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: email@example.com or pm me on fb
Area 20 Indoor Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifiers– October 11th 2015
A great day was had by all at the Area Show Jumping qualifier held at Reaseheath College last October. Vyrnwy Valley was represented by two teams, Vyrnwy Valley 1 (Becky King, Vicky Luxmoore and Rachel Tudor-Davies) and Vyrnwy Valley 2 (Elspeth Carr, Vicky Robson and Cassie Woods). The event was thoroughly well organised, the presentation following immediately after the class. Well done to Vyrnwy Valley Team 2 for coming 4th, and to Vyrnwy Valley Team 1 for finishing 6th. A huge thank you to all helpers on the day who gave up their time. We look forward to hopefully another successful day at the 2016 Summer Qualifiers.
Area Indoor Novice Show Jumping Qualifiers – 5th November 2015
This years’ qualifiers were once again held at Southview Equestrian Centre, Cheshire. The senior (sorry!!) class saw over 100 riders jump round two courses and it was fantastic that included in that number were four of our own VVRC members: Heather Jones, Justine Roberts, Hollie Hindley and James Manford. All four members had never competed in an area competition before and Hollie and James are both new to the club. I know jumping in an area competition has been a goal of Heather’s for a long time and she has worked exceedingly hard with Flicka and it certainly has paid off.
All four horses and riders jumped beautifully over a tricky course which was causing lots of problems. Each combination had at least one clear round and Hollie had two on her superstar pony! Everyone was so pleased with the team performance and it was topped off with the team finishing brilliant 3rd and the fastest of the teams with 4 faults thanks to ridiculously quick rounds and tight turns (how Justine navigated Alton, who stands at 17.2hh, around those corners is remarkable)! Hollie was also 5th individually!
I am a very proud show jumping co-ordinator and it’s wonderful to see hard work and perseverance paying off! Well done everyone! And a big thank you to Babs for being the official team helper (you rocked the yellow tabard)
Looking forward to the summer qualifiers!