Our showjumping team competed at Maelor in the Area 20 Intermediate Showjumping qualifier. Team members were Meg Higginson, Myfanwy Powell, Rachel Woolley and Michelle Colohan. The team finished on 12 points which put them out of the placings but all jumped well.
The same team is entered for the new BRC show jumping competition at Bolesworth International on Saturday 16th June. If anyone is not going to camp and is going to Bolesworth, please go and cheer our team on. Good luck ladies!
Throughout February and March we ran a six week ‘Rider Core Strength and Fitness’ course. This was incredibly successful with 24 members signing up. I couldn’t believe the amount of enthusiasm we had, so thank you those who supported it. The course was led by the wonderful Emily Pryce on Thursday nights and even though we had a couple of unplanned interruptions due to the ‘Beast from the East’ we managed to run all six sessions eventually!
I think it goes without saying that everyone improved fantastically over the weeks and it was clear to see that balance, strength, flexibility and confidence in our own abilities came on in leaps and bounds. Emily introduced a core set of exercises and stretches to follow each week (including the dreaded squats!!) along with a few new balancing and stretching tools to keep things interesting each session. I think everyone I spoke to said it had improved their own fitness and therefore their riding, so it’s fair to say they were a huge success.
I have had lots of enquiries about running a similar course again ,and I think if we have enough interest, then we can definitely do this. So get your yoga mats and balance balls ready and watch this space!!
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 -email@example.com. 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.
Our AGM and prize giving was held at The Bradford Arms in Llanymynech in February this year.
It was lovely to see so many of our members there supporting our club and we have many ideas and suggestions for this summer’s programme.
We also welcomed onto the committee Izzy Roberts as club secretary, Alison Ollier as Treasurer and Jane Yorke, who will be assisting with style and performance.
Karen Lawley and Babs Williams have become official helpers and will be running the showjumping from now on.
Heather Jones, Julie Phillips and Cassie Woods, who were standing down from committee, were thanked for their hard work and contributions to the club. The annual prize giving followed the AGM.
Winter Dressage League (which ran from October 2016 until March 2017)
1. Anne Roberts
2. Izzy Roberts
3. Kat Morgan
4. Nicky Crooks
5. Sophie Boyce
6. Carol Kynaston
Cassie’s Show Jumping Awards
1. Lauren Lawley
2. Hollie Hindley
3. Helen Hathaway and Becky Woolley
4. Vicki Luxmoore
5. Paula Cartwright
6. Heather Jones
7. Tara McDermott
Best Member Award
(Members are awarded one point for every Riding Club event which they attend but it does not include competitions as they have their own award)
1. Sue Biltcliffe and Anne Roberts
2. Ali Harper
3. Justine James
4. Paula Jeffreson
5. Sally Evans, Vicki Luxmore and Jacky Harrison
Summer Dressage League
1. Sally Evans
2. Elspeth Carr
3. Anne Roberts
4. Jane Yorke
5. Maureen Coxon, Izzy Roberts and Jacky Harrison
6. Zoë Chamberlain
7. Ali Harper
8. Irene Gill
9. Kat Morgan
10. Paula Jeffreson
Best Competitive Rider Award
1. Izzy Roberts
2. Janet Warner
3. Elspeth Carr
4. Christine Hughes
5. Ali Harper and Myfi Powell
6. Helen Hathaway
Our final awards went to four of our members who won their section at Area competitions and went on to ride at the Riding Club Championship
Izzy Roberts (right) who won her class at Area Dressage
Janet Warner who won her class at Area Dressage
Helen Hathaway (below) who won her Intermediate Show Jumping Class.
Myfi Powell who won her section at Area Horse Trials whose award was collected by her mum, Gill Powell (below right)
Well done everyone, we are all very proud of you. Anne
On Friday April 6th we ran a pub-style quiz with food and a bar to raise money for the club and Air Ambulance. Once again, you all came through with fantastic support and the evening was a huge success! I can’t thank you all enough for coming along and bringing your friends and families.
It was a lot of hard work and wouldn’t have been possible without everyone helping to cook food, help write quiz questions, take money on the door, serve behind the bar, serve food, set up the hall and clear away afterwards. So thank you everyone, I won’t mention names as I will forget someone, but you know who you are and hopefully you know you were hugely appreciated!
We had nearly 60 people forming about 10 teams and we had a total of 8 question rounds with a yummy food break in the middle! The winning team were ‘Pieces of Eight’ who received their prize of a box of chocolates (some of which found their way into my tummy!)
We managed to raise a fantastic total of £450 and will be donating £150 to Air Ambulance so thank you once again for all those who supported on the night and due to the success we might be making it a regular fundraiser for the club.
Back in November we were joined by Emma Wood a side saddle instructor from Manchester. Emma gave our members an informative talk on the costumes and types of habit worn by side saddle riders before showing us a selection of side saddles from the 1900s.
We were shown how a side saddle should fit on our beautiful demo horse Toby, and talked us through positioning of the demo rider, Ali. It was Toby’s first time under the side saddle and he was a total star!
Following the demo, six riders had a thirty minute private session with Emma on their own horse. Lots of progress was made during each session with most riders trotting and a few even cantering! Riders even wore the habit that Emma had brought with her to look the part.
The afternoon proved to be a huge success with most of the horses and riders taking to side saddle ‘like ducks to water’
VVRC has a new club logo!
Designed by Lorna Hussey – thank you! Thank you if you entered the logo competition, this was the winning design picked by the committee.
If you would like this embroidered on your existing club saddlecloth, please contact Meg Evans and this can be done for approximately £6.
Two teams went to this Area competition with the ‘A’ team comprising of Hollie Hindley, Meg Higginson, Ali Harper and Gina Williams who went really well in the first round finishing on a ‘0’ score; but not so good in the 2nd round & finished on a score of 24 so just out of rosettes coming 7th.
Unfortunately due to last minute lameness the ‘B’ team was down to three: Paula Jeffreson, Lauren Lawley and Siân Bates who all got around in a nice style but unfortunately were not in the running as one of the horses took a dislike to the double.
Everybody was organised on the day and thanks to Debbie Pennington who did half a day’s help on car parking duties.
I am now looking for keen riders for the Intermediate show jumping at Northop on March 18th and the combined training competition (date to be decided).
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.
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.