Rider performance and Fitness – February 2019

Presented by Liz and Emma Launder who very kindly offered to come and give our members an insight into the work they do.

Liz, who is an osteopath and rehabilitation specialist at Osteopathy for Horse and Rider focused on the influence of balance, stability and postural control on riding capability and explained how fitness and core stability interact to increase control of posture.
She went on to explain how this affects fatigue and the impact on the horse’s way of going.
It was very interesting to listen to Liz share her experience and knowledge; she works regularly at Hartpury College with riders from all disciplines and shared some of the work she has done with event rider Jonty Evans. 

Emma, who runs ESL Remedial sports therapy and rehabilitation, spoke about a range of exercises and activities that can improve posture in riders. She also spoke about how she can help those dealing with poor posture, limited range of movement and pain caused by sports or exercise and focused particularly on riders.

The whole presentation was very informative and builds on what some of us have working on in our rider core strength and fitness classes with Emily.

We hope to follow this up with some sessions with Liz and Emma focusing on posture and biomechanics on and off our horses.

Also,thanks to a small donation from all that attended, we raised £40 for The Brooke.

Annual Prize Giving 2018

Prize giving as usual followed our AGM in February of this year.

Rosettes and gifts were given to twelve of our members who have given more than sixteen hours of their time to help us run competitions. We are so grateful to them for their help as without them competitors could not compete.

The amazing twelve are:
Jane Walker and Lynda Haigh who have helped at all of our show jumping competitions.
Dee Sides and Jessica Jones who helped us with our show jumping and also worked for many hours pole picking at Area SJ last year
Lauren Lawley, Siân and Sophie Williams who helped their mothers run our Show Jumping at Radford’s last year
Karen Lawley and Babs Williams who very successfully ran our SJ last year
Izzy Roberts who has helped run our Dressage competitions
Alison Ollier our treasurer who has put many hours into looking after our accounts
Sally Evans who is our Helper of the Year. Sally is always ready to help out whenever there is need, she has helped in the organisation and been in charge of camp, helped with our dressage competitions and show jumping competitions and has put in at least 25 hours for us. She is a great asset to Riding Club

Retraining of Racehorses
Ruth Hurley who received a RoR trophy
Karen and Babs’s Show Jumping Awards
Rebecca Furniss who received a cup
James Manford
Hollie Hindley
Paula Jefferson
Heather Jones and Zoë Chamberlain
Amanda Hopwood
Paula Cartwright


Best Member Awards
Members are awarded one point for every Riding Club event which they attend but it does not include competitions as they have their own award
Anne Roberts who received a trophy
Sue Biltcliffe
Sara Wright
Erica Morgan and Zoe Chamberlain
Christine Hughes
Kat Morgan
Ali Harper, Sally Evans and Ruth Hurley




Summer Dressage League
Anne Roberts who received the Pimm’s Plate
Janet Warner
Megan Evans
Sally Evans
Irene Gill
Nicky Stokes
Paula Jefferson
Pete Stevens
Ali Harper, Amanda Hopwood and Zoë Chamberlain

Best Competitive Rider Award
Rachel Woolley who received a trophy
Janet Warner
Rebecca Furniss
Myfi Powell
Kat Morgan
Sara Wright
Nicky Stokes


Dressage to Music

Christine Hughes

Our final award goes to a member who WON her class at Area Show Jumping and qualified for the Riding Club Championships
Rebecca Furniss

Well done everyone – we are very proud of you all.
Anne

Summer Dressage League – May 2019

Yesterday, our summer dressage league finally got underway.

It was a lovely evening of dressage with delicious pimms afterwards, the weather was good and the going excellent.

It was so nice to see our members out with their horses and I would like to thank our helpers for calling, writing and scoring, Alison Lewis for having us and judge Diane Hesketh-Jones for her constructive feedback.

The points after our first competition are:
Isobel Roberts The Wizard IV 9
Ali Harper Donovan 8
Sally Evans Sirius 8
Sara Wright Alton (coffee) 6
Anne Roberts Millie 6
Elspeth Carr My Top Diplomat 3
Caroline Hurley Chorister Girl 1
Ruth Hurley Chorister Girl 0
Zoe Chamberlain Douglas 0

Well done everyone.

