Category Archives: Dressage

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 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

‘Flu Vaccinations

Members are reminded that they must ensure that ‘flu vaccinations are up to date if they wish to enter team events and attend our clinics at the various venues we use.
You can find everything you need to know in the BRC MEMBERS HANDBOOK 2021 under section G7 (page 25 onwards) The rule book states that: Each horse must have a valid vaccination certificate, which undeniably relates to that horse, completed, signed and stamped on each line by a veterinary surgeon, who is not the owner of the animal.
The certificate must state that each horse has received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Only the first two injections need to have been given before the horse can compete.
In addition, a first booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination.
Subsequently, booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year apart, commencing after the first booster injection. None of these injections must be given within the preceding 7 days, including the day of competition or entry into the competition stables.
There is a ‘flu vaccination checker for 2021 available for download here:

BRC RULE CHANGE – ‘FLU VACCINATIONS: From 1 March 2020, in order to compete at area qualifiers and championships, a horse must be vaccinated in accordance with the above rules and MUST also have had a vaccination within 6 calendar months and 21 days (but not in any of the 6 preceding days) of the competition and/or entry to competition stables.

No injection should have been given on any of the 6 days before the competition and/or entry to competition stables. For example: if the horse is vaccinated on the Monday, the horse will not be eligible to enter championship stables, or compete until the following Monday

IMPORTANT: This does not mean vaccinations need to be done every 6 months; it means that the vaccination needs to be within 6 months and 21 days of the competition. This rule applies to Qualifiers and Championships only. Whilst we recommend that Clubs also follow this advice for Club activities, they remain autonomous and can therefore decide what they will require for their own training and events.

For more information about this, please go to where there is the statement made by BRC on 8th November 2019 explaining the reasons for this change.

It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY as the owner/rider of your horse and as a VVRC member to ensure your vaccinations are in line with the rules and expectations of both BRC and the host venue.

VVRC Members Only Facebook Page

Hello VVRC Members!

We have a Facebook page just for VVRC members.

We hope the page will foster a community spirit amongst our members, and will give you an opportunity to share news, information, photos etc. relating to your equine adventures and the club in a friendly, private environment.

Either search Facebook for Vyrnwy Valley RC Members Group or click this link and request to join..

You will be asked to confirm you are a paid up member and that you will abide by the rules of the group and, once your request has been accepted you will be able to share stuff with other VVRC members and you’ll also get more information related to the club and BRC that we wouldn’t share on the public Facebook page, like information about members only clinics, socials etc.

The page is only available to paid up members of VVRC, and once your subs are paid you will receive an e-mail asking you to join (optional of course).

If you’ve already paid your subs and can’t wait for the e-mails then search for Vyrnwy Valley RC Members Group and request to join!

Your Vyrnwy Valley RC Members Group Admins are Caroline, Kat, Meg and Sara

Dressage Update

The in-house Summer Dressage League started with the April competition and has successfully run in May and June too.

It has been good to see our club members and their lovely horses out competing again. We have had successful days and we thank our judges and all our helpers who made the days possible.

We run two dressage leagues, a summer league and a winter league. Also included in the league competition will be the ROR competitors.

Radford’s has proved to be a popular venue for our competitions and we have been lucky enough to book it for the rest of the year on the following dates:
Summer League dates
Sunday 4th July
Saturday 21st August
Sunday 19th September

The points for the League are calculated as for British Dressage:
60.00 – 61.99% 1 point
62.00 – 63.99% 2 points
64.00 – 65.99% 3 points
66.00 – 67.99% 4 points
68.00 – 69.99% 5 points
70.00 – 71.99% 6 points

We have some members competing at the BRC Summer Area Dressage competition soon. Please contact Janet Warner/Maureen Coxon if you are interested in representing the club or hearing more about future area competitions.

We look forward to a successful year of in-house dressage competitions aimed at all levels from introductory level to Elementary level, so come and have a go. It is very relaxed with lots of encouragement.

Once again, thank you to our judges and helpers. Without you we would not be able to run these events.

Maureen Coxon/Janet Warner

VVRC Prize Giving 2019

We must firstly thank all our wonderful helpers as without them there would be no competitions or Area events for members to attend.

I have counted the hours which some members have put in for us and it is amazing……and they have all worked for free as none have them have been paid.

We have a group of super helpers who have helped us for over 20 hours and one member is outstanding as she has worked for us for over 80 hours.

Our super helpers are: Lynda Haigh, Jane Walker, Sue Biltcliffe, Hannah Burgoyne and Ros Swanton.

Our amazing super helper is: Elspeth Carr who has worked for us for over 80 hours, she painted all VVRC show jumps on her own and also built six SJ courses for us and then judged at six of our SJ competitions.

All six received rosettes and small thank you gifts.

VVRC have started a ‘Voucher gift system’ for members who on top of their obligatory four hour help day work for another four hours for us……this year the only member to qualify is Paula Jefferson with eight and a half hours of help. Paula also received a rosette.

Our next award is the RoR trophy and rosettes – Retraining of Racehorses

This year the outstanding award goes to “ The two horses of Ruth and Caroline Hurley”
Ruth said that the award should go to the horses as “They are the stars, they did all the work and work for both Mother and Daughter”.

I agree with Ruth as the horses are the stars but they have to be ridden by good riders to get a good result.

Best Member Awards

This award is given to the members who attend the most of our activities which are not competitive.

1. Sue Biltcliffe – Sue also received a trophy
2. Anne Roberts
3. Sara Wright
4. Karen Hatcher
5. Carol Kynaston and Paula Jefferson
6. Lynn Bird
7. Zoe Chamberlain and Kat Morgan

Show Jumping Awards

Competitions held at Rhos Farm

1. Hannah Burgoyne – Hannah also received a Cup
2. Claerwen McClean
3. Amanda Hopwood
4. Zoe Chamberlain
5. Lynn Bird
6. Heather Jones

Best Competitive Riders Award

1. Helen Hathaway – Helen also received a trophy
2. Hannah Burgoyne
3. Becky Furniss
4. Caroline Hurley
5. Kat Morgan
6. Shelly Colohan

Well done everyone


Your Club Needs You!

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 –
16th February -Area Intermediate show jumping – Northop- contact Kat –
29th February -Area Intermediate Dressage -Somerford Park – Contact Sally
21st March -FOTH/CT – Field House Equestrian – Contact Caroline Hurley –
29th March – VVRC Dressage competition 1pm -Radford’s – Sally
11th April – VVRC Fun show jumping competition – Rhos -Contact Anne Roberts –
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