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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

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 Horse Trials Qualifier 2016

At Lower House Farm, Llanymynech
We entered two teams for this year’s qualifiers at Radfords, Llanymynech in June. We had a team of 4 for the 80cm class, plus Nicole as an individual. The course was well designed and rode very well, but as the day unfolded, it seemed a lot of combinations were having problems out on XC and a couple of fences were proving to be difficult. About half the competitors did not complete, so to get all 5 from our team round was quite an achievement and the team finished 6th. A great start to the morning! In the 90cm, our team had their ups & downs with Elspeth finishing 8th and the team 10th. We only had Emma Duncombe in the 100cm, who unfortunately didn’t complete. Many thanks to all the helpers who offered their services to help set up beforehand and also on the day.

80cm team – 6th overall
Rachel Wooley (Ballyowen Rose) 8th
Vicki Luxmoore (September Draw) 7th
Ali Harper (Garthfach Rubix) 3rd
Helen Hathaway (Bechan Delinquent) 6th
Indv 80cm Nicole Bartholomew (Mark Twain) 8th

90cm team – 10th
Vicky Robson (Tempest River Queen)
Sue Jones (Springtime Lover)
Meg Davies (Go Go Rio)
Elspeth Carr (My Top Diplomat)
My 3rd place qualified us for the BRC championships at Swalciffe which is a fantastic venue using the undulating landscape to build a challenging, twisty XC course; much more difficult than the courses I have ever ridden before.  We went down the day before and were stabled next to other riders in our area who were very friendly.

Jack didn’t do his best dressage, which was frustrating. He was very lively having been stabled somewhere strange the night before, but we stayed within the boards which I was determined to do, as my aim was to complete all 3 phases

The SJ was busy with lots going on, but Jack jumped very well and only rolled one pole, so I was very pleased.

We had a fantastic XC round and went clear.  We picked up a couple of time penalties which was down to my lack of experience riding such a twisty and hilly course, but Jack bounced round and gave me a fantastic ride. I’m really glad I did extra fitness work with him in preparation.

We finished 22nd which I am really pleased with.  I had so much fun and learned lots from having the opportunity to go and compete at this level, I’m already thinking about how we could do it better if we ever get the chance to go again.

Ali
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