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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
So I get a message one evening saying, ‘I am going to have a go at the area dressage to music -do you fancy a go?’ After a few minutes of imagining myself as Charlotte on Valegro, I said, ’Yes, let’s do it!’ A few weeks later and I was perfecting my test with a lot of help from family and friends and finally the big day arrived. I had only managed to practice in a field with an approximate size arena so it was a bit hit and miss as to whether the music would fit. I was due in first and was going around the outside of the arena, trying not to jump at the shadows and waiting and waiting – then ‘Your music won’t play on our machine!’ Oh no; disaster! All that work for nothing. The organisers were great and let the next one in while we sorted it. Elspeth went in with big Matt and did a fab test with great music, even though his centre lines were a little exciting. Elspeth’s experience on previous occasions stood her in good stead and they looked fab. Then we managed to get my music to play on Elspeth’s car CD player so after driving it into the arena and parking strategically in the corner we were off. We did a pretty good test and only missed one music marker and really enjoyed our first outing with music. We both ended up about halfway in the results and Sirius even got a rosette! Both of us then helped in the scoring office to do our help. All in all, a very successful first attempt, and I for one cannot wait to do more.
We had two fabulous teams represent us at the Area Summer Qualifiers at Ashmoore Equestrian Centre, Stafford. Our novice team comprised of Sue Jones, Hollie Hindley and Justine James, and the intermediate team was Becky King, Elspeth Carr, Emma Duncombe and Vicky Robson.
It was a sunny day and despite the heavy rain the day before (anyone at camp will remember the heaviness of the rain!) the ground was solid in the intermediate ring so Elspeth, Vicky and Emma decided not to jump a second round. However, Becky jumped a lovely clear in the first round and then jumped another clear in the second round but picked up an unfortunate time fault which knocked her out of competing in the jump off.
The novice team had a better covering of grass in their arena and all three horses and riders performed brilliantly in both rounds. Poor Sue only jumped a cross pole before jumping her first round as they were running early (unheard of!) but it turns out that she didn’t need to jump anything else in the warm up because she went in to jump a perfect clear round! The team finished just outside of the placings but I think everyone was happy with how their horses jumped – I was a very proud team cheerleader!
Everyone pulled together to do our afternoon helper job which was car parking. Thank you Cassie Woods and Sue and Ray Duncombe for also helping!
It has been a pleasure being VVRC’s Show-jumping Coordinator for the past three years but I am now stepping down as I’m going back to university for a few years. The very lovely Patsy Pyke is taking over from me and I wish you all the best in the future area competitions! I won’t be gone from riding club though – I’m still on committee and hopefully I’ll get to see you at the odd competition
Be Safe, Be Seen whilst riding your horse on the roads
We were all saddened to hear of the tragic accident in Kinnerley when a young rider’s precious horse had to be put to sleep after a speeding car drove into the horse and broke her leg. The rider is naturally devastated as this was a very special horse and much loved.
This sort of accident would be my worst nightmare and I must admit that I have recently had two or three near misses on the road near me as vehicles have driven so fast past me.
The only way I can think that we can provide some protection for ourselves and our horses is to cover them and us in high viz gear……..hat bands, tabards or hi viz jackets, breast bands, tail and leg wraps and hi viz quarter sheets
Here are the results of our summer dressage league. Well done to all competitors and a massive thank you to all our helpers. The presentation of the summer dressage league awards and prizes will be at the AGM in the new year.
Postion Rider Horse Total VVRC Points
1 Anne Roberts Millie 64
2 Sally Evans Sirius 61
3 Isobel Roberts The Wizard 58
4 Ali Harper Tabarka 48
5 Elspeth Carr My Top Diplomat 47
6 Sue Jones Springtime Lover 38
7= Emma Blair Hathaway Iolo 32
7= Tara McDermott Randy 32
9 Patsy Pike Southern Fox 31
10 Irene Gill Mikey 29
11 Kat Morgan Love St Buddy 18
12 Jacky Harrison Killian 17
13 Jo Waters Annie 16
14 Emma Blair Percy 14
15 Lindsay Jackson Rhydfendigaid Celt 12
16= Justine Roberts Alton 11
16= Vicki Luxmoore Rathcoole Tabasco 11
18 Becky King Oscar 10
19= Rachel T Davies Fleur 9
19= Vicki Luxmoore September Draw 9
Sara Wright Augusto 7
Teresa Jones Charlie 7
Helen Hathaway Del 7
Sian Bates Shadow 7
Erica Morgan Tahaf 7
Becks Jackson Call me Russell 6
Caroline Hurley Detroit River 6
Nicole Batholomew Mark Twain 6
Kat Morgan Davies 5
Ali Harper Garthfach Rubix 5
Helen Clarke Nicky 5
Paula Jeffreson My Golden Lilly 4
Jenny Jones Ollie 4
Carol Kynaston Cel 3
Charlotte Saunders Sparkle 3
Jenny Jones Ashwood Mr Man 2
Charlotte Saunders Zakumi 2
Cassie Woods Patch Curtis 1
VVRC and Dolfer are challenging each other to an inter club challenge on 17th September
for more information and an entry form click the link below
Vyrnwy Valley V Dolfor flier 17th Sept 2016
Summer Dressage League
The first leg took place on April at Brithdir in fairly hideous weather. The wind blew, the rain fell and the tem-perature plummeted. But were we downhearted? No! We substituted Pimm’s for hot chocolate and Bailey’s, buttoned up out coats and got on with it.
Some sensible folk resorted to hunting gear, the rest pulled out the waterproofs. We had to abandon using the gazebo and retreat to a stable mid-evening. Well done to our bril-liant and encouraging judge, Judy McKinnon, who was still on crutches from a recent knee op, but kept cheer-ful in spite of the filthy weather. Big thanks to all the insane riders who turned out and to everyone who helped run it. Hopefully our next one will be considerably warmer!
1 Emma Blair, Percy
2 Nicole Bartholemew, Mark Twain
3 Anne Roberts, Millie
4 Irene Gill, Mikey
5 Teresa Jones, Charlie
6 Jo Waters, Annie Prelim 1
1 Emma Blair, Percy
2 Anne Roberts, Millie
3 Irene Gill, Mikey
4 Teresa Jones, Charlie
5 Becky King, Oscar
6 Sian Bates, Shadow.
1 Sally Evans, Sirius
2 Tara McDonald, Randy
3 Sian Bates, Shadow
4 Ali Harper, Jack
5 Patsy Pyke, Southern Fox.
League leaders after the first competition:
Emma Blair- 14, Anne Roberts- 10, Irene Gill-9, Teresa Jones, Sian Bates, Sally Evans – 7
BRC Riding Test
If you like dressage but your horse doesn’t, the BRC riding test could be for you! Judged on accuracy and your riding only. Marks are awarded according to the rider’s performance, and the horse’s paces are not considered. For senior teams two members ride the Prelim RT and the other two ride the Novice RT.
Style jumping is similar to show jumping, but marks are based on the rider’s performance rather than the horse’s. Consisting of two sections, 75cm and 85cm, for both juniors and seniors at the Qualifiers and Championships. The jumps are well spaced out, one double, includes a ‘dog-leg’ with a narrow jump at some point to show control.
BRC Riding Tests – Understanding and Improving Performance https://youtu.be/Mjio6BkuH70 BRC Style Jumping – Understanding and Improving Performance https://youtu.be/H5bBcCI274g
There are opportunities to come along and give it a try in our events programme on pages 18-28
Patsy Pyke, BR Style & Performance List 1 judge