We ran six show jumping competitions over the spring and summer months and they were all well attended, except the last one when rain put many riders off.
Riders had lots of fun and it was very pleasing to see how so many of our riders improved in confidence over the months. We catered for nervous and novice riders and young and inexperienced horses, as well as the more experienced riders.
I am most grateful to my wonderful team who helped on each show jumping day. We could not have run these competitions without their help.
So a special THANK YOU is due to the following members:
Elspeth was the course builder and also our judge for each competition. She also helped anyone who needed help with their horse.
Lynda Haigh was entries secretary and Jane Walker was writer for the judge and they were wonderful in their respective roles.
Sue Biltcliffe came to help us build the course each Friday before the competition and was a great help.
Alison Schmeinck was also a great help as was Ros Swanston and many other members who came and gave us a hand – thank you all
The Burgoyne family have been so very helpful and we are grateful for their support
We hope to run again in the spring and summer
We had a great day at our Team Show Jumping at Radford’s, everyone seemed to enjoy the day and we were amazed at the turnout with 21 teams competing plus lots of individuals.
Several riders fell off but no one was seriously injured.
The winners were:
1. Too hot to trot
3. Chicks with sticks
4. The Prosecco Posse
5. One Dunn two to go
6. Desperate Horsewives
The full details of results are here:
We had some super helpers on the day and they all deserve a special mention and a BIG THANK YOU as the event could not have run without them.
They were: Sue Biltcliffe who came at 8am to help Janet Green and I build the course, and then Sue worked all day pole picking until she went home at 5pm; a very long shift! Sally Evans was our judge and Jane Yorke her writer, they also worked a long day. Julie Phillips kept the riders coming in and Ros Swanston was on the gate. They also worked a long day as did Jessica Jones our treasurer for the day. Paula Jeffreson, Debbie Pennington and Lynn Lewis were all excellent helping treasurer, pole picking and scoring.
Sadly, the day was soured by someone who trashed Radford’s toilets by stuffing lots of rubbish and toilets rolls down them so that they were totally unusable
However, we have had lots of requests to run another next year. Thank you all for coming to jump at our event
This competition was originally planned to be at Llanymynech in June, but the terrible wet weather at the start of June meant that it could not run and had to be rearranged. This was a shame, as some of our members, who had originally entered, were unable to make the new date, but it was great that Meg and Helen were able to step in.
Area 20 joined Area 3 at Somerford Park in July. The 90 team, made up of Helen Hathaway, Janet Brereton and Shelly Colohan came 5th.
Myfi Powell had a fantastic double clear and Meg Higginson was thrilled to complete the 80cm as an individual.
Everyone enjoyed the day and the opportunity to compete at that venue. We would also like to thank our helpers, Tara Taylor and Sarah Hanmer who are not club members, but kindly helped for half a day each and thank you to Gill Powell for being chef d’equipe on the day.
Well done everyone
The venue boasted stunning views with lovely weather -apologies to the show jumpers who had rain the following week.
Kat and Nick came 4th in their arena. This was a great result made even more remarkable because Nick broke his leg in the field five years ago. He had a protracted recovery and Kat, and we, are extremely proud of her miracle horse for being able to compete in dressage competitions at all never mind representing VVRC at Area.
Caroline took Ulis De Vassy and her mum Ruth went along as groom (we couldn’t manage without them). Caroline entered P12 as an individual. Vas warmed up well, did his test and Caroline was super pleased with him for doing one of his best tests to date. They then had to wait for the scores! They were worth the wait as they got 66.85% and finished 2nd. As the winner was part of the winning team, this meant qualification passed down.
Unfortunately, Caroline didn’t attend the Championships after a little incident at the RoR Championship held at Aintree Racecourse. Vas thought he was back at the racetrack evoking bad memories of his racing career. This upset him so much Caroline decided not to take him to Lincoln the following weekend (a 3hr plus drive). Vas is now on his winter holidays.
Vas is 11 years old and ran a total of 58 times (over hurdles and chase fences winning 8 of his races. He last ran in a steeplechase on 16 December 2018 so Caroline has done an amazing job of getting him this far in such a short space of time.
Winter Area 20 dressage
This is in November and I will be sending out more details nearer the time and hope to get some entries.
Summer Dressage League
We have had a mixed summer with this. We have had to cancel a few due to bad weather and in some cases too few entries. Hopefully next year we can revamp and have more people coming along to enjoy some low-key dressage in a friendly atmosphere .
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
This is just a reminder that we will be hoping to run another Inter-Club Show Jumping competition again this year with Dolfor Riding Club. The aim of this event is for ALL riders to have the opportunity to be able to compete for their club.
We usually start at about 50cm, but if people want to do a smaller first round that’s absolutely fine! The day will be catered for those who come to jump for their clubs, from poles on the ground to 1m60!! (I think that is the record James Dawson has set!!)
Every year we have a lot of fun, jumping successes and cake! We obviously couldn’t run this competition without our kind and generous helpers, so if you’d like to be involved in a local club event please let me know (we really, really appreciate you!)
I will let you know more information about the event as soon as possible. Hope to see lots of you there – we need to retain our winning trophy!! Kat
The cold conditions stopped play on the original date between Christmas and New Year, but we managed to hold the Christmas Crackers show on the 7th January at Rhôs. Again, it was a cold day but at least the sun was out! Great fun was had by all. We started with a fancy-dress parade – Ali and Kat had sensibly opted for large warm handmade noses -a site to behold but everyone wished they had them by the end.
Then we did some fun games including eat the dry cracker, find the sweet in the icing sugar (no hands allowed), polo bending relay race, mug race, and sock in the bucket. This was followed by fastest walk and trot jumping, run and ride and finally a speed pairs competition. All the horses loved it- Jack thought it was so much fun he bucked back down the arena every time, Trilby at 28 forgot his brakes and Roland got over his initial nerves to brave all the fun and games. Kat and Ali came joint first for their fancy dress -well they were identical! The teams (Kat, Ali, and Helen vs Meg, Paula, and Jane ended up on equal points so everyone was happy. The morning was finished off with hot mulled wine, mince pies and stollen. Well it was still nearly Christmas!! Many thanks to all who came and especially to Pete Stephens for helping me set things out, hold horses and lug show jumps.