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VVRC Summer Dressage League

Our monthly dressage competitions have proved to be very popular with club members and it has been lovely to see the improvements combinations have made throughout the summer. The standard of dressage this year has been much higher and we’ve seen club members ride tests from intro to elementary. Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed these Thursday evenings and the Pimm’s seems to have improved our riding! As the summer progressed there was some stiff competition at the top of the leader board.

Thank you to John and Katherine Davies at Brithdir for making us so welcome and thank you to our judges whose comments were very helpful. Also a big thank you to everyone who has helped. League prizes will be awarded at the AGM.
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Summer Dressage League 2016 Final Results

Here are the results of our summer dressage league. Well done to all competitors and a massive thank you to all our helpers. The presentation of the summer dressage league awards and prizes will be at the AGM in the new year.

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Postion Rider Horse Total VVRC Points
1 Anne Roberts Millie 64
2 Sally Evans Sirius 61
3 Isobel Roberts The Wizard 58
4 Ali Harper Tabarka 48
5 Elspeth Carr My Top Diplomat 47
6 Sue Jones Springtime Lover 38
7= Emma Blair Hathaway Iolo 32
7= Tara McDermott Randy 32
9 Patsy Pike Southern Fox 31
10 Irene Gill Mikey 29
11 Kat Morgan Love St Buddy 18
12 Jacky Harrison Killian 17
13 Jo Waters Annie 16
14 Emma Blair Percy 14
15 Lindsay Jackson Rhydfendigaid Celt 12
16= Justine Roberts Alton 11
16= Vicki Luxmoore Rathcoole Tabasco 11
18 Becky King Oscar 10
19= Rachel T Davies Fleur 9
19= Vicki Luxmoore September Draw 9
Sara Wright Augusto 7
Teresa Jones Charlie 7
Helen Hathaway Del 7
Sian Bates Shadow 7
Erica Morgan Tahaf 7
Becks Jackson Call me Russell 6
Caroline Hurley Detroit River 6
Nicole Batholomew Mark Twain 6
Kat Morgan Davies 5
Ali Harper Garthfach Rubix 5
Helen Clarke Nicky 5
Paula Jeffreson My Golden Lilly 4
Jenny Jones Ollie 4
Carol Kynaston Cel 3
Charlotte Saunders Sparkle 3
Jenny Jones Ashwood Mr Man 2
Charlotte Saunders Zakumi 2
Cassie Woods Patch Curtis 1

Centaur Biomechanics Rider Analysis Clinic – 5th June 2016

Centaur Biomechanics Rider Analysis Clinic – 5th June 2016

Ah, there’s nothing like a watching a close up, slo-mo video of your body wibbly-wobbling around in a skin tight jacket to make you realise you must be trying out a new equestrian adventure, and that you really must stick to that diet!

Today I attended the Centaur Biomechanics Rider Analysis clinic arranged by the riding club. Apart from the aforementioned, it was an amazing clinic, I didn’t know you could learn so much in 45 minutes!

The clinic was run by Russell Guire, who is the director of Centaur Biomechanics and the British Equestrian Federation’s Performance Analyst, and a very nice chap too.

After a brief warm up I donned said skin tight jacket. The jacket has various straight lines on it so that when you are videoed riding in the jacket you can see how straight you are riding. My saddle and Gus were also kitted out with some markers so that we could see how straight I was sitting on Gus. Russell then videoed us doing to some basic movements in all 3 paces and then we reviewed the videos.

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Well the good news is I ride lovely and straight on the left rein, WOO HOO! Sadly not so much on the right, on the right rein I sit to the left and in general my upper body position could do with some work too……

Then we did a very interesting exercise, taking away the stirrups, turn down the centre line and then close your eyes and ride a straight line. When Russell asked me to open my eyes Gus was way over to the left of the centre line, showing how me sitting to the left affects how the horse goes. Wow, what a revelation! When we repeated the exercise it felt like I was riding to the right but actually this time we were much straighter, third time was a charm.

We then worked on some simple exercises to help me sit straight on the right rein and immediately I could feel the difference and I now know what it feels like when I am sitting square on the horse on the right rein and if I’m not what to do to straighten myself up.
After taking the stirrups back we dropped them a hole, putting my leg in a better position but after the short session without stirrups and learning how to sit evenly they felt the right length. We then continued with some more exercises to help me improve my position in trot and canter and to improve Gus’s straightness in the canter.

