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Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club Summer Show jumping at Caerwys July 9th 2017

It was a beautiful day and, at first glance the course in the nearest ring looked to me to be very simple with only a couple of fairly old easy fillers – then I realised that wasn’t ‘our’ ring and ours was FULL of VERY Spooky fillers with a twisty course on undulating ground, in addition vehicles travelled a road behind a hedge very close to a couple of the jumps!

Rachel Tudor – Davies on her lovely Fleur de Llys was our only representative in the 1m who jumped beautifully but unfortunately just as they turned for a jump a van appeared behind the hedge just by the jump causing a spook and Rachel had to circle to represent and possibly causing them to have one down in the first round. In the second round they just had one down.

The 80 cms team was made up by Helen Hathaway (Bechan Delinquent), Justine James (Coffee), Paula Jeffreson (My Golden Lily) and a VERY last minute substitute (thank you!) Myfanwy Powell (My Welcome Rebel).

Jump 1 caused lots of problems for riders including Justine (4 & 4) and Myfi (Clear & 4), Paula’s (beautiful) Lily was unfortunately a bit overawed by the fillers but Helen’s Del boy went brilliantly clear in both rounds and ended up WINNING!

Helen went on to represent the club at the RC Championships and jumped their most technical round to date with only 4 faults in each round – a great effort when there were only six double clears out of over 100 competitors!

Could I thank the riders who took part in the Summer area show jumping – you were all a super group of riders and great fun to be around – without giving me a moment of stress as you were all on time and well prepared; also to your support teams (your mums Gaynor, Karen and Gill) and of course Kat Morgan who has supported everyone so brilliantly and went to the championships with Helen.

Having watched the ‘Style & Performance’ competitions it would be brilliant if we could perhaps include these classes in the future – the courses are very simple and would be a great addition to the area competitions.

Our next team jumping will be for the Winter Area 80 cms competition at Southview on November 5th. Please do get in touch if you would like to be in a team – I will arrange a few ‘team bonding’ training sessions in the weeks beforehand. Please either email: patsy_horserider@btinternet.com or pm me on fb

Patsy Pyke
Sept 2017

Annual AGM and Prize Gving

The evening started with members raising their glasses to members of committee and official helpers who have done a huge amount of work with organising clinics and competitions and training for our members.

Special rosettes were awarded to members who have been extremely helpful during the year and have helped over and above their role in Riding Club., they all have given up so much of their time to run activities for others to enjoy and we really appreciate what they do.

Jessica Jones who has helped at every one of Cassie’s show jumping competitions throughout the summer. Jess is not a member but her mother Heather is. Cassie Woods who organised six very successful show jumping competitions at Radford’s and ended the season with a hugely popular open team show jumping competition. Patsy Pyke who always offers to help whenever and wherever there is a need as well as running lots of clinics and training sessions. Julie Phillips who does not take part in Riding Club activities these days but always offers her help with scoring at our Summer League Dressage competitions. Sally Evans who also offers her help whenever and wherever needed. Justine James for organising another fantastic camp ably assisted by Sally and Emily. Emily Jones for helping to organise camp with Justine and Sally.

Best General Member Awards
Members get one point for every activity which they attend – but this does not include competitions as they have their own awards.
1. Anne Roberts – who received a trophy
2. Alison Harper
3. Tara McDermott
4. Elspeth Carr and Justine James
5. Sue Biltcliffe
6. Carol Kynaston
7. Sally Evans and Alison Ollier

Retraining of Race Horses
Our Champion is Vicki Luxmoore who received a trophy
Reserve Champion Sue Jones – Pant Farm

Style Jumping
The winner was Carol Kynaston

Show Jumping League Points for 2016
60cm Awards
Champion: Patsy Pyke
Reserve Champion: Jenny Jones

70cm Awards
Champion: Patsy Pyke
Reserve Champion: Vicki Luxmoore

80cm Awards
Champion: Patsy Pyke
Reserve Champion: Jo Nunnerley

85cm Awards
Champion: Vicki Luxmoore
Reserve Champion: Charlotte Price

90cm Awards
Champion: Vicki Luxmoore
Reserve Champion: Emma Duncombe

1m Awards
Champion: Becky King
Reserve Champion: Kat Morgan

Best Turned out Overall Winner
Myfi Powell

Overall In House Show Jumping Points Awards
Champion: Vicki Luxmoore
Reserve Champion: Patsy Pyke

Summer Dressage League for 2015
Rather late with awards but regretfully omitted from prize giving last year
1. Patsy Pyke who received a trophy
2. Ali Harper
3. Anne Roberts
4. Sally Evans
5. Paula Jefferson
6. Wendy Gartry

Summer Dressage League 2016
1. Anne Roberts who received a trophy
2. Sally Evans
3. Isobel Roberts
4. Ali Harper
5. Elspeth Carr
6. Sue Jones – Pant Farm
7. Emma Blair and Tara McDermott
8. Patsy Pyke
9. Irene Gill
10. Kat Morgan
11. Jackie Harrison
Most improved Rider in the Summer Dressage League was awarded to Patsy Pyke who started the season in intro and finished in the elementary with her horse Splodgers

Best Overall Competitive Rider Awards
This award is calculated on members placings at Area competitions
1. Ali Harper who received a trophy
2. Helen Hathaway
3. Vicki Luxmoore
4. Rachel Woolley
5. Sally Evans
6. Elspeth Carr
7. Nicole Bartholomew

Well done everyone, Anne

Combined Training Report

We had two teams at the Area Combined Training at Tushingham on April 17th:
‘Unstables’ consisting of Siân Bates and Heather Jones in the 75cm, and Ali Harper (replacing Helen Hathaway with only two days’ notice as poor Del had a foot abscess) and Justine James in the 85cm

‘The Lightweights’ were Paula Jeffreson in the 75cm and Izzy Roberts and Cassie jumping the 85cm. This team only had three riders due to my own Splodgers being ‘spun’ for having an injection two days too early. Luckily I had scanned and sent a copy of his passport so I didn’t have to get him out of bed early.

