The next show jumping area competition will be at Caerwys (North Wales) on July 9th 2017.
Entries need to be in by June 13th.
Anyone interested in being in competing, in either the Jump & Style teams (2 x 75cm & 2 x 85cm), Novice (80cm), Intermediate (95cm) and Open (110cm) please let me know and I will send you an application form.
The outdoor school at Rhôs Farm is booked on the following dates for team jumping:
Thursdays June 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th
Cost will be approximately £10 each if with me, but please let me know if you would like a particular trainer, other venue or any other evening.
Email: email@example.com or text: 07521029491
VVRC Summer Show Jumping
A rainy start to the season, triumph for Patsy Pyke and an ex-racehorse battle!
Our first show of the 2016 took place on 2nd April where we had a good turnout from both members and non-members. A rainy start to the day tried to put a dampener on things, but as usual the fantastic team of VVRC Helpers (Sally Evans, Jo Waters, Heather Jones, Sara Wright, Patsy Pyke and Simon Woods) kept things running smoothly.
The clear round offered an inviting way for newcomers, novices and beginners to take their time around the course set at a height of their choice. The purpose of the clear round to is to act as a relaxed atmosphere for those that are new to show jumping in order to get some experience and practise. It’s also highly beneficial to those with young horses, and if you are really clever, for those with spooky horses, it’s a great trial run before the class!
The 60cm was popular, committee member Patsy Pyke had a fabulous double clear on Splodgers to win. Paula Jeffreson and Lily took 2nd spot with Molly Allen and Manny finishing in third.
The 70cm saw another win for Patsy and Splodgers who again jumped double clear in a fabulous time of 16.42 seconds, almost 4 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Sian Williams (daughter of member Babs Williams) and Mari. Paula Jeffreson and Lily picked up another good placing finishing in 3rd.
Again in the 80cm, Patsy and Splodgers took the win (we certainly need these two on our show jumping teams this year!) 2nd place went to non-member Helen Pugh and 3rd another non-member Elle May Hart.
The 85cm Open saw the addition of extra fillers and a more up to height course. Non-member Elle May Hart took the win, followed closely in second place by Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw. Third place went to Lisa Lake and Totes in what was a very close finish.
It was the battle of the ex-racehorses in the 90cm, with members Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw and Sue Jones and Springtime Lover battling it out to finish 1st and 2nd respectively.
We had just two entries for the 1m class, with Becky King and Oscar achieving the only double clear to win the class.
Best turned out rosettes were awarded to the following members on the day in their classes – Jenny Jones and Ed, Nicole Bartholomew and Mark Twain, Sue Jones and Springtime Lover, Lisa Lake and Totes and Becky King and Oscar.
The prize for the best ex-racehorse of the day (sponsored by ROR) was awarded to Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw for occurring the most points at the show.
Our next competition takes place on Saturday 28th May at Radfords Equestrian.
Hope to see you there,
SJ Dates 2016:
28th May, 18th June, 9th July, 7th August (Double Points) , 10th September (Team Jumping Competition)
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
Area 20 Qualifiers 2016
Horse Trials Area 20 Llanymynech 25th June
Dressage Llandudno Caerwys 3rd July
Show Jumping Bradley Dale Ashwood Equestrian 23rd July
Dressage to Music Delamere Reaseheath 14th August
2016 BRC Championship Dates
Festival of the Horse 4 – 5 June Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 6RT
Horse Trials 5 – 7 August Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, Oxon. OX15 5EX
National Championships 10 – 11 September
Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. LN2 2NA
Dressage to Music & Quadrille Selection Trial 30 Sept – 2 October TBC Bury Farm Equestrian Village; New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks. LU7 9BT
Quadrille Final TBC TBC
Area 20 Indoor Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifiers– October 11th 2015
A great day was had by all at the Area Show Jumping qualifier held at Reaseheath College last October. Vyrnwy Valley was represented by two teams, Vyrnwy Valley 1 (Becky King, Vicky Luxmoore and Rachel Tudor-Davies) and Vyrnwy Valley 2 (Elspeth Carr, Vicky Robson and Cassie Woods). The event was thoroughly well organised, the presentation following immediately after the class. Well done to Vyrnwy Valley Team 2 for coming 4th, and to Vyrnwy Valley Team 1 for finishing 6th. A huge thank you to all helpers on the day who gave up their time. We look forward to hopefully another successful day at the 2016 Summer Qualifiers.
Area Indoor Novice Show Jumping Qualifiers – 5th November 2015
This years’ qualifiers were once again held at Southview Equestrian Centre, Cheshire. The senior (sorry!!) class saw over 100 riders jump round two courses and it was fantastic that included in that number were four of our own VVRC members: Heather Jones, Justine Roberts, Hollie Hindley and James Manford. All four members had never competed in an area competition before and Hollie and James are both new to the club. I know jumping in an area competition has been a goal of Heather’s for a long time and she has worked exceedingly hard with Flicka and it certainly has paid off.
All four horses and riders jumped beautifully over a tricky course which was causing lots of problems. Each combination had at least one clear round and Hollie had two on her superstar pony! Everyone was so pleased with the team performance and it was topped off with the team finishing brilliant 3rd and the fastest of the teams with 4 faults thanks to ridiculously quick rounds and tight turns (how Justine navigated Alton, who stands at 17.2hh, around those corners is remarkable)! Hollie was also 5th individually!
I am a very proud show jumping co-ordinator and it’s wonderful to see hard work and perseverance paying off! Well done everyone! And a big thank you to Babs for being the official team helper (you rocked the yellow tabard)
Looking forward to the summer qualifiers!
Show Jumping Winter Report
Interclub Show-jumping – October 18th 2015
Thanks to everyone who attended the interclub show-jumping against Dolfor Riding Club! The riders were all absolutely fantastic and the helpers were very much appreciated.
Highlights included the pairs show-jumping and our own James Dawson and Charlie jumping a massive 1m 50 and making it look easy! Sally Evans’ trusty stead Sirius was stolen by her daughter Meg and came out of jumping retirement for the day: he thoroughly enjoyed himself winning numerous rosettes. Big Matt and El-speth jumped their biggest show jump to date and both looked rather pleased with themselves afterwards. It was lovely to see so many members supporting the event and I was really proud of you all!
Fantastic rounds were jumped by riders in both clubs and although we had been level pegging through most of the competition it was Vyrnwy Valley who won the trophy at the end of the day! Hurrah!
Thanks to: Sally and Gaynor who judged for us all day; Helen for being official photographer and capturing some beautiful pictures; Sue Burgoyne for hosting us at Rhos Farm; Polly from Dolfor for being joint-organiser with me (and providing the delicious cakes); and to everyone who jumped, supported and cheered us all along!