along with the entry fee.
If you would like to enter I need to know by Wednesday 8th January and you also need to have contacted Sally and renewed your membership.
The link to the 2020 rule book is here
BRC A20 AE 2020
Please make sure you are familiar with the rules and make sure you are elligible to enter. Also check that all of your vaccinations are correct, the 12 month vaccination rule still applies for this competition.
It would be great if we could get some teams together.
BRC A20 AE 2020
I’m not sure we’ve shared this success story on Facebook previously, but it’s such a good one it would be a shame not to (even if it is a bit late!)
Congratulations to Caroline Hurley who has qualified for the National Championships on her ex-racehorse Ulis De Vassy.
Caroline has only had Vassy for a few months and in that time has turned him into a dressage horse – proves that ex-racehorses can turn their hand at any discipline.
Well done Caroline and Vassy
Ulis De Vassy is 11yrs and ran a total of 58 times in National Hunt races (over hurdles and chase fences), winning 8 of his races and only ran in a chase on 16 December 2018
Congratulations to our team entered in the 80cm class who came second! A big Well Done to all!
We only had 3 members in the team, due to a last minute injury. The members that competed were Helen Hathaway, Hannah Burgoyne and Becky Furniss.
Shelly Colohan entered the 100cm class and had an interesting day. Here’s a lovely pic of her competing
Although Shelly had an unintended dismount just before she competed she had the courage to get back on and jumped a great round over the 100cms track but was just out of the rosettes. She kept smiling all day even though it was a rather wet one and she was soaked to the skin after doing her helper stint after competing.
What a fantastic club member!
We ran six show jumping competitions over the spring and summer months and they were all well attended, except the last one when rain put many riders off.
Riders had lots of fun and it was very pleasing to see how so many of our riders improved in confidence over the months. We catered for nervous and novice riders and young and inexperienced horses, as well as the more experienced riders.
I am most grateful to my wonderful team who helped on each show jumping day. We could not have run these competitions without their help.
So a special THANK YOU is due to the following members:
Elspeth was the course builder and also our judge for each competition. She also helped anyone who needed help with their horse.
Lynda Haigh was entries secretary and Jane Walker was writer for the judge and they were wonderful in their respective roles.
Sue Biltcliffe came to help us build the course each Friday before the competition and was a great help.
Alison Schmeinck was also a great help as was Ros Swanston and many other members who came and gave us a hand – thank you all
The Burgoyne family have been so very helpful and we are grateful for their support
We hope to run again in the spring and summer
We had a great day at our Team Show Jumping at Radford’s, everyone seemed to enjoy the day and we were amazed at the turnout with 21 teams competing plus lots of individuals.
Several riders fell off but no one was seriously injured.
The winners were:
1. Too hot to trot
3. Chicks with sticks
4. The Prosecco Posse
5. One Dunn two to go
6. Desperate Horsewives
The full details of results are here:
VVRC Team Show Jumping Results 2019
We had some super helpers on the day and they all deserve a special mention and a BIG THANK YOU as the event could not have run without them.
They were: Sue Biltcliffe who came at 8am to help Janet Green and I build the course, and then Sue worked all day pole picking until she went home at 5pm; a very long shift! Sally Evans was our judge and Jane Yorke her writer, they also worked a long day. Julie Phillips kept the riders coming in and Ros Swanston was on the gate. They also worked a long day as did Jessica Jones our treasurer for the day. Paula Jeffreson, Debbie Pennington and Lynn Lewis were all excellent helping treasurer, pole picking and scoring.
Sadly, the day was soured by someone who trashed Radford’s toilets by stuffing lots of rubbish and toilets rolls down them so that they were totally unusable
However, we have had lots of requests to run another next year. Thank you all for coming to jump at our event
We all set off early on a dry sunny day but when we turned left at the Chester roundabout, the rain hit us……and did it rain……it poured all the time we were there. We all got soaked to the skin.
However the girls all remained cheerful as did their parents and supporting friends.
Our team jumping 80cms were: Rebecca Furniss , Helen Hathaway and Hannah Burgoyne. Shelly Colohan jumped the 100cms, they all rode extremely well. The grass was wet and slippery, but the girls jumped so well that they were placed 2nd as a team and Hannah got an individual 5th which was wonderful. Shelly rode amazingly well, but was just out of the ribbons.
All the girls did us proud, they were a great group and I am very proud of them all.
Take a look at their photos, they are brilliant, and if you look carefully, you will see the rain drops all around them