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 -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.
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
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).
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.
We had three teams and two individual competitors entered for the horse trials qualifier in June.
Cassie Woods, Rubie Taylor, Sam Pennington and Hattie Warner were entered as a team in the 80cm qualifier as were Vicki Luxmoore, Izzy Roberts, Debbie Pennington and Sian Bates. In the 90cm we had a team made up of Myfi Powell, Ali Harper, Helen Hathaway and Justine James with Vicki Robson running as an individual as well as Rachel Baines who stood in for Elspeth Carr after Elspeth injured her eye and was unable to compete.
Everyone produced good dressage tests and we were off to a good start. The showjumping proved to be quite tricky and we had two eliminated from our 80cm team where one horse didn’t like the fillers and the other combination had control issues which meant one team was out but the two remaining competitors could continue for individual placings.
We also had one technical elimination in the 90cm because the horse and rider missed going through the finish and then went back through the finish the wrong way. Whilst very unfortunate, it was a good lesson learned and one for all of us to remember next time!
The cross country course was lovely and rode very well. Some of our 80cm team were riding inexperienced or green horses and a few clocked up some time penalties but all got round. The 90cm riders all got round, many inside the time. When the results came out we were all thrilled as so many of our members had done so well.
80cm individual results
Sam Pennington 4th
Hattie Warner 7th
80cm team 8th
Izzy Roberts 3rd
Debbie Pennington 14th
Vicki Luxmoore 5th
Sian Bates 13th
90cm team 2nd
Myfi Powell 1st
Helen Hathaway 8th
Ali Harper 9th
90cm individual results
Rachel Baines 22nd
Vicky Robson 4th
We had three full teams for area dressage this summer. Nine of us set off for Prees near Whitchurch on Sunday July 23rd.
The Novice team of Justine, Janet, Irene and Ali all did the same test and did very well to come 3rd overall. Individual successes were Janet with a 1st, and Justine and Irene with 9th.
The Open team of Izzy, Elspeth, Myfi and Sally all did separate Novice and Elementary tests and came 4th with individual placing of Izzy 1st, and Elspeth and Myfi 5th.
The Riding Test team of Meg, Justine, Ali and Izzy came 5th with individual placing Izzy 3rd and Justine 9th. Elspeth and Izzy also did the Pairs and came 2nd and Elspeth and Meg did individual tests with Elspeth coming 6th in the Medium.
We had lots of help on the day from family and the support was great, so thank you to everyone who entered and helped. Hopefully we will have as much success in the Winter Qualifiers.
Three members entered the Area Dressage to Music competition at Reaseheath in August.
Christine came 3rd in the Medium test, Nicky 4th in the Novice and Elspeth 2nd in the Elementary. All 3 enjoyed their experience and are planning their next music outings.
Izzy and Janet both made the long journey to Lincoln to take part in the Dressage Championships having qualified in July. Both did extremely well and came 5th in their respective arenas; Izzy in the Novice and Janet in the Preliminary. Janet also entered the Veteran Rider class and came 1st getting a trophy to bring home. Well done! ladies!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or pm me on fb
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.
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.