I thought it was an amazing session. It’s always great to remind yourself how much your own position and balance affects your horse’s way of going. So, in conclusion, I’m going to start every riding session without stirrups and ensure I’m sitting evenly, shorten my reins, bend my elbows and kick on!

When this finally comes out in the newsletter perhaps you would like to contact me and see if I stuck to it :@)

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Sara Wright

Summer Dressage League

Summer Dressage League

The first leg took place on April at Brithdir in fairly hideous weather. The wind blew, the rain fell and the tem-perature plummeted. But were we downhearted? No! We substituted Pimm’s for hot chocolate and Bailey’s, buttoned up out coats and got on with it.

Some sensible folk resorted to hunting gear, the rest pulled out the waterproofs. We had to abandon using the gazebo and retreat to a stable mid-evening. Well done to our bril-liant and encouraging judge, Judy McKinnon, who was still on crutches from a recent knee op, but kept cheer-ful in spite of the filthy weather. Big thanks to all the insane riders who turned out and to everyone who helped run it. Hopefully our next one will be considerably warmer!
Into A
1 Emma Blair, Percy
2 Nicole Bartholemew, Mark Twain
3 Anne Roberts, Millie
4 Irene Gill, Mikey
5 Teresa Jones, Charlie
6 Jo Waters, Annie Prelim 1
1 Emma Blair, Percy
2 Anne Roberts, Millie
3 Irene Gill, Mikey
4 Teresa Jones, Charlie
5 Becky King, Oscar
6 Sian Bates, Shadow.
Nov 24
1 Sally Evans, Sirius
2 Tara McDonald, Randy
3 Sian Bates, Shadow
4 Ali Harper, Jack
5 Patsy Pyke, Southern Fox.

League leaders after the first competition:
Emma Blair- 14, Anne Roberts- 10, Irene Gill-9, Teresa Jones, Sian Bates, Sally Evans – 7

VVRC Summer Dressage League 2016

Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club
Summer Dressage League

Open to members only, Thursday evenings at
Brithdir Equestrian Centre, Guilsfield, Welshpool, SY219DJ

Starting at 6 pm

Come and enjoy a relaxed evening of summer dressage

Tests from Intro to Novice

Details of tests to follow.

Entries £10 per class including a glass of Pimms!

Excellent working in and competition facilities.

Rosettes to 4th place

Trophy for most points accrued over the season.

Dates for your diary:

28th April, 19th May, 23rd June, 21st July, 18th Aug, and 8th Sept

Further information – Elspeth Carr, emgcarr@gmail.com

VVRC Summer Dressage Leagues Leader Board

VVRC August leader board, one leg to go

1. Patsy Pyke – Henry 46
2. Anne Roberts – Millie 36
3. Ali Harper – Jack 34
4. Wendy Gartry – Clive 32
5. Sally Evans – Sirius 24.
6. Sue Higgins – A A Rose 24.5

Paula Jeffires – Lily 23
Babs Williams – Tara 19
Jane Yorke – Lindford 14
Sue Jones – Pebbles 14
Emma Dunscombe – Squirrel 14
Jo Waters- Annie 12
Tara McDermott –Randy 12
Justine Roberts – Alton 11.5
Katherine Hayward – Honey 11
Helen Clarke – Nicky 11
Heather Jones-Flicka 9
Ali Harper – Donovan 8
Sara Wright – Augusto 8
Nicola Garcia- Fugo 8
Sam Shaw Davies – Molly 8
Felicity Warner – Ginger Ninja 7
Jeanette Barnes – Ted 6
Jackie Harrison – Killian 6
Teresa Jones – Jack 6
Irene Gill – Mikey 6
Meg Evans – Mac 5
Meg Davies – Rio 5
Charlotte Saunders 5
Helen Clarke- Nicky 5
Meg Evans – Charlie 5
Shirley Jones – Tango 5
Kate Davies- Miri 5
Tara McDermott – Neddy 4
Laura Smith – Jack 3
Carol Kynaston- Cel 2.5
Cassie James – Patch Curtis 2
Nicole Bartholomew 1

Points are awarded as follows:
1st 7, 2nd 6, 3rd 5, 4th 4, 5th 3, 6th 2, Completing 1

August Leg VVRC Summer Dressage League Results

Results from the August leg of VVRC’s Summer Dressage League. Many thanks to Jo Woodcock for her excellent judging and great feedback to competitors, and to Katherine Davies of Brithdir E.C for the use of their fabulous venue:

Intro B.
1st Ali Harper and Jack
2nd Irene Gill and Mikey.
3rd Helen Clark and Nicky….
4th Tara McDermott and Neddy
5th Babs Williams and Tara
6th Heather Jones and Flicka

Prelim 7
1st Justine Roberts and Alton
2nd Anne Roberts and Millie
3rd Ali Harper and Jack
4th Babs Williams and Tara
5th Felicity Warner and Ginger Ninja
6th Cassie James and Patch Curtis

Prelim 14
1st Emma Dunscombe and Squirrel
2nd Sally Evans and Sirius
3rd Wendy Gartry and Clive
4th Felicity Warner and Ginger Ninja
5th Patsy Pyke and Henry
6th Paula Jeffreson and Lily.

Nov 27
1st Emma Dunscombe and Squirrel
2nd Sally Evans and Sirius
3rd Patsy Pyke and Henry
4th Tara McDermott
5th Wendy Gartry and Clive
6th Laura Smith and Jack

June Update on VVRC Summer Dressage League

Results for VVRC Summer Dressage League; June leg.

Prelim 1
1st Ali Harper – Jack 7 pts
2nd Anne Roberts –Millie 6 pts
3rd Charlotte Saunders 5 pts
4th Patsy Pyke – Henry 4 pts
5th Paula Jeffries – Lily 3 pts
6th Katherine Hayward 2 pts
Helen Clarke – Nicky, Megan Evans – Charlie, Nicola Garcia – Fuga, 1 pt

Prelim 7
1st Wendy Gartry – Clive 7 pts
2nd Jackie Harrison – Killian 6 pts
3rd Patsy Pyke – Henry 5 pts
4th Sara Wright – Augusto 4 pts
5th Paula Jeffries – Lily 3 pts
6th Sam Shaw Davies – Mollie 2 pts
Meg Evans – Charlie, Ali Harper – Jack, 1 pt
Nov 30
1st Jane Yorke – Lindford 7 pts
2nd Wendy Gartry – Clive 6 pts
3rd Patsy Pyke – Henry 5 pts
4th Sally Evans – Sirius 4 pts
5th Sam Shaw Davies – Mollie 3 pts

Here is the leaderboard half way through the series:

1 Patsy Pyke – Henry 28 pts
2 Wendy Gartry – Clive 24 pts
3 Sue Higgins – Aberllwyds Another Rose 18 pts
=4 Anne Roberts – Millie 17 pts
Paula Jeffires – Lily 17 pts
6 Jane Yorke – Lindford 14 pts
7 Sally Evans – Sirius 12.5 pts
8 Ali Harper – Jack 12 pts
9 Katherine Hayward – Honey 10 pts
=10 Ali Harper – Donovan 8 pts
Sara Wright – Augusto “
Nicola Garcia- Fugo “
Sam Shaw Davies – Molly “
14 Babs Williams – Tara 7 pts
=15 Jeanette Barnes – Ted 6 pts
Jackie Harrison – Killian “
Helen Clarke – Nicky “
=18 Meg Evans – Mac 5 pts
Meg Davies – Rio “
Charlotte Saunders “
Helen Clarke- Nicky “
=22 Tara Evans –Randy 4 pts
Meg Evans – Charlie “
=24 Heather Jones-Flicka 3 pts
Jo Waters- Annie “
26 Carol Kynaston- Cel 2.5 pts
27 Teresa Jones – Jack 2 pts
=28 Justine Roberts – Alton 1 pt
Shirley Jones – Tango “
Kate Davies- Miri “

Points are awarded as follows:
1st 7, 2nd 6, 3rd 5, 4th 4, 5th 3, 6th 2, Completing 1

VVRC Summer Dressage League

Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club

Summer Dressage League

 

 

 

Open to members only, Wednesday evenings at

Brithdir Equestrian Centre, Guilsfield, Welshpool, SY219DJ

 

Starting at 6 pm

Come and enjoy a relaxed evening of summer dressage

Tests from Intro to Novice

Details of tests to follow.

Entries £8 per class including a glass of Pimms!

Excellent working in and competition facilities.

 

Rosettes to 4th place

Trophy for most points accrued over the season.

Dates for your diary:

15th April, 13th May, 17th June, 15th July, 12th Aug, and 16th Sept

Further information – Elspeth Carr, emgcarr@gmail.com