In future I will scan and send all passports as this was quite a shock (and disappointment) as my vet had said it was fine. It just goes to show that we should double check.

Helen Hathaway and Gaynor Williams kindly came along in the (wet) morning and helped on dressage ring 2 which was a great help as it freed me up to help some of the other riders warm up for the jumping. Sharon James was also a superb support. Thank you all!

Both teams did reasonable dressage tests, despite a lot of noise in the outside arena and people walking backwards and forwards along the indoor. Ali Harper came a brilliant 5th overall with her super boy Jack with a total score of 36.1 and a clear round. In the other section, Justine came 10th with a total score of 34.4 with 2 time penalties, as did Paula in her section (35.5) and a clear round. Izzy came 11th with a score of 34.5 with a clear round, Siân came 16th with a clear round (score 38.8) and Cassie came 19th with a total score 56.6. Pity that she forgot the last fence, but we all have done it sometime!). Heather also came 19th in her section with 59.5 with Flicka jumping superbly.

The total individual scores ranged from 28.4 to 80.2 with several eliminations and retirements as the course did prove quite tricky for some.
In the future, we plan to do a ‘team’ course walk and I will also double check with all riders before handing in the declaration sheets as I had inadvertently misnamed the horse Ali was riding.

Patsy Pike

Summer dressage league gets under way

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: paulajeffreson@aol.com

VVRC Camp 2016

Preparations for summer camp started early on in the year with everyone getting excited and planning their packing with key decisions being made between prosecco, beer, gin or in some cases, all 3! Justine assembled her team of help (Emily and Sally) and set about organising the logistics. Quite how she worked out the timetable of rides for the weekend, I will never know, but she managed to sort it so everyone had all the disciplines they wanted over the weekend and none of them clashed.
Camp itself took place at the wonderful venue of Berriewood Farm which boasts all the facilities we could need: roomy stables, 3 large arenas, grass flatwork and show jumping arenas, not forgetting the cross country course. Additional facilities include the RDA room with fridges, freezers and microwave and a new shower block. Luxury!
Twenty seven people arrived and lessons for some kicked off on the Friday afternoon, whilst others went for a hack around the fields or just settled in. Following a massive downpour, which some got caught out in, we had a great supper delivered from the local pub followed by a tricky quiz, which the geeks among us really enjoyed and everyone else remembered why they don’t like quizzes.
Saturday morning arrived without too many hangovers and the show jumping team headed off to compete in the area qualifiers. We had a very sick horse who thank fully made a good recovery after vet treatment. The rest of us had some great lessons with a variety of instructors. Saturday evening saw more food delivered from the local pub following a great talk on basic first aid for your horse. Simon Woods, ably assisted by Cassie, came over and Rupert allowed us to put bandages on his legs and stick Post it notes all over him. What a good boy!
Sunday saw the final day of lessons and then we had to pack up for another year. I think we all had a great weekend and learnt a lot from our instructors. Many thanks to the instructors, who included Paralympic gold medallist Nicola Tustain, as well as our more local instructors: Nicky Shipp, Ticky Fletcher, Janet Green, Kim Webster and Elspeth Carr. Thanks also to Penny from Berriewood who always makes us feel welcome and even found a horse for one rider. Finally, thanks to Martha Lily Photography for these fantastic photos.
Biggest thanks must go to Justine for her organisational skills and she kept the show on the road with a little help from Emily and Sally!

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VVRC Summer Dressage League

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.
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Dressage to Music Area 20 Qualifiers

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. 
Sally Evans

Area 20 Show Jumping Summer Qualifier

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
Kat

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Summer Dressage League 2016 Final Results

Here are the results of our summer dressage league. Well done to all competitors and a massive thank you to all our helpers. The presentation of the summer dressage league awards and prizes will be at the AGM in the new year.

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Postion Rider Horse Total VVRC Points
1 Anne Roberts Millie 64
2 Sally Evans Sirius 61
3 Isobel Roberts The Wizard 58
4 Ali Harper Tabarka 48
5 Elspeth Carr My Top Diplomat 47
6 Sue Jones Springtime Lover 38
7= Emma Blair Hathaway Iolo 32
7= Tara McDermott Randy 32
9 Patsy Pike Southern Fox 31
10 Irene Gill Mikey 29
11 Kat Morgan Love St Buddy 18
12 Jacky Harrison Killian 17
13 Jo Waters Annie 16
14 Emma Blair Percy 14
15 Lindsay Jackson Rhydfendigaid Celt 12
16= Justine Roberts Alton 11
16= Vicki Luxmoore Rathcoole Tabasco 11
18 Becky King Oscar 10
19= Rachel T Davies Fleur 9
19= Vicki Luxmoore September Draw 9
Sara Wright Augusto 7
Teresa Jones Charlie 7
Helen Hathaway Del 7
Sian Bates Shadow 7
Erica Morgan Tahaf 7
Becks Jackson Call me Russell 6
Caroline Hurley Detroit River 6
Nicole Batholomew Mark Twain 6
Kat Morgan Davies 5
Ali Harper Garthfach Rubix 5
Helen Clarke Nicky 5
Paula Jeffreson My Golden Lilly 4
Jenny Jones Ollie 4
Carol Kynaston Cel 3
Charlotte Saunders Sparkle 3
Jenny Jones Ashwood Mr Man 2
Charlotte Saunders Zakumi 2
Cassie Woods Patch Curtis 1