I’m not sure we’ve shared this success story on Facebook previously, but it’s such a good one it would be a shame not to (even if it is a bit late!)
Congratulations to Caroline Hurley who has qualified for the National Championships on her ex-racehorse Ulis De Vassy.
Caroline has only had Vassy for a few months and in that time has turned him into a dressage horse – proves that ex-racehorses can turn their hand at any discipline.
Well done Caroline and Vassy
Ulis De Vassy is 11yrs and ran a total of 58 times in National Hunt races (over hurdles and chase fences), winning 8 of his races and only ran in a chase on 16 December 2018
Congratulations to our team entered in the 80cm class who came second! A big Well Done to all!
We only had 3 members in the team, due to a last minute injury. The members that competed were Helen Hathaway, Hannah Burgoyne and Becky Furniss.
Shelly Colohan entered the 100cm class and had an interesting day. Here’s a lovely pic of her competing
Although Shelly had an unintended dismount just before she competed she had the courage to get back on and jumped a great round over the 100cms track but was just out of the rosettes. She kept smiling all day even though it was a rather wet one and she was soaked to the skin after doing her helper stint after competing.
What a fantastic club member!
Summer Area Dressage
Sadly, we only had 2 competitors in this year’s summer qualifiers, but they both represented VVRC very well with some great results. Kat Morgan and the lovely Pick Nick and Caroline and Ulis De Vassy
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 .
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.
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 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.