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Social evening walk

Social evening walk June 2022

Back in June a few of us met up for a social evening in the sunshine, we met in Pant and went for a lovely walk around Llanymynech nature reserve.

We discovered a new path for all of us, even Anne who grew up in the area! It was a gorgeous evening and a lovely, relaxed way for us all to get to know each other a little better and chat as we wandered around the beautiful site of the reserve. Best of all, we were treated to some fantastic views out over Vyrnwy Valley riding club territory, and I even persuaded everyone to have a photo taken!


We have now reached the end of the Summer League dressage competitions which have run from April to September inclusive. On the whole we have had good attendance. However, two of our competitions had to be cancelled due to lack of entries. In the later competitions, we have boosted our entry numbers by inviting Oswestry Riding Club and friends to join us. We have had a lot of good feedback especially about how friendly and relaxed the competitions have been.
We have struggled in recent competitions to get helpers and I have had to enlist helpers from outside the club or our events would not have been able to go ahead. The committee have discussed at great length how we can encourage more members to help and we have agreed that helpers will be rewarded with a £5 voucher for help of three hours.
We are now entering into the Winter League dressage competitions with our first one planned for 8th October and we hope to see many of you there, either riding or helping. The league will run from October to March inclusive with points awarded on % results on your test.
Prize giving for the summer league and winter league will be at the AGM and the rosettes are certainly worth winning.
The following are the results of the summer league.
Summer Dressage League 2022

Dressage Report

The Summer Dressage League got off to a flying start in April with 17 class entries.

The feedback was very positive and everyone enjoyed the competition.
Sadly, we were not so lucky for our competition in May. We didn’t have enough entries to run the competition, so we had no choice but to cancel it. It was unfortunate that the only slot we could get at Radford’s in May was only two weeks after our April competition and we had feedback that quite a few of our members were away.

Our next competition is on Sunday 26th June, which hopefully our members will be able to attend. We will use the May tests for June, so hopefully those who were practicing for the May test will be well on their way.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our helpers who work so hard on competition days. They always have smiley faces and are so supportive to put riders at their ease at what can be for most, a nerve-racking experience to get in that arena and have a go as well ensuring all goes smoothly. Also, a big thank you to our judges who give us their valuable time, as I know they are in huge demand. Last, but not least, thank you to all our competitors who work so hard on their tests and turn out amazing beautiful horses for us to see. Without you, there wouldn’t be any competitions.

There has been feedback about varying the format of the competition, which includes: holding the competition outdoors, some long arena tests and some possible evening competitions. I am aware that quite a few people have given feedback on these options, but it would be good if we could hone it down a bit more. It would be helpful to know how many riders would be interested in an evening competition, which evening would be preferred and what time would they like to see the competition start.
There isn’t any reason why we couldn’t easily put on some long tests now that Radford’s have made the smaller arena into a 60×20 arena, with the letters in place. It would be helpful to know if the level of test should be novice, prelim or both. We could do some tests outside, however, if they are 40×20 tests, we would need dedicated helpers to set up the outside arena. This would take about 20 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the competition, with the appropriate equipment to measure the arena. Please feel free to send your thoughts and comments to

I think that is all I have to report for now.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to seeing you all in June.


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