We were blessed to have a lovely sunny morning in October for our team show jumping competition. We had 11 teams and lots of enthusiastic supporters.
The atmosphere was wonderful, friendly and supportive of the riders. It was a long course but rode well. There were a few tumbles but nothing serious.
We had four heights for riders to choose from and in the smallest class, 60cms, I could hear shouts of “ the red and white one next” and so on. Nearly everyone joined in this shouting, the way to the younger riders and less experienced adults. Officials allowed this to happen as it all added to the fun.
There was great support for the higher classes as well and altogether it was a great day. One of our teams “The Brave Pants” headed by Rita Griffiths won the competition. Well done “The Brave Pants”.
The other good news is that we made £240.00 for club funds
Three of our brave members set off in high winds to head to Southview for the qualifier. We were lucky it was being held there as we were indoors.
Anne and Joy Higginson (Meg’s Mum) were the team helpers who had the job of being on the main arena gate all day. They enjoyed it though getting the best view of the arena.
Meg Higginson on Ella, Rebecca Furniss on Tommy and Angharad Williams on Gem made up the team because our fourth team member’s horse was injured and unable to take part.
The first round went really well both Meg and Rebecca going clear. Meg had 4 time penalties and Angharad had a refusal and time penalties. This resulted in 13 points in first round. In the second round, Rebecca had a pole and Meg was going clear until she had last fence down. Angharad had 2 poles resulting finishing on 29. The team came 6th overall out of 13 teams!
There were so many huge hunters and showjumpers in the Cheshire teams, against which Meg’s cob, Becca’s New Forest and Angharad’s little horse was quite intimidating, but they certainly put up a performance against the bigger clubs which they were very proud of?. Well done team!
On Saturday November 3rd 2018, five VVRC members set out for Somerford Park to take part in the area winter novice dressage competition.
The competition was held on the lovely outdoor arenas with plenty of warm up space. I think most of the horses were eyeing up the cross-country fences and would have enjoyed doing that after their tests!
The team of Kat Morgan, Janet Warner, Meg Higginson and Sally Evans, plus Ruth Hurley as individual, all did good tests. Janet did amazingly well to come 3rd in her arena but sadly the team were out of the rosettes with stiff competition from around the area. Many thanks to those who stewarded (Kat and Sally) especially as it was quite a cold day.
BRC Arena Eventing Qualifier at Radford’s Equestrian. 27th October 2018
We entered a team for the 90cm Area Eventing competition at Radford’s. The team consisted of Rachel Woolley, Rebecca Furniss, Meg Higginson and Ali Harper. A few of us had not competed in a competition like this before or for a long time at this height and Becky and Ali were lucky enough to get some practice in the week before with Sarah Warner.
The course consisted of eight show jumps followed by eight XC jumps. The final “joker” fence was a show jump set at 10cm higher than all the other jumps. The course designers had done a great job designing a course that was very rideable which provided some interesting choices about which line to take and this did prove that those who were brave enough to ride the tighter lines made the optimum time.
As we all know, Radford’s is a great venue for parking and spectating and our times allowed us to walk the course together and to cheer our team mates on. We all got round and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Our team came 4th and Rachel Woolley came individual 3rd.
A big thank you to our helpers, without whom these BRC competitions can’t run.
Once again we were invited to Wynnstay Oswestry Open Day and for a second time we chose to run a tombola.
Riding Club members were very generous with all the gifts they gave and we thank you all so much for your generosity.
We had a slow start to the day with our tombola and then in the afternoon it became very busy.
A team of members gave their time to help out and we all had a lot of fun.
Most of the prizes were won and at the end of the day we just had a few left for next year.
Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day and to everyone who supported us.
The good news is that we raised £200.00 from the tombola to which I added £100.00 from goods which I had been selling for the Brooke – so £300.00 was sent to the Brooke to support the good work they do with horses, donkeys and mules.
In October, Lynn Bird who is a new member of Riding Club, kindly gave us a talk on ways to solve various horse behaviour problems we may encounter.
Her talk was most interesting and informative and afterwards she took a variety of questions from many of our members.
Lynn has moved into our area and now runs Moorehouse Farm livery yard just outside Trefonen. She also runs her Horse Behaviourist business from there.
We are most grateful to Lynn for sharing her knowledge and experience with us and we wish her well with her two new businesses.
Thank you Lynn,
We only had one entry in the Dressage to Music Qualifier held at Reaseheath College on Saturday 18th August.
Christine Hughes and her horse Nero did 2 great tests to come 2nd and 3rd in the novice an Elementary tests.
The first scheduled area competition was due to be held on Sunday 29th July at Rodbaston.
Having driven there in pouring rain – the first we had seen in 6 weeks – Janet Warner (who had literally stepped in at the 11th hour) and myself found the competition had been postponed due to unsafe ground conditions. Fortunately we managed to stop the other 3 competitors leaving home even though they were all plaited up and ready to come.
It was rescheduled for Friday 10th August at Tushingham arena on surfaces as there was no where else to hold it at such short notice.
We managed to field a team of 4 including one replacement so Siân Bates, Gina Williams, Kat Morgan, and Ali Harper (replacing Janet) all did great tests and the team did amazingly well to come 2nd overall.
Kat was also 4th overall. Well done all of you
picture of Sian and Shadow
This year we held camp on the weekend of 15th – 17th June again at Berriewood.
After various problems with lame horses etc., we had 21 members attending.
Lots of fun was had and everyone enjoyed lessons including flatwork, pole-work, grids, show jumping, and cross country.
We made full use of all the wonderful facilities Berriewood offers. Our instructors -Sally Jackson, Janet Green, Elspeth Carr, Sarah Warner, Ticky Fletcher, and Nicky Shipp- all got the most out of people and hopefully everyone went home having learnt something.
The demo on Saturday by the Perry Vaulting group was much appreciated and some members even had a go. A new challenge for them.
Kat Morgan kindly came and did a yoga/stretch session which went down very well.
The food was from the Fox Inn and as usual was delicious and there was masses of it.
Huge thanks to Justine for much of the organising despite having just had little Hallie. Also huge thanks to Penny at Berriewood for being so helpful and accommodating as usual. Watch this space for next year’s camp dates.
This year we entered a team for the 80cm and a team for the 90 cm and some individual riders too.
Unfortunately, we had to start a team of 3 for the 80cm as one of the horses went lame the day before.
Nicky Stokes had a great run and finished 9th, Siân Bates finished 13th but Gina Williams and Amanda Hopwood did not complete which put us out of the team event.
Sara Wright, who competed as an individual also had a good run and finished 7th on Justine’s Alton.
The 90cm did better finishing 8th with Myfi Powell finishing 3rd, Rachel Woolley 8th, Michelle Colohan 10th and Vicki Poole 14th in their sections.
Sue Jones and I competed as individuals, Sue finished 13th and I finished 14th. My cross-country round was particularly eventful; Jack pulled a shoe off causing him to trip which meant we had to circle in front of one of the fences and we were joined by a loose horse 4 fences from home!
I was a great day, we all enjoyed being out competing and it was lovely to see so many VVRC members out supporting our competitors.
I would like to say a big thank you to Julie Phillips and Rosemary Pyne who are no longer members but came and helped us put out the dressage arenas a few days before the event along with myself and Irene Gill. Also thank you to Sally Evans, Heather Jones and Dee Sides who delivered lunches to all the volunteers on the day.