We look forward to seeing you at our next competition on Thursday 20th June

Ali Harper-Duddings

Team Showjumping Competition October 2018

We were blessed to have a lovely sunny morning in October for our team show jumping competition.   We had 11 teams and lots of enthusiastic supporters.

The atmosphere was wonderful, friendly and supportive of the riders.  It was a long course but rode well.  There were a few tumbles but nothing serious.
 
We had four heights for riders to choose from and in the smallest class, 60cms, I could hear shouts of  “ the red and white one next” and so on.  Nearly everyone joined in this shouting, the way to the younger riders and less experienced adults. Officials allowed this to happen as it all added to the fun.
 
There was great support for the higher classes as well and altogether it was a great day.  One of our teams  “The Brave Pants”  headed by Rita Griffiths won the competition. Well done “The Brave Pants”.
 
The other good news is that we made £240.00 for club funds

Anne   

Winter Novice Show Jumping Qualifier 2019

Three of our brave members set off in high winds to head to Southview for the qualifier. We were lucky it was being held there as we were indoors.

Anne and Joy Higginson (Meg’s Mum) were the team helpers who had the job of being on the main arena gate all day. They enjoyed it though getting the best view of the arena.

Meg Higginson on Ella, Rebecca Furniss on Tommy and Angharad Williams on Gem made up the team because our fourth team member’s horse was injured and unable to take part.
The first round went really well both Meg and Rebecca going clear. Meg had 4 time penalties and Angharad had a refusal and time penalties. This resulted in 13 points in first round. In the second round, Rebecca had a pole and Meg was going clear until she had last fence down. Angharad had 2 poles resulting finishing on 29. The team came 6th overall out of 13 teams!

There were so many huge hunters and showjumpers in the Cheshire teams, against which Meg’s cob, Becca’s New Forest and Angharad’s little horse was quite intimidating, but they certainly put up a performance against the bigger clubs which they were very proud of?. Well done team!
Meg

Winter Novice Dressage 2018

On Saturday November 3rd 2018, five VVRC members set out for Somerford Park to take part in the area winter novice dressage competition.
The competition was held on the lovely outdoor arenas with plenty of warm up space. I think most of the horses were eyeing up the cross-country fences and would have enjoyed doing that after their tests!

The team of Kat Morgan, Janet Warner, Meg Higginson and Sally Evans, plus Ruth Hurley as individual, all did good tests. Janet did amazingly well to come 3rd in her arena but sadly the team were out of the rosettes with stiff competition from around the area. Many thanks to those who stewarded (Kat and Sally) especially as it was quite a cold day.
Sally

VVRC success at Winter Qualifiers

BRC Arena Eventing Qualifier at Radford’s Equestrian. 27th October 2018
We entered a team for the 90cm Area Eventing competition at Radford’s. The team consisted of Rachel Woolley, Rebecca Furniss, Meg Higginson and Ali Harper. A few of us had not competed in a competition like this before or for a long time at this height and Becky and Ali were lucky enough to get some practice in the week before with Sarah Warner.
The course consisted of eight show jumps followed by eight XC jumps. The final “joker” fence was a show jump set at 10cm higher than all the other jumps. The course designers had done a great job designing a course that was very rideable which provided some interesting choices about which line to take and this did prove that those who were brave enough to ride the tighter lines made the optimum time.
As we all know, Radford’s is a great venue for parking and spectating and our times allowed us to walk the course together and to cheer our team mates on. We all got round and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Our team came 4th and Rachel Woolley came individual 3rd.
A big thank you to our helpers, without whom these BRC competitions can’t run.

Tombola at Wynnstay in aid of The Brooke

 
Once again we were invited to Wynnstay Oswestry Open Day and for a second time we chose to run a tombola.

Riding Club members were very generous with all the gifts they gave and we thank you all so much for your generosity.
 
We had a slow start to the day with our tombola and then in the afternoon it became very busy.   
A team of members gave their time to help out and we all had a lot of fun. 

Most of the prizes were won and at the end of the day we just had a few left  for next year.

Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day and to everyone who supported us.
 
The good news is that we raised £200.00 from the tombola to which I added £100.00 from goods which I had been selling for the Brooke – so £300.00 was sent to the Brooke to support the good work they do with horses, donkeys and mules.

Anne