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.
Meg Higginson, Michelle Colohan, Rachel Woolley and I made up a team of 4 doing the 85-90 cm riding club team competition at Bolesworth.
The day was a wash out unfortunately – there was a huge excess of rain which turned the warm up arena into a mud bath. I think if we weren’t hunting regulars we would have had some difficulty! There were few clears and the class was massively delayed.
However Meg managed to do a lovely round with just 2 down, I was enormously pleased to get round with a double clear and Michelle had a green stop (as far as I’m aware). Sadly Rachel had to leave as she had commitments that evening and none of us were expecting the long wait.
Martha took some fab photos of us, and although there was a lot of waiting around we all loved the atmosphere of jumping at Bolesworth and really enjoyed ourselves – despite the poor ground conditions too.
When I came home I looked up to see how we’d done and it said Rebel had come 16th out of 68 which I was so pleased with. We were all very proud to represent VVRC at such a huge event.
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!
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 -firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
JOIN TEAM VVRC
We often compete at area competitions and would like to invite you to join our Dressage/SJ/Horse Trials teams. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested, please contact the appropriate Head of Discipline.
Horse Trials—Ali Harper
Contact details are on the back page. We will be organising team. training, details will be circulated via email nearer the time of each qualifier