Janet Warner and her lovely horse Nimbus, qualified for the winter Championships at Bury Farm on 14th April and came a magnificent 10th. Congratulations Janet for doing so well.
Summer Dressage League
We have had the first of our SDL competitions. This was very well attended and we had lots of new faces too. We are running these once a month until September and the member with the highest points will get the Pimm’s Trophy. Please come along and support for a relaxed friendly competition, plus a glass of Pimm’s.
Summer Area Competitions
The summer area dressage competition is on Sunday 29th July. This will be held at Rodbaston. As yet I am not sure if this will be on grass or surface arena but will confirm. As soon as the schedules are out, I will send details, but anyone who is interested in being on a team/taking part please contact me -firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not be doing specific team training this year but there are plenty of flatwork clinics being run that you can attend to brush up your skills, plus a ride through your test and get feed back clinic before the completion.
The dressage to music qualifiers are being held at Reaseheath on 18th August. Further details to follow.
JOIN TEAM VVRC
We often compete at area competitions and would like to invite you to join our Dressage/SJ/Horse Trials teams. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested, please contact the appropriate Head of Discipline.
Horse Trials—Ali Harper
Contact details are on the back page. We will be organising team. training, details will be circulated via email nearer the time of each qualifier
Four intrepid members set off for Somerford on a bitterly cold but bright day on November 12th to compete in the area winter novice competition. The team of Nicky Crooks, Janet Warner, Gina Williams, and Christine Hughes braved the cold conditions to represent VVRC. All did very well with the team coming a creditable 5th overall. Gina, at her 1st competition representing VVRC came 10th, Christine 8th, and Janet came 1st. Janet is now off to the championships at Bury Farm on 14th April Good luck, Janet!
We had two teams competing at the intermediate area qualifiers. The original date at the end of October had to be cancelled due to Storm Brian hitting the UK. The new date was rearranged for 2nd and 3rd December at Tushingham. After a few changes of riders, and some last-minute stand ins, we still managed to send two teams of four. Neither team managed to get into the rosettes but very well done to all who took part. The teams were: VVRC Diamonds – Irene Gill (10th), Janet Warner, Izzy Roberts, and Elspeth Carr, and the VVRC Emeralds – Nicky Crooks, Vicky Poole, Pete Stephens, and Myfi Powell. Elspeth also entered the individual medium class where Matt the hunter/dressage diva strutted his stuff to come 6th. A very well done to all of you and thank you to those who stepped in to take the place of those who could not make the new date.
The summer dressage qualifier is on July 29th, so I will be putting a call out for members to enter this in the spring.
We had three full teams for area dressage this summer. Nine of us set off for Prees near Whitchurch on Sunday July 23rd.
The Novice team of Justine, Janet, Irene and Ali all did the same test and did very well to come 3rd overall. Individual successes were Janet with a 1st, and Justine and Irene with 9th.
The Open team of Izzy, Elspeth, Myfi and Sally all did separate Novice and Elementary tests and came 4th with individual placing of Izzy 1st, and Elspeth and Myfi 5th.
The Riding Test team of Meg, Justine, Ali and Izzy came 5th with individual placing Izzy 3rd and Justine 9th. Elspeth and Izzy also did the Pairs and came 2nd and Elspeth and Meg did individual tests with Elspeth coming 6th in the Medium.
We had lots of help on the day from family and the support was great, so thank you to everyone who entered and helped. Hopefully we will have as much success in the Winter Qualifiers.
Three members entered the Area Dressage to Music competition at Reaseheath in August.
Christine came 3rd in the Medium test, Nicky 4th in the Novice and Elspeth 2nd in the Elementary. All 3 enjoyed their experience and are planning their next music outings.
Izzy and Janet both made the long journey to Lincoln to take part in the Dressage Championships having qualified in July. Both did extremely well and came 5th in their respective arenas; Izzy in the Novice and Janet in the Preliminary. Janet also entered the Veteran Rider class and came 1st getting a trophy to bring home. Well done! ladies!
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: email@example.com
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